Versailles Bike Tour

Versailles Full-Day Bike Tour with Picnic

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.

Summer Versailles Bike Tour Pricing (May 22nd - July 31st 2020)

 Mon.Tues.Wed.Thu.Fri.Sat.Sun.
Versailles Bike Tour X €109 €99 €99 €109 €109 €109
VIP Versailles Bike Tour X €149 X X €149 €149 €149
Sunset Versailles Bike Tour X X X X X €129 X

Tour Highlights

  • Versailles Open-air 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
    • Bike
    • Helmet (provided but optional)
    • Roundtrip transportation from Paris to Versailles
    • Visit to local market for picnic supplies (cost not included, please bring cash in euros)
    • Guided tour of Royal Grounds
    • Access to Grand & Petit Trianon
    • Access to Marie-Antoinette's Private Hamlet
    • Skip-the-Line Access to Château with Audio Guide
    • Ability to explore the Château and Royal Gardens on your own
    • Items purchased for picnic lunch
  • 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).

    The easiest taxi address: 1 Avenue Emile Zola, 75015 Paris. Your guide will be wearing a Fat Tire Tours t-shirt and holding a sign.

  • English
    • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour departure.
    • We highly recommend using public transportation to get to the meeting point as car traffic is quite dense in this area.
    • All of our tours operate rain or shine, and we have rain ponchos for sale in our office.
    • All participants over 12 years of age must be able to ride a bike.
    • All participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and carry proof of age documentation.
    • This includes roundtrip RER transportation to and from Versailles from central Paris. Your guide will provide you with your RER ticket to return back to Paris at your own pace. Guests typically finish touring the chateau around 4:30/5pm.
    • If possible, please bring a small backpack or tote bag to carry your food for our picnic. Be sure to bring cash in euros for picnic supplies as well!

    Booking for children? Review our bike options here to help you reserve the correct equipment. All participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and carry proof of age documentation.

    • Tandems must be reserved and are for children less than 70lbs/32kg
    • Trailers must be reserved and have a 2 child capacity with a combined maximum weight limit of 88lbs/40kg.
    • Babyseats must be reserved and have a maximum weight limit of 48lbs/22kg.
    • All participants over 12 years of age must be able to ride a bike.
    • Bike
    • Helmet (provided but optional)
    • Roundtrip transportation from Paris to Versailles
    • Visit to local market for picnic supplies (cost not included, please bring cash in euros)
    • Guided tour of Royal Grounds
    • Access to Grand & Petit Trianon
    • Access to Marie-Antoinette's Private Hamlet
    • Skip-the-Line Access to Château with Audio Guide
    • Ability to explore the Château and Royal Gardens on your own
    • Items purchased for picnic lunch
  • Adult €99.00
    Child (age 4-17, ID needed) €85.00
    Infant (0-3) €0.00
    • Versailles Open Market

    • Grand & Petit Trianons

    • Grand Canal Picnic

    • Formal Chateau Gardens

    • The Chateau

    • Ceiling and chandeliers in the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles

      Hall Of Mirrors

    • Queen's Hamlet

  • 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).

    The easiest taxi address: 1 Avenue Emile Zola, 75015 Paris. Your guide will be wearing a Fat Tire Tours t-shirt and holding a sign.

  • English
    • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour departure.
    • We highly recommend using public transportation to get to the meeting point as car traffic is quite dense in this area.
    • All of our tours operate rain or shine, and we have rain ponchos for sale in our office.
    • All participants over 12 years of age must be able to ride a bike.
    • All participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and carry proof of age documentation.
    • This includes roundtrip RER transportation to and from Versailles from central Paris. Your guide will provide you with your RER ticket to return back to Paris at your own pace. Guests typically finish touring the chateau around 4:30/5pm.
    • If possible, please bring a small backpack or tote bag to carry your food for our picnic. Be sure to bring cash in euros for picnic supplies as well!

    Booking for children? Review our bike options here to help you reserve the correct equipment. All participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and carry proof of age documentation.

    • Tandems must be reserved and are for children less than 70lbs/32kg
    • Trailers must be reserved and have a 2 child capacity with a combined maximum weight limit of 88lbs/40kg.
    • Babyseats must be reserved and have a maximum weight limit of 48lbs/22kg.
    • All participants over 12 years of age must be able to ride a bike.

FAQ

  • Expand/Collapse Where is the meeting point?

    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).

    The easiest taxi address: 1 Avenue Emile Zola, 75015 Paris. Your guide will be wearing a Fat Tire Tours t-shirt and holding a sign.

  • Expand/Collapse Does the tour include transportation to Versailles?

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

    Your tour will end in Versailles with your skip-the-line access into the chateau, at which point your guide will provide you with your train tickets and directions back to the train station, about a 10-minute walk from the chateau. This allows you the freedom to explore the palace and the formal gardens at your own pace and return to Paris whenever you'd like. Trains run until approximately 11pm.

  • 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 I'm staying in Versailles, can I meet the tour here?

    Absolutely! Please meet us at our Versailles office, located at 10 Avenue du Général de Gaulle, 78000 Versailles

    Please make sure we can reach you by the phone provided at checkout.

    When making your reservation, be sure to leave us a note in the comments section to indicate that you will meet us directly in Versailles. Your guide will pick you up when they arrive in Versailles with the rest of the group. Please aim to be there between 9am-9:15am and know that you may have to wait up to 30-45min for your group to arrive.

  • Expand/Collapse What are your bike options?

    You can view our bike options here. 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.

  • 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 10, you can reserve a tandem for them. You can reserve kid's equipment during the booking process.

    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 10 years old or weighing under 32kg (70lbs), we have two-wheeled tag-along tandems. The child passenger sits on a seat and can pedal or coast. All riders weighing over 32kg (70lbs) must ride their own bicycle. This is not an option for adults or anyone over the weight or age limit.
    • 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).
    • 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 hand brakes.
  • 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 Do we have to take the bikes on the train?

    No! You will get the bikes when you arrive in Versailles.  We will then leave the bikes at our Versailles office at the end of the riding portion, giving you the freedom to choose exactly how long you would like to stay in Versailles.

     

  • Expand/Collapse Is a helmet included?

    In Paris adults are not obliged to wear a helmet, however they are mandatory for children under 12. We have helmets of all sizes available, free of charge.

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

    All scheduled tours are in English, but private tours can be scheduled in other languages.

     

     

  • Expand/Collapse What is your cancellation policy?

    We're happy to offer free changes and 100% refund up to 24 hours before tour* Failure to cancel a reservation at least 24 hours prior to scheduled departure may result in forfeited travel funds. Fare difference may apply.

    *See restrictions here

  • Expand/Collapse What is your weather policy?

    Our tours run rain or shine, and we have rain ponchos available for purchase in our office for anyone that needs them. We will gladly buy the ponchos back if they are not used during your tour. We encourage all guests to consult the weather forecast and to dress accordingly.

     

  • Expand/Collapse How long is the ride?

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

     
  • Expand/Collapse What is the number to call if I am lost and trying to find the meeting point?

    If you are having difficulty finding the meeting location for your tour, please call us at+33 1.1.82.88.80.94 and our staff will be happy to help you find your way.

  • Expand/Collapse My group size is larger than the dropdown menu allows, how can I book?

    If you would like to book a larger group, please contact our Private Tours team at [email protected].

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