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From Paris: Skip-the-Line Versailles Bike Tour & Guide

1. From Paris: Skip-the-Line Versailles Bike Tour & Guide

Discover the town, gardens, and château of Versailles on this day trip from Paris. Make exploring the expansive 2,000 acres of Versailles easy with a bike. Skip the line to this popular attraction and head to the village market where you can pickup items for a picnic.  Meet your guide in Paris before traveling to Versailles by train where your bikes will be waiting upon arrival. Hop on a comfortable and easy to ride bike that will help you see more in less time.  Follow your guide inside the château or have the option to explore at your own pace. Dive into French history's personalities, from the high heel wearing, ballet dancing Sun King, and Marie Antoinette, to the legend that was Napoleon.  Spend your morning exploring the local town and the market. Every stall of this quaint and quintessentially French market will tempt you with its fresh baked pastries, crêpe stands, organic produce, cheese and wines . Practice your French, enjoy free wine tastings and a crêpe making demonstration while also have the chance to purchase some picnic supplies. Explore the royal grounds, gardens, and fountains. Go inside Marie Antoinette’s hamlet and the Trianon. Stop at a few hidden places along the way. Work up an appetite and you lay out the items that you purchased for your picnic lunch by the Grand Canal overlooking the spectacular château, a fantastic place to sip wine and relax in the sun. Be taken to a secret part of the royal gardens, where some of Louis’ fountains dance to music. Save time with skip-the-line tickets to the château and be guided through its stunning state rooms, royal apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and Louis' bedroom.  End your trip with a ride back to Paris. Get plenty of travel tips and Parisian insider secrets to fuel the rest of your holiday on the return trip. 

From Paris: Versailles and Giverny Full-Day Trip

2. From Paris: Versailles and Giverny Full-Day Trip

Get insight into some of the most famous figures in French history, their lives and how they liked to live. Giverny and Versailles are less than a 1 hour drive west of Paris, so combining them both into one day trip is easy and relaxed. This tour starts with the calm and almost other worldly beauty of Claude Monet’s Home and Gardens in Giverny. Learn about the famous Impressionist artist and then enjoy free time to explore inside his vibrantly colored home, stroll along the charming paths of his flower garden, and admire the water garden with the little green bridge and lake full of his famous water lilies. In the afternoon the guide will share the scandals surrounding the French Revolution and Marie-Antoinette during your visit to the Royal Domain of Versailles. You will enjoy Skip-the-line access into the Palace itself and have free time to explore inside with an audio-guide. Visit the Royal Apartments, the stunning Hall of Mirrors, and then wander through the famously organized French Gardens. When the Palace tour is finished, enjoy an easy transfer back into Paris, having accomplished the country side. 

Paris: Versailles Palace & Trianon Castles E-Bike Tour

3. Paris: Versailles Palace & Trianon Castles E-Bike Tour

Meet your guide and get set up with your e-bike. Start the tour by crossing the park of Saint-Cloud (1500 acres). Discover the fountains of the Grande Cascade designed by Hardouin-Mansart and Le Pautre. Be amazed by the history of the former Royal Castle of Saint-Cloud. This castle was the residence of Philippe d'Orléans, the young brother of Louis XIV. It was also the residence of Napoleon. Pass through the statues of the Parterre des 24 jets. Take a selfie a great viewof Paris in the background. Ride through the small village of Marnes-la-Coquette. Admire the beautiful architecture of this small town located at "the gates of Paris". Then, explore the Fausses-Reposes as you ride along paths sheltered from the sun under the canopy of the trees.  Arrive at the iconic Palace of Versailles, surrounded by stunning fountains and lush gardens. Avoid the queues with skip-the-line entry to the palace. Explore the Hall of Mirrors with an audio guide. Afterward, meet your guide again to head to the Notre-Dame market. Purchase a variety of delicious local products according to your budget such as wine, cheese, baguettes, or saucisson. Your guide, a former restaurateur, will be happy to advise you.  Enjoy your picnic lunch by the water on the banks of the Grand Canal. The Grand Canal is located on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. After lunch, visit the Trianon estate at your own pace. See the Gand Trianon castle which was of great importance to Louis XIV. Then, discover the Petit Trianon castle gifted to Marie-Antoinette by Louis XVI. Stroll through the gardens, the Temple of Love, and the hamlet of Marie-Antoinette. Then hop back on your bike and peddle your way back through the forest. Finish the tour in the park of Saint-Cloud with beautiful views of Paris in the background.

From Paris: Bike Tour to Versailles with Timed Palace Entry

4. From Paris: Bike Tour to Versailles with Timed Palace Entry

Before meeting your guide at Le Peloton Café in Paris, take time to grab a coffee to begin your day. Take the train with your guide and group together to Versailles. Upon arrival, the first stop will be at the Versailles farmer's market, one of the best in France. Get all the best recommendations on what to buy from your guide. After the market, you'll ride into the amazing royal grounds and experience the legendary gardens of Versailles. Walk through the often-missed peasant village created for Marie Antoinette, and the Petit Trianon, which was her personal castle and residence. Stop next for a picnic through the gardens along the Grand Canal. Set your bike aside and sit in the grass to enjoy the view of the swans and castle. You'll later have free time to explore the Palace of Versailles at your own pace with an audio guide before returning to Paris by train.

Versailles: Electric Scooter Rental

5. Versailles: Electric Scooter Rental

After having equipped you with helmets, and initiated to the driving of the scooter, you will leave to discover the city of Versailles. You will start by the Park of the Castle. 800 hectares to discover, with historical monuments : La lanterne the second residence of the President of the Republic, see to the port of the Grand canal. You will make a stop in front of the Grand Trianon built by Jules Hardouin Mansart, the 1er architect of the king Louis XIV. Then, you will go in the city to see the Antiques district, cross the market of the Notre dame district. You will take height to see the reservoirs which fed the fountains of the gardens of the sun king. You will back to the Statue of the King Louis XIV, in front of the castle of Versailles. Walk through the charming streets of Versailles, make a frequent stops to take pictures and talk about what you see. It's an original experience to visit the City

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This is an excellent tour. Our guide, Fiona, was outstanding!! Very knowledgeable and kind. Cycling is a great way to see more of the palace grounds and town. The 10 person group was the perfect size. Highly recommended!

The only way to visit Versailles - it's way too big to see on foot and so great to have a personalized guide. The gardens are the best part anyway, not the palace. Thank you Marley from Ohio!

The E-bike tour was a fantastic way to get to experience the grounds and surrounding area of Versailles. I feel that this method of exploration was more intimate than others would have been.

My daughter and I had wonderful time! Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Versailles was exquisite and the bike ride was not too strenuous:) I would highly recommend it!

Very enjoyable bike ride. the e- bikes are wonderful especially when getting tired towards late in the day. Renault is an amazing guide, highly recommend.