Top 10 Accessible Experiences in Paris
1. Dine on the Seine River – When we talk to our clients after their Paris vacation, we continually hear that the accessible dinner cruise was the highlight their trip! They rave about how much they enjoyed the experience of cruising past Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower while dining on gourmet French cuisine and wine. My wife Tiffany and I have yet to do this dinner cruise but I’ve promised her that this will be at the top of list for our next trip. Don’t miss out like we did and add this MUST-DO experience to your itinerary!
2. Take an accessible walking/rolling tour in the Left Bank – While the Left Bank / Latin Quarter is somewhat light on well-known tourist attractions, it has a fascinating history! This was the center of medieval Paris and early 20th century Paris. Explore it with a professionally trained tour guide to bring you back in time to the Paris of Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and more!
3. People-watch at a Parisian Café – When many people think of relaxing in Paris, they think of sidewalk cafés. While accessible entrances and accessible restrooms aren’t available at every café, there are plenty of options for a croissant and a coffee. Be sure to check out the numerous sidewalk cafés that can be found in the Left Bank in the streets branching off of Boulevard Saint-Germain.
Sidewalk cafés offer accessible dining options
4. Visit the Royal Gardens at Versailles & Monet’s Water Lilly Gardens at Giverny – When you visit Paris, make sure to get outside of the city center to explore some of the beautiful countryside. The enormous and world famous gardens of Versaillesor the more intimate experience of Monet’s water lily gardens make for a great break from the hustle and bustle of Paris. (By the way, Normandy is also doable as a day-trip, but it’s a long drive so I recommend staying there a couple of nights.)
5. Participate in Haute Couture Shopping – Paris is one of the fashion centers of the world. Whether you’re looking for well-known brands or intimate boutiques, there are plenty of accessible options for disabled visitors. Rue de Rivoli and Galleries Lafayette are just a couple of the places you can explore for shopping.
6. Relax in the city parks – Two giant parks can be found in the city center…Luxembourg Gardens in the Left Bank and the Tuileries Gardens in the Right Bank. Be sure to schedule some time in these parks to relax like a local!
7. Take a beautiful family portrait – Rather than hire a professional photographer to take a family portrait at home, why not do it with beautiful Parisian scenery in the background? You can choose from well-known attractions (like the Eiffel Tower) or more unique destinations (like hidden courtyards of former residences).
8. View Monet artwork without the crowds – The Musée d’Orsay and the Musée d’Orangerie are on every tourist’s list. The Marmottan Monet Museum is less visited because it’s a little further away, but you can view famous Monet paintings without the crowds…definitely a worthwhile experience! There is a wheelchair lift at the entrance, so you’ll want to confirm that it’s operational before visiting.
9. Make a love lock on a bridge – You may have heard of it or seen it referenced in a romance movie so why not be a part of it by creating your own memory and adding your lock to this impressive display! Choose between the Pont des Arts (near the Louvre) or the Pont de l’Archevêché (near Notre Dame).
Lock your love on a Paris bridge!
10. Have lunch with great views – Some people think you have to break the bank for dining with great views in Paris, but that’s not necessarily true. If you’re looking for an affordable option, check out the rooftop café at the Pompidou Centre.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Sage Traveling is about much more than accessible hotels and accessible transportation? We love providing our clients with memorable experiences that most disabled travelers don’t know about or think can’t be done. In this way, we don’t just make your trip easier and less stressful…we make it more enjoyable!
“Ramona and I want to thank you for a wonderful traveling experience on our latest trip to Paris through your travel agency.
Our tour guide, Claudine, for both walking tours was knowledgeable and also spoke English very well. She walked at a good brisk pace, was very flexible and managed to navigate access to the museums very quickly.
The dinner cruise on the Seine River was very enjoyable and romantic. It was worth the cost and best to do after visiting all of the sights that you will see from the river.
Thank you again for making our trip a wonderful and manageable experience!”
– Henry and Romana, Sage Traveling clients who visited Paris with a wheelchair.
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John Sage, Founder and President of Sage Traveling