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Skip the Line: Versailles Guided Bike & Palace Tour

1. Skip the Line: Versailles Guided Bike & Palace Tour

Explore the miraculous Palace of Versailles on a full-day sightseeing tour by bike. Meeting at a central location near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, your guide will take you to the nearest RER station, for the quick train trip to Versailles. Once at Versailles, visit the village market to buy baguettes, cheese, ham, wine, or whatever you desire for a picnic lunch, to be held later in the Chateau's gardens. You will then spend most of the day riding in a relaxed fashion through the tree-lined gardens and near the Grand Canal. The average Versailles tourist often doesn't realize that they will only visit a small fraction of the gardens if they go by foot. But on this 8-hour tour, you will see it all. The tour includes round-trip train tickets from Paris to Versailles and back, and all necessary bike equipment, including children's seats, should you require them.

From Paris: Skip-the-Line Versailles Bike Tour & Guide

2. From Paris: Skip-the-Line Versailles Bike Tour & Guide

Meet your guide in Paris before traveling to Versailles by train where your bikes will be waiting upon arrival. The royal grounds are an expansive 2,000 acres. Your bikes are super comfortable and easy to ride which means you’ll really get to see it all, far more than you ever could by foot. Have a professional guide inside the château or have the option to explore at your own pace. French history is full of personalities, from the high heel wearing, ballet dancing Sun King, and Marie Antoinette, to the legend that was Napoleon. Your licensed guide’s lively commentary will be fun and interactive - this is no history lecture. A day trip to Versailles can be a holiday highlight or a complete disaster and this tour is designed to keep you away from the crowds. It’s all about how you do it. The stress will be taken out of your day so that you can sit back in your bike saddle and enjoy your break. The tour will be structured according to you, but on a typical day, the morning will be spent exploring the local town and the market. Every stall of this quaint and quintessentially French market will tempt you with its fresh baked pastries, crêpe stands, organic produce, cheese and wines - the things that you all love the most about France. Practice your French, have a free wine tastings and crêpe making demonstration while also stocking up on picnic supplies. The rest of the morning will be spent exploring the royal grounds, gardens, fountains, inside Marie Antoinette’s hamlet and the Trianons, with a few hidden secrets along the way. Having worked up an appetite, you will then lay out your picnic lunch by the Grand Canal overlooking the spectacular château, a fantastic place to sip wine and relax in the sun. You’ll be taken to a favorite and most hidden part of the royal gardens, where some of Louis’ fountains dance to music. You will then skip the infamous line at the château and be guided through its stunning state rooms, royal apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and even Louis' bedroom. At the end of the day, make the short trip back to Paris with plenty of travel tips and Parisian insider secrets to fuel the rest of your holiday. Et voilà, the most unforgettable tour of Versailles is complete. Versailles has a way of capturing the hearts of all who visit. 

From Paris: Bike Tour to Versailles with Timed Palace Entry

3. From Paris: Bike Tour to Versailles with Timed Palace Entry

Before meeting your guide at 8:45 AM at Le Peloton Café in Paris, take time to grab a craft coffee or delectable waffle to start you off. After meeting your enthusiastic guide and the rest of your group members at the café, you'll take the train together to Versailles. Upon arrival, the first stop will be at the Versailles farmer's market, one of the best in France. Get all the best recommendations on what to buy from your guide, and sweet talk the vendors for some delicious food. After the market, you'll ride into the amazing royal grounds and experience the legendary gardens of Versailles. Walk through the often-missed peasant village created for Marie Antoinette, and the Petit Trianon, which was her personal castle and residence. Stop next for a picnic through the gardens along the Grand Canal. Set your bike aside and sit in the grass to enjoy the view of the swans and castle. You'll later have free time to explore the Palace of Versailles at your own pace with an audio guide before returning to Paris by train.

Versailles Full-Day Bike Tour + Skip-the-Line Chateau Access

4. Versailles Full-Day Bike Tour + Skip-the-Line Chateau Access

Pick up your bikes in Versailles and ride to the famous city market to shop for your picnic supplies. Continuing on to the 2,000 acres of tree-lined paths, enjoy a leisurely ride to visit Marie Antoinette's Hamlet and both the Petit and Grand Trianons. Next, it's on to your picnic at the end of the Grand Canal, to settle down for a royal feast. With your special access reservation, go behind the scenes to an exclusive section of the palace, closed off to the general public. Enjoy free time to take in the breathtaking Hall of Mirrors, Marie Antoinette's chambers, and the royal quarters. After visiting the palace, you can still walk around Versailles or return to Paris by train (transportation cost included).

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What people are saying about Palace of Versailles

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 58 reviews

Absolutely amazing tour. Probably the best I’ve done, the day was like a dream. Worth getting up early for. Met at the train station, visited Versailles with front of the line access. After Versailles visited an incredible market to pick up lunch. Ride bikes through beautiful town and forest to an amazing view over the canal for a picnic. Saw the queens garden and a nice bike ride back to the train. Train back to Paris. Everything well organized and guide was amazing. Please take this bike tour, it’s the best out of all Versailles tours.

Super organized, friendly, worth seeing, cozy with lots of information about Versailles and the surrounding area, great tips for shopping at the market and a nice bike ride through the gardens of Versailles. Highly recommended to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and spend a nice day!

Fantastic day out, well organised with excellent tour guides. It was great as a solo traveler. I loved the biking, and the tour of Versailles was just the right length with the right amount of information. We lucked out with the weather!

Wow!! This was a great experience! Daniela was the best. Very accommodating and knowledgeable. She made us feel lime we were spending the day with a friend, not just a tour guide.

The guide was fantastic. The day was packed with various experience. Just a different way to see Versaille.