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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

denlori

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We met our tour guide, William in the morning in Paris and our tour group took the RER train out to Versailles. We then headed to a small shop and each of us selected our own bicycle for the tour. William was amazingly organized with our group and was able to answer everyone's questions as we selected our bikes. We then rode our bikes to a village open air market to stock up on picnic supplies that we would have for lunch later in the afternoon. The market was stocked with farmers carrying every type of cheese, wine, baguettes, rolls, vegetables, meats, cooked sausage and chicken that you could ask for! We stored our picnic food in baskets attached to our bikes and rode on to Versailles. William kept our riding speed reasonable as we had ages from the very young to the middle age on our tour. Being on Bicycles allowed us to cover much more ground and see the gardens and small courts that you do not see on walking tours. William was very knowledgeable regarding the history of the French court and political intrigues of Versailles. We enjoyed eating our lunch in the same area and enjoying the same view of the palace that the French court would have seen in their day! Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and clothing for riding the bicycles. I would highly recommend this tour to a friend.

Jo USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Wonderful!

Mary G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

One of our best memories on our France vacation. Fun and informative for the entire family. Paddy was a great guide!

Ashley L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Johnny was a great guide! We had an absolutely beautiful day and saw some great areas that we wouldn't have seen if we were not on a bike. The local market was such a cool experience. One of the highlights from our entire European trip! I would take this tour again the next time I go to Paris! Great, great day even though it was cold out!!

Evelia T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

excellent. great way to see the sights without the crowds. well worth it.

Richard USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Biking was so much fun with an excellent guide. We got to stop at the open air market and it was great.

cheryllramos

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was a perfect day for a bike ride the time that we were there. I enjoyed this tour very much. It was a wonderful experience observing and buying food at farmer's market. The picnic in Versailles, the information that was given by our tour guide, and amount of time we got to tour the palace (independently) were all fantastic. I truly enjoyed every piece of the tour. Highly recommended and very much worth it!

James W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Pleasant and informative day. Enjoyed the market and gathering items for the picnic.

rhansbarger

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

WONDERFUL AFTERNOON WITH A GREAT GUIDE! PICNIC BY THE CANAL WAS SPECIAL!

Nikkiday

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I totally enjoyed this tour. The grounds and gardens were beautiful to view and the picnic lunch by the river was a charm. It gives a more comprehensive view of the vastness of the grounds at Versailles as well as learning about the foibles of the various Louis' who occupied the chateau. It was like getting a history lesson on the events that led up to the French Revolution as well as a window into what it was like to live like a king and queen in that era.

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