It is time for the ride of your life; get ready to whiz around in one of Paris’ famous vintage cars the Citroen 2CV!
However, let me first explain a little bit about the history of this car. The Citroen 2CV is one of the first cars ever manufactured and is still around today and Paris Authentic is giving you the opportunity to sit in it. It’s time you feel like a part of history whilst zooming around the beautiful city of Paris whilst seeing the spectacular monuments.
Feel part of the history on the move
The first ever Citroen 2CV was produced in 1948 and the last one in 1990 and its target purchasers were small-hold farmers, who were still using horses and carts to transport their goods. Designed for low cost, simplicity and low fuel consumption, it is the type of vehicle that is reliable and environmentally friendly. It is an automobile that is at the heart of Parisians and you should definitely take the opportunity to sit in this iconic form of history. With its comfortable interior and transparent roof, you’re in the perfect form of transportation to experience sightseeing in style.
Get ready for people to snap photographs of you!
Now that you know a bit about the history of the vintage car, I think it is important to share with you why you should consider booking a tour with Paris Authentic in one of these marvelous vehicles. Paris Authentic offers different types of tours including the Paris Classics Tour, Undiscovered Paris Tour and the Paris Night Tour. The cost of the tours vary and are contingent on how many passengers are in the vehicle (so please check out their website for more information).
There are so many advantages to booking a private tour in a Citroen 2CV including getting picked up and dropped off at any destination within the city. This means that you can be collected at your hotel, enjoy the tour, and are dropped off at a certain spot or location that you want to visit.
You can also select the pick-up time and duration of the tour in conjunction with Paris Authentic, which means that you can ensure that you are able to fit it easily into your schedule; you’re not running after any hop-on-hop-off-bus, but rather the Citroen 2CV is being made available to you at your convenience.
With your Citroen 2CV, you will be chauffeured around by a safe and reliable driver who will also take the role of your personal guide. From my experience, I can assure you that such guides will give you fantastic information in the form of conversation, rather than commentary, which will truly makes you feel at ease during your tour.
Having experienced walking tours, bus and boat tours in Paris, I have to admit that a private tour in a Citroen 2CV is definitely the best way of enjoying this exceptional city. The private tours are so much more intimate, due to it being your fellow passengers and you only and very much personalized, as the driver/personal guide will also listen to you about what you really want to see in Paris and will definitely deliver.
Interestingly, you will also become a little bit famous during your tour as you will see many people stop to take photos of you in the fabulous Citroen 2CV and will applaud as you pass by! This is enormous fun and a great way to feel positive about traveling like a true Parisian.
Zooming around the major sights
If you’re new to Paris and/or you only have a short time in this fantastic city, you undoubtedly will want to see as much as possible and the Paris Authentic Classic Tour is the best way in which you can do that. You will have the opportunity to see the Eiffel Tower, Champs de Mars, Trocadero, Arc de Triomphe, Champ-Elysees, The Grand Palais, The Petit Palais, Place de la Concorde, Opera Garnier, Invalides, The Louvre, The Alexandre III Bridge, Notre Dame and so much more.
Your friendly driver/personal guide is also well trained in slowing down your historical car so that you can take photographs of all these fantastic sites whilst sitting in the comfort of your vehicle. Whilst I am not the best photographer (and my photos can sometimes even be blurry when I am standing still!), I am proud to tell you that all my photos during the Paris Authentic Classic Tour came out fantastically. This is because of the excellent and professional driver/personal guide who managed the vintage car perfectly so that I had the best angles and opportunities to take my snaps!
Get off the tourist tracks and head over to Montmartre
Now, whilst you will be given the opportunity to see all the major sites, you may also (time permitting), get the opportunity to go off the tourist tracks and down the narrow and cobbled streets of Montmarte. This is because the Citroen 2CV is a phenomenal vehicle that is so compact that it will allow your driver/personal guide to maneuver through the little streets where many vehicles such as buses are unable to go.
Montmartre is a gorgeous little village in the outskirts of Paris, and is packed with little shops, restaurants, bars and two windmills. There is a real artsy vibe to Montmartre so is a definite go-to-place for those that are creative. You will see painters and artists working on the streets. It is famous for having artists such as Dali, Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh visit and develop their creative flair. The area is totally buzzing with locals and tourists and at its highest point, on the hill of Montmartre is the Sacre-Coeur Basilica, a Roman Catholic Church, which is a popular landmark where the local Parisians go to worship and enjoy the sunshine from the steps leading to it.
Is it really worth it?
Whilst a private tour in a Citroen 2CV car can be expensive, I can assure you that you will definitely not be disappointed if you go ahead and book with Paris Authentic. I would recommend though, that you consider booking outside of rush hour times as you don’t want the Parisian traffic to cut into your touring time too much.
However, if you’re unable to do so, don’t worry too much as the drivers/personal guides know how to navigate through the crazy traffic and will do all that they can to show you their beautiful city. A private tour with a local in a historical car is what’s on offer – so what are you waiting for? Get ready to book your once in a lifetime experience to see Paris how it should be seen.
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