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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

Greg C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Versailles is truly one of the most impressive places I have ever seen. I agree with our guide the only way to visit is on a bike. We were able to enjoy much of the surrounding area which would not have been available if we merely visited the palace on foot.

Phatcharat B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had such a great time exploring the grounds and shopping at the local market. Our guide, Nate was spot on with the pace of the tour and provided interesting anecdotes as we biked around the property. We couldn't recommend this tour enough!

Lisa H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great day! This was a fantastic way to see Versailles.

Michelle N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had a fabulous day. Our guide Daniele was amazing. He was very inclusive and helpful and made sure everyone was comfortable and happy.
I just kept thinking, there is no way I could walk around Versailles and visit the Palace on foot. We would have been so limited in what we could see. The day was absolutely perfect. Thank you 'Fat Tire Company' and a BIG thank you 'Daniele'

mw1642

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Loved this tour. Daniel was an amazing tour guide. Scenery was amazing. Would definitely recommend this to anyone!

Patricia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was the loveliest day! Our guide was smart and fun and easy to bike with. The outdoor market was unbelievable! The toughest part was what to buy! The biking on the grounds at Versailles was just beautiful. I would recommend this wonderful bike ride to anyone!

Michelle J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Absolutely loved this tour with Johnny. He gave us so much interesting information. Entertaining history. He took photos for us and was cheerful and helpful.

Lisa E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I did the bicycle tour of Versailles and it was really fun. It was the best way to see Versailles for sure. There are a lot of tourists there so we were able to get around much better and see much more by bicycle. If your thinking about doing it then go for it, I definitely recommend it!

Kenneth P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was so much fun! Daniel, our guide made it very interesting and also informative. We loved the whole day and appreciated seeing the Trianon and Marie Antoinette's village and having a charming lunch along the Grand Canal was fantastic! Of course ending with the Palace was amazing. Daniel was very clear and precise with his instructions regarding the RER and how to get back to our starting place. It is such a large place that I'm glad we had seen another review about riding bikes to see as much as possible! We were pretty tired but it was so worth it! We would highly recommend this tour - Tres Bien!!

Kenneth P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was so much fun! Daniel, our guide made it very interesting and also informative. We loved the whole day and appreciated seeing the Trianon and Marie Antoinette's village and having a charming lunch along the Grand Canal was fantastic! Of course ending with the Palace was amazing. Daniel was very clear and precise with his instructions regarding the RER and how to get back to our starting place. It is such a large place that I'm glad we had seen another review about riding bikes to see as much as possible! We were pretty tired but it was so worth it! We would highly recommend this tour - Tres Bien!!

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