A Royal Ride to Versailles Paris
A Royal Ride to Versailles
Luxury cycling with forests, enchanting villages and royal châteaux
A Royal Ride to Versailles
Discover the history and architecture of some of the best châteaux South of Paris. Enjoy an easy cycle through two of the most beautiful forests of France, green lungs at the gates of the capital. Going through gently rolling countryside and picturesque villages, finish the tour in the gardens of Louis XIV’s masterpiece, the Palace of Versailles. If you wish, extend this dazzling ride by a guided bike tour of Paris – by day or night – or by a cycling trip to Giverny to visit Monet’s gardens.
- Château of Vaux le Vicomte and its French gardens
- Château of Fontainebleau, grounds and gardens, Unesco World Heritage
- Medieval Château of Blandy
- Château of Courance
- Château of Dourdan
- Château de Rambouillet and its park
- Cycling in the park of the Château de Versailles, Unesco World Heritage
- Forest of Fontainebleau
- Forest of Rambouillet
- Cycling by the riverbanks of the Seine
- Village of Barbizon, birth place of pre-impressionism
- Royal city of Dourdan
You can choose to begin this holiday on any day of the week.
Itinerary & Hotels
Arrive Fontainebleau day 1
Arrive in the early afternoon and visit the castle and gardens of Fontainebleau before checking at your four star hotel La Demeure du Parc, a former royal retreat and now a charming boutique hotel with contemporary design and a distinguished ambiance, a step away from the castle and close to the gastronomic restaurants. Have your first gourmet meal in the evening at L’Axel or Le Caveau des Lys.
La Demeure du Parc
A former rural retreat and now a charming boutique hotel with contemporary design and a distinguished ambiance.
- Free WIFI
- Mini bar
- Air conditioning
- iPod dock
- Courtesy tray with Nespresso and Kusmitee
- Slippers and bathrobes
- Hospitality products from Maison Fragonard
- Iron and ironing board
- Massage and treatments à la carte
- Tea time and sweets
- Terrace with brazier
- Cocktail bar
Designed in the style of a contemporary inn, La Table du Parc is a family restaurant with gourmet appeal, where traditional and delicious cuisine is always on the menu.
The supremely talented composer of flavours, Frédéric Vardon, invites guests to discover a generous and authentic gastronomic landscape.
The culinary identity is unmistakably French and local. The cuisine honours the terroir of a region that is rich in exceptional produce, and traditional dishes are reinterpreted with modernity and panache.
La Table du Parc offers a cuisine celebrating the richness of the French gastronomic heritage from which it draws its inspiration, including such much-loved traditional dishes as ‘Pâté en Croute de Canard et Foie Gras’, ‘Rack or Loin of Farm-Fresh Lamb with young vegetables and Jus Corsé’ and ‘Thin-Sliced Bream with Marmelade d’Agrumes’. The superb restaurant offers the perfect opportunity to enchant your senses with fabulous flavours and evocative aromas.
Day trip through Melun and Vaux le Vicomte day 2
Start the day with the unmissable castle of Vaux le Vicomte and its French gardens where you can enjoy a lunch break at the restaurant. Ride through Melun along the banks of the Seine, continue to the 13th and 14th century castle of Blandy, through medieval villages and, along a bike path, return to Fontainebleau. Stretch your legs in the park of the château before going out for dinner.
Fontainebleau to Huison-Longueville (Etampes) day 3
Immerse yourself in the peace and tranquillity of the forest around Fontainebleau. Its rich and diverse flora and fauna will delight nature lovers. Stop in Barbizon a well preserved artist's village where the pre-impressionists formed the school of Barbizon. Plenty to see here: a museum, beautiful paintings, art shops and rustic vistas. Before Etampes, stop for the night at your immaculate guest house Le Clos du Sequoia, set in a manicured garden. You will have a taxi transfer to Etampes for dinner.
Le Clos du Sequoia
In the heart of the petit village of Gâtinais, Jean-Pierre and Françoise will warmly welcome you into their charming home converted into a chambre d'hôte with 4 pretty rooms and beautiful and calming gardens.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Breakfast included
Huison-Longueville to Rambouillet day 4
Start the day on a cycle path following the riverbank, then quiet country roads to Dourdan with its 13th century castle and museum. Admire the architecture from a nearby café before setting out for the forest of Rambouillet, keeping an eye out for the wallabies. Arrive at Le Relays du Château, an ancient 16th century coaching inn transformed into a comfortable 4 star Mercure hotel a few metres away from the château and park entrance. Enjoy a gastronomic menu at L’orangerie des Trois Roys.
Hôtel Mercure - Relay du Château
Set in the historic centre of Rambouillet, this comfortable hotel is right on the edge of the château and its park. Rebuilt in 2006, it has 83 well equipped rooms, a tearoom, piano bar and terrace.
- En suite rooms
- Free WiFi
- Flat screen TV
The Boléro restaurant serves a range of dishes, and diners can eat either in the dining room or on the terrace overlooking the château park.
Valley de Chevreuse to Palace of Versailles day 5
Admire the beauty of the Valley of Chevreuse and discover its treasures: typical small villages, churches, abbeys, mansions… Countryside and woods still dominate. Head towards the exceptional Palace of Versailles, Unesco World Heritage site. Take the unique opportunity to cycle inside its parks. Let the splendour of the Sun King’s legacy permeate your room at the four star hotel, Le Versailles. Finish with a dinner fit for a king at La Table du 21.
Hotel Le Versailles
The Hotel Le Versailles is superbly located at the foot of the Palace of Versailles and gardens. This 4 star hotel offers 45 spacious, fully equipped rooms offering the ultimate comfort.
- Reception open 24/7
- Languages spoken : French, Dutch, English, German
- Safety deposit box at the reception
- French and English newspapers
- Free unlimited wifi access
- 45 rooms
- Air conditioning
- Laundry service
- Conference rooms
Clients will eat in the gastronomic restaurant 'La Table du 11'
Route & Location
Customise Your Holiday
Add extra nights in Paris at a 3-star hotel by the Canal Saint Martin.
Add an extra day and night at Versailles to see the palace, Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s estate.
BOOK IN ADVANCE
Tickets for Vaux Le Vicomte and Fontainebleau can also be booked through Belle France.
This holiday is available in a standard option or B&B only. Please call us on +44 (0)1580 214010 for a quote.