Although I am partial to discovering the best of Paris by foot because I lead walking tours, many of my clients have told me about other unique ways to see the city with alternate transportation. I did some research and here are some fun and unusual ways to see the City of Light.
Fat bike tours are the most popular bike tours in Paris and have an excellent reputation. Their four-hour/six-and-one-half- mile day tour is a perfect way to get an efficient overview of the top sites of the city including full stops at the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, The Tuileries, Napoleon’s Tomb & Invalides, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, and Place de la Concorde.
The sexy, magical night tour with Paris all illuminated includes a cruise down the Seine. If you would like to continue riding your bike, Fat Tours also does tours of Versailles, Monet’s Gardens, D-Day beaches in Normandy, and the Loire Valley.
Zipping around the boulevards and rues of Paris on a Segway. Sound like fun? Since 2003 City Segway Tours has lead exhilarating tours on these standing motorized vehicles. A helmet is supplied and a 30 minute lesson on how to maneuver a Segway give you a sense of safety. Day and evening tours include all the classic sites and the company can arrange private tours for families, groups, and corporate functions.
4 roues sous 1 parapluie
Ride in authentic French style in a 2CV, the classic car from Citroen for over 60 years. 4 roues sous 1 parapluie (four wheels under one umbrella) offers the ride of your life in their fleet of quirky cars. You can whiz down the most famous boulevard in Paris on their Champs Elysees tour, which also includes Place Madeleine, Grand & Petit Palais, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Musee D’Orsay. If you like the great outdoors, take one of their Paris Garden tours and see the lushest, greenest parks and gardens like the Tuileries, Champ de Mars next to the Eiffel Tower, Parc Monceau, Jardin de Luxembourg, and Jardin du Palais Royal. Tours run from 30 minutes to 3 hours.
So whether you want to walk it, bicycle it, Segway it, or 2CV it, Paris offers almost any mode of transportation.