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Skip the Line: Versailles Guided Bike & Palace Tour

Activity provider: Fat Tire Tours - Paris

Skip the Line: Versailles Guided Bike & Palace Tour

Activity provider: Fat Tire Tours - Paris
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From US$ 101.57 per person

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Take a tour of Versailles from a different angle by exploring the gardens by bicycle and discovering highlights that most visitors miss on foot.

About this activity

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Duration 8 - 8.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Tour the Palace of Versailles gardens by bike
  • See the Hall of Mirrors
  • Visit a Versailles open market
  • Enjoy a picnic along the Grand Canal
  • Admire the Grand and Petit Trianons
  • See much more of Versailles' gardens than you would see on foot
Full description

Explore the miraculous Palace of Versailles on a full-day sightseeing tour by bike. Meet your guide at a central location near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and then go 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. 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, 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, if you need them.

Includes
  • Round-trip train tickets, Paris-Versailles
  • Guide
  • Bicycle
  • Timed entrance to the chateau
  • Entrance to the Grand and Petit Trianons and Marie Antoinette's Hameau
  • Garden ticket on fountain days
  • Lunch supplies at the market
  • Water bottle
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • If a children's bike is required, you must advise at time of booking
  • Tour operates in all weather conditions, so please dress appropriately
  • You will cover an area of approximately 10 miles on relatively flat terrain. The ride is leisurely, and therefore suitable for all fitness levels
  • Child seats are available if requested at the time of booking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 114 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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Different ride. The experience of cycling around the Grand Canal in the gardens of Versailles and having a picnic on its banks was unique. We also access the surroundings of the palace, incredible places. I do not recommend it for anyone who expects to explore the interior of the palace as the time was very short for that. Despite the flat route in almost its entirety and the bike being quite light, the tour is a bit tiring due to the great distances to be covered by pedaling and walking and the heat that it was during the day (we traveled in July).

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July 19, 2022

We absolutely loved the day we spent with Cory from the ‘fat tire’ company. She was able to tell us lots of interesting historical stories which our teenage children loved. The bike riding was not too hard and it was great to get out into the countryside. The market was wonderful. An amazing and memorable day for us. Thank you.

June 26, 2022

My mom and I loved everything about our day in Versailles! It was easy to meet the group, hop on the train and pick up our bikes. Before heading to the gardens, we had time to browse a local food market and pick up fix-ins for a picnic, which was lots of fun! We then spent the rest of the morning and afternoon exploring the sprawling landscape of Versailles by bike (we saw so much and were able to cover a lot more ground than had we traveled by foot!), pausing along the way to learn about the history of this landmark from our informative guide*. We certainly earned our picnic, which was delightful. At the end of the cycling portion of the day, we skipped the line and were able to experience the rest of the Versailles palace at our own pace. Great value! *I cannot remember our guide's name, but he is English, running the 2019 NYC marathon, and works as a translator for business professionals. Hopefully that will identify him and earn him credit for a wonderful experience!

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October 31, 2019

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