Paris - The wonderful world of 2CVs
Venice has its gondolas, New York its yellow cabs, but what is the best mode of transportation for exploring Paris? Perhaps a bike, as Yves Montand proposed in his song "A bicyclette", or even better, the most iconic of all French cars? A creative Parisian agency organizes romantic rides in legendary Citroën 2CVs.
Paris for beginners: Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame – on your first trip to the capital of romance, a 2CV simply has to be the best way to see all the famous attractions in true French style. A chauffeur will guide you expertly through the dense downtown traffic and tell entertaining anecdotes about his native city as you pass through broad boulevards and splendid city squares. Tours are available in English, German and Spanish, as well as French.
Price: starts at €58 per person (for two-person bookings) for a trip along the Champs-Elysées that lasts roughly half an hour
Romance, movies, gardens:
Tasteful from start to finish: If the weather’s right, lovers can gaze up through the open roof of their car at blue skies or the stars twinkling above them as they take in some of the most charming neighborhoods in the French capital on a romantic tour of Paris. After a one-and-a-half hour’s drive, the chauffeur will then stop outside the delightful La Fermette Marboeuf restaurant – where a romantic dinner for two is prepared.
Information: Price €124 per person including menu, romantic tours without dinner start at just €79 per person (prices apply for two-person bookings).
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach:
How about something a little bit different? If you’ve seen the sights of Paris before, perhaps it’s time to take a chauffeur-driven ride to some of the city’s hidden charms. You’d rather shop than sightsee? The 2CV drivers can tell you which boutiques are currently en vogue. And if you want to plan your own route, that’s not a problem either, because the 2CVs can also be booked for your very own private virée (which is French for a ride).
4 roues sous 1 parapluie: Rue Bernard Dimey 22, +33/800 800 631. Prices: For example: €58 for a half-hour virée on the Champs-Elysées, €158 for a one-and-a-half-hour sightseeing tour (in each case per vehicle).
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