Top 10 Paris Day Trips

A stay in Paris is the perfect opportunity to discover France and its treasures. Timeless places, attractions for children, fairy-tale chateaux … France has numerous sites to discover on a day trip from the capital. With so much choice, all you have to do is choose your destination!

 

DAY TRIP TO THE PALACE OF VERSAILLES – This royal residence of the kings and queens of France is one of the most famous monuments in the world. With its stunning palace and magnificent gardens, Versailles is simply not to be missed. Gilded interiors, vast spaces, precious fabrics … all the ingredients are there for visitors to enjoy the pleasures of royal life in the course of a day. A magical escapade to experience on a self-guided tour, with an audio guide or accompanied by an expert.

 

DAY TRIP TO GIVERNY – Normandy played a key role in the French Impressionist movement. And for a good reason! Many artists settled in this tranquil region with its lush vegetation to find inspiration. The enchanting landscapes of Giverny captivated one of the greatest painters, Claude Monet, whose workshop and house, surrounded by greenery, are today open to visitors. It’s a great way to find out more about this major artist.

 

DAY TRIP TO MONT SAINT-MICHEL – The Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most fascinating buildings in France.

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was built in the Middle Ages in the middle of the bay that bears its name and is one of the most enchanting day trips from Paris. Remarkable architecture at a legendary site for a memorable day out at the seaside.

 

DAY TRIP TO A THEME PARK – For kids and grown-ups, theme parks are always a great idea! Just a few kilometres from Paris, Parc Astérix, and Disneyland® Paris offer lots of exciting activities to enjoy with family or friends.

There’s a lot to pack in: shows, thrilling attractions, rides, and water games … A day of fun in the country of the indomitable Gauls or in the wonderful world of Disney.

 

1 DAY TRIP, 2 CHÂTEAUX – The municipalities of Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte provide a rare opportunity: the chance to visit two architectural gems in a single trip. Situated within close proximity to one another, the two towns each have an outstanding chateau in completely different styles, which are among the finest monuments in the region. A journey through the history of France – not to be missed!

 

A DAY TRIP TO THE CHÂTEAUX OF LOIRE VALLEY – These châteaux are the favourite residence of the Kings of France during the Renaissance, and are veritable jewels of French architecture. Listed Unesco world heritage sites, each has its own character and history. The Château of Chambord, a jewel linked to Leonardo da Vinci, is the largest of them all; the Château of Chenonceau, built on water, is particularly original. And finally the Château of Cheverny, which inspired Hergé for his comic book series The Adventures of Tintin. A great day out discovering chateau life.

 

DAY TRIP TO VISIT BRUGES AND ITS CANALS – The lovely Belgian city of Bruges, known as the ‘little Venice of the North’ is characterized by its canals, its belfry and its colourful big square with neo-Gothic architecture.

Listed as a Unesco world heritage site, Bruges is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. And the occasion to enjoy delicious waffles or chocolates as you stroll along the canal banks.

 

DAY TRIP TO THE PARC ZOOLOGIQUE DE THOIRY – A stay in Paris could also be the opportunity to … go off on a safari!

Tigers, rhinoceroses, giraffes and hippopotamuses roam in freedom within the grounds of the chateau through which visitors are invited to travel in their vehicle.

Thrilling moments to enjoy.

 

 

DAY TRIP DISCOVERING FRENCH WINES – France is renowned worldwide for the quality and diversity of its wines. Burgundy, champagne, wine from the Loire Valley … the grape varieties vary, all you have to do is taste them!

Not far from Paris, several vineyards offer tours and wine tastings for wine enthusiasts.

An original way to discover the regions of France.

 

DAY TRIP TO MEDIEVAL PROVINS – For a journey back in time to discover what a French city looked like in the Middle Ages, head to Provins, in the Seine-et-Marne area of the Paris region.

Surrounded by ramparts, the old town has retained the appearance of a medieval city with a heritage dating mostly from the 13th century. On-site activities and entertainment are inspired by the medieval period and include falconry shows, gatherings of Knights and banquets with troubadours, all of which add to the unusual atmosphere of the place.

 

 

Article Credit Paris Info

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