Paris Incentives: A la carte activities

From the cultural icons to catwalk shows, Paris has an activity for every type of group.

1. PARIS ON FOOT

Ideal for fresh-air fans

For a walking tour with a twist, try an experience with Paris Hors Piste, which transforms the capital into a veritable playground. From cinema and oenology in Montmartre to urban arts at Menilmontan, the company's thematic walking tours turn participants into actors, wine specialists or painters.

Web www.paris-horspiste.com

2. SEINE RIVER TRIPS

Ideal for water babies

Taking a boat on the Seine is one of the best ways to explore the capital, and a range of companies provide sightseeing or lunch/dinner cruises on a variety of vessels, from paddlewheel boats to yachts. For example, La Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches has 14 luminous glass boats, five with restaurants catering for 60 to 600 covers and offering French fare prepared by the on-board chef.

Web www.bateauxmouches.com

3. SOAK UP SOME CULTURE

Ideal for history buffs

Home to over 150 museums, Paris is not short on options for culture vultures. Local agency Pont des Arts provides numerous guided cultural programmes of museums, monuments, historic areas and exhibitions that can be tailored to groups from of two to 200. Themes include 'Magic and Medicine in Ancient Egypt' and 'On the trail of the Da Vinci Code' at the Louvre and 'The Genius of Inventors' at the Musee des Arts et Metiers.

Web www.pont-des-arts.com

4. PARIS BACKSTAGE

Ideal for frustrated thespians

For groups who feel like they already know the sights backwards, try a behind-the-scenes tour to see another side of the city. Purple Beam provides backstage visits of the city's theatres, including Theatre des Varietes, Opera Comique and Theatre de la Porte Saint-Martin. Groups of up to 15 enter by the stage door and visit the dressing rooms, public areas and theatre boxes before or after a show.

Web www.purplebeam.com

5. WINE TASTINGS

Ideal for grape lovers

Oenodyssee le Paris du Vin is an original way to participate in wine tourism in and around Paris. It offers group tasting evenings, dinners with activities around oenology, wine games, seminars and visits to the the capital's vineyards.

Web www.oenodyssee.fr

6. GOURMET HEAVEN

Ideal for greedy gourmands

Those seeking a classic gastronomic experience should head to the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand to try out the hotel's latest 'Insider Experience' launching this month. The package takes groups on a behind-the-scenes tour of the iconic Fauchon boutique where they will then be treated to an exclusive Fauchon tasting to sample sumptuous foods such as caviar, foie gras and truffles.

Web www.ichotelsgroup.com

7. CHECK OUT THE LATEST COUTURE

Ideal for fashion victims

If apparel is your thing, head for the famous Galeries Lafayette for its free weekly fashion show. Every Friday, the store shows off the latest collections by famous designers. It includes commentary in English, and reservations are required.

Web www.galerieslafayette.com

8. SHOP TILL YOU DROP

Ideal for retail therapists

Paris is a shopping paradise. As well as six grand department stores, the city boasts 17,500 boutiques. Hotspots include the rue Saint-Honore, the Etienne-Marcel district, and of course, the Avenue des Champs Elysees, one of the most famous shopping streets in the world.

Web www.champselysees.org

9. SHOW SPECTACULARS

Ideal for cabaret lovers

Paris has a buzzing nightlife, with bars and nightclubs aplenty. But for a memorable Parisian evening, take in one of the many cabaret shows at the famous Moulin Rouge or the legendary Crazy Horse Paris. Or try out the newest cabaret act in an old Paris landmark, at the recently renovated Bobin'o situated in the heart of the theatre district.

Web www.bobino.fr

10. UNWIND AT AN URBAN SPA

Ideal for massage maniacs

If you need to unwind after a hard morning's shopping, head to Omnisens, a 603m2 day spa in Bercy Village in the very heart of Paris. Omnisens provides a wide range of treatments, including massages, body and facial treatments. It caters for group events, and also offers space for meetings or parties during the day or evening for up to 100.

Web www.omnisens.fr.

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