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!).
Don’t hesitate to check out ParisCityVision.com for more information if you are looking for the best activities in Paris or its surroundings.
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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.
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Guided visit to Brugge, city of the Flanders, nicknamed “the small Venice of the North.” Enjoy a nice cruise on the canal in summer season. Free time to stroll around the city. Discover the city's charm while strolling through its picturesque streets, take in the colorful houses along the canal and also taste French culinary specialties
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New Program! Loire Valley Châteaux and wine tasting. Come spend an enthralling day in the heart of France’s Loire Valley. Alongside our guide, you will discover the most beautiful châteaux in France: the Château de Chambord (or Château d’Amboise, depending on departure day) and the Château de Chenonceau. You will delve into the universe of French Kings, and can taste the best wines in the Loire Valley.
Small groups or private tours. Discover the gardens of Versailles and the Grand Apartments. Visit the gardens and house of Claude Monet as well as the Museum of Impressionism. Depart from and return to your accommodation in Paris. Lunch included.
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Discover the city of Reims and the Reims cathedral. Two guided tours of the cellars are included: the Mumm Champagne cellar with a “Cordon Rouge” tasting, and the Mercier Champagne cellar.
Take advantage of a trip to France to see Brussels, the capital of Belgium and of comic books. With the Brussels Card, provided upon departure from Paris, you will benefit from numerous price reductions, so you can take full advantage of your day. Transport by bus makes for a relaxing trip.
Visit London at your own convenience with a Paris-London round trip ticket on the Eurostar (2nd class). Take an open-top bus tour of London and a cruise on the Thames. Go to the United Kingdom for a splendid day out!
Small groups or private tours. Day trip to the Champagne region with free time to visit the Reims cathedral, and guided tours of the Mutigny and Moët et Chandon cellars followed by a Champagne tasting. Lunch in Epernay. Transport by minibus from and to your hotel in Paris.
A day visit to Mont-Saint-Michel in complete freedom, starting from Paris. Discover the village and its narrow streets at your own pace, and enjoy a unique view of the bay. Make use of the included entrance ticket to visit the unmissable Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel and its magnificent cloisters.
Full day at the Fondation Claude Monet in Giverny to discover the Impressionist universe. Stroll through the Claude Monet gardens with an audio-guide, explore Monet’s house, visit the Museum of Impressionisms, lunch in a traditional Norman restaurant.