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.
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!
During this food trip off the beaten track in Normandy , you will be charmed by the wonderful green landscape, discover the famous Camembert cheese farms, discover the production process of Calvados, and enjoy local specialties such as cider, salted butter caramel and apple recipes.
Enjoy our 1-day gourmet food trip in the Loire Valley region, you will discover the Loire Castles and its charming villages such as Amboise, visit vineyards and a cellar. You will also taste Loire wines paired with local products.
This 1 day food excursion from Paris combines two themes into one visit: explore the road of the impressionists in Giverny with the Maison de Monet, the museum of Van Gogh, the Auberge Ravoux in Auvers sur Oise and discover the heritage of French gastronomy!
Discover Fontainebleau castle and the Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte that inspired Versailles. Take an audio-guided tour and roam freely through the châteaux and French gardens designed by André Le Nôtre. Day trip departing from Paris.
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Visit the finest Châteaux of the Loire, Chambord, Cheverny and Chenonceau, built during the Renaissance. Discover the pleasures of the Loire Valley in the footsteps of Francis I and other Kings of France.
Guided tour of Mont Saint-Michel and its Abbey with our guide. Stroll through the streets and admire the superb view of the bay between Brittany and Normandy.