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The Queen's Hamlet

The Queen's Hamlet: Our most recommended tours and activities

Versailles Bike Tour with Palace & Queen Farm Entrance

1. Versailles Bike Tour with Palace & Queen Farm Entrance

Explore the 2,000-acre grounds of the Palace of Versailles on a full-day bike tour from Paris with a entry timed ticket, and discover the unrivaled opulence of the Sun King’s royal residence. Following your transfer from Paris, start the day at the farmer's market in the town of Versailles. Select the produce you want for a picnic lunch later in the day, choosing from the mounds of cheeses, fresh fruits, charcuterie, and more. Then, it’s time to cycle the landscaped grounds of the Palace, cruising effortlessly from one picturesque spot to another on lightweight aluminum bikes. Your guide will take you to the outhouse chateaux of the Petit and Grand Trianon, and show you Marie-Antoinette’s private village and farm. Pedal through sumptuous landscapes, ending with a look inside the Chateau of Versailles itself. Here, you will be given plenty of time to focus on what interests you most, explore at your leisure. Feel free to take a rapid tour in 30 minutes, or loiter for 3 hours to marvel at the Hall of Mirrors, Marie-Antoinette's bedroom, the King’s Royal chambers, and more. Learn about the life, legends, 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.

Versailles GolfCart & Bike (optional) Tour with Palace Entry

2. Versailles GolfCart & Bike (optional) Tour with Palace Entry

It is possible to skip the bike part and ride a little shuttle instead ! Explore the Palace of Versailles and its gardens on an educational yet fun guided day trip. Tour the Palace of Versailles Gardens on a golf cart. Cycle to the Petit Trianon and Grand Trianon. Enjoy a typical French picnic lunch with wine. Then, skip the line to tour inside the palace on your own. Our journey begins at the main entrance of the Palace, at Place d'Arme, located at the foot of the majestic golden gate (Grille Royale). We will first head towards the south parterre, located on the opposite side of the Palace, where our rides (Golf Carts) will be waiting for us (If you wish to drive the Golf Cart please bring your driving license or a picture of it on your mobile). Our Golf Carts are the perfect way to travel through the amazing Royal Gardens and discover all the wonderful hidden groves and fountains created by the infamous André Le Nôtre. Sit back and relax or take the wheel and enjoy the beauty of formal French Gardens while our Guide tells you all about it. After our hour-long journey through the Groves and the Apollon Pond, we’ll arrive at the Grand Canal. We will then trade our carts for bikes (we have hundreds of bikes suitable for children, teenagers, and adults) and pedal along the Grand Canal to the Domain of Trianon. There, we'll park the bikes, and our guide will provide you with fascinating historical information about the Petit Trianon and the Queen's Hamlet which you will have free time to explore on your own. You will discover the amazing rustic retreat built for Marie Antoinette, inspired by the traditional architecture of rural Normandy, and the Petit Trianon, where Marie-Antoinette would regularly come to escape the formality of court life and shake off the burden of her royal responsibilities. After the visit to the Petit Trianon, it will be time for our typical French picnic-lunch break from the iconic Angelina tearoom and restaurant. Get some rest and enjoy a choice of white, rosé, or red wine while our guide continues telling you fun and historical facts about French Monarchy. Once we have regained our strength, we will cycle to the Grand Trianon, and you will have free time to explore this amazing pink marble Palace. Louis XIV used this enchanting palace to get away from the court and pursue his affair with Madame de Montespan. We will then cycle along the Grand Canal and enjoy the breathtaking view further from the Palace. Then we’ll head to the Neptune fountain where we will leave our bikes and make our way back to the front of the Palace, crossing through more beautiful Groves, such as the marvelous Bosquet des trois fontaines. You can then access the Palace on your own, at the end of the Tour, when it is less crowded, with a skip-the-line ticket. From there you will be able to explore, at your own pace, the iconic royal residence of the French Monarchy and its most famous room: the magnificent hall of mirrors.

