PARIS, THE CITY OF LIGHT, MORE THAN 2000 YEARS OF HISTORY
Paris is the capital and most populous city of France (more than two million of Parisians) in the European continent. By the 17th century, Paris was one of Europe's major centers of finance, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts, and it retains that position still today.
Never destroyed, Paris still shows all the layers of its 2000 years of history.
Known as "Lutèce" in ancient times, Paris was conquered by Caesar in 52 BC, and existed as a regional center under the Romans and in the early Middle Ages. In 987, Hugh Capet, Count of Paris, became king of France, and under his successors, the city's position as the nation's capital became established. Often characterized as spirited and rebellious, the people of Paris first declared themselves an independent commune under the leadership of Etienne Marcel in 1355-58. The storming of the Bastille in 1789 was the first of a series of key actions by the Parisian people during the French Revolution. Paris also played a major role in the revolutions of 1830 and 1848. In 1871, during the Franco-Prussian War, the city was besieged for four months until France surrendered. After Prussian troops withdrew, French radicals briefly established the Commune of Paris. During World War I the Germans were prevented from reaching Paris, but they occupied the city during World War II.
Most Popular Tourist Attractions
The attractions of Paris can't be summarized in a short list… Nevertheless, let's give some of the most iconic:
The Eiffel tower (probably the most well-known monument in the world)
Notre Dame de Paris, the beautiful Middle-Age Gothic Cathedral
The Champs-Elysées and the Arc of Triumph
The beautiful parks (Tuileries, Luxembourg, Jardin des Plantes, Buttes Chaumont, Bois de Boulogne, de Vincennes…)
The little hilly "village" of Montmartre
Tons of museums as the Louvre or the "Musee d'Orsay"
Where to Stay
The best places to stay are rather in the center as you can easily walk to many nice sites and attractions, but the transportations (metro, buses) are very convenient so everywhere in Paris can fit. If you look for an area with a nice Parisian atmosphere, look for the "Marais" or "Saint-Germain", if you look for a young and trendy area, look places around the Canal "Saint-Martin"…
How to Get
There are two airports: Orly airport and Charles de Gaulle airport (if you come from far abroad, you will probably come by Charles de Gaulle airport). From there, you can take the Train call RER which will lead you easily to the center of Paris.
Suggestions of What to Do Running
According to the distance you want to run, we suggest running one of our three types of tours:
8 km (5 miles) and you already will have a nice and rich overview of the city. You will be able to see:
The Garnier Opera house, the old Stock Exchange (La Bourse), covered passages, the Royal Palace, the Louvre museum, the Tuileries gardens, the Concorde square, the Champs-Elysées, the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais, the Trocadéro, the Eiffel Tower, the Quai Branly museum, the banks of the Seine, the Alexandre III bridge, the Invalides museum, the National Assembly, the Orsay Museum, the Vendôme square and many other magnificent sites!
14 km (9 miles) and you will have a full vision of the city. You will be able to see:
The Arc de Triomphe, the Etats-Unis square, the Galliera Museum, the Palais de Tokyo museum, the Iena Palace, the Chaillot Palace, the Eiffel Tower, the Quai Branly museum, the banks of the Seine, the Alexandre III bridge, the Invalides museum, the National Assembly, the Orsay Museum, the Louvre museum, the Tuileries gardens, the Concorde square, the Champs-Elysées, the Elysée Palace (President’s residence), the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais, the Alma square and many other magnificent sites
20 km (12.5 miles) and you will have an "expert" vision of the city. You will be able to see:
The Luxembourg gardens, the Latin Quarter, the Sorbonne university, the Pantheon, the Contrescarpe square, the Lutèce Arenas, the Marais quarter, the City Hall (Hôtel de Ville), Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Sainte-Chapelle, the Louvre Museum, the Royal Palace, the Tuileries gardens, the Orangerie, the Concorde square, the Champs Elysees, the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais, the Trocadéro square, the Eiffel Tower, the Quai Branly museum, the banks of the Seine, the Alexandre III bridge, the Invalides museum, the National Assembly, the Orsay Museum, Saint-Germain des Près and many other magnificent sites!
How to Know These Places
Discover all these prestigious places of Paris while running with an impassioned Parisian guide! Paris Running Tours is the first organizer of Running Tours in Paris. Runners from all around the world have been visiting Paris with us since 2008
Every year, Paris Running Tours has been qualified as “excellent” by its visitors and has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor. Paris Running Tours is the number one Running Tour operator in Paris. We are among the top ranked companies in Trip Advisor’s outdoor category.
Contact: +33 6 02 11 52 10 – Jean-Charles Sarfati
About the Running Tour Guides
Not only experienced Parisian runners who know Paris and its secrets perfectly because they have been running there on a daily basis many years, our guides are also impassioned experts on the History, Culture, Arts and any other subject concerning Paris. They passionately love to pass on their knowledge and are delighted to run with their visitors. Main Guides : Jean-Charles (Mgr), Flavien, Frédéric, Sylvain.
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