Up on a hill, near a forest and far from parisian intrigues, the palace of Saint-Germain-en-Laye was the ideal royal residence for quiet days. Part of the childhood of Louis the 14th, the palace and the gardens offer a wonderful vision of glorious days.
Finally eclipsed by its neighboor, Versailles, the city staid a charming town. Let yourself be tempted by the nice atmosphere of the town through the palace gardens and the picturesque streets.
Standard duration: 2 hrs to 3 hrs
Price: 220€ (up to 30 people) The location of hearing system is recommended beyond 20 people
Flat price. Transports not included. Location: 2€/person for a half day
We will see together: the city and its private mansions, the gardens of the palace (including the wonderful view), the chapel and the court of the palace (except on Tuesdays)
This tour doesn't include the visit of the palace (Museum of National Archeology's collections).
Other tours in this region: Monet's Garden in Giverny, Palace of Versailles
© Caroline Weber
From what age is the tour recommended?
Generally speaking, this tour is for everyone. The gardens offer space to children and the subjects are quite the same than in the palace of Versailles: history of France, royal personnalities, classic french gardens... I recommend this tour from 6 years old.
How can we go to Saint-Germain-en-Laye?
By cab, private driver or public transports. From the centre of Paris, it is really easy to go to St-Germain-en-Laye thanks to the RER A (30min) with a suburb ticket.
Otherwise I can pick you up anywhere in Paris to help you get tickets and accompany you in public transports or book the services of a private driver for you.
How long is the tour?
If you prefer to meet me at Saint-Germain-en-Laye immediatly, the tour is 2 hours long. I can also accompany you from Paris to go there and give you some clues on the way. We need 30 minutes to go.
Is there a day we cannot make this tour?
No, the tour happens rain or shine. Everything is outside, so no timetable to follow. Only the chapel and the court of the palace won't be open if the tour is on a Tuesday, day of closure of the castle.
Is there a lot of walk?
The complete tour is about 1.5 miles long. Breaks are possible on the way.
Is this visit wheelchair accesible ?
Yes, the tour is wheelchair accessible. The cobblestones of certain streets are not comfortable but a lot of other streets are smooth and pedestrian.
Good to know
The gardens of the palace can be very windy in winter, and very hot in summer. Dress apropriately for the weather.