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Versailles Day Bike Tour from Paris
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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 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 hamlet, the Petit Trianon, and the Grand Trianon. Stop by the Grand Canal before heading inside the Palace of Versailles with skip-the-line admission.
  • Tour Versailles' gardens by bicycles and see far more than visitors on foot
  • Marie Antoinette's farm-style halmet, the Petit Trianon, and the Grand Trianon
  • Visit to Versailles' market to shop for delicious picnic provisions (own expense)
  • Explore the interior of the palace with an audio guide
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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
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Rain gear is available at a fee of 1EUR paid direct which will be refunded if not used
1 Av. Emile Zola , 1 Av. Emile Zola, 75015 Paris, France

This tour meets in Paris, 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). Your guide will be wearing a Fat Tire Tours t-shirt and holding a sign.

Versailles , 78000 Versailles, France

This tour concludes in Versailles and guests are welcome to stay in Versailles until closing. They may also return to central Paris with their guide.

Meet your guide at a central location in Paris and take the RER train together for the 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 hamlet, the Petit Trianon, and the Grand Trianon.

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 time inside. With your provided audio-guide, learn about the lives of the French monarchy before their removal from power by the 1789 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Versailles
Ride through the town and parks of Versailles.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Carrefour Market
Explore the market and pick out picnic supplies
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Grand Canal
See the Grand Canal and ride around it.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palace of Versailles
Receive skip-the-line entry into the chateau.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Le Petit Trianon
One of the most refined places in Versailles, it was given to Marie-Antoinette by Louis XVI in 1774.
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Royal Chapel
Access is included to the fifth and final chapel in the palace.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Le Grand Trianon
Explore the amazing architecture of the Grand Trianon.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Tapis Vert
Access to this Versailles garden is included.
Stop At:  
Queen’s Hamlet
Explore this retreat built for Marie Antoinette and used as a private meeting place for the Queen and her closest friends.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Hall of Mirrors
See the most famous room at Chateau Versailles.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Fat Tire Tours - Paris
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Versailles Day Bike Tour from Paris?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Versailles Day Bike Tour from Paris.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Versailles Day Bike Tour from Paris?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Versailles Day Bike Tour from Paris.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Versailles Day Bike Tour from Paris?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Versailles Day Bike Tour from Paris.

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  • "Palace is huge, so is park - get ready for a long day!" See review
  • "The day is rather strenuous, so I would recommend it for people who are able to walk and ride for several hours straight." See review

