Paris Food Bike Tour

Experience Paris with a Food and Bike Tour!

Spend the day like a true Parisian as you bike to our favorite foodie hot spots to pick up the essential ingredients for the perfect French picnic. Learn how to order in French with your local guide so you will be set for the rest of your trip!

You can purchase exactly what you like along the way and share your spoils with your new friends with an envy-inducing Instagram-able picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower as the day comes to an end.

After picking up your bike, we’ll cruise to the famous Poilâne bakery for a peek inside the ovens to see the fresh, slow-fermentation bread handcrafted for three generations and coveted around the world. Every good picnic needs some charcuterie - we’ll pop into a favorite local spot where you’ll learn how to order the perfect amount. Next, we’ll need some cheese - your guide and your fromager will explain the types of cheese in France and how they are made. We’ll have a taste and choose our favorites for later, to be paired with the perfect wine, which is, of course, our next stop at a charming wine boutique.

There will be time to explore a local market where you can supplement your picnic goodies with fresh fruit and seasonal produce. But wait, save room for dessert! We’ll swing past Pierre Hermé, the famous macaron artisan, for something sweet to finish our feast.

We recommend buying things as we go to make up a glorious picnic at the end for dinner! We'll finish at the Eiffel Tower, and you can stay for as long as you'd like. So take advantage of having a guide with you to help you with your purchases, and spend the evening watching the sunset behind the Eiffel Tower with a perfect picnic spread.

Please Note: Tastings are not included at every stop. A few small tastings (cheese & wine) are included, but the tour is designed for you to buy your own at the stops. Please bring euros in cash. There is a picnic at the end at the Eiffel Tower, so you can purchase wine for a pre-dinner drink, or a couple macarons, or a full-on meal for dinner. It's up to you!

Tour Highlights

  • Saint-Germain-des-Près neighborhood
  • Visit to famous bakery Poilâne with exclusive access
  • Gourmet charcuterie shops
  • Pierre Hermé pastry & macaron shop
  • Cheese shop with tasting
  • Saint Germain covered market
  • La Dernière Goutte wine boutique
  • River Seine
  • Picnic at the Eiffel Tower
    • Live Guide
    • Bike
    • Helmet (provided but optional; mandatory for children under 12)
    • Food & drink tastings
  • Adults €38.00
    Students (ID required) €36.00
    Children (4-11) €36.00
  • Your tour meets at our office located at 24 rue Edgar Faure, 75015. The closest métro station is Dupleix (line 6).

    Please note that in July & August 2020, the Dupleix métro station will be closed. Please use the station La Motte Picquet Grenelle instead, which is approximately a 6 minute walk from our office.

  • English, Please inquire about other languages
    • We provide the bike tour, info, guide, & a couple small tastings (like cheese & wine), but bring euros in cash to buy whatever you'd like at these stops! There is a picnic at the end at the Eiffel Tower, so you can purchase wine for a pre-dinner drink, or a couple macarons, or a full-on meal for dinner. It's up to you!
    • We will provide cups and a cork screw for the picnic.
    • 2:30-5:30pm is bike tour time. The picnic begins after your tour concludes, and you may stay as long as you'd like afterwards. We will drop off bikes before the picnic.
    • Booking for children? Review our bike options here to help you reserve the correct equipment. All participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and carry proof of age documentation.
      • Tandems must be reserved and are for children less than 70lbs/32kg
      • Trailers must be reserved and have a 2 child capacity with a combined maximum weight limit of 88lbs/40kg.
      • Babyseats must be reserved and have a maximum weight limit of 48lbs/22kg.
      • All participants over 12 years of age must be able to ride a bike.

FAQ

  • Expand/Collapse Are the food tastings enough for a meal?

    No - this tour focuses on food culture and food stops, and it is set up so that you can buy whatever you would like to enjoy during the picnic at the end of the tour.

    We will have a number of small tastings included, but please eat lunch before this tour.

  • Expand/Collapse Where is the meeting point?

    Your tour meets at our office located at 24 rue Edgar Faure, 75015. The closest métro station is Dupleix (line 6).

    Please note that in July & August 2020, the Dupleix métro station will be closed. Please use the station La Motte Picquet Grenelle instead, which is approximately a 6 minute walk from our office.

  • Expand/Collapse What cycling skill level do I need for this tour?

    While all of our tours maintain a leisurely pace, we want our guests to have fun and be safe, so being able to ride a bike is paramount.

    Our Paris Day Bike Tour is perfect for novice bike riders or those that haven't been on a bike in years. You should have average balance, be able to start and stop comfortably, and be familiar with hand brakes. We will be riding on bike lanes, through parks, and occasionally with traffic. Safety is our number one priority but confidence in yourself is the first step to overall group safety.

    If you're not sure how you'll fare, we invite you to come to our office about 30 minutes prior to your tour start time to try the bikes.

