It is the first time in 40 years that a horse and carriage has appeared on the streets of Paris just like in Florence, Rome, Vienna, Montreal or New-York.
The Shire horse is a draught horse, with powerful and muscular build, a dense rounded body, a broad back, strong loins, powerful hind-quarters, and long legs with dense bones. The Shire horse is descended from the Great Horse brought to England in 1066 by William the Conqueror. The Great Horse was referred to as the destrier and is the best-known war horse of the medieval era. It carried knights in battles, tournaments, and jousts. From this medieval horse came an animal called the Old English Black Horse in the 17th century. When the pedigree society was founded in 1878, the name was changed to English Cart Horse and six years later, the name was again changed to Shire.
Like many old breeds, the Percheron's exact origins are unknown, but it is said that its ancestors were crossbred between the heavy "forest horse" type of animal native to northern Europe and the Arabians that were brought to Europe by the Moors. Percherons probably owe their size and weight to their ancestors' use as battle mounts during the Middle Ages. In North America the Percheron was used extensively for draft work and transportation in the French colonies of Florida and the Louisiana Territory. After the invention of gunpowder, heavy war horses were no longer needed, so the Percheron took up its new job pulling heavy French stagecoaches. With the invention of the railroad, Percherons switched to farm duty and heavy labor.
A horse and buggy (in American English) or horse and carriage (in British English) refers to a light, simple, two-person carriage of the 19th and early 20th centuries, drawn usually by one or sometimes by two horses. Also called a roadster, it was made with two wheels in England and the United States, and with four wheels in the United States as well.
The 25th of Nov we enjoyed a wonderful tour with a magnificent percheron and a lovely driver who gave us the royal treatment . When the carriage arrived at the Ritz hotel tears filled my wife's eyes . This was the ultimate present following our mariage the day before . We are both professionals in the horse industry , so a horse related experience was necessary to make our weekend complete. The well educated horse , and the cheerful, polite, and competent driver , all made this an experience we will never forget. Please thank the driver on our behalf , she also took great photos ! Thank you, and your horses . Andy and Catherine - Dec 2011
Can we book more carriages? You can book up to 2 carriages.
Is it possible to start the tour from our Hotel? Sometimes,! It depends which hotel and there will be a supplement
Do we often make stops during the tour? Stops are planned for the horses otherwise you can ask the horseman to stop if if there is not much traffic.
Are tips included in the price of the tour? Tips depend on your satisfaction at the end of the tour.
Like the song says "Love and marriage. They go together like a Horse and Carriage, you can't have one without the other. "
Can you imagine a more romantic way to experience Paris than by a Horse and Carriage with beautiful interiors and blankets to keep you warm in the winter. and a covered top in case of rain.
Pulled by Pride, a 6 year old black Shire (the largest horse in the world), this elegant carriage can carry 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children - as it trots through some of the most beautifull sections of Paris. Pride is not alone. A second white carriage available for weddings and special occasions is pulled by Lucky, a 4 year old Canadian Percheron.
Scheduled Departures: Wednesday - Sundays 12:00pm - 6:00pm. Other days & times on request with supplement.
Close Out - Jan 2 - Jan 15
Toast Paris in our Burgundy Horse and Carriage with beautiful interiors and blankets to keep you warm in the winter, and a covered top in case of rain.
Romance Ride 1 hr 179€ per carriage
Eiffel Tower, Champs de Mars, Pont Alexander III, Grand Palais, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Trocadero.
Royal Ride 1 1/2hrs 309 € per carriage
Eiffel Tower, Rue Faubourg St Honore, Place Vendôme, Opera Garnier, Place de la Concorde, Invalides. Includes a bottle of Champagne.
Heavenly Ride 2 hrs 395€ per carriage
Tour Eiffel - Invalides - Pont Alexandre III - Grand Palais/Petit Palais -- Palais de l'Elysees - Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore - Pl. Vendome - Rue de la Paix - Opera - Pyramide du Louvre - Notre-Dame - Pont-Neuf - Rue de Rivoli - Place de la Concorde - Champs-Elysees - Ave George V - Pont de l'Alma - Champs de Mars. Includes a bottle of Champagne.
Supplement applies to special pick and drop off locations and rides at 7pm.
