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Bois de Vincennes Tours

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Bois de Vincennes
Paris’ largest public park, the sprawling Bois de Vincennes was first used as royal hunting grounds and was later renovated by Baron Haussmann during Napoleon’s reign. Today, the park hosts a zoo, several lakes, botanical gardens, a working farm, and a Buddhist temple; the medieval fortress Château de Vincennes stands at its northern edge.

The Basics
The Bois de Vincennes is beloved as Paris’ largest green space, and it remains a popular urban retreat for harried Parisians. The park, which sprawls across 2,459 acres (995 hectares), is roughly three times the size of Central Park in New York and is home to a wide array of attractions. The Château de Vincennes hints at its regal past, while the Vincennes Hippodrome de Paris and the Vélodrome de Vincennes (also called La Cipale) both date to the 19th century. The Parc Floral de Paris is both a beautiful botanical garden and event venue, while the Parc Zoologique de Paris is the largest zoo in town. Other highlights include a Buddhist temple, the Ferme de Paris (a working farm), and INSEP (National Institute of Sport, Expertise, and Performance).

The Bois de Vincennes is free to all visitors and can easily be explored independently, though individual sites and events are ticketed. The Paris Pass includes entry to the Château de Vincennes.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • There are several restaurants in the Bois de Vincennes, including Le Plateau de Gravelle and Le Chalet des Iles Daumesnil.
  • Boat rentals are available at Lac Daumesnil for a small fee.
  • Many on-site attractions are ticketed, but the Ferme de Paris, only open on Saturdays and Sundays, is free to enter.

How to Get There
Bois de Vincennes is part of the 12th arrondissement and is located just across the ring road (Périphérique) from the city center. Take Métro line 8 to the Porte Dorée station, located at the park’s western edge. You can also take the RER A and B to Vincennes or Métro line 1 to Château de Vincennes, both of which stop adjacent to the fortress. The Bois de Vincennes is largely closed to cars, but it is crisscrossed by miles of biking and walking trails.

When to Get There

Bois de Vincennes is free to enter and is open throughout the year; it’s at its busiest during warm, sunny days and during festivals and other events. The venues within all have varied opening hours, so it’s worth researching in advance if there are particular attractions you’re looking to visit.

Popular Events in Bois de Vincennes
Bois de Vincennes is host to several high-profile, annual festivals, most of which are held in the Parc Floral de Paris. The Paris Jazz Festival, held in June and July, is a major highlight, as is the Classique au Vert, a classical music festival held in August and September. We Love Green, a contemporary music event with an eco twist, is held in the park in June.
Address: Bois de Vincennes, Paris 75012, France
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Paris Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 60 Attractions

Paris Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 60 Attractions

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Gain admission to more than 60 top Paris attractions with the Paris Pass—a flexible sightseeing pass that lets you access the best the French capital has to offer, such as the Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy entrance to Parisian showstoppers like the Louvre Museum, and Centre Pompidou with the 2-, 3-, 4-, or 6-day pass. Make the most of a 1-day hop-on hop-off Big Bus sightseeing tour, Bateaux Parisiens river cruise, and unlimited public transport with the included travelcard. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit.
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Parcours Bois de Vincennes - Segway Tour of Paris

Parcours Bois de Vincennes - Segway Tour of Paris

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This 2.5 hour tour will take you through one of the capital's two lungs. On the menu: greening and gliding sensations! Stroll along the trails of the Bois de Vincennes, discover Land Art and the peaceful Lakes of Daumesnil and Minimes. Breaks are planned: The Great Pagoda and the Romantic Temple of Reuilly Island. Strong points: The “Segway cross”, the Land Art, the Daumesnil lake and the surprising Tropical Garden.
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Castle Of Vincennes - Private Trip

Castle Of Vincennes - Private Trip

THE CASTLE : "A symbol of the modern French state. The building affirms the power of the monarchy: it guarded the capital, whilst at the same time protecting the kings against uprisings. It was at the heart of the French monarchy until 1682, when Louis XIV chose to settle in Versailles. The keep was used as a prison from the 16th up to the 19th century: Fouquet, the Marquis de Sade, and Mirabeau were held here." YOUR DAY : Spend your day in the Castle of Vincennes with a bilingual driver at your disposal all the day. The driver will pick you from your place to bring you to the Castle and the returning to your place is included. Of course, you can move to any place from the local point (Vincennes Zoo, Restaurant, Shopping, etc...). Our driver will take you there, everything is included in the Package. Enjoy the history! Premium vehicle. (BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, etc...) For any information or customization of your Tour, don't hesitate to contact us.
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Champagne & Luxury: VIP Day-Trip To The Champagne Region

Champagne & Luxury: VIP Day-Trip To The Champagne Region

Wine enthusiasts can uncover the best of France's famed Champagne region on this exclusive trip from Paris, complete with VIP travel, tastings, and a guide to lead the way. You're whisked from your Paris hotel through the French countryside, and stop in Reims to taste the area's outstanding varietals. Sip wines as you tour two Champagne houses, indulge in French cuisine with a 3-course meal, and enjoy hassle-free travel—all included.
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Paris City Pass: Free admission & public transport

Paris City Pass: Free admission & public transport

The Paris City Pass grants you entry to the best Parisian highlights as well as access to the most important activities. Make the most of your time in Paris and let the Pass take care of the practicalities for you. Pick your favorite sights from the huge selection and visit as many as you like. The Paris City Pass is valid for either 2, 3*, 4, 5* or 6 days. * Note for museum visits: The 3-day-pass includes the Paris Museum Pass for the free visit of over 50 museums for 48 h; the 5-day-pass the free visit for 96 h. Please plan your schedule of visits according. Bonus in 4-day-pass: you can use the public transport for free on an additional 5th day. Enjoy free admission to 60 museums and attractions in Paris, including the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, a boat trip along the Seine, and much more. At some of the attractions you'll be able to spend less time queuing, heading straight for the entrance instead.
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