Our Paris Bike Tour: the Secrets is a truly local experience. It was designed by our founders who have lived in and explored Paris for more than 30 years. This tour is for anyone who wants to get to know Paris' off-the-beaten-path charms and see what makes it so captivating to us locals.
On this tour we’ll take you away from all of the big monuments and show you the charming Latin Quarter and the quaint Le Marais neighborhoods. On your Blue Bike™ you'll cycle on back streets and discover hidden secrets, ancient ruins, and the oldest café in the world, all the while learning funny and eccentric historical details about the real Paris and its population.
A tour like this can only be given by a true local who knows and loves their city. So let one of our guides show you around and help you to see the unknown ways in which Paris really shines!
The Paris Bike Tour: the Secrets stands out from our other bike tours as it dives deeper into what makes Paris so unique aside from its monuments and museums. This tour takes place entirely on back streets so you’ll see a more authentic and charming side of Paris, one that most tourists only dream about finding.
You’ll pop into a 400 year old building and explore the book lined walls of the Shakespeare and Co. bookshop. On your Blue Bike™ you’ll cycle past the oldest tree in Paris and into the alleys of the Latin Quarter you’ll learn about the Street Art movement in Paris. That way you’ll recognize some of Paris’ most celebrated street art such as the Space Invaders and the many faces of Gregos which pop out from our city’s walls.
Wandering into a covered passageway you’ll look through a window and see pastry chefs creating delicacies. Then you’ll realize you’re standing in front of the oldest café in the world, a place where a revolution was planned and where Benjamin Franklin penned some of the Constitution of the United States.
Cycling through the market street of Rue de Buci you’ll smell the fresh baked goods and see thousands of fresh fruits and flowers all around you. You might notice a shop that has been making tiny lead soldiers since the 1700’s and wonder how they can still be there after 250 years. That’s when you’ll remember you’re in Paris and this place is magic.
You’ll have a chance to learn about and explore inside the fascinating church that Dan Brown used in his “Da Vinci Code” where you’ll find the Rose Line for yourself. Leaving the church behind you’ll go up an alley and read a backwards poem on the wall about a drunken boat then cycle alongside the beautiful Luxembourg garden. You’ll pause at the Pantheon, the final resting place of the most beloved “Great men and women of France” such as Victor Hugo and learn of their lives and legacies.
Taking a break on rue Mouffetard you’ll admire the little crêpe shops, awesome french bakeries, and local café ambiance that is well off the beaten tourist trail. You’ll be able to choose whatever pleases you the most for your lunch and have 30 minutes to enjoy it.
Once finished with the break the adventure continues as the guide leads you to the center of our 2,000 year old Roman Arena and then across the Seine river into the historically Jewish neighborhood of Le Marais.
You’ll admire the lovely pedestrian street of Rue des Rosiers with all of it’s local boutiques and kosher restaurants then head into the most beautiful square in Paris, the Place des Vosges where the red brick and green trees will show a different side of Paris.
This tour is an excellent tour in and of itself but also a wonderful complement to our Best of Paris Bike Tour which will already have introduced you to the main monuments of Paris and some of the most important historical facts. So, please, don’t try to choose between them. We’ll give you a discount if you book them together (see Special Offers).
Max. 12 pers. per tour
4 hours approximatly
Includes a 30min snack break
All of our tours are commented in English
Dates & Times
Everyday at 10AM
Place Saint-Michel in front of the fountain.
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For the Paris Bike Tour: the Secrets, you will meet with your guide in the heart of the Latin Quarter, at Place Saint-Michel in front of the Saint-Michel Fountain.
The Fountain Saint-Michel can easily be reached by metro line 4 (stop "SAINT-MICHEL") and the RER lines B & C (stop "SAINT-MICHEL – NOTRE-DAME").
Paris didn't miss out on the underground street artist movement, it's home to some of the coolest in the world such as Invader and Gregos.
World’s oldest café
The Procope was founded in 1686 and has seen many of the most famous people in history eat there. Among them Benjamin Franklin, Voltaire, Napoléon, and Victor Hugo.
