The Mission: Discover The Palace of Versailles in one day!
Tickets can be purchased online or at the palace. I arrived early and purchased “the passport” ticket for 18 Euros.
Light layers as it was a bit chilly inside
Chateau de Versailles, the opulent palace known for the grand Hall of Mirrors. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed upon entering this vast estate. Many visitors tour the palace and a bit of the gardens and call it a day, but that wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to see it all, explore all the estates and frolic in all the gardens, but how you ask? By bike of course!
After seeing the palace, I walked through the gardens at the back of the estate toward the Grand Canal. On the north (right) side of the canal near the restaurant, I found a bike rental station. I also rented a lock so I could stop and explore some of the other estates. There are numerous paths throughout the vast estate that are gravel, paved, or dirt and make for a very smooth and easy ride. I road around the canal, through the tree lined paths of the gardens, stopped to tour the Grand Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s estate before I found an old farm. After riding for a few hours, I stopped for a bite to eat at one of the food stands before heading back to drop off the bike. There is absolutely no better way to see Versailles!
- Level of difficulty: casual
- A photo ID is needed for bike rental.
- Food and restrooms are available throughout the estate or bring your own picnic!
- Biking offers the opportunity to see much more of the estate than you would see on foot.
- Arrive early and enjoy a full day at the estate.