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1st Day in Paris Discovery Private Tour: 'How-to' Orientation & Sightseeing Fun! provided by Adventure Tours France

1st Day in Paris Discovery Private Tour: 'How-to' Orientation & Sightseeing Fun!

1st Day in Paris Discovery Private Tour: 'How-to' Orientation & Sightseeing Fun!
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Starting from your hotel, the adventure begins on a most unique discovery & orientation tour ever offered of Paris! It's called your 1st Day in Paris Tour because this 2 hour plus experience focuses on providing you freedom with knowledge of how to do Paris while at the same time you are enjoying as many sights as possible. So much more than just facts & figures, the tour immerses you in to the Paris culture providing the visitor with understanding how things work, how to get around, what areas are safe, buying tickets, riding the metro, protecting yourself from pickpockets, ordering at a café, or a bakery. Of course you get to do amazing sightseeing, find hidden gems, quaint neighborhoods and pass by the top must-see monuments, museums and parks in all of Paris which may included the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, Montmartre, Louvre, Marais, Opéra, Places, Notre-Dame, Luxembourg Gardens, Montparnasse and more.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 68256P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup
  • Private tour
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We meet up at any hotel, accommodation, train station in the Paris region.
  • Paris, Paris, Ile-de-France We meet up at any hotel, accommodation, train station in the Paris region.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup
  • Private tour
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We meet up at any hotel, accommodation, train station in the Paris region.
  • Paris, Paris, Ile-de-France We meet up at any hotel, accommodation, train station in the Paris region.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Face masks provided for travelers
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Face masks provided for travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Paris
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Montmartre
    Stop: 60 minutes
    The orientation tour takes you anywhere you wish to go however the tour by default takes you to Montmartre where we see as much as possible of the area in the time remaining.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Lovely M
Ann Arbor, MI1 contribution
We had an AMAZING time with Thor! This was our first time in Paris and not only did he take us on a tour, but was extremely helpful telling us the in and outs of Paris. He taught us how to catch the bus and metro. We were able to navigate without him to Versailles which we would’ve gotten lost if he didn’t show us the way. Thor is very nice and helpful. Highly recommend this for everyone if you have never been to Paris!
Written December 2, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Azsa, thanks for a superb recommendation. We got lucky with the weather and managed to stroll, metro, bus through half of Paris. We had time for the Galeries Lafayette holiday windows, Avenue of the Opéra, Louvre pyramids, Montmartre views, Sacred Heart Basilica, Place du Tertre artists, of and let's not forget that bakery shop on Rue des Martyrs..) Merci!
Written December 3, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Connector43
1 contribution
Great walk complete with some do and don’t suggestions. Nice recommendation for eatting too. Thor had a very helpful hature.
Written November 15, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Renee, thanks, we got lucky with the weather and managed a stroll around the Louvre, riverside and bridges, plus the hopping around the metro lines dropping us off at the bottom of Rue des Martyrs which had all the locals out at the street markets and yard sale. The funicular ride plus a visit to the Sacred Heart Basilica in Montmartre. And the sandwich alley just before or after the museum. Was a fun afternoon! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions whilst still here Paris. Cheers, Thor
Written November 17, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Margo
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Solo
I had a great time on my tour with Thor! We met near where I’m staying and we went to the nearest Metro station. He explained to me how ticketing works and how to get the most flexibility for the lowest cost. He showed me how to read the maps and how to use the turnstiles depending on the type of ticket/pass you have. I’ve been to Paris before and used the Metro but it’s nice to have a little knowledge and not have to wing it! The rest of the tour was a whirlwind. As we walked, Thor pointed out the Palais Garnier, the Galleries Lafayette, we walked through three Passages, and then walked up to Montmartre and Sacre Coeur. Then we got a bus and went down to the river. We were walking toward the Hotel de Ville and Notre Dame caught my eye so we headed over there, crossing the Pont Des Artes, and then he showed me a jazz/cabaret club he recommended. Then we parted ways and I made it back to my neighborhood with no mistakes! 🤣 Along the way, Thor gave lots of tips for travelers. I highly recommend this tour!
Written October 31, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi smargotie, thank you for your kind words. We did indeed have a wonderful time exploring Paris on foot, metro & bus. Not to mention that weekly metro pass we managed includes Versailles transport. Enjoy the rest of your stay. Please do not hesitate to make contact with me if you have any questions. Cheers, Thor
Written November 2, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

