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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.
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!
Amazing experience - highlight of day was biking through Versailles and picnic by the water!
Amazing experience with great guide! The picnic was fantastic! Well worth the money.
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!
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.
Great scenic tour. The weather was cold, but still enjoyable.
Fun to see the grounds of Versailles by bike. Phil was a great guide and really enjoyed getting lunch at the market. Would recommend!
we had fun, and really liked the freedom to end the tour and head on train back to paris when we felt like the time is right
This was on my bucket list, and I'm glad the weather cooperated. The market was so much fun - loved getting to pick out our food for lunch. We got a good workout, but there was a 6 year old on our tour, so I would say it was good for a wide range of ages. Probably prettier in spring/summer, but if you happen to be in Paris off season, still do it. You will not regret it!
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