• Private Versailles
    Bike Tour

    "The history our guide provided really enriched our entire experience. We
    loved seeing the expansive grounds, the palace, and having our picnic
    lunch along the canal – an all round wonderful day!"

    lisa, france

Private Versailles Bike Tour

Private Versailles Bike Tour

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Experience the Private Versailles Bike Tour.

We've been taking guests to visit Versailles by bike for over 15 years and it has been a fan favorite ever since. Now, with the added exclusivity and flexibility of booking your own private version directly online!  Whether it's just you and your family or a large group of friends, this Private Versailles Bike Tour puts you in charge of the group size so you can experience Versailles exactly how you want to see it. With a tour guide dedicated to just your group, this tour allows you to experience Versailles and its extensive grounds without the distraction of outside guests. 

Upon arrival in the town of Versailles, we will ride to the famous city market to shop for our picnic supplies (cost not included). Then, we'll cruise through the Château's enormous grounds along a network of fantastic trails and tree-lined paths, pausing along the way to share the rich history of the palace and French monarchy. Next, it's on to our picnic at the end of the Grand Canal where we'll settle down for a royal feast.

After lunch, we'll continue through the grounds to visit Marie Antoinette's Hamlet and the Petit Trianon. Finally, our bike tour offers you 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. Ride with us and you will explore exponentially more of the 2,000+ acres of royal property than you would ever be able to see on your own.

If you have children or infants in your group, please let us know if you need any children bikes (20" or 24"), baby seats, trailers, or tandems in the "Comments" section during check out to ensure that we are able to reserve these for you. There is no additional charge for these.

  • Approximately 8.5 hours
  • Day Tour
  • Athletic Cycling
  • Morning, All Day
    • Bike
    • Helmet (provided but optional for adults)
    • Private tour guide for your group
    • Roundtrip transportation from Paris to Versailles
    • Access to Royal Grounds and Gardens
    • Access to Grand & Petit Trianon
    • Access to Marie-Antoinette's Private Hamlet
    • Audio Guide inside Château
    • Free time to explore the Château and Royal Gardens on your own
    • Items purchased for picnic lunch
  • GROUP(S) of up to 5 guests €996.00
    GROUP(S) of up to 10 guests €1115.00
    GROUP(S) of up to 15 guests €1232.00
    GROUP(S) of up to 20 guests €1359.00
  • For your Private Versailles Bike Tour, we are happy to meet at your hotel or accommodation in Paris! Please be sure to let us know the details of where you are staying in the 'Comments' section at checkout.

  • English, Please inquire about other languages
    • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour departure. 
    • The tour typically returns to Paris between 5pm & 6pm, but guests are welcome to stay in Versailles longer if they wish.
    • If possible, please bring a backpack to carry your food for our picnic lunch. We will visit the market upon our arrival to the town of Versailles (price of picnic supplies are not included in the tour price), and then stop for lunch several hours later. Please bring euro cash for market supplies as well.
    • All of our tours operate rain or shine, and we have rain ponchos available in our office for purchase (fully refunded if not used).

Tour Highlights

  • Versailles Open Market
  • Grand & Petit Trianons
  • Picnic along the Grand Canal
  • Versailles Royal Gardens
  • Skip-the-Line Access to Château de Versailles
  • Audio Guide included inside the Château
  • Hall of Mirrors
  • Queen's Hamlet
  • Personal tour guide for your group

FAQ

  • Expand/Collapse Where is the meeting point?

    For your Private Versailles Bike Tour, we are happy to meet at your hotel or accommodation in Paris! Please be sure to let us know the details of where you are staying in the 'Comments' section at checkout.

  • Expand/Collapse I'm staying in Versailles, can my tour meet there instead of Paris?

    Absolutely! Please make a note of this in the "Comments" section of checkout. Your guide will meet you at the Starbucks (4 Place Lyautey, 78000 Versailles) across from the Versailles Rive Gauche - Chateau de Versailles train station at 9:00am

    We do ask that you provide a working phone number where we will be able to reach you in France. 

  • Expand/Collapse What cycling skill level do I need for this tour?

