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Kim P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Lovely day at Versailles! Tour guide Nick was interesting, informed, friendly, made us feel like we were hanging out with a friend for the day. Best picnic ever!

Carolyn P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Wow, this tour was tiring, but worth it if you have an extra day in Paris. I would recommend seeing the inside of Versailles on another day because of how long this trip is, we were too tired to enjoy the palace, way too much for one day. The guide was great, it was all interesting, and I'm glad we went.

Dezhang Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This is an all day fun trip if you enjoy bike riding. This is the only way to see the whole palace and experience how they lived. Excellent history background stories and beautiful picture perfect scenes at the Marie Antoinette's Garden!! My legs got tired at the end of the day but so worth it!!

Drew B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

OMG I just finished writing a really long review for this and then the site deleted it when it asked me to sign in ahhhhh! The main points - Valentine was the best guide I've ever had on any of these tours. Insanely knowledgable about everything and not in your face about it. He's so chill I never felt like I was in a classroom but walked away feeling like I knew every detail about the history of Versailles. The bikes were totally worth it - completely different experience than my first visit to Versailles as a teenager. Lastly, Versailles markets were incredible. Full markets operate only twice a week apparently and Friday is one of those days. That's when we luckily were there. AMAZING. Sorry, I cannot bring myself to re-write the whole review. I even tried the back button! This was my most anticipated tour going to Paris and it did not disappoint! Do it!!

randjbeav

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Loved the bike ride around Versailles was the best part of the tour.

Karen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Great way to make Versailles more accessible. My tour guide was truly terrific!

Symon B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

AMAZING! This was a great way to see Versailles, I feel like the other tours where you do not see the grounds are depriving you so much of the beauty of this hunting cabin. Our tour guide Cain - spelling?, who was Irish, kept the tour fun and very informative. We learned so much about the significance of Versailles, the history and it was just beautiful. By far one of our favorite experiences in Paris.

Paemila M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This tour was my favourite day, out of my whole trip to Europe!! You have to book it! The bike riding was even more exciting than the actual palace. Yes the palace grounds are that beautiful! Don't get me wrong, the palace is amazing. But I'm so glad that I didn't choose a walking tour. I would have missed out on so much! Danial was a great tour guide and so helpful when we had no idea what to buy for the picnic. Do yourselves a favour and buy chicken terrain at the local market. Better than the food that I had in Paris. Thanks for an awesome day out. I recommend this tour to anyone :D

janinemills65

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Fantastic tour. Loved it.

David A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This was the highlight of our 8 day trip to Pairs. Our tour guide was amazing and gave the group some awesome information that I will never forget.

Versailles is a total of 2,000 acres and would be impossible to walk the full grounds on foot in a day. This tour took us to all of the attractions and to the end of the ground. The market place was a great added benefit to this tour as we were able to pick our own foods to have for dinner. If you buy a sandwich and don't use the fresh local ingredients to make your sandwich or choice of lunch, you are doing yourself a disservice. We bought meat, cheese, veggies for sandwich and salad, along with snacks and a bottle of wine. The lunch was one of the best parts of the trip. Try to learn a little bit of French before the marketplace as it will make it a bit easier to get exactly what you want. Every vendor is helpful but it is not like metro Paris, many don't speak English but you can still get some great food for yourself and your party.

Katherine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

I cannot say enough about this tour, it was more than I could have imagined or hoped. Our tour guide, Nate, was approachable and friendly and he gave just the right amount of historical context: you neither felt overwhelmed nor out of the loop. I thought the stop at the market would be a quick part of the overall experience, but it totally blew me away and turned out to be a huge highlight! Lunch was incredible, as was the ride through the grounds. If you're thinking about going in the fall, don't worry, everything is beautiful and golden and the weather was perfect. My only tip is to decide whether you want to see more of the gardens or really take your time in the chateau when you're turned loose after the biking portion: it's a long day and you want to be sure you're seeing everything you can while you still have daylight! Thank you for an amazing day, Nate!!

Marianela

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

It was amazing! The best way to discovered Versailles, besides the tour guide has a great knowledge about history.

Eric B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

The tour was fantastic and Johnny was a great guide. I was traveling on business and it was nice to have a full day of interacting with others, vs just walking around on my own. Versailles was beautiful and the grounds amazing. I found inside the Chateau less interesting than most museums but if you go, do the bike tour. The history lesson is amazing.

Camela C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Great tour, it is at a fast pace on the bike so be aware of that. Gorgeous and we are so glad we did it.

Nicole H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Great tour and great guide, Cian!

Tristan J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

This tour was just what I needed. The weather was perfect, the guide was very nice and professional. I think his name was Justin, Jason, Jonathon? Either way, bravo!

thomassullivan27

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

What an amazing day!!! The weather was absolutely perfect! It was sunny with a cool breeze blowing. We met up at the Bike Shop and they navigated us to the bike pick-up area. We then rode to the farmer's market and chose delicious pastries, wine, cheese, and fruit for our picnic later in the day. Touring the grounds on bikes was amazing and something you would never have time to do on foot. Versailles itself is unbelievable...so ornate and gorgeous! We ended the day lying in the grass watching the fountains. Thank you, Viator and the Bike company, for an amazing Parisian experience. I would highly recommend!

Martin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

I think this might be the only way to see Versailes. Wonderful guide. Plenty of knowledge. Not too much, and given at the right time. All round a good experience. Now I'm going to have to come back to Paris and do the Monet tour. What a shame that is...not.

JanetY Malaysia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

It was our first bike tour in Europe and it's OUTRAGEOUSLY GOOD. The grounds of Versailles were huge and with brilliant scenic. We were delighted to have Daniele as our guide as he was funny, knowledgeable and 'thumb up' on the way he shared with us story pertaining to the famous 3 French kings :- Louis XIV, XV and XVI - its' captivating :o

Michelle O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

We absolutely loved this tour. Johnny, our tour guide, was funny and very knowledgeable. If I return with my family, I will definitely take this tour again.

Eric k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Daniel was a fabulous guide with great stories to bring the tour to life.

William B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Bikes, route, stopping points and guide were all excellent!

Alica N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Great guide awesome place

Donna L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

One of the best ways to see the grounds of Versailles before going to see the palace. I enjoyed biking around the Grand Canal and having a picnic with all the goodies purchased at the market. Daniele was a great guide giving us history but making it interesting at the same time and his recommendations of where to buy food at the market was spot on. I would have liked to go into the Petit Trianon and other buildings but time didn't permit this so another reason to come back one day. Thanks, local Bike tours for another great bike tour!

Lisa W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Our guide Daniele provided the perfect mix of commentary and companionship on this Tour. The bike tour company runs a really great system here where you meet at the Bike Shop then get onto the Metro to get into it. No wasting time here, as Daniele gave us plenty of forward notice of where to be and what to do in the event anyone was separated. We were able to experience the Shopping in the markets to buy our produce for Lunch. All levels of fitness are catered for with the bikes as well ! We felt like we were from Versailles as rode throughout the Area adjacent to Marie Antoinette's village creation, then took our time for lunch adjacent to the boats on the canal and finally into the Palace and the Gardens. Thoroughly recommended to get a real local flavour of the day. If you can do it, Do it !

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