Active things to do in Paris at Le Meurice
Paris may be the most populous city in France, but among a sea of historical sites and museums you’ll find plenty of green spaces and waterways breaking up the urban landscape. From golf courses and imperial parks to vast forests where hiking and cycling opportunities abound, there’s an array of active attractions to discover without leaving the confines of the city. Experience the best sports and leisure opportunities in Paris with this two-day itinerary.
Start the day with a running tour. Speak to the concierge in advance and they’ll arrange for your tour to begin from Le Meurice.
Start your day with a burst of adrenaline as you embark on a running tour of the city, organised by one of Le Meurice’s expert concierges. Take in the sights on foot and learn about the history of the City of Lights in an unforgettable and unique way. End your tour back at Le Meurice in order to freshen up before the next stop on your itinerary, or cool down in the spa.
Cross over the Rue de Rivoli to the Jardin des Tuileries, directly opposite the hotel.
Jardin des Tuileries
Jardin des Tuileries is a beautiful green space bordering the River Seine. The garden carries the imperial ethos of the Palais des Tuileries, which once stood there, and attracts visitors for picturesque walks and pony rides along its luscious avenues. At one end of the park lies the Louvre and at the other the Place de la Concorde, so it’s also at the cultural heart of the city.
Take a 20-minute drive to The Club Molitor for a dip in its famous pool.
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.
A 35-minute drive will bring you to the Bois de Vincennes.
Bois de Boulogne
A former royal hunting ground, Bois de Boulogne is now a huge public park that’s a playground for those seeking leisure and sporting opportunities. One of the most popular activities in the 850-hectare park is rowing on Lac Inférieur. There are also myriad walking routes, cycle trails and bridleways for horse riding, as well as a hippodrome and the famous Longchamp Racecourse.
Stroll through the verdant surrounds of the Bois de Vincennes to pay a visit to the Parc Floral de Paris.
Parc Floral de Paris
An ideal place to enjoy a leisurely lunch or a relaxing afternoon, Parc Floral de Paris is a park and botanical garden that’s full of wildlife and plants. It’s located within the Bois de Vincennes, the second largest public park in Paris. Visitors can enjoy walks and mini golf in Parc Floral de Paris, before exploring the wider park for extra activities such as boating, cycling and horse riding.
At the end of your afternoon in the park, take a 30-minute drive back to Le Meurice to relax and unwind in comfort.
Energise yourself for the day ahead with a personal training session in the fitness centre at Le Meurice, making the most of the selection of free weights and state-of-the-art cardio-training machines by Technogym. Tailored to suit you, the workout will be a boost to your motivation and a great way to start your day.
After freshening up, head up to the hotel lobby. The concierge will arrange for your bicycle tour to begin from here.
Take in the sights at your own pace on a bicycle tour of the city, arranged by one of Le Meurice’s concierges. Your professional guide will be able to introduce you to a whole new side of the French capital, sharing fascinating stories and historical titbits along the way.
A 20-minute drive or hour-long walk will bring you to the Quai de la Seine in the 19th arrondissement.
Quai de la Seine
The Quai de la Seine is a beautiful stretch of waterfront, home to a cinema complex, striking architecture, and the odd sculptural accent. Walk or cycle underneath the trees that run alongside the river for a gentle waterside excursion and, should you feel the need, stop in for a bite of lunch at one of the area’s many bars and restaurants.
Then take a 45-minute drive outside Paris to Le Golf National
Le Golf National
A Ryder Cup venue in 2018 and home to the annual French Open, Le Golf National – found just southwest of central Paris – is renowned worldwide for its two championship 18-hole courses, Albatros and Aigle, and the nine-hole course, L’Oiselet. Private caddies and a suite of rentals are available, and Le Pitch restaurant is a top-class choice for post-game refreshments.
Finally, take a 45-minute drive to spend the rest of the afternoon in the verdant surrounds of the Jardin du Luxembourg.
Jardin de Luxembourg
Created on the request of Queen Marie de Medici in 1612, Jardin de Luxembourg is a beautiful 25-hectare park split into stunning English and French-style landscaped gardens. Spend a morning exploring the forests, orchards and greenhouses filled with orchids, and discover a wealth of statues and monuments such as the famous Medici fountain. There are also tennis courts for those who fancy a game.
To get back to the hotel, take a 30-minute walk across the river and past the Louvre or take a 15-minute drive.
All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.