Cycling Holidays in Île-de-France

Versailles cycling holidays is in the heart of the countryside of Paris, discover the history and architecture of some of the best châteaux South of Paris. From paris to Versailles, enjoy an easy cycle tour through two of the most beautiful forests of France, green lungs at the gates of the capital. Your cycle holidays in Paris area takes you then to the royal city of Dourdan and invite you to cycle in the huge forest of Rambouillet. You will discover impressive castle and gardens!

Cycling holidays in the shadow of the ‘Sun King’, Louis XIV the Royal Palace of Versailles!

From step to step, your Versailles cycling holidays, going through gently rolling countryside picturesque villages and 17th century. You’ll go through the valley of Chevreuse, it takes you to Versailles where the “Sun King”, awaits you. It was home of King of France and absolute monarchy. The architecture is as classic french style (the opposite of Baroque). His gilded masterpiece is fascinating….. You must visit the Versailles palace! You’ll learn a lot of thing during a guided tour like: French history, royal opera, Gardens of Versailles, the hunting lodge of Versailles, the State apartments, the royal residence, the Grand Trianon, the hall of mirrors and maybe the french revolution! Finish the tour in the royal garden with extravagant fountains of king Louis XIV. If you wish, extend this dazzling ride by an extra-day to visit Blandy’s and Vaux-le-Vicomte’s medieval castles.

Palace of Versailles, city of the French monarchy, the absolutism and the “Sun King”, is the finish point of your cycling holiday and one of the most important french Unesco world heritage site. Discover must-see castles like for example, Fontainebleau its French gardens “à la française” and the Grand canal. Pedal along the Seine, emblematic river winding through the area. Cycle through the imperial forest of Fontainebleau and explore little villages that you’ll find on your journey. The history of France is opulent and rich of king and queen like queen Marie-Antoinette or Louis XVI, You’ll follow their history through guided tours or visit the Palace of Versailles.

Cycle through wild nature in the Chevreuse valley!

Along cycle tracks, pedal at your own pace and enjoy leisurely moments and atmosphere of the surroundings. This cycle route takes you from Rambouillet through the wooded hills of the Upper Chevreuse Valley Regional Natural Park. The valley is a true oasis of tranquility, which is perfect for a long bike ride. It remains a great green lung just 30km from Paris, although dreamers like Alphonse Allais wished for new towns in its countryside, as ‘the air is so pure here’. Now the valley is reputed for its hiking and draws tourists thanks to its fine heritage, such as the Chateau de Breteuil and the Abbey of Port-Royal. Since the 1950s, the valley has also become home to a major European science park.

To be more confortable during your cycling tours, we can Bike hire or an E-bike as you prefer!


You want to know more about our Cycling holidays ? Here is the FAQ !

Is the traffic not too busy for a cycling trip in Paris area?

Indeed our cycling tour in Paris region is very close to Paris, about 50 to 75 km as the crow flies.

So the question is legitimate. But do not worry, this bike tour only takes very pleasant small country roads, with little traffic, a few cycle tracks, forest paths with at the end the greenway “Veloscenie”, a stone’s throw from the Palace of Versailles . You will be surprised by the stillness of this cycling holiday in Ile de France, so close to Paris and at the same so far from the tumult of the capital.

Can we take advantage of this trip to visit Paris by bike ?

This bike tour close to Paris is not entering the capital by bike. However, if you feel like to extend your cycling trip to Île de France by visiting Paris, no problem the city is equipped with an important network of cycle paths. You can use the “Vélib” solution, a “self-service” bicycle system present in many large metropolitan areas and very practical. For a guided tour of Paris by bike, we can advise you.