• Location: Paris, France
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
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Spend a delightful afternoon learning one of France’s favorite pastimes —Pétanque! Get an introduction to the rules of this beloved game of ‘boules’ (balls) from your local guide, and practice your throwing techniques in a friendly game against other tour participants. Enjoy a glass of French wine during the match while soaking up the lovely surroundings of Dauphine Gardens for a true Parisian experience.


  • Take part in a 1.5-hour match of Pétanque, a form of French boules, in Paris’ Dauphine Gardens
  • Learn about the history of this popular French game from your friendly host
  • Play boules as the French do -- with a glass of wine in your hand!
  • Discuss strategy with your teammates and try to make a winning move known as faire un carreau
  • Discover the complex rules of the game!

What You Can Expect

Experience France: Learn How to Play Pétanque in Paris

Experience France: Learn How to Play Petanque in Paris

Pétanque originated in France and is played in villages across the country, as well as throughout Europe. Learn to play this classic game of ‘boules’ (balls) in the beautiful surroundings of Dauphine Gardens, near Paris’ Pont Neuf bridge. Meet your guide and teammates here, where you’ll get an introduction to the rules of the game.

The action of Pétanque revolves around throwing metal balls toward a wooden ball called the cochonnet. Try to land closest to the cochonnet and knock your opponent’s balls out of the way. Play a match against other tour group members while your guide provides tips and instruction on technique.

Enjoy the leisurely game in true French style, accompanied by a glass or two of wine in hand and snacks (included, or a soft drink if you prefer). After the 1.5-hour lesson and match, you’ll have a new skill that you can practice in villages all throughout France!

Customer Reviews

Julie Ann G Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

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

Janette J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

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.

Judy United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended July 2017

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.

Steven P

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2014

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.


2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better March 2018

It was OK, but quite basic.

Esther T

1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2013

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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