Guests staying at the Hotel de la Tour Maubourg can take advantage of beautiful summer afternoons and evenings by going on magical carriage rides through the picturesque streets of Paris. Created at the end of 2006, Paris Calèches has been offering horse-drawn carriage rides to Paris locals and visitors for almost six years.
Although carriages could still regularly be seen jaunting around the City of Light up until the 1960s, this practice rapidly faded in the latter part of the 20th century. It has become common in the past decade or so for many international cities to once again begin offering carriage rides through their beautiful streets, but Paris Calèches was the first company to do so in the French capital.
Now, the carriage company, run by Philippe Delon, has covered more than 30,000 kilometers of the city since its establishment. More than 30,000 tourists have enjoyed the beautiful Parisian scenery and monuments from atop quaint carriages.
Paris Calèches offers rides in three different carriages, three trailers and one lorry. Plus, visitors who really want to make the ride special can enjoy champagne service, and even offer roses or a box of famous macaroons from Ladurée to a loved one. One carriage can hold up to four adults. There is also a Cinderella carriage that looks like it was taken straight from the Disney movie.
Carriage rides currently being offered include four different journeys through Paris. Visitors can select journeys that are 30 minutes, one hour, one and a half hours or two hours long. Carriage rides can be arranged Wednesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.