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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

olga f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

all was organized. the guide was kind and the place was marvelous .

Jean A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This is a must do tour that everyone should do. Our tour guide, Nick, was very knowledgeable about French history and shared many colorful facts. The visit to the market and the picnic that followed was the best. I highly recommend this as the best way to see the extent of the grounds of Versailles.

Cathy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What a great way to see Versailles. Luka, our guide, was a wealth of knowledge and very patient. Really enjoyed the whole experience.

Kathy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was the highlight of our trip! Our guide was very knowledgable and very nice! I highly recommend this tour. You haven't seen Versailles unless by a bike!

Jaclyn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was truly incredible. Cian was our guide and he was so knowledgeable and personable. We rode the train from the bike shop which was very easy to find to a village outside Versailles, picked up our bikes and our first stop was at a little farmer's market. Here, we picked up the odds and ends for our picnic and Cian was very helpful in where to pick up bread, cheeses, meats and wine. We then had our tour around the Versailles property with tops in between where Cian would tell a very interesting story about its history. It was such a memorable experience and if you take the tour-try to get Cian! He is great!!! Also-my friend and I are not extremely fit and certainly not with bikes and this tour was very manageable.

Bill M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Tour was excellent, guide was good, we spent time at the market compared to biking....palace was amazing but on the weekend too crowded but only inside the palace apartments

Ljmcelroysmith

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a great time and our guide was knowledgeable. Our two children age 11 and age 6 loved the bike tour too. It met our goal of having and active day while taking in culture. I would definitely recommend this excursion.

Leah V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Absolutely amazing! 100 recommend this to anyone of any age. Our tour guide was phenomenal a young Irish man who I have forgotten the name of, he was so enthusiastic, entertaining and factual. The entire experience from start to finish was one I will never forget. The bike ride is extremely tame so anyone can manage it. This tour was the highlight of my Paris trip. Thank you to our wonderful tour guide and my apologies for my bad memory with names!

Niall M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We toured Versailles with Cian, who was an excellent guide. The description on the website is accurate in terms of the plans for the day. But what you have to experience first-hand is the beautiful scenery and the knowledgeable tour guides. Versailles is a truly beautiful town.

Kelly K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was awesome. Our tour guide Allen was so engaging and informative. Picnicking by the canal was so memorable. Seeing Versailles by bike is the way to go! Loved it!

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