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Bike tours in Paris

Bike tours in Paris

In case you were thinking about visiting Paris by bike, during the day or at night, on your own or with a guide, on private tours or with a group, know that there are several companies who provide these services. Here are a few selected ones:

Paris Charms and Secrets
A four-hour visit of Paris on electrical bikes. It will take you to the historical places as well as the mysterious spots with practically no physical effort on your part!

Paris Charms and Secrets
106 Rue Vieille du Temple
75003 Paris
tel: 01.40.29.00.00
Metro: Saint Sébastien - Froissart
Tour departure point:
Place Vendôme
75001 Paris

Paris à vélo c’est sympa
These bike tours will safely and peacefully take you to enchanting and unexpected places.

Paris à vélo c’est sympa
22 Rue Alphonse Baudin
75011 Paris
tel: 01.48.87.60.01
Metro: St Sébastien-Froissart, Richard-Lenoir

M-F: 9.30am-1pm - 2pm-5.30pm
Sat-Sun. 9.30-1pm - 2pm-6pm
Closed on Tuesday

Paris Bike Tour
Offers guided bike tours of the historical and cultural Paris, as well as bike rentals for those who prefer to discover the city at their own pace.

Paris Bike Tour
38 Rue de Saintonge
75003 Paris
tel: 01.42.74.22.14
Metro: Filles du calvaire, République

M-Sun: 9am-7pm

Fat Tire Bike Tours Paris
Fat Bike Tours offers guided tours in English only, in and outside of Paris (Versailles, Monet’s gardens). There’s a Paris-by-night ride for those who want to discover the city of lights in all its twinkle. Fat Bike Tours wants to make sure that while you are comfortably riding their beach cruisers — how stylish of them — you are also having a lot fun. Their moto is: see more, less effort, more fun.

Fat Tire Bike Tours Paris
24 Rue Edgar Faure
75015 Paris
tel: 01.56.58.10.54
tel: 1-866-614-6218 (toll-free from North America to our Paris office)
Metro: Dupleix

M-Sun: 9am-6pm
Closed on December 25

Eiffel Tower: visiting tips.

Eiffel Tower: visiting tips.

La Tour Eiffel. How to visit the Eiffel Tower.
It’s cheap (12€) to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower but the average wait to get to the elevator is 2 hours. To avoid waiting in line you can always opt for the stairs to reach the 1st and 2nd floor (the top floor is only accessible via the elevator). Each of the 1st and 2nd floors can be reached in about 10-15 minutes after a 20-minute wait at the staircase entrance. For those who aren’t into exercising and/or don’t want to wake up with sore calves for the next two days, here’s another option to get to the Eiffel Tower’s 2nd (and most interesting) floor while bypassing every line: Le Jules Verne restaurant.

My idea of a very special visit to the most visited monument in the world is to have lunch, or dinner, at the prestigious Jules Verne restaurant. Enjoy world-famous Chef Alain Ducasse’s gourmet contemporary French cuisine 377 feet above sea level with a breathtaking view of Paris. A private elevator (south pillar) takes you to the Jules Verne restaurant so you don’t have to worry about the lines. If you are coming to Paris on vacation and fancy having a meal on the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower, then you should definitely plan ahead. Sometimes it takes up to 3 months to book a table. Reservations can be made online or by phone: 33 (0)1.45.55.61.44. The online calender lets you know what the available dates are, with a little bit of luck you might find some opening during your visit.

To give you an idea of the prices: the lunch menu is 80€ (120€ with wine) and the dinner one is 200€. A la carte, appetizers are around 65€ and main dishes about 75€. The cheese plate or desserts are all 24€. Here are a few dishes on the menu:
-appetizers:
“Pressed chicken and foie gras layers with black truffle,
toasted country finger bread”
“Marinated gilt-head bream, domestic caviar, mimosa garnish, lemon condiment”
-main dishes:
“Roasted Imperial langoustines, green vegetables, infused bacon”
“Pan-seared beef tournedos & fresh duck foie gras,
souffléed potatoes, Perigueux sauce”
-desserts:
“Bitter chocolate soufflé, Bourbon vanilla ice cream”
“Light wild strawberry and coconut cake, lime-coconut sorbet”

For more information on the restaurant go to Le Jules Verne.

There are other restaurant options -minus the private elevator- on the Eiffel Tower, such as the more affordable Les Buffets de la Tour Eiffel (ground level, 1st floor and 2nd floor) and Altitude 95 (1st floor).

Some practical information about the Eiffel Tower:
-It is open year round 7 days a week from:
9.30am - 11pm / January 1 to June 12 and September 1 to December 31
Final lift up at 11pm (10.30pm for top floor)
Final staircase admittance at 6pm
9am - midnight / June 13 to August 31
Final lift up at midnight (11pm for top floor)
Final staircase admittance at midnight.
-Smoking isn’t allowed on the Eiffel Tower.
-NO pets allowed.
-Non-foldable strollers are not allowed.
-The top floor is not accessible to visitors in wheelchairs.

If you plan to visit the Eiffel Tower in a group, check out the online reservation to purchase your tickets in advance and choose a day and time for your visit.

Eiffel Tower
Champs de Mars
75007 Paris
tel: 01.44.11.23.23
Metro: Dupleix, Bir-Hakeim, Ecole Militaire, Trocadéro
RER: Champs de Mars - Tour Eiffel

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