Experience France: Learn How To Play Pétanque In Paris

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Play a leisurely game of French boules (balls), known as Petanque, just as the French do -- with a glass of wine in your hand! This popular game is played all over Europe but its roots are firmly set in France, where locals play it in just about every village. In Paris tranquil Dauphine Gardens, enjoy a 1.5-hour match and learn all the tactics and lingo to become a master at this much-loved sport.


  • All necessary equipment included
  • Free snacks included
  • Free drinks included
  • Ideal choice for families

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Your introduction to the game of boules starts in the elegant Dauphine Gardens, near Pont Neuf, one of Paris most iconic bridges. Meet your host here and learn the rules of the game before joining your teammates so the match can begin!
The game played is called Ptanque, a form of boules where metal balls are thrown from a standing circle toward a wooden ball called a cochonnet. The aim of the game is to knock your opponents ball out of the way. The most talented move is faire un carreau -- copying your leading opponent to take his or her place next to the cochonnet.
Similar to British lawn bowling, the popular game is played in towns and villages throughout France and is a sport dear to all French hearts its enjoyed by all no matter how young or old.
In between throws, chat with your teammates and enjoy the game just as the French do with a glass or two of wine (or a soft drink) and some nibbles. The game lasts roughly 1.5 hours, and you can chat with your host about the history and rules of the game if you wish!

Inclusions for Experience France: Learn How To Play Pétanque In Paris

  • Boules game
  • 2 glasses of wine
  • Soft drinks
  • Snacks

Exclusions for Experience France: Learn How To Play Pétanque In Paris

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Must be 18 years of age to drink alcohol

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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5 Traveler Reviews

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • We really enjoyed learning how to play pétanque in a lovely Parisienne park whilst drinking Rose.

  • 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.

  • 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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