There are so many things to see and do in and around the capital of France that you just might have to consider extending your stay in Paris! ParisCityVision has selected some of the best day trips from Paris. Although guide book readers might already have a solid, general notion of how to maximize your time in the City of Lights, here you’ll find an expert selection of day trips from Paris (Normandy, Mont St. Michel, Versailles, Giverny, etc.) and day trips by TGV (high-speed train) that’ll take you to the famous region of Provence, amongst others. Why not head to Reims or Epernay to taste some champagne? There are countless options that can be adapted to your needs and desires so that your stay in Paris will be both an easy and unforgettable one!
Everything is organized so that you just have to show up and have fun. For example, the Château de Fontainebleau, located just one hour from Paris, is a beautiful country residence that was used by French royalty for years. Surrounded by parkland and forested paths, it’s a fabulous place to get you in that romantic mood before an evening out at a great restaurant in Fontainebleau’s downtown.
Another must-see destination is Monet’s gardens in Giverny. Only a 45-minute drive away from Paris, you’ll be able to admire the gardens, now beautifully restored, from which Monet drew artistic inspiration for years. The Château at Versailles, one of the most famous symbols of French culture, offers visitors a breathtaking example of formal French gardens and insight into the fascinating history of France’s Kings. If you want a break from facts and dates, however, and need a day of pure entertainment and self-indulgence, why not spend the day at Disneyland Paris, an ideal family outing, or head to La Vallée Village for a day of shopping?
Just three hours from Paris and you could find yourself on the historic beaches of Normandy, in the town of Rouen and its famous cathedral, or on the charming port of Honfleur. Follow in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise where the conflicted artist ended his days and was buried next to his brother. Even the beautiful Provence towns of Avignon, St. Remy, and Les Baux de Provence are all reachable by TGV for a guided day trip from Paris. If you feel like jotting over the English Channel or crossing the border into Belgium, day trips to London or Bruges are more than possible (just don’t forget your passport!).
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Experience an exceptional day at Mont-Saint-Michel with a guided tour from Paris. After a lunch with a breathtaking view of the Mont, stroll through the picturesque streets of this majestic rocky peak. Take a ticket to enjoy a guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey perched on top of the Mont.
This trip to the heart of Burgundy will be an incredible experience that blends wine, food, and culture. Accompanied by your driver-guide, your small group will visit the city and the famous Hospices de Beaune. You will explore two famous wine estates and enjoy beautiful wine tastings and a sumptuous lunch.
Explore Normandy over the course of two days. You will spend a day and a night at Mont-Saint-Michel, discovering the picturesque village and enjoying a treat from a local caramel shop. You will explore Granville, the birthplace of Christian Dior, and will enjoy a tasting at the Château du Breuil.
In a small group, our driver-guide will make you discover the city if Rouen and its beautiful Musée des Beaux-Arts housing works by the greatest impressionist painters. After having lunch in the charming city of Honfleur, you will enjoy a guided walking city tour and a cider tasting on the Apreval Housea tasting on the occasion of the visit of the cider house of Apreval.
Immerse yourself in the Renaissance era by visiting three of the greatest Loire Valley Chateaux upon the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death. In a small group, visit the chateaux that host numerous exhibitions paying tribute to this Italian artist. Enjoy a lunch included.
Excursion in small group. Discover the Champagne region with an experienced guide. In a friendly atmosphere, you will explore the Champagne’s world. You will visit the cellar of the famous Mumm House, an independent vineyard and the abbey where this typical French sparkling wine was born.
Discover the secrets of Champagne visiting two of the greatest producing companies in the world. This full day tour about gastronomy and enology will be an opportunity for you to discover French excellence in this field. With an expert guide, you will fully enjoy this private tour in a friendly and interactive atmosphere.
Take a day Trip to the Loire Valley Chateaux from Paris. Visit at your own pace the majestic Chateaux de Chenonceau and Chambord. Discover the Renaissance art and the lovely Loire region.
Enjoy a day to discover Giverny, Monet’s gardens and the Impressionisms Museum on your own. You will fall in love with this picturesque Norman village and you will visit the famous painter Claude Monet’s house. You will then take a gourmet break at a home-made bakery.
Explore Versailles during a full day tour. Visit the whole estate and enjoy a walk in the splendid French-style gardens. Discover at your own pace the secrets of the French royal history and of the Palace of Versailles.