Visit Paris in the winter for a short or long weekend break focused on wellness. Stay in shape and healthy by choosing a hotel with a gym or pool, taking a yoga class at a local studio, walks in the parks city and gardens and eating at the best organic, vegetarian and vegan restaurants. For tourists looking for a little retreat, Paris in the winter is for you.
Where to sleep
We have partnered with both four star boutique and luxury five star hotels that we have personally stayed at with a spa or wellness facilities. How better to spend a wintry afternoon than in a steamy hammam or having a deep and relaxing massage leaving your skin nourished and your mind soothed.
Stay from 2 – 4 nights for a short or long weekend. All packages include a spa treatment, breakfast, a goodie bag full of organic skin products and the Soul Seed Travel concierge at your disposal to book and recommend yoga classes, healthy restaurants and activities of your choice during your stay.
With an array of yoga studios across the city that teach classes in English, we can recommend and book the most suitable for your level and style of yoga you prefer to practice. Or we can organise private classes for you.
Parks and gardens
With French formal gardens, English gardens, contemporary parks, family-friendly squares and woods to visit on Sundays, Paris has no lack of green spaces in which to get some fresh air and enjoy its natural beauty.
Some of the “must-dos” are:
(1) Jardin Palais-Royal – Created in 1633 at the centre of the Palais-Royal, it is a peaceful haven where the noise of the city fades into the background. Its paths are lined with four double rows of linden and red chestnut trees. Chairs are available for passersby to sit down and relax around the central pond. Beyond the flowerbeds, you can glimpse Daniel Buren’s bold grey and white striped columns.
2 place Colette, Paris 1st – M° Palais-Royal
(2) Jardin des Tuileries – Connecting Place de la Concorde to the Louvre, this superb open garden is the biggest one in Paris (25.5 hectares). Created in 1564 by Catherine de Médicis and renovated by Le Nôtre en 1664, it is also an open-air museum, home to sculptures by Maillol, amongst others.
Paris 1st – M° Tuileries
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(3) Jardin du Luxembourg – This private garden, open to the public, surrounds the Palais du Luxembourg, home of the French Senate – owners of the grounds. Renovation work was carried out on the garden’s hothouses by André Le Nôtre. The garden features an orangery, hothouses, an orchard (the national conservatory of apples and pears), an apiary and beekeeping school, 106 statues including a miniature bronze version of the Statue of Liberty, and a bandstand where all kinds of concerts are frequently held.
Paris 6th – M° Odéon
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Eco-friendly city tours and green walks
Strolling through the streets of Paris is a pleasant way to experience all the energy and atmosphere of the French capital. And, since metro stations and bus stops are only a short distance from each other, why not walk the route instead? Here are some suggested itineraries for walking routes in Paris
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Tourists are increasingly relying on the services of “Greeters” volunteers, who lead them off the beaten track to discover secret spots and little-known places in Paris. Way-marked hiking paths lead seasoned walkers across Paris, from north to south and east to west. On the third Thursday of every month, the Paris “département” hiking committee (Comité départemental de la randonnée pédestre à Paris) organizes the Panamée, a themed evening walk in the city over a distance of 7 km, open to all and led by someone who recounts a story about Paris. Whether they are historical, on a specific theme or tailor-made to satisfy your curiosity, we can organise a walking tour for you as an eco-friendly way to explore and enjoy the city.
Running in Paris
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Make Paris, its streets, its many green spaces and the banks of the Seine your running playground!
Here is a small selection from the Paris Tourist board of the best places to go running in Paris, choose your favourite scenery and set your challenge.
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