Active things to do in Paris at Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Paris is a gastronomic haven, so it can be tempting to spend all your time sampling French delicacies at the city’s restaurants and cafés. Luckily, between meals of heavenly pastries and flavoursome cheeses, there are plenty of opportunities to work off your favourite indulgences, while ticking off some essential sightseeing at the same time. From world-class golf courses to beautiful parks and historic horse rides, experience Paris like never before with this two-day active itinerary.
Begin the day with a 12-minute walk over Pont des Invalides to Berges de Seine.
Berges de Seine
Berges de Seine is a pedestrianized riverside promenade that’s packed full of activities for all the family. From climbing walls and board games to hopscotch and relaxation areas, there’s a lot to discover on this stretch of the Left Bank. Take a leisurely walk along Berges de Seine from Pont des Invalides to the Eiffel Tower, where you’ll also discover the Parc du Champ de Mars, a beautiful landscaped park at the foot of the city’s most iconic structure.
Next, take a 35-minute drive to Château de Versailles.
Château de Versailles
Château de Versailles is one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. Make a visit even more memorable by touring the palace’s grounds and royal gardens on horseback with a local riding school. While there, it’s also possible for equine enthusiasts to enjoy a guided tour of the royal stables or witness a training session at the Academy of Equestrian Arts.
From Château de Versailles, it’s a 15-minute drive to the next stop, Le Golf National.
Le Golf National
Swing in the footsteps of the world’s leading golfers at Le Golf National, home of the annual French Open and the Ryder Cup 2018. The club is renowned worldwide and features two championship 18-hole courses, Albatros and Aigle, and a nine-hole course, L’Oiselet. There’s also an excellent clubhouse serving post-game refreshments.
Then, head to Saint-Germain-en-Laye, a 30-minute drive from Le National Golf.
Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye
The Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye is a striking, historic castle on the outskirts of Paris. Its extensive grounds comprise beautiful parklands and the Forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, which is bordered by the River Seine. While connected to the castle, the land is open to the public and visitors are invited to enjoy a picturesque hike, run or cycle through the ancient woodlands and landscaped gardens.
The final location of the day, Tennis Club de la Châtaigneraie, is a 20-minute drive away.
Tennis Club de la Châtaigneraie
Tennis enthusiasts won’t want to miss the chance to play on the same courts of many of the world’s greatest tennis players. Champions like Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova have battled it out at Tennis Club de la Châtaigneraie, and you can too. There are 10 covered courts that can be rented out by the hour, and lessons are also available for those who want to brush up on their serve.
To get back to the hotel, hail a taxi for a 30-minute drive.
Start the final day of the itinerary with a picturesque 20-minute drive along the river to the Hôtel Molitor for a swim in its famous pool.
Start the day with a swim in one of Paris’ most iconic pools. The Piscine Molitor was a chic Parisian hangout for designers, dancers, and Olympic swimmers in the mid-20th century. Following its heyday, the luxurious complex fell into disrepair and became a compelling canvas for the city’s graffiti artists. Now restored to their former glory, the glamorous pools – one indoor and one outdoor – are once again places to splash and be seen.
After your swim, take a 45-minute drive or subway ride to the Promenade Plantée.
Promenade Plantée is one of the most unusual public spaces in Paris, popular with locals and the occasional in-the-know tourist. Similar to New York City’s High Line, a large proportion of this narrow park is built atop old elevated train tracks. The whole path is almost 4.5km long, flanked by beautiful greenery, flowers, fountains and wildlife – an ideal place for a morning stroll.
Next, take a 15-minute drive or cycle ride to the Bois de Vincennes.
Bois de Vincennes
Bois de Vincennes is the second largest public park in Paris. It’s a hotbed of sporting activities such as boating on the lakes, cycling through the meadows and woodlands, mini-golf at the 18-hole course, horse riding on the designated tracks and racing at the hippodrome. There are also plenty of attractions to explore including a zoo, a bird sanctuary, a number of theatres, a Buddhist temple, a funfair and the Château de Vincennes.
Take a 35-minute drive to the harbour next to the Pont de l’Alma.
As the afternoon draws to a close, head off on a river cruise. Bateaux Mouches offers a variety of sightseeing tours complete with commentary and fine-dining. Drifting past the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre and other Paris highlights, it is the perfect way to see the city of lights.
Take a taxi for the 20-minute journey to the final stop of the day, Le Caveau de la Huchette.
Le Caveau de la Huchette
Back on dry land, put on your dancing shoes and head off for an evening at Le Caveau de la Huchette. A fixture on Paris’ jazz music scene since 1946, the bar hosts live music and dancing all week. Those keen of eye will recognise the space from its fleeting appearance in the movie, La La Land.
To get back to the hotel, take a 15-minute drive or a 50-minute walk along the river.
All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.