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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Take a tour of Versailles with a difference - by bicycle! It's the only way to see Versailles' expansive gardens plus you'll get to see highlights of Versailles that most visitors miss, including Marie Antoinette's country-style Hameau, the Petit Trianon and the Grand Trianon. You'll also enjoy a picnic by the Grand Canal then take a tour of the Palace of Versailles.

Highlights

  • Versailles bike day tour
  • Tour Versailles' gardens by bicycles and see far more than visitors on foot
  • Marie Antoinette's farm-style Hameau, the Petit Trianon and the Grand Trianon
  • Visit to Versailles' market to shop for delicious picnic provisions
  • Picnic lunch by the Grand Canal

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Have the freedom to explore the gardens of the Palace of Versailles to the full on two wheels and enjoy a typically French picnic lunch, before heading into the Palace itself.

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What You Can Expect

Versailles by Bike Day Tour

The Palace of Versailles, France

Together with your guide, you'll walk to the RER train station to make the 20-minute trip by train to Versailles. Once in Versailles, you will pick up your bike at at an office just 5 minutes from the Palace of Versailles. The first of many highlights on this active day out is a visit to Versailles' village market to buy baguettes, cheese, ham, wine and whatever else you desire for your delicious picnic lunch in Versailles' gardens. These picnic provisions are purchased at your own expense.

The next highlight today is a bike ride through the gardens behind Versailles palace. You'll leave foot visitors behind on your tour of the palace by bicycle, as visitors on foot can visit only a small fraction of the palace gardens. Versailles' gardens and forests are crisscrossed by a network of fantastic trails and tree-lined paths, so bring your camera for picture-perfect views in every direction.

Arriving at the far end of the Grand Canal, you'll settle down for a picnic in the exact spot where Louis XIV, XV and XVI ate in order to marvel at their palace. Relax on the grass in peace where only your cycling group will be able to easily reach this end of the Grand Canal.

After lunch, pedal back towards the palace itself for an unforgettable view into the lives of the French monarchy before their removal from power by the Revolution in 1789. You'll visit the Hall of Mirrors (site of the treaty ending World War I), the King's State Apartments and the amazing King's Chapel (audio guide available). After your visit to Versailles you'll return to Paris via RER train.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The best thing we did in Paris!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Highlight of our vacation. Terrific tour. Wonderful day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A perfect blend of history, exploring, eating, and biking!! This was one of the highlights of our entire trip to Europe Italy and France. The Farmer's Market and eating by the Grand Canal on a perfect summer day added to the experience. The local bike tour company was in our book, one of the best tours that we have taken. Steve was our English speaking guide and made sure that our group of 29 navigated everything from the Metro to the streets and grounds of Versailles, safely. This was a perfect family activity for our teens and us! We highly recommend this tour! The only recommendation we would have is that when we attempted to find the Tour office, it took a few extra minutes since it was tucked away on a little side street.....a better explanation and/or a map of exactly where they are located would be good on their brochures........May not be suitable for very young children!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was great, the team at the local tour company were very efficient both in the office and on the tour. Declan, our tour guide was very entertaining and informative. We loved the idea of the picnic on the grounds of Versailles and seeing the grounds from a different perspective. Would highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This 6 tour was actually a 9 hour day. Well worth the price. I haven't rode a bike in years and this was very enjoyable. We rode throughout the grounds; had a picnic. After ride, guide walked us to tour palace on our own. I wasn't prepared for the swarm of people so didn't enjoy inside.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was such a fun and wonderful way to see the gardens. Our guide Patrick was great. The history lessons were awesome and he was so much fun. The picnic lunch was perfect. We had a fabulous day and this was my favorite excursion of our trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was the highlight of my trip to Paris. Our tour guide, Dan, was amazing. He provided humorous and interesting historical context throughout the tour. He managed to keep our diverse group on time throughout the day and kept us sufficiently entertained. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This amazing trip was the highlight of our time on Paris and the ONLY way that I would recommend to visit Versailles.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Exhausting but so much fun! Our guide was superb!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour and great tour guide, William. Would highly recommend and skipping the line at the Palace of Versailles was priceless

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