Versailles Palace: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour & Gardens Entry

3. Versailles Palace: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour & Gardens Entry

Meet your guide and get ready to experience the Palace of Versailles on a guided tour. The Palace of Versailles is one of France's most beautiful and popular tourist destinations and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site for over 30 years. On this guided tour, step inside Marie Antoinette’s personal apartments and the bedrooms of the King’s mistresses Madame de Pompadour and Madame du Barry. Explore the opulent palace and learn about life under the French Kings Louis XIV, XV, and XVI. See the spectacular staterooms, including the mesmerizing Hall of Mirrors. After the visit to the palace, your tour guide will take you to the gardens and give an introduction, and then you will be free to stroll around the beautiful French Gardens at your own leisure until they close.

From Paris: Versailles Bike Tour with Gardens & Palace Entry

4. From Paris: Versailles Bike Tour with Gardens & Palace Entry

Seeking an exhilarating adventure to uncover the splendors of Versailles during your Parisian sojourn? Elevate your experience with our extraordinary guided bike tour through Versailles' most captivating landmarks! Glide from a vibrant outdoor market to the idyllic Queen's Hamlet, relish a delightful picnic by the Grand Canal, and explore the opulent Grand Trianon. The pièce de résistance? Entrance into the regal heart of the palace itself! Your hassle-free adventure includes roundtrip Parisian train travel, bike and helmet rentals, and entrance tickets, leaving you with one simple task: enjoying the journey!

Versailles: Premium Skip-The-Line Day Tour And Market Lunch

5. Versailles: Premium Skip-The-Line Day Tour And Market Lunch

You will be picked up in Paris and driven through scenic Parisian suburbs to the Palace of Versailles. The Palace gently comes into view and after parking in front, you will enter with a timed ticket allowing to skip the main line. An audio-guide is included, but your tour guide will also accompany you through the hour-long tour of the Palace. After the main Palace, you will be brought to the market of Versailles where together with your guide you will choose a picnic lunch to enjoy on the Grand Canal, and soak up the view of the grounds and the Palace. Hopping back into the sidecar, we zip along to a quick restroom stop before entering the Trianon Domaine to walk off the copious picnic lunch. Spying Marie Antoinette's Temple of Love from her bedroom window, you will also explore the the Queen's Hamlet, where she would delight in distancing herself from the rigours of court life. Upon exiting the Trianon Domaine, you're back in the sidecar for a relaxing return to Paris to be dropped of where you started, on the Pont Bir Hakeim. Other more convenient drop-off locations can be considered if not too far.

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What people are saying about The Queen's Hamlet

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 110 reviews

Honestly one of the best tours we went on during our trip. Cecilia met our group in Paris and we took a train to Versailles. Cycling around Versailles was great and pretty easy (compared to walking). She told us very interesting stories at each site we went to. In a day we saw all three palaces, had lunch at Angelina’s (No picnic due to the weather). We were given ponchos for our bike tour, since it rain a bit. 10/10 would recommend!

This was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. Versailles was beautiful, and our tour guide, Arnaud, was the AMAZING. He made the tour really fun and interesting with his recommendations, jokes, and knowledge. The bike ride was great with the beautiful scenery and certainly gave me a workout. I can’t say enough about this. I will treasure this experience.

We had a terric time with Thiebeu (sp) who absolutely went above and beyond to make our trip to Versailles fun, educational, and stress free. He even rode his bike with me to a local car rental place to make sure I got there on time even though he was well "off the clock" and simply being a great guy. Many thanks, my friend! Ken Bruening

Thibault was absolutely amazing guide. Enjoy the bikes trip, seeing all the grounds, getting all the knowledge was interesting. Unfortunately we thought we didn’t had enough time to see all the palace, not sure is the opening time or organisation

Just perfect in every way! Bikes were great, host was great, and it was easy to travel on the train with the group. Going to the farmers market and having a picnic at Versailles is one of the best things I’ve ever done. Loved every bit of this!