10 Best Versailles Bike Tours
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Versailles is a magical place, and the best way to see it is by bicycle. The gardens are vast and while they can definitely be appreciated on foot, if you really want to explore it is a good idea to have two wheels.
Here are some of the best Versailles bike tours, and my tips for getting the most out of your visit to Versailles. Let’s go!
Located about 20 kilometers southwest of Paris, the glittering Palace of Versailles was originally a countryside hunting lodge for royalty. It was developed into a lavish chateau by Louis XIV and expanded upon by successive rulers. The gardens were designed by Andre Le Notre and represent the height of the French formal style. Don’t miss Marie Antoinette’s hideaway at Trianon and the Queen’s Hamlet – my favorite part of Versailles!
The gardens cover about 800 hectares or three square miles of lawns, topiaries, flower beds and fountains. The famous gardens of Versailles have been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. My favorite thing about the gardens is exploring by bicycle then settling down for a picnic with a view.
10 Best Versailles Bicycle Tours
- Full day Versailles tour with picnic and skip the lines to the Palace: Pick up your bikes in Versailles and head to the local market for picnic provisions. Then head into the gardens to see the Queen’s Hamlet and on to a picnic on the Grand Canal. Afterward have exclusive access to the Palace sights. Book this tour here.
- Explore the Versailles Gardens with Fat Tire Tours: pick up picnic supplies at the local market then pedal to the gardens to see Marie Antoinette’s estate and the vast lawns and pretty fountains. Enjoy your picnic with views of the Palace then head inside to see the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Book this tour here.
- Rent electric bikes to explore Versailles: Have you ever tried an electric bike? They are great if you’d like to cycle long distances or you’d like a little boost. You can rent electric bikes in Versailles and explore the gardens on your own for a few hours or all day. Check out my tips for picnic supplies below. Reserve the ebikes in advance here.
- Versailles bike tour with small group: Meet your guide in Paris near Notre Dame and hop on the train together to Versailles. Pick up your bikes and explore the gardens, stopping at Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s estate. Enjoy a picnic in the gardens then explore the Palace. Kids under 5 go free! Book this tour here.
- Versailles bike tour from Paris: Ride the train from Paris and meet your guide to collect the bikes next to the train station. Spend the day cycling through the beautiful parks, royal gardens and forest trails. Stop to explore Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet, snap photos of the grandiose palace from unique viewpoints and enjoy a picnic along the Grand Canal. Book this tour here.
- Versailles bike tour with picnic and visit to Marie Antoinette’s estate: Learn about the life and scandals of the decadent Sun King (Louis XIV) and Marie Antoinette, and the resulting French Revolution that brought about the beheading of the French Royalty while you pedal through the lovely gardens of Versailles. Visit Marie Antoinette’s estate and the Palace interrupted by a picnic on the grass. The tour includes transportation to Versailles from Paris and access to Trianon, the Palace and the Hamlet. Book this tour here.
- Versailles by bike day tour: Discover miles of garden trails and tree-lined paths behind the palace, and reach parts of the grounds that visitors on foot do not frequent, including Marie Antoinette’s country-style Hamlet, the Petit Trianon and the Grand Trianon. Stop by the Grand Canal for a picnic lunch before heading inside the Palace of Versailles. Book this tour here.
- Versailles food and gardens tour: Explore the Château, gardens and fountains, indulge in French market treats and discover secret places seen by few tourists and even unknown to Parisians with a local guide native to Versailles. Ideal for foodies and adventurers looking to escape the crowds and see the very best of Versailles. Book this tour here.
- Skip the line access and bike tour of the gardens: See it all in comfort on a bicycle as you cruise effortlessly from one picturesque spot to another. The guide will share stories to help you learn about the life, legends, and scandals of the Sun King , Marie-Antoinette, and the French Revolution. Touring Versailles on a bike is fun and interactive for all ages! Book this tour here.
- Rent bicycles in the gardens: Create your own tour by renting bicycles in the gardens near Place de la Petite Venise along the Grand Canal. The bicycles are first come first serve so you might need to wait in line. You can rent bikes by the hour and explore the grounds on your own. I recommend getting supplies for a picnic – see below for more information.
- Segway tour of the gardens of Versailles: Have you always wanted to try a Segway? Now is your chance! Hop on this clever machines and explore the gardens with the wind in your hair! Afterward take your time to wander through the palace at your own pace. You can get skip the line tickets to the Palace here.
Did you know that from March 27th to October 30th you can also enjoy the Musical Fountains Shows and Musical Gardens? Listen to lovely music as you stroll through the gardens and groves. And during the summer, every Saturday night there are Fountain Night shows with colorful lights. Book your tickets here.
Pick up a Picnic from Versailles Markets
The most popular market in Versailles is held at the Place du Marché Notre Dame, an indoor and outdoor market with every kind of edible product you can imagine. Choose from fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, pastries, olives, flowers, spices, prepared foods, chocolates, fresh breads, wines and more. The outdoor market, Carrés Notre Dame, is held Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, while the indoor market, Halles Notre Dame, is open daily. You can also hit up the Halles for lunch or an early dinner if the weather is not suitable for a picnic by the palace.
The market is located close to the Palace of Versailles and near the Rive Droite train station. On your way from the train station you will also spot regular supermarkets like Carrefour, U Express and Franprix where you can pick up supplies that may be less expensive and are open when the Halles market is closed.
How to get to Versailles from Paris
If you will be starting your adventure in Versailles you will need to get there first. Luckily it can easily be reached from Paris by train.
- Starting at Paris Montparnasse train station, get off at Versailles Chantiers train station.
- Starting at Paris Saint Lazare or Paris La Défense train station, get off at Versailles Rive Droite train station.
- On the RER C line from Central Paris, buy a Paris-Versailles Rive Gauche ticket (zones 1-4), get off at Versailles Rive Gauche train station.
I hope this guide to touring the Versailles gardens helps you get the most out of your visit. Enjoy!
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