Walking and Cycling in Paris
Walking in Paris
The ultimate city of romance, where timeless beauty and iconic monuments meet, the city of Paris bewitches like no other. This is a destination that brings to life culture, history, and world famous art – evident both in the galleries and on the cobbles of Montmartre. A walking holiday of Paris offers an experience like no other, with a surprisingly intimate feel among the instantly recognisable monuments.
Discover awe-inspiring architecture
Walking through the streets and plazas of Paris is the perfect opportunity to admire some of the magnificent architecture that has made the city so alluring. Whether strolling down the Champs-Elysees towards the Arc de Triomphe, picnicking on the Champ de Mars in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, or looking out for Quasimodo among the flying buttresses of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris is home to sights that are among the most renowned and compelling anywhere in the world. Plus, with classic cafés that have hosted some of the great artists in history, discovery of the city’s architecture can be as active or sedate as desired.
Style and shopping
Paris is, of course, one of the world’s leading centres of fashion and commerce. With such a status, it’s not surprising to learn that the streets of Paris are adorned with designer boutiques, chic stores, and traditional markets. This is a destination where walking tours provide an ample opportunity to stop and browse the many eclectic shops, from haute couture houses to art and antique stores. In addition, the many eateries of the city offer a sublime setting in which to enjoy the famous Parisian cuisine, and make the perfect resting point on a hike through the city.
Cycling in Paris
A cycling tour of Paris is an exciting way to take in everything the city it has to offer. Since 2007, the city has provided more than 20,000 bicycles for hire, enabling locals and travellers to navigate the streets. Over 400km of dedicated cycle lanes cross the city, providing ample opportunity to negotiate both tourist hotspots and hidden gems.
Tour the monuments
It wouldn’t be a visit to Paris without seeking out some of the most iconic landmarks in Europe. From the instantly recognisable Eiffel Tower, constructed for the 1889 World Exposition, to the impressive collections housed within the Louvre, Paris offers some of Europe’s most famous attractions. Cycling down the Champs-Élysées and following in the trail of Tour de France cyclists down the ages provides the opportunity to experience the ‘most beautiful avenue in the world’ and approach the renowned Arc de Triomphe, constructed to honour those that died in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
Île de France
The area around Paris offers just as many attractions as the city itself. One of the most popular locations is the palace of Versailles, a lavish residence commissioned by Louis XIV, and the castle and forest at Fontainebleau have been beautifully restored, recreating an opulent picture of 16th century aristocracy. The village of La Roche-Guyon, on the banks of the River Seine, is classified as one of France's most beautiful. Its traditional buildings and 15th century church are worth exploring, and a leisurely boat trip on the river is the perfect way to while away an afternoon.