Versailles Bike Tour from Paris

See the best of the palace and gardens & enjoy a picnic with Parisian delicacies

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 4 Reviews · 7.00h · Paris, France

Looking for an exciting way to explore Versailles while you’re in Paris? Join this unforgettable, guided bike tour of Versailles’ top sights! Cruise from an outdoor market to the Queen’s Hamlet, enjoy a picnic lunch on the Grand Canal and visit the Grand Trianon. Cap off your exploration with a visit inside the royal palace! Roundtrip trains from Paris, bicycle and helmet rentals, and entrance tickets are included, so all you need to do is enjoy the adventure!

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  • Your meeting point is at Javel-André Citroen metro station
  • Arrive at Versailles
  • Pick up bicycle
  • Versailles outdoor market​
  • The Grand Canal
  • Picnic lunch
  • Grand Trianon​
  • Queen's Hamlet
  • Palace of Versailles
  • End your tour at Javel-André Citroen metro station

Your extraordinary ride through Versailles begins at the Javel Train Station in Paris, where you’ll meet your guide and fellow travelers before hopping on board for a quick ride to the Versailles Rive Gauche Train Station. Once in Versailles, your guide will get you and your group set up with your bikes and helmets, and then you’ll be ready to explore!

Your expert guide will lead you to the vibrant outdoor market of Versailles, where you’ll have time to shop for your own picnic snacks and drinks to enjoy once on the grounds. Bring some extra cash to purchase any delicious treats. Your guide will be there to provide helpful tips for picking out food and to guide you through the shops.

Once you’ve made your tasty lunch choices, you’ll cruise through the gardens of the stunning Grand Canal before hopping off your bikes for an incredible photo op as your guide explains the fascinating history of the Versailles grounds and Chateau. Unwind with a delicious picnic lunch as you take in the view from the top of the Grand Canal, and then continue immersing yourself in royal history!

After lunch, cycle over to the Grand Trianon, where you’ll have time to wander freely before riding to The Queen’s Hamlet. Enjoy a captivating tour of the Hamlet on foot before jetting off to your last stop of the day, the Royal Palace of Versailles. Immerse yourself in history as you explore the extraordinary Chateau independently, stopping for plenty of photos along the way!

Once you finish exploring the Chateau on your own, you’ll head back to the train station for a quick and easy return to Paris.

Versailles Bike Tour Description

Your 7-hour tour includes:

  • Expert, local guide

  • Bike rental with helmets

  • Roundtrip train from Paris

  • Picnic lunch at the top of the Grand Canal (cost not included)

  • Guided tour of Royal Grounds

  • Access to Grand & Petit Trianon

  • Access to Marie-Antoinette’s Private Hamlet

  • Timed entry into Chateau to explore on your own

  • Versailles’s outdoor market

All Aboard!

Your day begins at the Javel Train Station in Paris. Enjoy a comfortable, quick train journey of about 35 minutes alongside your guide and fellow travelers, before arriving at Versailles Rive Gauche Train Station. Now, your adventure can begin!

Retrieve Your Bicycles

Now that you’ve arrived, you will follow your guide to the Chateau grounds to pick up your bikes at the Versailles Gardens. This is a great time to stop at the adjacent cafe for water or drinks, as there won’t be many opportunities to do so during the tour.

Once you and your group members are situated with your bikes and helmets, it’s time for the adventure to begin!

Versailles’s Outdoor Market

Your first stop of the day is Versailles’s bustling, open-air market. Park your bike and begin perusing the numerous stalls selling fresh baguettes, cheese, fruits, and more delicious French delicacies. Not only is the market a feast for the senses, it’s also amazing people-watching and a wonderful look at local life in Versailles. Plus, it's the perfect time for everyone in the group to grab something yummy for later. We've got an awesome lunch stop planned.

Lunch isn’t included in the price of the tour, so be sure to bring cash for any additional purchases.

The Grand Canal

After exploring the market, hop back on your bike and follow your guide to the Grand Canal for an amazing photo opportunity! Shaped like a large cross and designed by André Le Notre, Louis XIV’s gardener, the Grand Canal is an iconic attraction in Versailles. Take in the breathtaking view as your guide explains the fascinating history of the canal and its significance to Versailles.

