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VIP Versailles Bike Tour

Approximately 8.5 hours

From $156

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Ride All Around Versailles with this VIP Bike Tour

Please note that we have a minimum group size of 4 guests for all tours in 2022.  If your party is less than 4, you are still welcome to reserve, but we may reach out to modify your tour date or cancel your tour.

This is the ultimate way to see everything that Versailles has to offer! Many people venture to this 16th century palace to marvel at the ornate gold furnishings, or the plush, velvet-lined walls of the corridors.  But Versailles has hidden secrets throughout it’s 2,000 acres, and we’ll see it all on this tour!

Tour Details

What’s Included
  • Bike
  • Helmet (provided but optional)
  • Roundtrip transportation from Paris to Versailles
  • Live Guide
  • Visit to Versailles open-air market
  • Picnic lunch along the Grand Canal
  • Entrance into Marie Antoinette’s Hameau, the Grand & Petit Trianons, and Formal Gardens
  • Guided tour of King Louis XV and XVI’s private apartments
  • Skip-the-line access to Château de Versailles with audio-guide
Good to Know
  • 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.
  • We require the full names and ages of all guests as this allows us to ensure skip-the-line entry into the palace.
  • 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.

Highlights

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1Versailles Open-Air Market
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2Entrance into Marie Antoinette's Hameau
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3Entrance into the Grand Trianon
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4Entrance into the Petit Trianon
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5Picnic Lunch along the Grand Canal
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6Versailles Royal Gardens
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7Guided Tour of King Louis XVI's Private Apartments
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8Skip-the-Line Access to Château de Versailles
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9Audio Guide inside the Château
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10Hall of Mirrors
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11Musical Fountain Show

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have more questions? Check our Fat Tire Tours general FAQs or get in touch.

Question About our Bikes/Biking in Versailles

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.

This tour is perfect for intermediate bike riders. You should have good balance, be able to start and stop comfortably, and be familiar with hand brakes. Most of this tour is on roads and although we stick together as a group and carve out a lane for ourselves, we ask that all guests feel confident with their riding ability. 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 out some of our other tours first.

Is this tour appropriate for children?

Yes! This tour is a wonderful way for kids to discover Paris. You can use this bike chart to help you reserve the appropriate bicycles for your little ones – you can reserve kids’ equipment during the booking process. 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.
  • Our city tours are very casual, with only slight elevation changes on varying surfaces including smooth gravel and pavement. It is necessary, however, that any person participating in our bike tours have at least some bike riding experience, and should be comfortable riding in a group.

How long is the ride?

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

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.

Is a helmet included?

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

General Tour Questions

Where is the tour 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/jacket and holding a sign.

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.

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.

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.

How long before my tour should I arrive?

The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure.

Is this tour offered in any other languages, or only English?

All scheduled tours are in English, but private tours can sometimes be scheduled in other languages, given we have a tour guide who speaks the language of your choice.

What is your cancellation policy?

Activities including tickets or special entrances, such as this one, may only be rescheduled for free up to 72 hours in advance. These activities are also only refundable more than 72 hours in advance of the activity start time. Within 72 hours, we will only be able to issue a partial refund or future credit.

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What is your weather policy?

All of our tours operate rain or shine, and we have rain ponchos available in our office for purchase (fully refunded if not used).

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 1.82.88.80.94 and our staff will be happy to help you find your way.

Do you organize private tours for groups?

Yes! Some of our private tours can be reserved directly online, but if you’re looking for something unique or have questions about a private group, simply send us an email at [email protected] to learn more about our options and prices.

How many people will be in my group?

This tour operates with a maximum group size of 20 guests.

Is there a reduced price for kids/students/infants/seniors?

Unfortunately, because the entrance tickets we reserve are at an adult rate, we don’t incur a discount to pass along to our guests. Infants (ages 0 – 3) are free of cost on all tours.

What is the difference between the Versailles Bike Tour and the VIP Versailles Bike Tour?

The main difference between the VIP Versailles tour and our standard Versailles tour is that the VIP option will include an extra hour-long private guided tour of the King’s apartments which are closed to the general public. You will get to see these 12 different rooms, which include the King Louis XIV’s office and bed chamber, with just your small tour group. It is an amazing way to experience the beauty of the chateau without having to fight the crowds.

Our VIP tour also dedicates time to visit the fountain show in the formal gardens. Both tours include transportation to and from Paris, Skip the line access to the public areas of the chateau, a guided bike tour of the grounds, and a picnic lunch (cost of food not included).

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