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

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

GUY P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Highlight of our trip to Paris!

Diana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

One of several tours we booked through Viator on our three country vacation Barcelona, Florence and Paris and this tour was by far the best! All the people at Fat Tire Tours Paris were really nice, smart and helpful through every aspect of the process. Worth every cent!

The Versailles palace and its historical background can be overwhelming, so it was key to have a knowledgable guide take us around and make sure we got to see all the key parts of the versailles palace gardens and landscapes. Your guide doesn't only physically take you through the area, but your guide is also providing you the French, European and world history allowing you to put the palace in context of everything that is going on at the time.

A really nice feature of the tour is that they really try take any of the hassles out of the experience. Its a long trip to Versailles, so the tour guides meet you in central Paris and accompanies you on the train Versailles. The bike shop already has everything set up for when you arrive so all you have to do is change the seat height on your bike. Once on your bike, your guide takes you through the town to the central market where your guide will tell you the best shops to get different types of wonderful food. When at Versailles they know all the sites and shortcuts as well as best picnic places. Once you have toured the grounds and sites of Versailles, they even take you inside the Palace and make sure you have your audio guides. They are really your educational and logistical concierge for the entire day and help you on so many aspects. As well, the groups are kept small 20 people to a group, so it feels very intimate and you get to know one another by the end of the day.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND OUR TOUR GUIDE NICK!! I would beg, trade spots with another person or just sneak into his group if I do this tour again. I am sure the other tour guides as also outstanding, but I can personally attest to how AMAZING Nick was after going on several other tours. He is one of the funniest, most knowledgeable people I have ever met and he had our entire group laughing and in awe of random historical European knowledge.

It's going to be a long day, but a great day and a very memorable experience. The palace and its grounds are so expansive and the bike tour really helps you see as much as possible. There are a lot of bike tour groups, but Fat Tire Tours did not disappoint and if you get Nick, I know you will have an amazing experience.

janelsullivan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Of the ten tours we booked through Viator, this was by far our favorite! It was nice to have the guide take us on the train to Versailles like regular Parisians where we picked up our bikes. The ride through town to the outdoor market, and then to Versailles was thrilling but not too taxing. Johnny our guide was funny and smart so we learned a lot about French history in a way where we kept wanting to know more. And he kept us going throughout the grounds on our bikes without getting bogged down in the middle of other bike tours there are a LOT of them. You need at least a whole day to really appreciate the palace and the expansive grounds and riding bikes through it made it very enjoyable. My only suggestion for the company would be to have a guide not only lead the pack but it would've been helpful to have a guide or a designated biker keep an eye from the back of the pack too to make sure that no one fell behind or needed assistance.

Jrberry11439

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This bike tour of Versailles was wonderful. Our guide, Phil and his assistant Rory were very personable and knowledgable of the history and gave us a lot of interesting information about Versailles and its various inhabitants. The trip started at a Paris train station where we met the guides and took the train to Versailles and picked up our bikes a short walk from the station. Then we went to an open air market to purchase food and supplies for our picnic on the grounds of the estate. What a great experience being able to shop in a real French farmers market! The ride around the chateau grounds was not terribly strenuous but did require some stamina. We thoroughly enjoyed our day!

guo.connie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Amazing experience - highlight of day was biking through Versailles and picnic by the water!

Grace K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Amazing experience with great guide! The picnic was fantastic! Well worth the money.

Shelby P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Was one of the main highlights of our trip! Phil and Nate from Fat Tire were awesome! They took such great care of us and we were so thankful the weather held to be able to spend so much time outside, as the gardens were far more beautiful and enjoyable to us than the actual palace. Trains were on strike, so they took us by bus, which was different, but fine. I get car sick and Phil made sure to get me to the front of the bus and checked on me. Getting lunch at the markets for our picnic was one of the things I really wanted to do in our time in France, so that was another highlight for me! We are a family of 4, kids are 12 and 14. It was their favorite thing. Enjoyed meeting some interesting people in our group of 20, as well. Highly recommend!

Deborah G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We had a beautiful day in July for our tour and a fantastic guide. After finding the meet up in Paris, our guide led us to the train station, handled the tickets for our group included in price of tour and we took the train to the town of Versailles. There, we got our bikes and pedaled to the farmer's market in town to purchase whatever we wanted to carry in our bike's baskets for lunch lunch not included in price of tour. I loved the market. Note: the market doesn't have as big a selection/number of vendors every day. We happened to schedule our tour for a Tuesday and lucked into the market extravaganza day.

We then biked to the grounds, toured le Petit Trianon and M.A.'s faux village, and then headed over to the Grand Canal. We had both brisk and leisurely bikers, and our guide was excellent about periodically waiting for the laggards. We picnicked beside the canal the guide had brought a huge tarp that easily accommodated us all so we didn't actually sit on the grass.

After lunch we then went to the Palace. It was a multilayered, international mob scene. The line for tickets was easily the length of two football fields or more. We relinquished the bikes and then, as part of the price of the tour, our guide took us to the front of the line where other groups were waiting. Now I only caught an occasional discernible word because my French is sketchy at best, but I believe our guide, in a rather passionate French torrent our tour was in English haggled us into the building in roughly 15 minutes. She. Was. Amazing.

The final part of the tour was to supply us with hand-held electronic devices price included and then our guide wished us well and was on her way after reminding us of how to find the train station for our return to Paris. The rest of the visit the Palace and the formal gardens was self-guided. The devices were Not intuitive, and with the groaning masses of people everywhere at all times, it was difficult to hear the recordings. It was difficult to hear your own thoughts.

Did I mention it was crowded? It was SO crowded. For that reason I can't say I enjoyed the Palace. The gardens were amazing though, but by that time I had begun to run out of steam.

If you're only interested in a good tour of the Palace, I don't think this is the tour for you. Actually, I'm pretty sure about that. But for me, my husband, and our two adult children, it was one of the best days of our trip. The charming town, delicious fresh food, the beautiful weather, the gorgeous grounds--altogether it felt genuinely French. I loved it.

marybmatos72

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great scenic tour. The weather was cold, but still enjoyable.

James F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Fun to see the grounds of Versailles by bike. Phil was a great guide and really enjoyed getting lunch at the market. Would recommend!

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