Ultimate Guide to Exploring Paris this Summer

The countdown is on for one of the most electrifying events across the world, set against the backdrop of the enchanting City of Light. As Paris prepares to host the global celebration of athleticism and sportsmanship, travellers from around the world are gearing up for an experience of a lifetime. If you're among those fortunate enough to attend, get ready for a whirlwind adventure filled with thrilling competitions, cultural discoveries, and unparalleled hospitality. Here's your insider's guide to navigating Paris during this momentous occasion.

Plan Ahead & Stay Informed

With a multitude of events taking place across the city, planning ahead not only ensures you can attend your chosen events but also helps you navigate around those you’re not attending, avoiding potential roadblocks and congestion. Research the schedule of competitions and cultural activities you wish to attend and consider purchasing tickets early to secure your spot. Keep in mind that popular events may sell out quickly, so acting fast is key.

Stay updated on the latest news and updates regarding the event through official channels and reliable sources. Follow social media accounts of relevant organisations and local authorities for real-time information on event schedules, transportation updates, and any unforeseen changes or developments.

Embrace the Spirit of Sport

From the iconic Stade de France to the historic Roland Garros stadium, Paris will be abuzz with excitement as athletes compete in a wide array of disciplines. Whether you're a fan of track and field, gymnastics, or swimming, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to soak up the electric atmosphere and cheer on your favorite athletes as they strive for glory on the world stage.

Navigate with Ease

Getting around Paris is a breeze, thanks to its extensive public transportation network. Take advantage of the city's efficient metro system, hop on a scenic riverboat cruise, or explore the streets on foot or by bicycle. Consider purchasing a Paris Visite pass for unlimited travel on public transportation or opt for a Paris Museum Pass for skip-the-line access to top attractions. With convenient options for getting around, you'll have more time to explore everything that Paris has to offer.

Stay Flexible

While it's essential to have a plan, it's equally important to remain flexible and adaptable. Unexpected delays or changes may occur, so be prepared to go with the flow and adjust your plans accordingly. Remember, sometimes the most memorable experiences happen when you least expect them.

How to Spend 72 Hours in Paris

In between sporting events or if you are extending your trip, take the opportunity to explore Paris's timeless landmarks and cultural treasures. Marvel at the majestic Eiffel Tower; early mornings are best to avoid the crowds. Afterward, head to the Musée d'Orsay to admire its impressive collection of Impressionist art. For lunch, indulge in a classic Parisian café experience at Café de Flore. In the afternoon, explore the charming streets of Le Marais, known for its historic architecture and vibrant atmosphere. End your day with a sunset cruise on the Seine River for breathtaking views of the city's landmarks.

Your second day can begin with a visit to the iconic Louvre Museum—home to the Mona Lisa and countless other masterpieces. Afterward, stroll through the Tuileries Garden and make your way to the Place de la Concorde. For lunch, try a traditional French brasserie like Le Procope. Spend your afternoon visiting Notre-Dame Cathedral and the nearby Sainte-Chapelle with its stunning stained-glass windows. In the evening, take in a show at the historic Moulin Rouge or enjoy a quiet night in Montmartre, soaking in the bohemian vibe and stunning views from the Sacré-Cœur Basilica.

Your final day can be dedicated to exploring the more modern side of Paris. Begin with a visit to the Centre Pompidou for contemporary art. Next, head to the Champs-Élysées for some high-end shopping or simply to people-watch from one of its many cafés. Make sure to visit the Arc de Triomphe for a panoramic view of the city. For your last meal, dine at a riverside restaurant in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, savoring classic French cuisine while reflecting on your Parisian adventure.

Indulge in Culinary Delights

Paris is renowned for its culinary prowess, and no visit would be complete without savoring its delectable cuisine. Treat yourself to a gourmet meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant, sample freshly baked pastries at a local boulangerie, and explore bustling food markets brimming with tantalising treats. Be sure to try classic French dishes like coq au vin, boeuf bourguignon, and, of course, an array of decadent cheeses and wines. For a taste of Parisian nightlife, head to a cosy bistro or trendy cocktail bar and toast to new experiences with a glass of champagne or a signature cocktail. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Paris during your visit. Engage with locals, learn a few key phrases in French, and familiarise yourself with the customs and etiquette of the city. Respect cultural norms and traditions, and you'll find yourself welcomed with open arms wherever you go.

Experience VIP Treatment with Priority Pass

As you embark on your Parisian adventure, don't forget to make the most of your Priority Pass membership. Enjoy access to exclusive airport lounges, priority boarding, and other premium services designed to enhance your travel experience. Make use of the Priority Pass app to seamlessly access all the benefits of your membership. If you’re not yet a Priority Pass member explore our membership plans to find the perfect fit for you.

Whether you're arriving in Paris or jetting off to your next destination, Priority Pass ensures that every aspect of your journey is seamless and stress-free. And if you’re feeling inspired by all the sports, remember as a Priority Pass member, you can redeem complimentary access to the award-winning fitness app, WithU. WithU offers hundreds of audio-based workouts across a wide range of modalities, and it’s the perfect health and fitness companion while you’re travelling.

Why not try out the 'WithU On Holiday' collection, featuring equipment-free workouts, ideal for small hotel rooms? Plus, their 'Quick & Impactful' workouts can help you squeeze in a short but productive session when you have a jam-packed itinerary!

The 2024 sporting extravaganza in Paris promises to be an experience like no other, combining world-class athleticism with the timeless charm of the City of Light. Whether you're a sports enthusiast, a culture buff, or simply in search of adventure, Paris has something for everyone to enjoy. So, pack your bags, prepare to be dazzled, and get ready for the journey of a lifetime in the heart of athletic excellence. We love seeing your adventures so follow us on Instagram for up-to-date information and tag us in your summer travel experiences.