  • Expand/Collapse Is the cost of picnic supplies included in the tour?

    No, the picnic in the Champ de Mars at the conclusion of the tour is optional. If you would like to join us (and we hope you do!) you are encouraged to purchase picnic supplies throughout your tour in the various shops we visit. Your tour guide and the shop employees will be happy to give suggestions and help plan your perfect picnic.

    We will provide cups and a cork screw at the picnic

  • Expand/Collapse What are your bike options?

    You can view our bike options here.

    Unfortunately, we do not have adult tricycles, adult tandems, or bikes with training wheels for adults or children that may be less confident in their riding ability

  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour appropriate for children?

    Yes! Our Paris Day Bike Tour is a wonderful way for kids to discover Paris. You can use this bike chart to help you reserve the appropriate bicycles for your little ones - you can reserve kids' equipment during the booking process. Please keep in mind that children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult on the tour.

    • For children up to 10 years old or weighing under 32kg (70lbs), we have two-wheeled tag-along tandems. The child passenger sits on a seat and can pedal or coast. All riders weighing over 32kg (70lbs) must ride their own bicycle. This is not an option for adults or anyone over the weight or age limit.
    • We have various sized city bikes to accommodate just about every size of rider, from extra small 20 inch wheeled bikes for riders that are 3.3ft (100cm) to extra large for riders up to 6.5ft (198cm).
    • There is no additional charge for trailers, tandems or baby seats. Due to limited availability, please book baby seats, trailers, tandems, 20” and 24” wheeled bikes in advance. 
    • Please Note: All extra small 20 inch and small 24 inch bikes are equipped with hand brakes.
    • Our city tours are very casual, with only slight elevation changes on varying surfaces including smooth gravel and pavement. It is necessary, however, that any person participating in our bike tours have at least some bike riding experience, and should be comfortable riding in a group.
  • Expand/Collapse Is a helmet included?

    In Paris adults are not obliged to wear a helmet, however they are mandatory for children under 12. We have helmets of all sizes available in our office, free of charge.

  • Expand/Collapse Can we buy water at your office?

    Yes! We have a cold water in our office, and all of our bikes come equipped with luggage racks so that you can take it with you on tour.

  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour offered in any other languages, or only English?

    All scheduled tours are in English, and do offer this tour in Spanish which you can book here! We can sometimes arrange private versions of this tour in other languages, given we have a tour guide who speaks the language of your choice. You can inquire about a Private Tour here.

  • Expand/Collapse Can I leave the tour early?

    Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate special requests like this on our public tours.  Once the tour begins we ask that you stay with the guide and the group until the end.  If you're interested in something shorter, please inquire about a private tour.

  • Expand/Collapse How long is the ride?

    Our Paris Day Bike Tour covers approximately 6.5 miles (10.5 km).

     

  • Expand/Collapse What is your cancellation policy?

    We are happy to offer full refunds for our Day Bike Tour if the reservation is cancelled more than 72 hours (3 days) before the scheduled tour. Bookings of 10 or more passengers require seven days notice for cancellations or rescheduling.

    PARIS DAY BIKE TOUR RESCHEDULING POLICY

    • Reservations may be rescheduled subject to availability.
    • Fat Tire Tours will reschedule reservations free of charge for requests submitted at least 72 hours in advance. 
    • For requests submitted within 72 hours, the following fees will apply:
      • 15% rescheduling fee for requests submitted within 48 to 72 hours of the scheduled tour departure time
      • 25% rescheduling fee for requests submitted within 24 to 48 hours of the scheduled tour departure time
      • 50% rescheduling fee for requests submitted within 24 hours of the scheduled tour departure time
  • Expand/Collapse What is your weather policy?

    Our tours run rain or shine, and we have rain ponchos available for purchase in our office for anyone that needs them. We will gladly buy the ponchos back if they are not used during your tour. We encourage all guests to consult the weather forecast and to dress accordingly.

     

  • Expand/Collapse Are the tastings enough food for a meal?

    No. The tour focuses on food culture and food stops, and it is set up so that you can buy whatever you would like for the picnic at the end of the tour. We will have a couple small tastings included. Please eat lunch before this tour.

  • Expand/Collapse My group size is larger than the dropdown menu allows, how can I book?

    If you would like to book a larger group, please contact our Private Tours team at [email protected].

  • Expand/Collapse Can you accommodate allergies?

    Due to the nature of tastings on this tour (cheese, wine, bread) we are unfortunately not able to provide replacements if you have an allergy.

    All guests joining the picnic at the end of the tour are invited to purchase their own picnic supplies, so you may purchase food that fits your dietary requirements.

  • Expand/Collapse Will I have time for a dinner reservation afterwards?

    We recommend buying supplies throughout the duration of the tour, for a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower after we drop off our bikes.

    If you have dinner plans, the tour ends at 5:30pm, so you have plenty of time to make it to your reservation.

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