Seeing Versailles after dark was a truly wonderful experience. Having the Viator ticket really helped, we did not have to stand in a long line to get in. The only downside was the huge number of people, something that Viator certainly cannot control. The Royal Serenade was a good thing too, there again too many people, but it was beautiful to see the rooms in the palace by night. The gardens were gorgeous, the fireworks delightful. We spent that night in Versailles, which made the evening even better, no crowds to deal with taking the train back to Paris.
magnifique!! nous avions pris l'option sérénade! c'est extraordinaire, en petit groupe, on revoit le château dans les meilleures conditions possibles et le soir les couleurs sont superbes! de la présentation très amusante aux chanteurs et duel de cape et d'épée, la danse dans la galerie des glaces est époustouflante!! un moment magique et de grande qualité!
La promenade dans les jardins à la tombée de la nuit, accompagnée des musiques de la cour, c'est extraordinaire! les bulles de savon multicolores dans la nuit s'ajoutent à la féérie de cette soirée! inoubliable!
The fireworks and the gardens with the fountains lit were AMAZING and I'd recommend them to anyone! The royal serenade was fun, but it was really hot and there was no where to sit as you moved from one event to the other. In addition, collecting tickets for the event was A NIGHTMARE. We got shuffled from one disorganized line to the next and it was frustrating. Once we finally got the tickets it was fine, but getting there was MUCH harder than it needed to be. The instruction to go to entrance B if we were doing the royal serenade was just plan wrong and it caused needless confusion. I think these are all problems that the local tour company could solve. Next time I'll just buy at the time of the event and avoid all of the hassle associated with advanced ordering. There was simply no advantage to it for this event and the markup was pretty significant.
This is the perfect way to visit Versailles. You enter the palace when everyone is exiting. The sun is not hot and the castle is cooler. The sunset lighting is amazing for pictures. You tour all the royal rooms when there is NOBODY there. Just your small group. I even took pictures of the hall of the mirrors ALONE. The music was beautiful . The serenade was ok. The shows are catered to tourists. But having the castle for ourselves made it a wonderful experience. Once the castle tour is over we were asked to go to the gardens. We purchased our ham and cheese sandwich on a fresh baguette and our glasses of champagne and headed to the garden. After our picnic we headed back to the steps in front of then grand canal and waited for the firework listening to classical music. I recommend you getting your spot to watch the fireworks around 9:30pm. And then we watched the sunset . I can't describe how magical it was. The fireworks started around 10pm and lasted 15 minutes. We hired a private driver for 100.00 to drive us back to Paris. He waited for us at the Limousine restaurant located about 10 min away from the fireworks location. We avoided all the crowds and drove straight to our hotel.
We took the train to get to Versailles. We arrived at 4pm and had a nice cold beer and watched all kinds of people getting to the palace from the train station. Last comments: there is no tour guide when you visit the castle rooms. So read about the castle before you get there if you want to know more about the sights. No audio, nothing. This is not an informative tour. You walking freely for as long as you want. No pressure kind of tour. Perfect for anyone specially families with children.