Over the past 2000 years, the beautiful city of Paris has never stopped changing its visage throughout the ages. Today, remnants of the original construction can be counted on one hand.
Learning about our past helps us to better understand our future, and that’s why we are offering this unique and exclusive tour by Vespa.
What can you expect during this Vespa tour?
After picking up your Vespa from your hotel, follow our guide through modern Paris to reach the oldest historical sights. Relive a Parisian past that dates from the first millennium.
This exclusive tour links tradition and modernity.
On our Vespa scooter, weave through the city to discover the City of Lights in her historical glory. Our knowledgeable guides and handy vehicles allow you to easily access key sights in under a day!
Here are some highlights of the tour:
||The Cluny thermal baths, the ruins of a Gallo-Roman bath complex.
|| The Lutèce Arena, an ancient Roman amphitheater in the heart of Paris.
|| The Wall of Philip Augustus, a fortification system from the 12th century.
|| The Saint Geneviève Hill and Saint-Étienne-du-Mont Church, which houses the shrine of Paris’ patron saint.
|| The Catacombs of Paris, better known as the underground tunnels used as tombs.
|| The Notre-Dame Cathedral, a medieval Catholic cathedral.
|| Archeological Crypt of the Parvis of Notre-Dame, which displays archeological remains of the historic past.
|| The St Germain des Prés Church, a fortified Abbey just beyond the outskirts of early medieval Paris.
Driving in le Marais district
Hanging out at the open air market
Lovers on the bank of La Seine
Notre Dame Cathedral and the Seine river
Interested in our Paris “Back to the Roots” Tour?
Check our conditions:
All our tours start at your hotel. If you just stay a day or even a few hours in Paris, then we can meet you at a designated site that has parking. For example, near Gare du Nord if you just got off the Eurostar.
How long does the tour last?
Our historical “Back to the Roots” tour of Paris is a private tour and last a full day from about 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
What’s included in the tour?
Our Paris “Back to the Roots” tour includes pick-up and drop-off of your scooter at your hotel, a qualified bilingual guide, and entrance tickets to all the historical sights in the tour. We also provide VIP tickets for the catacombs to skip lines! We recommend reserving this tour as least 2 weeks in advance.
Prices & Booking of the tour
||With a passenger
|“Back to the Roots” tour of Paris
If you want to keep the scooter to drive on your own and visit Paris by yourself that’s possible.(49€/day after a tour) GPS an option. It is a good way to avoid the subway and feel like a Parisian for the rest of your stay!
What are the requirements to participate in our Vespa Tour?
If you have already driven a moped, Vespa, motorbike or any motorized 2-wheel vehicle, you are qualified to take our Vespa tour. You will also need a current driver’s license and a valid credit card for the 1200€ deposit (not charged, just put on hold).
Visit our FAQ section to learn more about driving a Vespa in Paris. Or e-mail us to ask additional questions.
Places to see during our Paris “Back to the Roots”
The Lutèce Arena
The Lutèce Arena, constructed in the first century, is a Gallo-Roman theater situated in the heart of Paris, right next to the flowering Jardin des Plantes.
The size of this archeological sight is quite impressive. Back in the day, 17,000 spectators crowded into the arena to witness theater shows, battles and other games of human feat.
Rediscovered at the end of the 19th century and restored during World War I, the Lutèce Arena is not-to-be-missed! Circle around the area on your Vespa and take in the wonders of an ancient era.
The catacombs of Paris
One of the most unique places in Paris is hidden underground. Located in the left bank of Paris, the Catacombs of Paris is a series of tunnels that served since antiquity. A portion of the Catacombs, used as a 250 km tomb, holds the remains of six million people!
Walk down the stairway into the past and discover numerous poems that describe the empire of death, as well as other surprises.
The Cluny Thermal Baths
The Cluny Thermal Baths, located in the heart of the student quarter, is a vestige of a more indulgent time, where leisurely roman baths were a norm. The visible part of the bath complex is just a small portion of the greater historical sight.
Renovated under King Louis XVIII, the Cluny Thermal Baths reminds us of a bygone era, where locals met to read, relax and gossip in the complex. Don’t forget to park your Vespa to take a dip in the waters…
The Wall of Philip Augustus
At the end of the 12th century, the Wall of Philip Augustus was an imposing fortification system that protected the city. With the renovation of Paris, the Wall of Philip Augustus is now actually located inside Paris, though the majority of the sight was destroyed. Our knowledgeable guides can show the most curious adventurer the remaining walls on scooter…
The Sainte Genevieve Hill
The Sainte Geneviève hill, situated on the Left Bank, is dotted with must-see sights. With numerous students milling around the neighborhood, this historic area is home to several intellectual institutions, including La Sorbonne, the Panthéon and the Senate.
Whirl around Jardin du Luxembourg on our Vespas, or simply, drive leisurely through the charming roads of Sainte Geneviève hill, taking in the beauty of historic monuments.
Notre-dame of Paris
The Notre-Dame of Paris has a reputation that precedes itself. Located on an island in the middle of the Seine River, this cathedral has been built and rebuilt over the centuries. On our handy scooters, circle around the grandest of Western cathedrals.
Archeological Crypt of the Parvis of Notre-Dame
A well-kept secret, this archeological crypt preserves the remains of the first construction of Paris, otherwise known as Lutèce in its early beginnings. Discover the detailed past and how the city transformed through the centuries with our qualified guides.
St Germain des Prés Church
In the heart of a hip and chic neighborhood, this mythical church of the first kings of France stands out among high-fashion boutiques. Surrounded by a fortified abbey, the St Germain des Prés church was the living quarters for monks, who had their own library, restaurant, bakery and stable.
Park your Vespa in front and peek into the medieval French past…