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.

Paris: Versailles Golf Cart & Bike Tour with Palace Entry

2. Paris: Versailles Golf Cart & Bike Tour with Palace Entry

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: Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Entry

3. Versailles Palace: Guided Tour with Skip-the-line 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.

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What people are saying about The Queen's Hamlet

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 90 reviews

Of all the tours we did in Paris this was our favorite! Everything was well organized and went smooth. It was super fun to explore the market and town to get lunch supplies for lunch. The palace was beautiful and a great way to end the day but crowded by nature. Having the nike tour before was excellent and fun. We saw SO much more of the grounds than we ever expected and has an amazing lunch and experience.

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

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!

Cecilia was consistently good humoured & a wealth of knowledge. She spread her time amongst the entire group in a very natural way. The excursion itself is brilliant - lots of fun and a waaay better way to see Versailles!!!