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Grand Canal, Versailles
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In the gardens of Versailles, Grand Canal forms part of a grandiose cross oriented to reflect the setting sun. The cross-shaped body of water creates a long perimeter of 5.5 km (3.4 mi). Louis XIV used to hold boating parties here, and now you can rent a boat to paddle yourself, or hire a guide to row for you. Use our Versailles holiday planner to add Grand Canal and other attractions to your Versailles vacation plans.
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  • Amazing experience to go running in the Park of the Castle, and more precisely to make the tour of the Grand Canal (go all the way, at the edge of the Park, in front of the castle; the prospect is memorable!). At each time of the year, it's just as beautiful as the weather lends itself of course. I prefer the morning early, for the quiet (we're too few many at this early hour), for the brightness too. Try!
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  • Huge artificial lake dug in the middle of a huge by. The view of the canal since the castle is really fabulous! You can even rent a boat.
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  • This was a pleasant place to spend some time after the busy palace. We had a picnic lunch here and enjoyed watching people paddling boats before we headed to Petit Trianon