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Paris Bike Tour: Off the beaten path Secrets

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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 Pantheon
the Pantheon

Paris secrets and street Art

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.

Oldest Café in the world and the Pantheon

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.

Roman Arena
Roman Arena

Roman Arena and Le Marais

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).

Back Streets
Back Streets

Good to Know:

  • The Paris Bike Tour: the Secrets is 100% different from our other bike tours in Paris. None of the route or stops are the same.
  • The tour will finish very close to where it started next to the Saint-Michel Fountain.
  • Gratuities aka “tips” are never obligatory but always welcomed by our guides.

Group size

Max. 12 pers. per tour


4 hours approximatly
Includes a 30min snack break

What's Included

  • Comfy bike
  • Knowledgeable & friendly guide


All of our tours are commented in English

Dates & Times

Everyday at 10AM

Meeting point

Place Saint-Michel in front of the fountain.

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Tour Highlights

Street Art

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!

The Pantheon

Originally built as a massive basilica, the Pantheon was taken over during the French Revolution and rededicated to the Great Men of France.

Roman arena

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.

Mouffetard village

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

How many people are in the group?
We think that big groups suck! Our guides like getting to know the people in their groups and sharing their personal experience of our city with each one of them. That’s why we only allow 12 people to join us on this small group tour.
What is the Cancellation Policy?

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.

How far in advance should I book?
We suggest booking your spot on our Hidden Secret Paris Bike Tour at least 1 week in advance.
The date that I want to join this tour is full, is there a waiting list?
Yes. When a tour is fully booked you can still click on the date and join the waiting list. If anything frees up we'll contact you. Please note it is not possible to click on a date and join the waiting list if we have no tours running at all that day.
Do you have kids’ bikes or smaller bikes?

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.

Do I have to be fit to do this bike tour? Is it only for sporty people?
This tour is for people who know how to ride a bike and want to have some fun! It is not a physically intensive activity and we have had people of all shapes and sizes take part in it and everyone has always loved it.
Can I only do part of the tour?

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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