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Awesome experierience ... A tru WOW factor , very well organised and executed by fat tyre bike tours
Fabulous and memorable experience. Highlight of our stay in Paris.
Awesome experience. Friendly and well trained guides, great company. We had a blast! When I return to Paris, I will use Fat Tire again. Everything went well with reservation too.
By far, our most memorable experience in Paris. Our guide was so nice and personable. I would do this again and again. Such a unique way to see the city!
The tour was great! Although the ride was before things were completely closed to traffic (and we weren't able to ride in the tunnel under the Tuileries; the police said no), being able to ride along the Champs-Élysées with minimal traffic was fantastic.
This tour was novel and the tour company staff were very energetic and upbeat. However, the tour was unable to to go the entire planned route due to unanticipated police obstructions. So we ended up diverging and going through other areas. This was nice, but the guide (being relatively new) did not really make the most of it by giving us information about what we were seeing. It would have also been more enjoyable if some background of the Tour de France was provided along with the significance of the route we were to ride. The idea for this tour is a good one, but there is a lot of room for improvement; particularly for the price we paid.
The tour was advertised as ride the final laps of the Tour de France - an opportunity to ride the Champs Elysee when it is closed to traffic. The road was not closed to traffic and in fact the guide took the tour group across a section of road which resulted in him being reprimanded by paris police. Also the guide knew nothing about the Tour de France. This tour was a gift to my husband who is mad keen on the Tour de France so I was disappointed with his resulting experience.
The regular part of the bike ride was ok - it was what was expected. But the reason we signed up for the ride was that on this particular day we could ride up and down the Champs Elysee a few hours prior to the Tour de France riders, with the Champs Elysee all dressed up and ready to go. That was what was advertised, that was what we signed up for, and that was what we got up early to do. It meant a lot to us. But that never happened. We were not allowed to ride on the Champs Elysee. A bit of a bait-and-switch if you ask us.
We're not sure why that happened, but we were also a bit miffed that the guide tried to gloss over it. She obviously knew that it was not a good situation and was not pleased having to deal with it. She tried to talk around it, but we knew it was a switch and called her on it, which was uncomfortable for all.
I believe that we should be charged for a regular bike ride, with he difference between that and the price we paid refunded.
Big disappointment. Maybe not Viator's fault, maybe it is. We don't know and frankly don't care. However, we have booked Viator excursions quite a few times, and whether we use Viator again depends on how they handle this.
Michael and Denise Colon
It was the first year they did it, and unfortunately we did not get to ride on the Champs. I believe they will fix this next year, with the lessons learnt, which would be a great thrill.
I bought this as a gift for my boyfriend who as a cycling enthusiast was very excited at the prospect of cycling the Tour de France final route as he has also completed other stages before. Unfortunately on the day in question this bike ride did not take place as suggested in the item description. We both were very dissapointed as it took away valuable time we could have enjoyed together on our 2 day trip to Paris. This was not a well organised trip. The only positive comment would be the ease of the booking process, complaint process seems to be a bit slower!
This was very disappointing. We booked the tour for our grandsons as it was advertised to ride down the Champs Elyses when the roads were closed for the finish of the Tour. The day before we even checked and were told it was a once in a lifetime experience. On the day we arrived early and there was no safety helmets provided as indicated and the tour returned early and wasn't able to go down the Champs Elyses. Two very disappointed grandsons and certainly not value for money!
Note from Viator: Thanks for your honest feedback. We’ve contacted our local supplier and are following up to ensure this does not happen again.