Shakespeare & Co Bookstore
More than just a bookstore, it's almost a shrine to the written word and those who write it. Its walls are overflowing with literature of all sorts, and some authors even sleep there!
Originally built as a massive basilica, the Pantheon was taken over during the French Revolution and rededicated to the Great Men of France.
Hidden away on the left bank this arena was the stage for countless human and animal battles during the roman occupation of France and it’s almost 2,000 years old!
Ancient city wall of Paris
Built 800 years ago to keep Richard the Lionheart out of Paris, this massive wall protected the city for more than 2 centuries until becoming obsolete as Paris grew larger.
Rue Mouffetard is one of Paris' oldest and liveliest neighborhoods with cafés and bistros of all kinds and a famous market as well. We’ll stop here for the 30 minute lunch break.
Place des Vosges
Originally known as Place Royale this square is in the Marais district. Its red brick stands out among the other beige parisian buildings and is full of charm.
Wall of the Righteous
This wall bears the names of over 3,900 people who risked their lives to save Jews in France during the Second World War
Frequently Asked Questions
Lots of things can happen that make a person need to change their plans. So you’re welcome to cancel this tour up to 24 hours before it starts and we’ll give you a full refund.
If you plan out your travel time poorly, arrive late, and miss your tour we will feel sad that you missed your tour but we will not issue you a refund.
Yes, we’ve got 2 different smaller sized bikes for kids and adults who are too short to use our Blue Bikes™.
We have baby seats for kids that are between the ages of 1 and 3 years old (max weight 22 kg (48 lbs)).
We also have some cool Burley tandem attachment bikes that are suitable for little kids who are too big for the baby seat but too small to cycle on their own (max weight 38 kg (85 lbs) - max height 137 cm (4 ft 6 in)).
We do NOT have tandem bikes that are suitable for two adults. All adults who join our tour must know how to cycle on their own with confidence. Please do not book this tour if an adult in your party is unable to cycle. We do not have any way to include them in this tour.
Find out more about our bikes here.
No. We lend you one of our custom made Blue Bikes™ to use on this tour. When we do that we are counting on you being able to cycle our Blue Bike all the way back to our bike hub where we will need that Blue Bike to be ready for the next tour it will be used for.
Please only book this tour if you are 100% sure to be able to partake in 100% of this tour which will last a full 4 hours long.
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We are committed to giving you the best experience possible, in case the tour you took with us didn’t meet your expectation we are happy to give a full refund as long as you participated in the entire tour and tell your guide at the end of the tour.
We appreciate and reward fidelity!
Use code FIDELITY to get 10% OFF when you book more than one tour with us.
This code can only be used for your 2nd, 3rd (or following) reservations.
This code CANNOT be used on the first reservation you make.
We understand that unexpected events can change your travel plans; for this reason Blue Fox Travel offers a full refund, for any reason, if you cancel more than 24hrs before your reserved tour is scheduled to start.
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These are the Terms & Conditions that apply to any tour run by BLUE FOX TRAVEL in France under the brands BLUE BIKE TOURS or BLUE FOX TRAVEL.
In this document, BLUE BIKE TOURS might be abbreviated as BBT and BLUE FOX TRAVEL as BFT.
BLUE FOX TRAVEL is a registered SARL (Société à Responsabilité Limitée - Limited Liability Company) at the Paris Chamber of Commerce under the number : 534 151 576
BLUE FOX TRAVEL is a registered French Travel Operator under the licence : IM075160040
BLUE FOX TRAVEL is a registered Public Service Vehicle Operator under the Licence : 2016/11/0007784
Because BLUE FOX TRAVEL is a registered French company, and all of our tours take place in France, only the French Law will apply in the case of any conflict.
Last updated : January 2019.
Valid until : the end of the world.
I - Cancellation Policy
BFT offers a 100% refund if a reservation is cancelled more than 24 hours before the scheduled start of the tour. The notification must be made by email. No refunds are given for ANY reason once within the 24 hrs prior to the scheduled tour.
