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Versailles Bike Tour

The only way to truly explore the magnificent gardens of Versailles is by bike as the area is too vast to enjoy completely on foot. See the sights that most visitors miss as well as the famous State Rooms and gardens. Your return train tickets from central Paris.

Meet your guide at a bike shop in central Paris and start your day with a short bike ride to the train station, where you will jump aboard the RER to the Palace of Versailles, one of the most spectacular royal residences in the whole of Europe.

On arrival at Versailles, first head to the village market where you can buy baguettes, cheese, ham, wine or whatever you desire for a picnic lunch in the Chateau's gardens (own expense).

The undoubted highlight of the tour is the chance to explore the tree-lined gardens by bike. These world-famous gardens are worth the trip to Versailles alone and most visitors enjoy them more than the Chateau itself.

The far end of the Grand Canal can only be reached by bike, so you will able to sit in peace and enjoy your picnic lunch on the same spot where Kings Louis XIV, XV and XVI ate in order to marvel at their house.

After lunch pedal back through the grounds to visit Marie Antoinette's Hamlet and the Petit Trianon.

Finally, enjoy skip-the-line access to the Château to avoid the tremendously long lines. See the room where Marie Antoinette’s guards were killed as they protected her from the mob at the beginning of the Revolution.

Walk through the breathtaking Hall of Mirrors where King Louis greeted guests, and centuries later the Treaty of Versailles was signed to end World War I. Your guide enables you to explore more of the 2,000+ acres of royal property than you would ever be able to see on your own.

Please note: You will cover an area of approximately 10 miles on a relatively flat terrain. The ride is leisurely and therefore suitable for all levels of fitness. Tours run rain or shine - Rain gear is available at a fee of €1.00 paid direct which will be refunded if not used.

Experience Includes

  • Tour the beautiful gardens of Versailles by bike and see far more than visitors on foot
  • View Marie Antoinette's farm-style Hameau, the Petit Trianon and the Grand Trianon
  • Pre-purchased entrance ticket to the Palace of Versailles, allowing you to by-pass the ticket lines
  • Use of bicycle and helmet
  • Visit a Versailles' market to shop for delicious picnic provisions (own expense) which you can then enjoy by the Grand Canal
  • Return train ticket to Versailles from Central Paris

Experience Excludes

  • Hotel transfers to the meeting point
  • Refreshments – you will have the chance to purchase picnic provisions from the village market in Versailles.
  • Rain gear - available at a fee of €1 paid direct which will be refunded if not used
  • Optional gratuities

Departs

Tuesday to Sunday between March and November.

Departure location

Tour departs in a small park/clearing on Avenue Emile Zola opposite a café named "Café Regalia". The closest métro station is Javel-André Citroën (line 10). Use exit 1 (sortie 1, right side). The easiest taxi address is for the cafe: 1, Rue de la Convention, 75015 Paris. Your guide will be wearing a Fat Tire Tours t-shirt and holding a sign.

Start times

8.30am (additional 8.15am and 8.45am departures during the summer - see calendar for details).

Duration

Around 8.5 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • You must make your own way to the meeting point.
  • You will cover an area of approximately 10 miles on a relatively flat terrain. The ride is leisurely and therefore suitable for all levels of fitness.
  • Child seats are available if requested at the time of booking. Babyseats have a maximum weight limit of 48lbs/22kg.
  • Tandem bikes are available for children aged 10 years and younger.
  • Tours run rain or shine.
  • Check-in opens 30 minutes in advance and closes 5 minutes prior to your activity time, so please arrive early. It is imperative that all guests arrive on time.
  • Once the tour has begun we do not have the ability to wait and add late arrivals to the tour since we will have already boarded the train to Versailles.
  • All participants over 12 years of age must be able to ride a bike.
  • All particpants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Itinerary subject to change.
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • This tour has a maximum capacity of 20 guests.
  • The Versailles Bike Tour will return to central Paris or you have the option to stay in Versailles for longer on your own.