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star-5
Fantastic, informative, fun and surprising day tour that suited the whole family (kids13/14).
Angela_J
, Jul 2022
Excellent day cycling tour with Dave! Lots of information told as a story which captivated all ages. Walking around the Palace was spectacular, but don’t miss out on Marie Antoinette’s residence and gardens… our favourite part of the tour! The trip pleased all our family, even the 2 teenagers :-).
star-5
Bicycling is the Best Way to See Versailles
Vanessa_F
, Jun 2022
Bicycling around Versailles was such a wonderful way to experience all of the beauties this place has to offer. We had plenty of time in the palace, and our wonderful guide, Matt, filled us in on all of the historical details: the Sun King, the Fun King and the Done King. What an exceptional way to visit this monument to past French greatness.
star-5
Highly recommend
Samantha_C
, Jun 2022
Aaron was our tour guide and he was amazing to say the least! Stopping at the market, biking the grounds and picnic for lunch was all so awesome! Seeing the palace afterward was remarkable all on its own.
star-5
The BEST way to experience Versailles!
Virginia_E
, Jun 2022
Aaron, the guide originally from Ireland, was brilliant! He made it fun and interesting for all ages. Our group ranged from 3 to 60 years old. Some people weren’t prepared for this adventure and yet, he handled them so well. Advice: make sure people know they ride in the city and not just on the grounds. People struggling with anxiety with cars, tight places, should not do this. Having led tours 30 years ago, this is the best way to see Versailles!
star-4
Mara to the rescue
Jeffrey_C
, Jun 2022
Guide (Mara) was great.. riding around the grounds was nice, we had a few flat tires and chain pops but Mara was all over it. She was calm and cool trying to manage all 19 of us with varying biking levels. Good tour, kids may not enjoy as much. Teen angers, forget it!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun and in-depth
Nicholas_P
, Jun 2022
Loved exploring Versailles inside (would recommend an audio guide) and the surrounding gardens. The market and picnic in the gardens was so enjoyable. Maddy was a knowledgeable and fun guide which made for a great trip!
star-5
Best Guild and Trip.
matt_d
, Jun 2022
Fantastic time!!! Would highly recommend this to everyone!! Chris was fabulous. Thanks for the great time.
star-5
Most amazing day with Rory!
Ainsley_F
, Jun 2022
We had the most fun day riding around Versailles with Rory! He made the experience so easy - traveling from Paris to Versailles was a breeze and we navigated the other tourist groups without a hitch. One of the highlights was shopping for our picnic lunch at the town market that we later ate on the grounds of Versailles. Overall we would highly recommend this tour - it’s an amazing and active way to see much more of the Versailles estate than just the chateau!
star-5
Biking for the win!
Susan_R
, Jun 2022
The best option for seeing Versailles! Walking would not have done the grounds justice. Our guide Mara was knowledgeable, funny, and very organized keeping a bunch of people on bikes together. We will definitely be booking tours with VIATOR again! Thank you Mara
star-5
Amazing Day with Dave
Anna_W
, Jun 2022
The tour was planned out very well, with easy transportation, time inside the palace in the morning, a visit to a local market, scenic picnic, and beautiful bike ride. Our guide Dave did a great job explaining the history of Versailles so it was both understandable and memorable. I learned so much about what happened beyond the palace, making it a really unique, behind the scenes experience. Our group was so fun and made the day that much better! Dave made sure to keep the group together and was very helpful when anyone needed it. Plus, he answered all our questions and had some great recommendations for picnic food at the market!
star-5
Amazing Experience
Michael_Z
, May 2022
A fun day exploring the grounds around the chateau at Versailles. You would not believe how beautiful they are. Great guide and a truly enjoyable day.
star-5
OJ was the best!
Sydney_S
, May 2022
OJ was an amazing tour guide! I would highly recommend this trip to everyone. My roommate and I are backpacking Europe and this was our first scheduled tour of the trip and we met so many wonderful people from all over the world!! This tour was so fun! But it was definitely hot and you are working a lot, by the end of the day it felt like I spent a whole day at the beach but still 10/10
star-5
lovely experience
Alexandra_F
, May 2022
my husband and so took this tour on our honeymoon and had a fabulous time! Our guide had a great knowledge of versailles and the grounds which is exactly what i was personally looking for. the bike ride was pretty easy with some minimal hills. you do travel a bit through the outside of the city with traffic but the guide does a great job of making sure everyone is safe and comfortable while riding. We highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Would repeat
Mircea_C
, May 2022
Great time, informative, and fun. Would repeat when returning to Paris. Long day but the picnic is well worth it.
star-5
Excellent tour!
Todd_S
, May 2022
We had a wonderful time on the biking tour at Versailles! Our guide Maddie was amazing, she was super knowledgeable and navigated the whole group on the city roads very well! We enjoyed the palace and grounds and were able to cover much more distance on the bikes. Only possible downside is the tour doesn’t include a lot of time inside the palace, but since we moved through quickly we did not mind.
star-4
A pedal through history
Elizabeth_O
, May 2022
The perfect way to see Versailles. Nick, our guide, brought the grounds alive with his engaging presentation of history. He guided us through the market and allowed for the perfect amount of time for lunch. I even had time to create a rough sketch of the palace. A perfect day!
star-5
Best guide ever
Eugene_C
, May 2022
Nick was an amazing guide, super knowledgable and a funny guy as well. His knowledge on global history is unmatched!
star-5
Highly recommended
Lingyi_K
, May 2022
This is definitely one of the best tour experiences I’ve had. Our guide OJ was funny and knowledgeable. The tour operator (Fat Tire) seems to be very organized and the itinerary was well designed. I’m glad I did this on bikes because it covered way more grounds in the palace gardens and around the city of Versailles. Highly recommended.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
A different way to see the palace
Olivia_S
, May 2022
The experience was a lot of fun, cycling through the gardens was very special and we especially enjoyed the picnic. Our guide, OJ, was great, very entertaining and knowledgeable.
star-5
Fun, active day out with a great guide!
Sarah_A
, May 2022
Thanks OJ for such a great day. We learned loads about Versailles, its inhabitants, the area and more. Walked around the markets and bought amazing food, then had a picnic all together. Would define recommend this trip with Fat Tyre Bike Tours to anyone! Thanks guys x

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