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The gardens of Versailles span an impressive 1,976 acres. Rather than exploring the sprawling grounds on foot, pedal your way around with an informative guide on this full-day Versailles bike tour from Paris. Discover a leisurely 10 miles of garden trails and tree-lined paths behind the palace, and reach parts of the grounds that visitors on foot do not frequent, including Marie Antoinette's country-style Hameau, the Petit Trianon and the Grand Trianon. Stop by the Grand Canal for a picnic lunch before heading inside 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

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What You Can Expect

Versailles by Bike Day Tour

The Palace of Versailles, France

Meet your guide at a central location in Paris and take the RER train together for the 20-minute ride to Versailles. After picking up your bike a short distance from the Palace of Versailles, continue to a nearby village market to purchase baguettes, cheese, ham, wine and whatever else you’d like to feast on (own expense) for your picnic later on in the day.

The gardens and forests of Versailles span 1,976 acres (800 hectares), and are crisscrossed by a network of picturesque trails and tree-lined paths. Follow your guide and leave behind the pedestrians as you explore parts of the grounds that few venture out to, including Marie Antoinette's country-style Hameau, the Petit Trianon and the Grand Trianon. You’ll cover about 10 miles (16 km) at a relaxed pace.

Arrive at a lovely secluded section of the Grand Canal that only those on bicycles can reach easily, and settle in for your picnic lunch. Get a kick out of the fact that you are sitting on the same spot where Louis XIV, XV and XVI enjoyed their meals when they wished to admire their spectacular palace from the outside.



Then, cycle back toward the palace and spend about 1.5 hours inside. With your provided audio-guide, learn about the lives of the French monarchy before their removal from power by the 1798 Revolution. See the King's State Apartments and Chapel, and walk through the unforgettable Hall of Mirrors, where the treaty ending WWI was signed.

Your Versailles bike tour ends with a return to Paris via RER train.

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Customer Reviews

Cameron B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Threatening weather in the week the Seine flooded looked like it was to be a testing day but it was great. Cian our guide was fantastic and Versailles spectacular. Market and picnic fun. Bike riding a hoot! Would recommend

Lauren G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a wonderful day touring Versailles with a fantastic tour guide Nate! Taking a bike was definitely the way to go... we got to see so much more of the grounds and eat lunch from a much better vantage point across the Grand Canal with a direct view of the Palace. The time at the market in the town was really cool too. We learned so much! It was a long day with a fair amount of biking and a lot of walking including the palace tour, so I would recommend this to anyone that is able to handle light-to-moderate exercise. Super fun!

carrie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was awesome! Our guide, Unite, was terrific. After meeting at the tour office, we rode the metro to where the bikesthey have baskets were staged then bicycled to the farmer's market to buy picnic supplies. This market is great! It has foods, wine, flowers, crepes, chocolate,coffee and more. Then we rode to Versailles and saw some of the grounds,gardens, village and homes. After a nice lunch along the grand canal, we rode a little more then saw the palace on our ownticket included in the price of tour. After seeing the palace, you can get a snack or coffee in the cafe before leaving. Unite did a great job explaining what we were seeing and giving us some history lessons. I had a lot of fun on this tour! I would recommend this tour instead of just seeing the palace because you see and do so much more.

Servaise D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful day with tour guide Luca. Well planned and led. Information given just right amount. Cycling and picnicking at the lake unforgettable. Our family with children aged 18 and 10 all thought this was one of the best days we have had.
Cycling not difficult.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Devon B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Absolutely beautiful tour of the grounds - wouldn and #39;t have seen most of that beauty that day if we wouldn and #39;t have done the biking tour.

RUTH W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour! The guide, Unity, did a fantastic job. Keeping 20 people together on bikes on the city streets was a challenge. She kept us all together and always a watchful eye to make sure the stragglers were safe. Great information given and loved the market place.

Kristen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The best part of our trip was this day tour. Our Guide was fabulous we all felt like we were in the Sound of Music the scenery was that wonderful and beautiful...and the market where we bought our lunch in Versailles was Fabulous, we bought the most wonderful pate's and cheese, baguette and croissants and the absolute Sweetest raspberries any of us have ever eaten. They grow differently up there! FABULOUS.

Hannah S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I can't imagine what I missed out on had I not gone on this tour. There is no way you could have seen these grounds and understood all of the magnificence that is Versailles. Our favorite part besides riding the bikes was the picnic over looking the canals. This was the best part of our European travels.

Angela M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was our favorite thing we did in Paris. The market in Versailles was incredible and picnic lunch was best food of trip. Declan, our guide, was amazing!!

Esther G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide Alan was awesome! Despite the rainy weather we had a great time shopping at the local markets for our lunch and even managed to have a picnic before it started pouring! We personally enjoyed the biking thru the gardens and surrounding areas vs being inside Versailles.

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