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“Paris by Vespa - A MUST!!!”
Review of Left Bank Scooters

Left Bank Scooters
Ranked #40 of 544 Tours in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: One of the most unique and exciting ways to explore a city as picturesque as Paris is on a vintage-styled Vespa scooter. Left Bank Scooters offer small group guided Scooter Tours of Paris and to the Chateau of Versailles. Choose from a Paris Highlights Tour, Whole of Paris tour, and Chateau of Versailles and surrounding countryside tour. All tours start and finish from your hotel or apartment anywhere in Paris. Tours are in English or French. Tour groups are kept as small as possible, normally between 1 to 2 scooters, making them very personal, safe and always good fun. You can drive your own Vespa, ride as a driver/passenger with your partner, or if you aren't a confident driving a scooter you can take a Passenger Tour by motorbike sidecar.
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Paris by Vespa - A MUST!!!”
Reviewed June 2, 2010

I booked a day trip to Paris for my boyfriend as a surprise... when booking I had a look around to see what there was to do in Paris and came across Left Bank Scooters. I contacted them to see if i could hire one of their Vespas for the day only (usually Left Bank Scooters service operates on a 24hr period), and pick it up from Gare Du Nord as we were travelling by Eurostar. This was no problem, after emailing Left Bank Scooters I received a speedy and helpful response from Stephanie who advised that Adam would be in contact to organise our meeting.

(Just to let you know, neither I nor my boyfriend are experienced scooter riders, so this was somethign new for both of us).

We arrived in Paris at around 11am and Adam was outside waiting for us with the lovely Vespa!!!! We were both so excited, the scooter couldnt have been better!! Adam spent around 15/20 minutes showing us over the bike and giving us ideas and advice as to where we could go around Paris as we were only there for such a short time (we were returning the bike and heading home at 18:30), Insurance is also organised through Left Bank Scooters so no need to worry about that as is all the paper work.

So we had our GPS and a marked up map from Adam, we set off.. a bit wobbly at first but we soon got used to the scooter and the crazy French drivers. As Adam suggested we head up to Sacre Coeur as we could drive up all the cobbled streets because we were on a scooter while everyone walked up... We decided to park at the bottom and walk up, we found somewhere to park the scooter easily and chained it up with the locks provided to us. We also locked the helmets away in the bike so we didnt have to carry these around (however, the helmets are not covered on the insurance so you may want to carry them around with you?).

After returning from lunch at the top of Monmarte we returned to our bike (after eventually finding it, thinking it had been stolen as we found an identical parking spot just further up the street but it was minus our scooter) so after the relief of realising we hadnt had the bike stolen and it was just our bad map reading we headed off to find the infamous Arc de Triomphe...

The french roads... cobbled in parts were fun to drive along, made all the better on the back of a Vespa, road signs clear enough to navigate around town, drivers crazy but considerate and it also seems that bikes and scooters have the right of way in most places which made our travels all the more easier...

So we arrived at chans de lise... slightly scared as we were on a scooter heading for this huge round about but we entered onto the Arc de Triomphe and got straight into the middle of the roundabout... went round twice... then had to work our way out... which was actually easier than it looks... being on a scooter and maybe looking slightly pertrified meant everyone kind of got out of our way... if you hire a Vespa you MUST go round this roundabout... was definitely a highlight to our travels that day.

Once we exited we headed off to find the Eiffel Tower... again... really easy driving, we found our way to the River Seine and stuck to that as we couldnt get lost... plus the sights are beautiful...

We found Eiffel Tower and parked up again... again easy parking as there are scooter parkings everywhere... Ice-cream, sightseeing, spot of sunbathing on the parks around the Eiffel Tower... couldnt have been a nicer way to end our short but very enjoyable day!!!!

We returned our scooter to Adam at around 6:30 having had a wonderful day and not really wanting to hand the scooter back, but it was nice to have the chance to sit and have a nice cold beer before we boarded our train back to UK.

I would definitely recommend using Left Bank Scooters, the whole process from booking the scooter, meeting Adam to pick it up, the advice given for sights to see and driving around Paris was superb... if ever i am back in Paris I will be hiring a Vespa as it really did make our day fun to say the least... If we had been on foot... our day may have been slightly less chaotic, but also a lot less funny... it really did make our day... we didnt have to bother with the Metro or walking around... we pulled up at every opportunity to take photos, scooters really can go anywhere in Paris... we even saw one guy pull up on the pavement to a cash point and draw money while still on his scooter!!!

DEFINITLEY an experience you need !!!!!

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“A weekend in Paris even more romantic !”
Reviewed May 29, 2010

Great service and professional young people! This is my opinion about Left bank scooter after my romantic weekend in Paris of few weeks ago. That was even more romantic thanks to the original VESPA PIAGGIO we rented at Left bank scooter. Great service because we have been delivered the VESPA at our hotel in the Marais at the hour agreed. Professional young people because we have been given all necessary information to make a safe journey around the city. Thanks to Left bank scooter we could explore Paris from east to west in one day that is an opportunity not to be missed! Thank You Adam from Francesca and Matteo, Parma (Italy).

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Paris on a Vespa”
Reviewed May 27, 2010

Awesome job, Left Bank Scooters. Just as advertised, I emailed a week ahead and Adele brought a cool Vespa 125 with helmet to my hotel and turned me loose on the mean streets of Paris. Way too fun for words. The scooter ran and handled great. People kept mistaking me for a Parisienne. "Je ne parle pas Francais", was repeated all day long. Had an early flight next day so made arrangements to have the scooter picked up at the hotel mid-morning. Adele brought a chain lock and told where to park it for the night so no problem. The only suggestion for Left Bank is maybe putting together a map of a few petrol pumps around town. Or at least one or two spots near the drop off point.If you are a timid driver in the states then this may not be your thing. Thanks guys!!

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Dallas, Texas
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“Above and Beyond”
Reviewed May 27, 2010

Adam was our tour guide and he really went above and beyond. He was on time, he worked with us since we quickly realized none of us could drive so he took us all out individually, he is Australian so he spoke English and he was really informed about Paris. He was great about asking us what we wanted to see and making sure to stop and spend more time at those locations, taking photos and walking around. I would definitely recommend Left Bank Scooters!

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“Adam at Left Bank Scooters was very...”
Reviewed May 27, 2010

Adam at Left Bank Scooters was very accommodating to our needs/what we wanted to see. Excellent way to see the city and I felt like a true Parisian when riding a vespa through traffic!

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