8. Paris: Private Bike Tour of Old Town and Top Attractions
Join a passionate bike guide on a cycling tour around the most spectacular Old Town monuments and nature spots. With so many historic sites to see, there is no better way to explore the City of Lights than on a bike. Get active and learn about French history and culture while exploring the city in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way.
During the 2-hour tour, you will hop on a bike and cycle along the Avenue Kléber to Place du Trocadéro, where you can admire the famed view of Palais de Chaillot and the Eiffel Tower across the Seine. Cross the Pont d'Iéna bridge and cycle underneath the Eiffel Tower to fully appreciate its grand scale and iconic beauty. Follow your guide through the quiet green landscape of Champ de Mars to the magnificent military museum complex Les Invalides and St Louis des Invalides Cathedral, where notable French officers like Napoleon are buried. Enjoy the charming atmosphere of busy Parisian streets lined with elegant old tenement houses. Cycle along the romantic Seine River and see the golden replica of Lady Liberty’s torch, Flame of Liberty. The last highlight of this exciting tour will be the iconic Arc de Triomphe, which commemorates Napoleon’s victories.
Choose the 4-hour option to enjoy more amazing sights. The alternative, the longer route includes cycling from Les Invalides to the other side of Seine to admire the statue-studded 17th century Tuileries Garden, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, and the Louvre Palace with its iconic glass Pyramid. Further along, you will see the amazing gilded bronze equestrian statue of Joan of Arc on the charming Rue de Rivoli. Other points of interest will be the stunning Italian-style opera house Palais Garnier, the Madeleine Church, and the Place de la Concorde featuring the iconic Ancient Egyptian Luxor Obelisk, Fontaine des Fleuves, and Fontaine des Mers. The route will continue by art nouveau Grand Palais and end by the monolithic Arc de Triomphe.
The 6-hour option offers even more landmarks, historical facts, and cultural anecdotes. The extended route includes cycling from Les Invalides to the beautiful green spaces of the Luxembourg Gardens with the magnificent Luxembourg Palace, which now houses the French Senate. Another sight along the way will be the 18th-century mausoleum Panthéon, where many notable French citizens are buried. Cycle through the “birthplace of Paris”, Ile de la Cité to marvel at the Gothic masterpiece Notre Dame Cathedral. See also the beautiful city hall Hôtel de Ville, and Saint Jacques Tower, and continue past the Louvre. There will also be some free time to grab a croissant or other local snack to fuel up your energy.