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Paris' most unusual tours

Zeppelins, glass-roofed buses and Maserati's: we've found alternative ways to see and enjoy the city that you may never have considered.

Paris is full of wonderful things, but what about when you return regularly? As a tourist hot spot, it can be difficult to see the city in a diffierent light from everybody else. We've tried and tested these off-the-beaten-track options give you an opportunity to explore the city of lights from a totally different angle, or height!

See the castles of the Parisian outskirts in a zeppelin

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Airship Paris provides a rare opportunity to fly over land via zeppelin, a method of transport that dates back to the early 1900s. It is possible to choose from two itineraries. Both journeys take place in neighbouring department Val d’Oise, but the 30-minute itinerary covers just the 1220 Château de Méry-sur-Oise and the Auvers-sur-Oise landscape, which inspired many painters including Van Gogh. The second journey lasts an hour and takes visitors over the princely Chantilly Domain and the Abbey of Royaumont. www.airship-paris.fr

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Hire a Grandturismo S Maserati

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GT Location has the car for any occasion. A family business that has been going since the ‘30s, GT rents luxury cars from the fast and furious like Ferraris and Maseratis to rare vintage models like a lipstick-red Jaguar XK120s and a bonbon pink convertible Cadillac Eldorado. And if you don’t want to self-drive, the company can also organise a car with an allocated driver so that you can hop in and out around Paris at your leisure. GT has offices in Paris as well as on the Riviera for those who are heading to the coast. www.firstgtlocation.fr

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See Paris from a horse-drawn carriage

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For almost ten years, Paris Calèches has been providing visitors with a more romantic means of exploring Paris that takes you right back in history. There are several horse-drawn carriages to choose from, including a white round Cinderella style carriage – before it turns into a pumpkin. We especially like the more subdued but very elegant Bordeaux coach. Guests can choose from a 30-minute to a two-and-a-half-hour ride across central Paris as well as whether or not they want champagne and macaroons to be thrown in. www.pariscaleches.com

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Luxury gourmet bus tour

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Who doesn’t like to team sightseeing with a spot of lunch or dinner? For just over two hours, passengers can choose to enjoy a gourmet lunch or dinner onboard a luxury glass-roofed double-decker bus while visiting Paris’ top landmarks. Passengers have their own table, as well as a pointer pen that gives an audio-guided tour of the city when tapped. The food is delicious and includes dishes like Queen scallops Carpaccio teamed with a glass of bubbly. Bustronome can also do bespoke journeys and menus. www.bustronome.com

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Run your way around Parisian monuments

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Led by the young dynamic German expat and marathon fiend Léa Clara Hofmann, SightRunning Paris tours don’t just keep you fit, but also allow you to learn about the city’s landmarks at the same time. Starting at the Eiffel Tower, the main itinerary takes you around the city centre for a total of 11km. However, you don’t have to be a sporty type to join Léa on one of her tours as the combination of learning while running takes your mind off physical exertion. Tours can be conducted in French, German and English. www.sightrunningparis.com

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Paris from the skies

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See Paris like you never dreamed of from the comfort of your private five-seat helicopter. Heliparis offers breathtaking views of some of Paris’ most striking monuments including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Sacré Coeur, the Père Lachaise cemetery and Bastille with a stop at the Museum of Space or an intimate chat with your pilot about his passion for the job. Heliparis offers two itineraries, both of which include a 15-minute trip out from Paris’ main heliport and a 15-minute trip back to Le Bourget airport. www.heliparis.fr

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2 Airship Paris
3 Paris Caleches
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