Published on May 6th, 2023 | by Isabelle Karamooz, Founder of FQM


Kingtours Versailles: A Royal Experience through the Palace and Gardens

We had the pleasure of experiencing Kingtours’ guided tour of the Palace of Versailles and its formal gardens with our guide Nima, and we can confidently say it was an unforgettable adventure. From the moment we arrived, Nima greeted us with a friendly smile and made us feel welcomed.

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The highlight of the tour for us was exploring the gardens in a golf cart. It was such a unique and fun way to see the expansive green spaces and discover hidden groves and fountains that we wouldn’t have found on foot. Nima was incredibly knowledgeable, providing insights into the history and design of the gardens created by the renowned André Le Nôtre. As we cruised through the gardens, Nima’s historical information brought the landscapes to life, making us feel like royalty as we marveled at the stunning fountains and sculptures.

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After the golf cart ride, we traded them for bikes and cycled along the Grand Canal and through the Royal Forest, enjoying breathtaking views of the forest and countryside. Nima shared fascinating historical facts and insights about the area, making the experience both educational and enjoyable.

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We arrived at The Petit Trianon, a rustic retreat built for Marie Antoinette, where we parked our bikes and enjoyed the place before having some free time to explore the Queen’s Hamlet on our own. Strolling through the gardens, we were transported back in time, admiring the architecture and design of this stunning estate.

And to top it all off, we had a delicious picnic lunch with gourmet treats and wine from Angelina, the renowned Parisian café and tea room. We savored the flavors of France while soaking up the sunshine in the beautiful surroundings of The Petit Trianon.

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After lunch, there was also a visit to the Grand Trianon with 30 minutes of free time, and finally, at the end of the tour at 3:30 p.m., Nima guided us through an independent visit of the castle, enriching our experience.

If you’re planning a visit to Versailles, we highly recommend booking a tour with Kingtours at https://kingtours.fr/en/ and requesting Nima as your guide – it’s an experience you won’t want to miss.

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About the Author

is originally from Versailles, France. She always wanted to see the world, which she did starting at 17 when she had the fortunate opportunity to study abroad in Rhonda, Spain. She traveled the world from Hong Kong to Taiwan, from Ireland to Austria, to Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Monaco, and discovered the entire countries of Italy and Morocco. She really feels like a citizen of the world. She finally settled several years in Los Angeles where she worked at the French Consulate of Los Angeles. Passionate about the Arts and History, she earned a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of California Berkeley and have studied for a Master program in teaching at the University of Southern California, then she went on to teach French to aspiring UNLV and CSN students in Nevada. She is the founder and Editor in chief of French Quarter Magazine, in which she writes, interviews people in a wide range of circumstances, pitches story ideas to writers and journalists, takes photos, and is currently writing her first work in English, which spans the life of Coco Chanel and is filled with adventure, intrigue, history and love.

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