Bike Tour of Paris – The Perfect Way to See it All
There is a long list of sites that must be seen in Paris. Planning our trip, I knew exactly what I wanted my kids to see in our short time in Paris. I wanted my kids to see the architecture and experience the culture. The museums will be appreciated when they are older. We took a bike tour of Paris and thought it was the perfect way to see it all.
Choosing a Paris Bike Tour
There are a few bicycle tours in Paris. We chose Bike About Tours because the group sizes are small. Our tour group consisted of 10 people including my family of four. Bike About Tours also offers private tours for families. My kids never had a problem keeping up with the group, but if you have younger kids, a private tour is the way to go. The meeting point for our tour was easily reached by Metro. We took Line 1 directly from our hotel, Hilton Paris La Defense to the Hotel de Ville stop.
What we saw on our tour with Bike About Tours
We booked the Parisian Day Bike Tour. Bike About Tours also offers Versailles and Champagne tours. The Parisian Tour meets at Notre Dame. The tour guides are locals who know the ins and outs of Paris. As we toured the city, our guide stopped frequently to explain what we were seeing, gave us interesting facts and pointed out so many things that we would have missed if we were on our own. We had fun talking with her and learning all about Paris.
We biked through Tuileries Gardens, to the entrance of the Louvre, past Pompidou Centre, along the Seine, and past Pont Neuf and Museé D’orsay. A highlight for my kids was learning about the anonymous French graffiti artist and trying to spot his work.
They also enjoyed looking for the Wallace water fountains. Our guide told us that Sir Richard Wallace placed these fountains all over Paris in the late 1800s to provide free drinking water during the time period when alcohol was cheaper than water. The fountains are still going strong today, so bring a water bottle. We also enjoyed seeing the houses of Jim Morrison and Victor Hugo, a stray cannon ball from the Revolution stuck in the side of a house, one of the oldest streets in Paris and our lunch stop on a street filled with bakeries.
Bike Tour Tips
Bring water bottles and small snacks for the kids. The tour is 3 1/2 hours in duration and nearly seven miles long. The bikes have baskets in the front, so I stored my backpack and camera in the basket. I became quite good at snapping photos as I rode my bike! Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. We had our rain jackets with us as well, but luckily they were not necessary.
A bike tour was without a doubt the best way for my family to see Paris. We saw a week’s worth of sites in a matter of hours. My kids were engaged and I loved seeing parts of Paris that may be easily overlooked.
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Tricia lives in Phoenix with her husband, 14 year-old daughter and 12 year-old son. She is a special education teacher for elementary students. Her family’s favorite memories…