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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Versailles by Bike Day Tour

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

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

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

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.

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