This day was the best day of our vacation. Harlin is an amazing guide who made the history of Versailles so very interesting. He even brought a corkscrew and glasses for our wine on the picnic. He hauled our wine on the basket of his bike. We did not have to take bikes on the train as other reviews suggested. We were told that if we arrive early, we would simply get our bikes in Versailles, which we did. Yes this is an expensive excursion but worth every penny. Buy the strawberries in the market, they were the best we ever ate. If you take the metro to get to the tour office, do not stop at a cafe called Metropolitan on the corner of Duplex just down the street as the rudest person ever in the world works there. She treated us like garbage even though we were trying to speak French to her. Not sure how such a young person could be so miserable. However, Harlin more than made up for that setback as he was a lot of fun. The train ride to Versailles allows you to see the suburbs of Paris. Very beautiful! A perfect day!
The only reason we booked this tour was to get the front of line tickets to the Eiffel tower. I am so glad we did as we passed right by at least a five hour line. This is a great thing to do on your first day as you will see many of the main attractions and various areas of the city so you would know which ones you wish to return to. The boat ride is chilly, so wear a jacket or sweater. Make sure you know ahead of time how to get back after your Eiffel tower visit as the tour ends there. We just walked about 15 minutes to Champs Elysees to do some shopping and have lunch. Make sure you go to the right office on the day of your excursion as I saw some people get told that they were at the wrong location right when their tour was about to start. Google map everything before you go. It will save you a lot of time. Especially if you need to ask directions but can't speak french. For the price of this ticket, it was well worth the money. When you are only in Paris for a few days, the last thing you want to do is stand in line all day. The only reason I gave 4 stars is that the people at the office were a bit rude and the tour guide wasted so much time talking to people one at a time instead of answering the same questions to the whole group.