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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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.
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.
Accompanied by your experienced tour guide-chauffeur, you will learn about the memorial sites in Villers-Bretonneux, Péronne and Beaumont-Hamel that are home to the Somme battlefields. Come pay your respects in remembrance of the Australian and Canadian soldiers who fought alongside the French in World War I.
Visit the gardens and Claude Monet's house in Giverny at your own pace. Discover the magnificent flower gardens that inspired his impressionist art at your own pace.
Take a trip to discover Bruges at your own pace, the “Venice of the North” in Belgium. You will marvel at the charm of the city, noted for its small lanes, its brightly colored homes and the canals the encircle the medieval center.
Experience an exceptional day at your own pace on Mont-Saint-Michel, the “Marvel of the West” by visiting its famous abbey, with the magnificent cloister and impressive refectory. See the unobstructed view over the bay during a walk through the picturesque streets of the village.
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Departing from Paris, with a visit to the Landing Beaches of Normandy, you will be plunged into the History of the Second World War. You will visit the Memorial of Caen, the American cemetery of Saint Laurent and Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc, Arromanche or Juno Beach.
This unique farm to table tour at one-hour drive from Paris is a great opportunity to enjoy the french countryside and its wonderful landscape. You will meet producers, taste local traditional specialites and collect yourself seasonal fruits!
During this 1-day tour from Paris you will have a whole overview of the french kings life : the Palace of Versailles and its garden, the old food market and the King's kitchen garden. Our food expert guide will share many culinary anecdotes and introduce you to the food habits of french Kings period.
During this unusual tour from Paris, explore the medieval city of Provins with a guide specialized in Food history . Between its ramparts and small streets, discover medieval cuisine and taste some specialties of Middle age period!