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Paris Learn How to Play Pétanque French Experience

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Spend a delightful afternoon learning one of France’s favorite pastimes —Pétanque! Get an introduction to the rules of this beloved game of ‘boules’ (balls) from your local guide, and practice your throwing techniques in a friendly game against other tour participants. Enjoy a glass of French wine during the match while soaking up the lovely surroundings of Dauphine Gardens for a true Parisian experience.
  • Take part in a 1.5-hour match of Pétanque, a form of French boules, in Paris’ Dauphine Gardens
  • Learn about the history of this popular French game from your friendly host
  • Play boules as the French do -- with a glass of wine in your hand!
  • Discuss strategy with your teammates and try to make a winning move known as faire un carreau
  • Discover the complex rules of the game!
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Boules game
2 glasses of wine
Soft drinks
Snacks
Local guide
Equipement: boules, cochonnet
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Pont Neuf, 75001 Paris, France

Departure Time

5:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Pétanque originated in France and is played in villages across the country, as well as throughout Europe. Learn to play this classic game of ‘boules’ (balls) in the beautiful surroundings of Dauphine Gardens, near Paris’ Pont Neuf bridge. Meet your guide and teammates here, where you’ll get an introduction to the rules of the game.

The action of Pétanque revolves around throwing metal balls toward a wooden ball called the cochonnet. Try to land closest to the cochonnet and knock your opponent’s balls out of the way. Play a match against other tour group members while your guide provides tips and instruction on technique.

Enjoy the leisurely game in true French style, accompanied by a glass or two of wine in hand and snacks (included, or a soft drink if you prefer). After the 1.5-hour lesson and match, you’ll have a new skill that you can practice in villages all throughout France!
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Pont-Neuf
This is where we meet - in downtown Paris. Louvre, Notre Dame and the Latin Quarter are all in sight.
Duration: 3 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Place Dauphine
Place Dauphine is a pedestrian-only plaza. It is lined with chestnut trees. Perfect for boules - and for our "apéritif" pre-dinner drinks.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Seine River
Our Boules Game takes place on Paris' central island. The picturesque bridges of the river Seine are all around us.
Pass By:  
Conciergerie
The plaza where we play boules looks on the conciergerie - formerly the palace of the French kings, and also the place where Marie-Antoinette was jailed.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Must be 18 years of age to drink alcohol
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Discover Walks

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Paris Learn How to Play Pétanque French Experience?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Paris Learn How to Play Pétanque French Experience.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Paris Learn How to Play Pétanque French Experience?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Paris Learn How to Play Pétanque French Experience.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Paris Learn How to Play Pétanque French Experience?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Paris Learn How to Play Pétanque French Experience.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Paris Learn How to Play Pétanque French Experience?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Paris Learn How to Play Pétanque French Experience.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Paris Learn How to Play Pétanque French Experience?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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Thoroughly good time
Rick_J
, Jun 2020
Our instructor, Patrick, was personable and knowledgeable, and he was a very good teacher. We had a thoroughly good time. It was well worth the price. Now my buddy and I feel comfortable going to the Luxembourgh Gardens or anywhere else and asking to join a pétanque game.
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I scheduled this for my husband to...
Judy
, Jul 2017
I scheduled this for my husband to experience Petanque but was a little disappointed as it felt like a college student grabbed some items out of his closet and met us to play Petanque. He wasn't expert and even though our group was small 6 people he did not have the correct amount of equipment to play the game with. He also got confused on some of the rules and a young girl who had played the game with her French class one of the guests kept us in line. It was nice, but not great. I would recommend that instead you take a couple of bottles of good wine, some cheese and bread to the Petanque pitch in Luxembourg gardens and bribe your way into a game there.
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Rafael, our parisian guide, was as...
Steven P
, Sep 2014
Rafael, our parisian guide, was as charming and as friendly as could be. We were, however, disappointed because we had expected to learn more about the rules and strategy of the game as outlined in the tour description. It was a very enjoyable experience in a lovely square on a perfect summer evening, but we didn't learn what we were hoping to from the experience.
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We really enjoyed learning how to...
Julie Ann G
, May 2014
We really enjoyed learning how to play pétanque in a lovely Parisienne park whilst drinking Rose.
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Absolutely marvellous. This was the...
Janette J
, Jun 2013
Absolutely marvellous. This was the highlight of our trip to Paris. Paul was excellent and made the activity so much fun. Great afternoon learning to play as well as having a glass or two of wine. We thoroughly enjoyed this experience and would recommend it as a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Felt as though we were playing with a group of friends experiencing the French way of life.
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Cannot rate this as our guide did...
Esther T
, May 2013
Cannot rate this as our guide did not show up at the time or place we were given in the re-confirmation call our hotel made for us. Big disappointment.
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