Rugby World Cup in France drives demand for tours in the destination

Civitatis, the online distribution company for guided tours, excursions and activities in Spanish, revealed that the French country significantly increased the number of reservations on its platform coinciding with the great interest of travelers in the sporting event

(Source: Civiatis)

The Rugby World Cup, which will take place in the coming weeks in different cities in France, boosted the increase in tour reservations in that country, both by Argentine and international travelers.

This was revealed in a latest report released by Civitatis, the leading online distribution platform for guided tours, excursions and activities in Spanish with more than 80,000 activities in 3,600 destinations spread across 150 countries.

“France is the number one country of the month in the number of reservations for activities on our platform by Argentine users, so we are convinced that the sporting event is one of the reasons that drove this trend,” said Nicolás Posse, country manager of Civitatis in Argentina.

“During the past month, searches for activities in France grew 100% compared to the same period in 2022, while in Paris they increased 90%,” revealed Posse.

It should be remembered that the rugby world cup in France will have 48 matches that will be played from this Friday, September 8 to next Saturday, October 28 in nine venues: Nice, Bordeaux, Lyon, Lille, Toulouse, Saint Denis, Nantes, Marseille and Saint Êtienne.

Along these lines and due to the great interest that this event caused in the platform's travel community, the company listed the best-rated and most in-demand experiences to do in the main French cities.

Cruise on the Seine (Paris)

The Rugby World Cup will pass through the outskirts of Paris, in Saint Denis, but that does not mean that the capital of light is the obligatory stop and main stopover for those traveling to the sporting event from this side of the ocean.

There, one of the unmissable excursions is the Seine Cruise that can be booked through Civitatis and departs from the Port de la Bourdonnais, the pier located at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and navigates the iconic river of the French capital while Enjoy, on board, an exquisite three-course French meal with the spectacular view offered by its large panoramic windows.

The navigation lasts two hours and allows you to appreciate the most emblematic monuments located on the banks of the river such as the Pont Alexandre III, the Orsay Museum, the Latin Quarter, the Pont Neuf and the Louvre Museum, among others.  

The journey continues towards the Ile de la Cité from where the silhouette of the Notre Dame Cathedral can be seen and then begins the return.

Drinks are also included in the menu and consist of a glass of Kir Royale, wine, water, tea and/or coffee.

Sailboat at sunset (Marseille)

The Velodrome stadium in Marseille is the first place where the Argentine team of Los Pumas will play and among the experiences most recommended by Civitatis to take advantage of in the destination, the Sailboat Ride at Sunset stands out, ideal to appreciate the immensity and unmissable postcards that the Mediterranean.

Sailing begins at the Quai du Port and is dazzled by the purple, orange and scarlet tones of the sunset that embrace the Frioul archipelago, whose islands are even more beautiful under the lights of twilight.

The sailboat stops in a picturesque cove on the Marseille coast, so that passengers can bathe in the sea and snorkel, closing the experience with a snack-dinner on board.

Sailing along the Côte d'Azur (Nice)

Nice is one of the host cities of the sporting event and there is nothing better than visiting it at this time of year, when it is still hot to enjoy the sun and the sea.

In this framework, one of the most valued experiences on the Civitatis platform is the boat trip along the Côte d'Azur, ideal for discovering its great monumental wealth and the beauty of the Mediterranean landscapes.

During the crossing, which takes place aboard a semi-rigid boat, you can see the coastline of three picturesque French towns: Villefranche-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Beaulieu-sur-Mer, and then continue the boardwalk towards the cliffs and sea caves of Èze, until reaching the coast of the Principality of Monaco to observe from the boat the luxurious buildings of this country, one of the smallest in Europe.

From there the return is undertaken and during the journey there is a stop on the coast of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat so that those who wish can snorkel for approximately thirty minutes.

Free tour of the historic center (Bordeaux)

Within its wide range of experiences, Civitatis offers free tours, which are guided walks whose price is at the discretion of those who experience them. In this case, the platform recommends doing this activity along the Rive Droite of Bordeaux, another of the host cities of the Rugby World Cup.

The circuit includes a visit to its historic center passing through the right bank of the Garonne River, where there are notable sites such as the bohemian neighborhood of La Bastide, the Basilica of Saint Michael, the Church of the Holy Cross, Place Stalingrad and Rue Honoré Picon.

The route also goes to the Gare d'Orléans, a former train station that currently houses a complex of cinemas and restaurants, and then continues to the Parc aux Angéliques, located on the banks of the Garonne. Next to this park is the Botanical Garden and the bust of Toussaint Louverture, and after discovering who this historical figure was, the walk continues at the church of Sainte-Marie-de-la-Bastide.

Finally, after a two-hour tour, the free tour concludes in the Darwin neighborhood, one of the destination's fashionable districts.

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