Lunch with a View

Before moving on to the next stop on the tour, enjoy a traditional Parisian picnic lunch from the top of the Grand Canal. Admire the view as you devour French treats while chatting with your newfound group of friends.

Grand Trianon

Now that you’ve refueled with a delicious lunch, it’s time to hop back on your bike and continue exploring! Follow your guide to the awe-inspiring Grand Trianon, a French Baroque-style chateau found tucked away in the gardens.

Louis XIV requested that the chateau be built as a place for him to retreat with his mistress at the time. The architecture of the building is truly impressive, and after parking your bike, you’ll have thirty minutes of free time to explore the breathtaking site at your leisure.

The Hamlet

After meeting your friendly guide back at the bike parking area, you’ll cruise over to your next stop, the Queen’s Hamlet. This rustic retreat was built for Marie Antoinette in 1783, as a place for the queen to relax and entertain her closest friends.

Drop off your bike and follow along as your guide leads a tour through the most prominent landmarks within the Hamlet. Marvel at the Temple of Love, a beautiful marble temple surrounded by greenery, the House of the Queen, the charming Moulin, and the idyllic farm that was actually in use when Marie Antoinette lived there.

If time allows, your guide will also take you to the Petit Trianon, a Neoclassical chateau that served as a place of refuge for Marie Antoinette.

The Chateau

You have one more stop on your royal adventure through Versailles! After riding back from the Hamlet, drop off your bicycles and enter the Chateau, the absolute jewel of Versailles. Explore the magnificent royal palace on your own and learn intriguing stories of those who once lived in this former royal residence.

You will have plenty of free time to explore the opulent palace and extraordinary gardens of Versailles at your leisure. You can take any train back, so no rush to depart the palace grounds.

What you get with this tour
Friendly English-speaking guide
Bike with helmets
Grand Trianon, Hamlet, Chateau de Versailles, and more
Lunch break
Max 18 people
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My daughter (10) and I absolutely LOVED this trip. It was so fantastic to be guided around - from the train in Paris, through the gardens of Versailles, into town shopping and then around the grounds. Julien, our guide, was knowledgeable, flexible and easy to talk to. We really enjoyed the entire day and can say with confidence that had we chose to explore Versailles on our own, we would not have seen near as much!

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29 April 2024
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Michael S Patterson

It was a wonderful day of exploration, information and fun with our expert guide, Julian. He brought the history to life for us and was an excellent guide on this biking and walking tour. Worth the time and money.

Versailles bike tour
24 October 2023
Reviewed by
Janna Radtke

We lucked out with a nice sunny day for our tour- rain would have made it not as enjoyable since we were outside for a lot of the time. We met our tour guide, Julien, at the meeting spot and from there everything was smooth. We really enjoyed seeing the beautiful market in the town of Versailles and appreciated the recommendations from Julien on what to get. We might not have gone there otherwise if we were on our own so I was very pleased to get to also experience that with the tour. He was very knowledgeable and informative on French history, which makes touring Versailles that much better if you’re not versed in it already. He was with us biking and through the gardens, but we toured inside the buildings on our own, finishing in the main palace at our own pace. It was a nice day and I’m happy we went with the bike tour. Bring comfortable clothes to bike and walk, and we also had a backpack to put our food in that I’m glad we brought since we had leftovers. Thank you Julien!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

Please ensure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes as you will be biking for most of the day. Don't forget to wear sunscreen and a hat as well.

What to bring?

Please ensure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes as you will be biking for most of the day. Don't forget to wear sunscreen and a hat as well.

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

Yes, it is!

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

Unfortunately, because this tour does require riding a bike for approximately 5 hours, it may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns.

What happens if it rains?

We run our tours rain or shine!

Is lunch included in the price of the tour?

No, lunch is not included in the price of the tour. We will stop at a famous city market for everyone to buy picnic supplies (cost not included) and have some free time to enjoy it during the tour.

Can I bring my kids and do I have to pay for them?

Yes, kids are welcome on this tour, and we can provide two-seater children’s trailers if needed (max. 45 pounds per child). Children over 12 are welcome to ride their own bikes, however, they must be comfortable with navigating busy city streets. Please note, all participants over the age of 12 must know how to ride a bike.

Where does this tour end?

This tour ends at the Chateau de Versailles. You will have tickets to take the train back to Paris at your leisure.

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