    While all of our tours maintain a leisurely pace, we want our guests to have fun and be safe, so being able to ride a bike is paramount.

    Our Versailles Bike Tour is perfect for intermediate-athletic bike riders. We have children join us on this tour all the time so it completely depends on your confidence with a bicycle!

    You should have good balance, be able to start and stop comfortably, and be familiar with hand brakes. Although most of this tour takes place in a park there are city riding portions and a few hills. In an effort to see everything that Versailles has to offer, riders should be prepared to keep pace with the group as it covers more ground than many of our other tours. Safety is our number one priority but confidence in yourself is the first step to overall group safety.

    If you're not sure how you'll fare, we invite you to try our Paris Night Bike tour first.

  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour appropriate for children?

    Yes! Our Versailles Bike Tour is a wonderful way for kids comfortable on bikes to discover Versailles. We only ask that your children have been riding for a while, or, if they're under 12, you can reserve a tandem for them.

    You can use this bike chart to help you reserve the appropriate bicycles for your little ones. Please keep in mind that children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult on the tour. 

    • For children up to 12 years old or 45kg (100lbs) without good bike handling skills we offer 2-wheeled tandems that allow the passenger to pedal or coast, without having to maintain a high level of balance. All riders over 45kg (100lbs) must ride their own bicycle. We have various sized city bikes to accommodate just about every size of rider, from extra small 20 inch wheeled bikes for riders that are 3.3ft (100cm) to extra large for riders up to 6.5ft (198cm). Unfortunately, we do not have adult tricycles, adult tandems, or bikes with training wheels for adults or children that may be less confident in their riding ability.
    • There is no additional charge for trailers, tandems or baby seats. Due to limited availability, please book baby seats, trailers, tandems, 20” and 24” wheeled bikes in advance. 
    • Please Note: All extra small 20 inch and small 24 inch bikes are equipped with both hand brakes and pedal brakes.
  • Expand/Collapse Does the tour include transportation to Versailles?

    Yes! The tour price includes the RER train to Versailles and the return to Paris.

     

  • Expand/Collapse Is lunch included in the tour price?

    No, lunch is not included in the cost of this tour. You will have the chance to buy picnic supplies from numerous vendors at the market. Some vendors may accept credit cards, however we feel it is best to have cash in euros available as well.

  • Expand/Collapse What is your cancellation policy?

    Fat Tire Tours offers 100% refunds if the Private Tour reservation is cancelled more than 14 days prior to the scheduled tour, less the cost of any non-refundable tickets already acquired (e.g. Eiffel Tower, Versailles, Catacombs, Museums, etc.).

    Inside of 14 days, we will do our best to reschedule your tour based on the availability of equipment, tickets, and tour guides.

    Our Company does not offer refunds for any reason once within 72 hours of the scheduled tour.

  • Expand/Collapse What are your bike options?

    You can view our bike options here.

    If you have children or infants in your group, please let us know if you need any children bikes (20" or 24"), baby seats, trailers, or tandems in the "Comments" section during check out to ensure that we are able to reserve these for you. There is no additional charge for these.

  • Expand/Collapse Is a helmet included?

    Adults are not obliged to wear a helmet in France, however they are mandatory for children under 12. We have helmets of all sizes available in our office.

  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour offered in any other languages, or only English?

    All of our tours are in English, but we can accommodate other languages for Private Tours, given we have a tour guide that speaks the language of your choice. 

    Please let us know in the "Comments" section during check out if you would like to inquire about other languages for your tour, and our team will get in touch.

  • Expand/Collapse Can I leave the tour early?

    Once the tour begins, we require that you stay with the guide and the group until the end.

  • Expand/Collapse How long is the ride?

    Our Private Versailles Bike Tour covers approximately 10.1 miles (16.25 km).

  • Expand/Collapse What is your weather policy?

    Our tours run rain or shine, and we have rain ponchos available for purchase for anyone that needs them. We will gladly buy them back if they go unused during your tour. If you would like your tour guide to bring ponchos on your tour, please let us know.

    We encourage all guests to consult the weather forecast and to dress accordingly.

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