Make the pilgrimage to the clay courts of Roland Garros for the early rounds and watch world class tennis unfold on the famous courts. Stroll along the Seine and the Canal St. Martin, savor fresh croissants, and take in a variety of tours to suit your taste to make this a trip to remember! This is a unique chance to be a part of one of the most exciting sports events in the world as you take in the rich diversity of experiences that Paris has to offer.
Held in Paris every Summer, the clay courts of the Roland Garros provide the most interesting feature of the tournament. The clay slows the ball down, and can do a number on players’ footwork. Traditionally there have been clay court specialists who emerge from the French Open, who win when higher ranked players falter.
The French Open is held from May 25th until June 8th 2014.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Paris in a private vehicle with a professional driver. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Banke Hotel (4*), located in the Opera district in the very heart of Paris, is a stone's throw from Boulevard Haussmann and the Galeries Lafayette. All 94 of the luxurious guest rooms’ interiors are decorated in cream and chocolate tones, purple curtains, parquet flooring, plaited leather rugs, damask leather headboards and designer furniture. Enjoy Spanish and French cuisine at Josefin Restaurant, or savour Spanish-inspired tapas at Lolabar. The sophisticated Banke Restaurant is perfect for all events and celebrations and serves an excellent breakfast buffet. Banke Hotel features its own gym and hamam (Turkish bath), perfect for relaxation. Wander around the hotel and discover the extensive art collection. Discover the impressive collection of ethnic jewelry and sculptures from India, Tibet, African tribes and more!
Explore the old les Halles Market district, famous for having been the site of the central Paris food market for many centuries. This quarter is still home to a west of specialist food purveyors and culinary equipment stores. On the tour you will enjoy a typical Parisian market street, and make stop at some excellent specialty shops, including Paris’ oldest patisserie, to taste a variety of sweet and savoury seasonal produce: cheese, pastries, chocolate, fruit … Depending on the date, this tour could be in the Latin Quarter or the Madeleine.
Hop on the closest Metro stop and head to Roland Garros for your day of matches. Take either Line 9: Mairie de Montreuil - Pont de Sèvres (nearest stop: Michel-Ange Auteuil or Michel-Ange Molitor) or Line 10: Gare d’Austerlitz - Boulogne (nearest stop: Porte d’Auteuil or Boulogne Jean-Jaurès). We recommend that you get off at Boulogne Jean-Jaurès which is closest to Gate I – Suzanne-Lenglen which typically has a 5 minute queue to get through the doors.
The French Open is renowned for its clay courts and the havoc they cause the top players. In 2013 Spanish sensation Rafael Nadal took home the glory for an incredible 8th time and Serena Williams`s win secured her place as number one in the world for women's tennis. You will view the match from your First Category seat on Philippe-Chatrier Court (Court Central). Catch all the action up close and personal with your official Roland Garros Tennis ticket that provides you with VIP Entrance. Afternoon open bar starts at 3:15 PM in a special hospitality area on the grounds complete with a buffet of premium food and beverages. Roland Garros Official Tennis Magazine and Daily Newspaper provided. Please note: you will need to present your passport or driver's license at the gates of Roland Garros and the names as they appear on your documents must match your event credentials.
Upon arrival set out for your seats at centre court of the Tournoi de Roland-Garros, one of the most beautiful tennis venues in the world. Today you will watch the Singles 1st round matches from your category one seats.
Whether it is strolling down the famed Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré with a personal shopper; exploring the Louvre Museum with your iPod-based Da Vinci code museum tour, or taking a Soundwalk through the lively St. Germaine district, there is something to suit every mood and interest. Discover St Germain des Pres as you stroll through the literary and historical neighbourhood along winding streets lined with boutiques, art galleries and other places of interest. Alternatively (or in addition), explore the Marais neighbourhood - the most fashionable district of Paris in one of the most well preserved neighbourhoods of the city. Marvel at the remarkable 16th and 17th century mansions, squares and museums, beautiful streets steeped in history and trendy shops and bars. Lastly, discover the Montmartre area of Paris - a neighbourhood of steps and narrow cobblestoned streets which evokes images depicted by Toulouse Lautrec.
February 19, 2014
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