The Versailles website indicates a night time water show on Sept. 7 and 14. I tried to book tickets to the Sept. 7 but when I get to the part where I need to enter the country (USA) USA is not an option nor is America. Does anyone know about this? If anyone has gone to show was it worth it and was there any trouble catching the last train to Paris?
I started to try to book this (out of curiosity), but couldn't get far because I didn't have an account and didn't want to create one. But even though I started in English, the booking pages were in French. If that's the problem, "United States" is "Etats-Unis" in French, so look under E, not U (or A).
That option is there. I would never have known that in a million years. Thank you so much!!
The night show is ok. If you are really into the gardens and fountains, it can be worth it. But mostly it's just some colored lighting, music and fireworks at the Neptune fountain. I personally wouldn't make a special trip there or hang around all evening just to wait for the show. The last trains to Paris are very late, well after the show ends. If you do stay and want to eat dinner beforehand, there are some nice restaurants in the city of Versailles itself. The town center is northeast of the palace, or to the left as you stand in front of the palace looking away.
Thanks for that as it would have to be pretty spectacular to hang around that long so maybe won't do that. Some people said to rent a bike for the gardens. Do you think just the palace is enough or which ticket did you buy?
I enjoy the gardens as much, if not more, than the palace, which I do love. The gardens include the Grand Trianon, the Petit Trianon and the Hamlet where Marie Antoinette would stay, pretending she was a farm girl. Renting bikes in the gardens/grounds is one of our favorite things to do there. I'd go during the day if it were me. Went to the daytime "fountain day" once and was not impressed. They also blare classical music, not good quality sound and we found it very annoying. If you go at night, you won't be able to see much in the dark.
If the weather is good, the gardens can be the best part of your visit. The bike rental is nice to see more faster, avoid huge amounts of walking and have some fun. But you can also ride the tram out to the Trianons and the Hamlet. Otherwise, it is a very long walk there and back. I always recommend a picnic by the canal if the weather is good. You can bring your own or buy something at one of the several food vendors in the gardens. You can also rent paddle boats on the canal. On specific days in the summer, they turn on the fountains and pipe in music. For that you get to pay to enter the gardens (otherwise free) and fight off more crowds in the formal gardens. But I happen to think that is worth it since otherwise the fountains are dry and I've never seen a crowd so large that you can't easily move around. Plus, take a pathway and quickly you'll find yourself almost alone. Though many people skip it or don't even realize they exist, a visit to the Trianon palaces and Marie Antoinette's Hamlet are a must. Many people find them to be their favorite part of Versailles. The other thing many people skip are the side pathways in the formal gardens. Some of those more remote fountains are stunning and practically devoid of people.
Thanks for all the great suggestions, they are really helpful in planning this trip. I am printing them all out to take with me. One last thing, should I order the tickets before I go online or wait until I get to Paris? I notice there is a guided tour for 1 1/2 hours. Is this worthwhile if you have done it.?