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“A perfect way to see Paris”

Paris A Velo C'est Sympa
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Owner description: Come and see Paris by bike, in an original, odd way, away from traffic and stress. We will make you discover enchanted and unexpected places. Let our guides and by-riders take you to a gentle ride, in safe conditions.
Reviewed October 12, 2010

As one of the other reviewers mentioned, we also did this on our honeymoon. We opted for the 'Unusual Paris' tour as we figured we'd see the heart of Paris in more detail at other times during our trip.

We were greeted by Victor who we'd had contact with over email prior to arriving in Paris, and then by Edith who gave us the tour. There were 12 people booked to go on our tour but there were only 5 in the end including my husband, myself and the guide. We cycled down to the Paris of the Parisiennes, through Ile Saint Louis, past the Mosque, through the gorgeous market street Rue Mouffetard and all the way down to the formerly peasant village of Montsouris (now en expensive town to live in). You really get a sense of how the outer city has been shaped by all of the different eras and it all fits together beautifully.

On our way back to the Marais (where Paris a Velo c'est Sympa's oofices are located) we stopped at Arene de Luteces, which to me brought such an eye-opening experience, not because it is an old preserved Roman arena, but you get a feel for the harmony and respect there is between the generation gaps. On one side you had teenagers sitting on a bench hanging out whilst watching a large group of older aged residents playing Petanque (Boules).

I think my husband was a bit cynical before we took this bicycle trip, but he's been truly converted and has said he'd be happy to do a different tour if we visited again.

The price was fantastic and even better for us because we're both under 26 so we got the jeune discount - it paid for the tour, the bike & the insurance. They even supplied us with raincoats as the weather was a bit unpredictable the day we went (luckily it didn't rain).

I also forgot to mention, our tour was given in English.

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Reviewed December 12, 2006

Cycling round Paris, isn't everyone's idea of something to do on Honeymoon..but we did!
It was such a laugh. We walked to the bike shop, not far from Marais and were greeted by very kind staff. They kitted you out with cool bikes and that was it! No signing your life away, no helmets, no nothing. So French!
We had a English, German, and French speaking guide, who was very good. She led the way, down side streets, (On the left!) through courtyards (to hell with any tourists in the way!), through parks. It was truely lovely. We all went in a line, relatively slowly and stopped for short talks on parts of Paris you probably wouldn't have known anything about .
We went on a 3 hour tour, but it passed so quickly and hardly burnt off my almond crossiant I had on our cafe break.
The sun was out on a cool day and it was wonderful, biking around the French captial.
Don't forget to have bag that you can put over the shoulder, but apart from that dress like you are in Paris! (---)

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Reviewed October 3, 2006

A great way to get the feel for the city is from the seat of a bike. We have taken the Heart of Paris tour four times. First time, I went alone. Second time, I begged my husband to go. He was not enthusiastic about Paris 'til he took this tour and saw all the little hamlets within the city. Third time, we took our then 9-year old daughter because the streets and pathways taken are safe and easy. Fourth time, we took our friends from Arizona who also had a blast. Now, we recommend a bike tour of Paris as the BEST way to gain a sense of the tempo and heart of the city while covering lots of ground. Stops along the way give the guide a chance to explain some history.
You will be glad you did.

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