58RobynR
Jacksonville, FL24 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Thor was wonderful. Showed us how to use train, some of the major sites and a great spot to see all Paris! Great way to start our time in Paris! Thank you Thor!
Written December 17, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

applejanna
Apple Valley, CA940 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
We booked a walking tour of Montemartre with Thor for our first full day in Paris, and I’m so glad I did! This is our first time in the city as a family, so we really appreciated starting our tour by him coming to our hotel and teaching us about riding the metro as we made our way to the neat art district in Paris. Along the way he pointed out noted sights like the famous Moulin Rouge and other architectural and historical sights along the way. Thor was generous and patient to take pictures when asked while still jerking us on track to see all the different sights yet deliver us to my requested final destination, which was the Opera Garnier. When in a new city, I think hiring a private guide is an excellent idea and our time with Thor was worth every penny. I highly recommend Adventure Tours France with Thor, he is so fun, personable and knowledgeable. You will be really glad you booked him! One additional note: prior to arrival his communication via email was superior and he shared some really good tips and advice with me. These details were appreciated so much as it made me feel more confident prior to our arrival in France.
Written June 23, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Karen B
Myrtle Beach, SC15 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
My daughter and my mother and I went to Paris for my daughter's college graduation present and met with Thor the first day. He just felt like an old friend right from the beginning! We enjoyed our orientation tour so much that we also took a bike tour with him in Rambouillet. It was another wonderful day with Thor and the highlight of our trip abroad. If you want a tour guide that feels like a friend and you're not just a number in a crowd, you will appreciate Thor!
Written July 26, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Gary Y
1 contribution
Apr 2018 • Couples
Thor gave us an outstanding tour giving my wife and I all the tips to make sure our stay in Paris was a memorable one. Along the way he showed us how to navigate the cities public transportation and helped us check everything off our need to see and try list. We enjoyed walking around the neighborhood of Montmartre where we got to do some sight seeing of the neighborhood, check out some local art and landmarks followed up by a stop to get some really good local craft beer shop and delve ourselves into trying absinthe for the first time. Thor saved the best for last though taking us to easily our favorite restaurant in France. Packed with locals, dinner was the highlight of the tour eating escargot among other traditional French dishes.

I would highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to get a real experience of Paris, thank you Thor for helping make our trip a memorable one!
Written May 13, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

badgerbob490
Greenville, WI576 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
You will not find a better opportunity to see the French countryside on bike accompanied by a knowledge, accommodating and engaging guide and resident. In the past, we had done a group ride in central Paris and while it was fun, this year we wanted to do some biking away from the city. I first learned about Adventure Tours France on TripAdvisor, and after checking out his website I emailed Thor for more information. He was very helpful throughout the planning process, not only with booking our tour but also with explaining train connections from Paris to Rambouillet. For that matter, Thor answered more questions about non-bike tour aspects of our pending trip than I can even recall.

Just before we were to arrive in Paris, heavy rains had inundated this region of France. Thor continued to keep me updated on weather-related issues that could alter our bike tour. When it became clear that inclement weather would prevent our tour from happening in early June as planned, Thor graciously accommodated us by rescheduling our tour for later in the month. This was just one of many acts of kindness by Thor that we received before, during and after our tour. As he famously says, A+!!!

On the day of the tour, we arrived in Rambouillet just 34 minutes after leaving the train station in Paris. Thor greeted us outside the train station with a big smile and a bounce in his step. I told him right away that he was the best friend I had who I had never met!! Within minutes of meeting him, he became a friend for life.

On our way to the bike shop, Thor provided a quick preview tour of his town and its history (having already known we love to learn about the architecture and history of European villages). We also picked up fresh baguettes for picnics on our ride.

After a quick transition at the bike shop, we were on our bikes and on our way to a full day private tour with Thor. Other reviewers have mentioned many of the sites that we also saw during our ride.

Does it get any better than this description of what we did and saw--six quaint villages, medieval chateaus, ancient churches with amazing stained glass, palace gardens, the aqueduct system built by King Louis XIV to deliver water from Chartres to the fountains at Versailles, a national forest, and beautifully picturesque countryside. Along the way, we picked up cheese and honey at the goat farm, and enjoyed 2 picnics--one lakeside and the other on a high bluff overlooking the village of Montfort-l'Amaury.

We biked 30 miles, took dozens of pictures and enjoyed fun conversation with Thor all day. Some pictures from our day are included with this review.

We will tour by bike with Thor on future visits to France. Just like this time, it will be a highlight of our trip!

After reading this review, go back on the Adventure Tours France website and book your tour with Thor. It will be the experience of a lifetime and one you will cherish long after your biking days are done!!
Written July 10, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sandinmypants
Venice, FL9,507 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
My husband, 13-year-old son, and I spent a fantastic day with Thor in & around Rambouillet last week, and highly recommend him and his company. Contact with him through his website was extremely easy. He’s fluent in both French and English (we speak NO French, so this was important to us). He was able to give us very detailed instructions to get from our hotel to our meeting point using which ever route we chose (bus, metro, train) – and it was fast and easy.

We chose to meet him in front of the Chateau in Rambouillet. We arrived at the train station and walked through the town (fairly easy, just take a look on Google map). Our arrival day coincided with the town’s market day, so we bought some fruit to take along on our bike ride. We had coffee at a cafe while we waited for him right by the Chateau gate (both the fruit and the coffee were fun purchases, what with the language barrier!)