All of our tours run Rain or Shine. We do not issue refunds if you choose to skip your tour because the weather doesn’t suit you. You can always wait until the last minute to book your tour to ensure the weather suits you that day. BFT reserves the right to cancel any of its tours last minute in case of an Act of God or crazy act from a large group of people. Flooding, hail, dangerous weather conditions, riots, etc. In such instances full refunds will be given to anyone who had their tour cancelled.
II - Satisfaction Guarantee Policy
If the tour you took with us didn’t live up to what we promised you on our website and failed to meet your expectations, we will be heartbroken. We will also give you a 100% refund so long as you do all of these things:
You remember that we we are in no way responsible for the weather and that our guides actually have to give 110% of themselves to you on days when the weather is not as nice in order to help you enjoy the tour.
You participate in the entire tour from: being on time at the meeting point until the “goodbyes” at the very end of the tour. You can’t leave a tour half-way and ask for your money back.
At the end of the tour you tell your guide, in person, that you were not satisfied with the tour you took.
You provide your tour guide with the reasons you were not satisfied with the tour itself.
III - Payment Policy
A valid credit card is required to secure your booking. All reservations must be prepaid online prior to the tour. We accept Visa, Mastercard. None of your personal credit card or billing information is stored by BFT.
We are committed to protecting your privacy. Your personal informations will never be disclosed to any third parties.
V - Child Policy
All reservations made for children under the age of 18 years old must be made by an adult and we must be informed at the time of booking exactly how many children are in your party and their ages. This is vital information as it allows our guide to prepare the proper child sized equipments for the bike tours and the booster seats for all day trips/excursions that use one of our vans.
All reservations made for a minor under the age of 18 years old must also include the reservation for an adult who will be 100% solely responsible for the safety and well being of the child while on the tour.
Every child, under the age of 12 years old, partaking in a bicycle tour will be required to wear a helmet and a reflective vest as per French Law.
The adult who accompanies the child agrees to the responsibility of choosing a properly sized helmet, adjusting the helmet, and keeping the helmet on the head of the child during the whole tour. Blue Fox Travel has helmets in multiple sizes for you to choose from at no cost.
Don't forget: Children who will be riding in a baby/child seat, on a tandem attachment bike, or in a booster seat in one of our vans absolutely MUST have their seat reserved beforehand. We NEED to know exactly what your child will need before they show up. Please make it clear in the “Special Requirements” section of our booking form.
VI- Child Bike Policy
Children who will be riding on their own may be subject to a very short test run before the tour starts in which they will be expected to demonstrate: that they are well suited for their bike’s size and settings, that they know how to brake properly and that they are, in general, good cyclists who can be trusted to follow their tour guide in a safe manner.
We own 20” and 24” kids bikes (size of the wheel). Adult bikes are 26”. If the guide, or manager, finds that the child is not, for any reason, a good enough cyclist then the guide, or manager, has the right to refuse to let the child follow the tour on a personal bike.
This means they will either be asked to ride on one of our ‘tandem attachments’ which is attached to the back of a parents bike OR asked to ride in a child seat attached to the back of a parents bike. If the child refuses the change, then the guide or manager has the right to cancel the reservation, and not allow you and your child on the bike tour.
Refunds will not be issued if your reservation is cancelled because of your child not being able to cycle and their refusal to ride attached to you. Baby seats are for kids that are between the ages of 1 and 3 years old (max weight 22 kg (48 lbs)).
We also have some cool Burley™ tandem attachment bikes that are suitable for little kids who are too big for the baby seat but too small to cycle on their own (max weight 38 kg (85 lbs) - max height 137 cm (4 ft 6 in)).
VII - Damages to Blue Fox Travel Property
If you or anyone in your party damages a vehicle, a Blue Bike™, a vehicle, a child's bike, a helmet, a baby/child seat, a tandem attachment bike, any bike attachments, or a booster seat in such a way that it becomes badly disfigured, broken, or unusable, then BFT reserves the right to claim a fee of up to the cost of repair of the damaged bike/vehicle or object.
VIII - MiscellaneousYou and everyone in your party will be kind and respectful of your guide. You and everyone in your party will do their best to follow the safety instructions given orally by the guide before the start of the tour and during the tour.