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Paris, Versailles and Jet Lag

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My 16 year old daughter and I will be in Paris in August. We arrive on midday Saturday from the U.S. and are leaving on Wednesday evening. After much discussion and weighing the pros and cons, we have decided to include Versailles in our itinerary. We are skipping the inside of the Lourve, so that should help with our time. We would like to see the fountains, so that means going on Sunday. Although we would love to see the inside of the Chatau, we have been sufficiently frightened about the crowds. Since the gardens look amazing, I thought we could focus our time there and at Marie Antoinette's estate. Renting bikes or a golf cart has some appeal.

But there is a King's apartments tour, that I think would enable us to skip most of the dreaded lines and perhaps give us a taste of the inside. The tours are at 9:30 or 12:30. While we normally have no problem getting up and out, I am concerned about jet lag that first full day. On the other hand, considering our plan, are we still better off sucking it up and getting there first thing? The tour is about 90 minutes according to the Versailles website. If we did that, we would tour the outside before and after.

Is it realistic that we will have the time and energy to do anything that evening? Considering a river cruise.

Any opinions or suggestions are welcome!

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