Let's Go Ride A Bike
You don’t have to be a tour de France rider to go on a bike tour, all you need is the ability to balance and ride a bike.
One of the best ways to see a city is from the seat of a bike. What better way to view a city than cycling through the streets and covering large amounts of ground. Nothing can describe the feeling of cycling past the Eiffel Tower or Buckingham Palace. Our family has had the opportunity to tour two large cities through bike tours and they did not disappoint.
When we booked our trip to Paris a friend had recommended a bike tour company called Blue Fox. After doing some research on them I learned that they offered a private family tour for families called “The Amazing Race”. I am a huge amazing race fan so I knew this would be fun and would make history come alive for the girls. They provide you with everything you need, a local guide, an easy to ride bike, and helmets.
They even have a unique tandem attachment for bike riders from 5 years old to 10 years old.
Our guide was Cecilia and she was amazing. She made the history of the city come alive in a unique way for our girls. They had envelopes to open at each stop, with a task to complete, and coins to earn. If they earned enough coins they would receive a medal at the end of the race.
We chose to do this on our first day in Paris and it was perfect. It gave us an idea of how the city is laid out and helped fight off jet lag as well.
One of our challenges was to create an Eiffel Tower with everyone in our family. It resulted in some crazy, and fun pictures.
We first started the tour zipping down side streets heading to Notre Dame and my youngest shouted “Now this is the way to see Paris!” I couldn’t agree more.
The next tour we participated with Blue Fox was a tour of Versailles. It took the stress out of covering so much ground at the Palace. With 2000 acres, biking is the way to tour Versailles. We met our guide at the train station in Paris and traveled together to the town of Versailles. Our tickets to and from Paris were included in the price of the tour. After some shopping for lunch at a local market we grabbed our bikes and headed to the Palace grounds.
I think biking through the grounds is the perfect way to see how massive the property of the Palace truly is. We were able to learn so much history on the Palace while seeing the gardens, the Petite Trianon, Marie Antoinette’s estate and having a picnic lunch at the Grande Canals. The tour is wrapped up with skip the line access to the main palace with the Hall of Mirrors.
The most recent Bike tour we did was in London with Fat Tire bike tours. We were able to bike past Buckingham palace, Big Ben, through Hyde park, and Kensington gardens. We even got to see the changing of the guard as they marched from the Palace.
Having a small group and local guide to show you around the city you are visiting can make the city come to life and allows you to get a good lay of the land before your other adventures.