Versailles by Bike Day Tour
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Versailles by Bike Day Tour

1 day
About this activity
Together with your guide, you'll walk to the RER train station to make the 30-minute trip by train to Versailles. Once in Versailles, you will pick up your bike at at an office just 5 minutes from the Palace of Versailles. The first of many highlights on this active day out is a visit to Versailles' village market to buy baguettes, cheese, ham, wine and whatever else you desire for your delicious picnic lunch in Versailles' gardens. These picnic provisions are purchased at your own expense.

The next highlight today is a bike ride through the gardens behind Versailles palace. You'll leave foot visitors behind on your tour of the palace by bicycle, as visitors on foot can visit only a small fraction of the palace gardens. Versailles' gardens and forests are crisscrossed by a network of fantastic trails and tree-lined paths, so bring your camera for picture-perfect views in every direction.

Arriving at the far end of the Grand Canal, you'll settle down for a picnic in the exact spot where Louis XIV, XV and XVI ate in order to marvel at their palace. Relax on the grass in peace where only your cycling group will be able to easily reach this end of the Grand Canal.

After lunch, pedal back towards the palace itself for an unforgettable view into the lives of the French monarchy before their removal from power by the Revolution in 1789. You'll visit the Hall of Mirrors (site of the treaty ending World War I), the King's State Apartments and the amazing King's Chapel (audio guide available). After your visit to Versailles you'll return to Paris via RER train.
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  • Insurance
  • Audio-guide at Versailles
  • Bicycle and helmet
  • Up to 1.5 hours in the Palace
  • Child seats are available if requested at the time of booking
  • Ability to explore the Chateau and Royal Gardens on your own
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Versailles
  • Entry/Admission - Grand Canal
  • Entry/Admission - The Royal Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - The Hall of Mirrors
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Rain gear is available at a fee of 1EUR paid direct which will be refunded if not used
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • If a children's bike is required, you must advise at time of booking.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • 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
  • Tandem bikes are available for children aged 10 years and younger.
  • All participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
5 | 2019-09-20

Our guide, Johnny made our experience wonderful! He was extremely knowledgeable and memorized everyone’s name. It was an amazing experience! So glad we did it!

Terri B
5 | 2019-09-16

Richard was our guide and he did a great job making sure everyone in our group was accounted for. We had plenty of opportunities to stop for food and the bathroom. He gave us interesting details about the grounds. I wish he could have stayed with us throughout the castle as well. Don’t hesitate-just DO IT!

Laura T
5 | 2019-09-16

I feel like people who just see the Palace miss out on so much. On bikes, you can see so much more. The whole day is spread out so you’re not bombarded with facts and dates compacted into 3 hours - it’s combined with riding, eating wine and cheese, exploring and enjoying the gardens, enjoying the sun, with lots of interesting information (delivered hilariously by our guide Thomas) in between. We absolutely loved the entire day!

Alfonso T
5 | 2019-08-16

This was a fun and friendly tour of the Versailles grounds as well as the palace. Our guide, OJ, was great. He’s been doing this for a few years and knows how to get around. The picknick by the canal was fun and a great way to enjoy the grounds.

Sally T
5 | 2019-07-11

Brilliant experience. Have visited Versailles before but seeing it by bike after visiting the amazing market first to buy our picnic was great fun. Our guide Louis was excellent. Was not a problem for us but Viator should not state that helmets are provided because they are not.

Suning C
5 | 2019-04-15

Eddie is a very enthusiastic tour guide, who was not only taking care of everyone during the bike tour, but teaching us about French history and entertaining us with stories. He prepared a big plastic tarp for our picnics as well as other utensils for everyone's picnic lunch. I was really impressed by his warm personality. It's a highly recommended tour if you want to learn about French history and enjoy the Palace.

Sophia A
5 | 2019-04-09

We had such an incredible experience with our Versailles tour group! Our guide, Michael, was beyond incredible. He was so knowledgeable and so much fun. I am going to recommend this experience to everyone visiting Paris from now on.

Christina S
5 | 2018-10-23

What a wonderful way to spend the day in Versailles! The market is amazing, the tour is just enough information to keep you interested and the picnic lunch was fabulous. We all loved our tour guide tooWould highly recommend!

David L
4 | 2018-09-30

My husband and I had a great group with Johnny as our leader. It threatened rain all day and it held off until our ride back to the bicycle shop...then a downpour. And this is where some things should be changed First, be aware that no helmets are provided! I took a nasty fall that could have been much worse...hitting my head on the cobblestone street. Another person also took a fall. Second, no rain gear is offered even though their ad says it can be rented for 1 Euro. All in all, i would recommend this trip but just be aware of a few pitfalls.

Sue Milton
5 | 2018-09-24

Thomas was a fascinating guide and made us all want to enjoy history in the way he does.Versailles on a bike was a nice relaxing break from busy Paris. Most anyone can do this tour if you know how to use a bike. My husband found it easier than walking sinc he just came out of a fracture boot. Doesn’t, hurt that it was a gorgeous day.

Kevin S
5 | 2018-09-24

Really enjoyed seeing the large property of Versailles on bicycle. We had a very Parisian picnic lunch with Versailles in the background! Our tour guide George was excellent and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend

Susan M
3 | 2018-09-21

We thought we would see more of the gardens on bicycle. It seemed lot a lot of time was spent to and from the office to deal with bikes and stopping to buy food or eat. The gardens and palace are very beautiful.

Susan M
3 | 2018-09-21

We thought we would see more of the gardens on bicycle. It seemed lot a lot of time was spent to and from the office to deal with bikes and stopping to buy food or eat. The gardens and palace are very beautiful.

Christine F
5 | 2018-09-06

Amazing Day at Versailles. Great Tour Guide Tomas who was entertaining and knowledgeable. The biking was definitely fun, but the picnic by the canal and the shopping for the picnic in the market was the highlight of the day for me. Highly Recommend. Ladies - wear sneakers. We didn't need the audio guide inside the Palace.

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