Perfect for weddings and very special occasions. What more Romantic way is there than proposing in Paris on a beautifull horse drawn carriage ride. Starting point is the Eiffel Tower but on request we can pick you up depending on location.
Romantic 1 hour Burgundy Horse & Carriage Ride +
Champagne & Roses
Eiffel Tower, Champs de Mars, Stop at Pont Alexander III to propose, Grand Palais, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Trocadero.
Cost : 295€ per carriage
Romantic 1 hour Burgundy Horse & Carriage Ride + Portrait Proposal
Cost : 425€ per carriage
En route capture the spontaneous emotions and expressions that tell the story of your visit. For one hour he will lead you and your loved from one walk from the Eiffel Tower to the Trocadero, back drop for the Gene Kelly movie American in Paris. A few days after your session a CD ROM will be sent to your home with un-edited high resolution images or video.
Option: Add Champagne & Roses Cost : 525€
Horse & Carriage Ride + Champagne + Charming Neighborhood Restaurant
Cost : 420€
At the end of your romantic ride and Proposal stop, you will be dropped off at a lovely small local restaurant about 10 minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower. The menu is 3 courses selected from several options, a bottle of wine, water, tea/coffee, petit fours and a glass of champagne. (Available with drop off during the week, on weekends take a taxi to our restaurant on the romantic Ile St Louis)
Deluxe Option: White Carriage or Cinderella Carriage
We can provide carriages for weddings in Paris, Loire Valley, Chantilly, Champagne or Normandy.
There is a 2 hour minimum and 6 hour maximum. We will transport the carriages especially for you. We can pick you up from the Church or hotel (depending on locations distance from the Champs de Mars). Your horseman will dress for the occasion.
Price on Request
Can you imagine a more romantic way to experience Paris than by a Horse and Carriage Tour followed by dinner on the first floor of the most famous monument in Paris!.
Romantic 1 hour Horse & Carriage Ride + Dinner at :
58 Eiffel Tower (1st Floor)
Cost : 199€pp
After a romantic horse and carriage ride at 5pm have dinner (menu Opera without drinks) on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower 58 restaurant at 6:30pm. A hostess welcomes you and escorts you to your table, where the atmosphere is one of quiet comfort. The furniture is minimalist so as not to steal the show from the city of lights. An ultra-contemporary setting and a chic and trendy menu.
Lift Tickets included
Charming Neighborhood Restaurant
Cost : 150€ pp
At the end of your romantic ride, you will be dropped off at a lovely small local restaurant about 10 minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower. The menu is 3 courses selected from several options and a glass of champagne at the end of the meal.
Imagine spending an afternoon in the Belle Epoque enjoying the best Paris at the turn of the century. Now you can combining a romantic carriage ride through 19th century Paris and a visit to one of the most opulent buildings of the period.
Relive the Belle Epoque
Duration 2 1/2 hours
Meeting Point: Eiffel Tower at 1:00pm
Cost for 2: 165€pp
Description: You will meet at the Eiffel Tower. Gustave Eiffel, a real genius of iron architecture built this 300 metre high tower that could be admired from anywhere in Paris and was the main attraction of the Universal Exhibition of 1889. Your ride will take you past elegant streets, bridges and Place Vendome where the greatest jewelers in the world are based and finally arriving at the famous Opera Garnier where Garnier himself had to pull strings in order to purchase a ticket to the opening night at a ridiculous price! Here, you will tour this magnificent 19th century opera house and home to the Phantom of the Opera for 1 1/2hr.
After your tour of the Opera Garnier why not visit Galerie Lafayette / Au Printemps > the Lalique Store (the great 19th century glass master), Hediard a gourmet store to the Beau Monde since 1854 or Macaron at La Duree, a tea shop since 1862 and decorated by the great painted of Art Nouveau posters Jules Cheret.
On the 28th December 1895, in the Indian lounge of the Grand Café, Boulevard des Capucines, in Paris, 23 guests attended an extraordinary show by the Lumière Brothers. The photograph that had just been projected onto a small screen had come to life ! Coaches, horses and passers-by started to move, a real-life of a street appeared on the screen : 'At this sight, we stood open-mouthed, completely overawed', said the conjurer Georges Mélies, who became famous later by making more than 500 movies full of fantasy and poetry, such as the remarkable Voyage dans la Lune (Journey to the Moon) in 1902."