Thor arrived right on time, and took us in his vehicle to where he stores the bikes (he has a lot of them, there’s sure to be one to fit each person). He took the time to make sure we were comfortable with our bikes, offered us helmets, and made sure we had a backpack to carry what we needed (he had bought a couple of baguettes in town to supplement our fruit). He asked a bit about what we were expecting to do that day, and we were off! The weather was beautiful (we got lucky) and we rode just over 30 miles – but that was our choice, he offered so many neat things to see that we didn’t want to miss any of them! He will tailor the route to your needs and fitness level, he communicates via email to get an idea of what you’re interested in. We biked past the Chateau and their gardens & waterways, through many parts of the Rambouillet forest, through several small villages, stopped at an Abby, a goat farm (bought cheese for our lunch) and went down into a valley with an old mill and a waterway, where we had lunch.

Most of our trip was on paths through the forest, a little bit was in towns on barely travelled roads, and just a little of it was on more highly-travelled roads that had bike lanes. For a short time we were even off-roading it where we had to pick up our bikes and carry them around big rocks (I got a little help here!)

Thor is very knowledgeable about the area and the history – he took us to an area way back in the forest where there was a huge stone picnic table, where Louis XIV would have picnics back in the 1700’s – very cool, and so far off the beaten track, not something you normally get to see as a tourist! Toward the end of our day we stopped by a lake with a beach for an ice cream/beer/wine break.

The only thing we could find to complain about (and it is SO minor) was that our bottoms hurt after 30 miles on a bike seat – the bikes themselves are nicer than the one I have at home, but I suggested to Thor that he upgrade the seats. He has already emailed me and told me he took my suggestion and purchased gel seats. It’s nice to know that my input was valued by the business owner. He also took the time to make sure we got back to the station in time to make the last “fast” train back to Paris, and gave us several restaurant suggestions when we told him we were struggling to find a good place to eat. Excellent service!

If you have any questions about Adventure Tours France I would be happy to answer them, just send me a message.
Written August 26, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Megan J
Paris, France1 contribution
May 2015 • Solo
The forest of Rambouillet is a great place to explore right outside of Paris, only a short train ride away. My guided bike tour with the Adventure Tours France was a fun way to explore the countryside and do something active for the day. It was very easy to choose a time and date for the tour, and I think that this tour is accessible to all ages and abilities. The bike tour included different sights, with visits through many other village areas surrounding the Rambouillet forest.

Overall, I enjoyed spending some time outside of the big city for the day. Rambouillet is a beautiful place to visit, and it is even better by bike! Thanks to Thor for his enthusiasm knowledge of the area!
Written May 24, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Lori S
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Totally exceeded my expectations!
Due to a change in plans we ended up with just a little more than one full day to visit Paris. Disappointing, espe
FromRenee2u
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Fabulous tour with Thor!
On July 8th we arrived in Paris at approx. 9:30am after an overnight flight from Dallas. We checked into the hotel
Coppertop55
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A beautiful day of biking in the countryside of Rambouillet
Thor was responsive to a day-before request. We wanted to bike in the countryside, and getting out of Paris on a Sa
tomkatfine
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Great start to our trip
Third taught us how to buy tickets and navigate the metro and bus. We walked all over the city based on our interes
TennisMom51
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Thor was terrific!
I contacted Thor late on a Saturday night asking for a bike tour on Sunday. He not only accomodated us but picked
Paula S
Paula S
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An incredibly helpful and knowledgeable guide and friend!
I can't thank Thor enough for all he did for our large school group of 28! Thor was not only our tour guide, but he
YakkinYeti
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Friendly guide who knows his stuff and loves his town
This was a rather quick morning visit to Rambouillet, on my way to Chartres by train. Thor met me in front of the s
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Car tour
Thor was great at planning and knowing what was open and close the along way from tours to Versailles professional
JanviM
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Lifetime experience !! Cycling through forests, countrysides and towns!
I would recommend everyone to experience this day tour in the forest of Rambouillet with Thor of Adventure Tours. W
Sophia H
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Awesome tours with an awesome tour guide!
I coincidentally met Thor while searching for a bike store in Rambouillet. I was having some problems with my bike
Joline1984
Joline1984
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Escape from the big city life: cycling trough the woods
We had such a great day, we did the Explorer Tour together with Thor. We passed by a goat farm where we bought some
JoaoGiraldo
JoaoGiraldo
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Great way to see Rambouillet!
It’s no secret that biking is the best way to get to know a place. You see the sights at the right pace, travel lik
Mariahjtomasini
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Not just a bike tour, best way to see something different that the Paris city sights
I have done a number of city bike tours around Europe and decided that in Paris, since I had done the tourist sight
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