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Everything Travelers Need to Know About the 2024 Paris Olympics

Digital Rendering of the Paris 2024 opening ceremony on the Seine River.

Rendering of the Paris 2024 opening ceremony on the Seine River. Image credit: International Olympic Committee

The excitement is building as Paris prepares to host the 2024 Olympics, promising a unique and unforgettable experience for athletes and spectators alike.

Unlike Olympic proceedings in the past – which operated primarily from a central “Olympic Village” – Paris is set to utilize its iconic cityscape and monuments as backdrops for the events, creating a spectacle like no other. In this post, we will provide you with all the essential information you need to plan your trip to the 2024 Paris Olympics, from venue updates to insider tips.

Please keep in mind that the 2024 Olympic Committee has only released preliminary event details to the public at this time. These logistical details are subject to change.

When Do The Olympics Start?

The Summer 2024 Olympics are scheduled to start on Friday, July 26, 2024, and will run through Sunday, August 11, 2024.

The Paralympic Games will be taking place in Paris from Wednesday, August 28 until Sunday, Sep 8, 2024.

The 2024 Paris Olympics promises to be a one-of-a-kind celebration of sport and culture. The city itself will become the stage for various events, with athletes making grand entrances on the Seine River's picturesque riverboats.

During the marquee events we can expect to see divers jumping off the Ile de la Cité, the majestic gardens of Versailles serving as the host of equestrian events, and more unique spectacles to showcase the City of Lights on the world's stage.

However, this unique approach of may also lead to some impact for summer travelers. To get a comprehensive understanding of what to expect, we recommend reading this article from The Economic Times, which addresses common questions and concerns.

Will There Be New Sports in the 2024 Paris Olympics?

Yes, there will be new sports introduced in the 2024 Olympics. The organizing committee has proposed the inclusion of sports that resonate with younger generations and emphasize creativity and athletic performance.

These sports include:

  1. Breaking: An urban dance style that blends athleticism, artistry, and music.
  2. Sport Climbing: A thrilling sport that involves climbing indoor and outdoor walls.
  3. Skateboarding: A dynamic sport that combines tricks, style, and precision.
  4. Surfing: Riding the waves on surfboards, showcasing balance and agility. How is this possible, given Paris' landlocked location? Tahiti will be playing host – 10,000 miles away.

These additional events aim to add a fresh and youthful dimension to the Olympic program, making the Paris 2024 Olympics unlike any other. Two of these sports, skateboarding and surfing, had their debuts in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, and now they will continue to be a part of the Olympic lineup in Paris.

Where should I stay for Paris 2024 Olympics?

Are you planning your trip to the Paris 2024 Olympics and wondering where to stay? We've compiled a list of some of the best hotels in various locations around the city to make your stay as convenient and enjoyable as possible. Here are our top hotel recommendations:

Hotels Near Stade de France:

Hotel Near Eiffel Tower Stadium:

Hotels Near Auteuil and Boulogne-Billancourt (Nearby to Roland Garros Stadium)

Hotels Near Versailles:

When booking your accommodation, be sure to check availability and secure your reservations well in advance, as hotels tend to fill up quickly during major sporting events like the Olympics.

Venue-Specific Updates

Here’s What We Know So Far:

  1. Centre Pompidou: Good news for art and sports enthusiasts! Centre Pompidou will remain open throughout the summer of 2023, offering an interesting venue option for Olympic events. This decision is particularly intriguing since the museum is scheduled to close for a significant renovation project in January 2025.
  2. Sainte Chapelle: While there are no official dates available yet, our contacts are in regular communication and have assured us that we will be among the first to receive updates regarding Olympic events at this iconic venue.
  3. Versailles: The Palace of Versailles expects to receive official directives from the Olympic committee by December or January. We've scheduled a follow-up in early December to stay informed about this historic location's involvement in the games.
  4. Louvre and Musée d’Orsay: As of now, there is no news regarding the participation of these renowned museums in the Olympics. However, keep a close eye on this page for any updates that may emerge.

Key Takeaways:

The 2024 Paris Olympics promise a blend of athleticism, culture, and artistic grandeur that is unparalleled. With venues ranging from iconic monuments to contemporary museums, there's something for every traveler to enjoy.

Stay tuned on the official website for updates on specific venues, and for a more in-depth look at what to expect during your visit. As the excitement continues to build, start planning your trip to Paris early for a truly unforgettable Olympic experience.