Paris: Parc Astérix Full-Day Entrance Ticket
- Skip the line
- Valid: 1 day
Visiting Versailles is considered a must for most travelers on a visit to Paris. Best known for the grand and opulent Palace of Versailles, it is one of the finest places to take in the splendor of the Bourbon kings. On the grounds, make sure to visit the historic Hall of Mirrors, the Trianons, and the immaculate, expansive gardens. Beyond the palace, take in the Royal Stables and the Royal Tennis Court.
At just under 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Paris, getting to Versailles takes just around 30 minutes. Taking the train is usually the most popular option, as there is a station just a five-minute walk from the palace.
The most striking choice for a quick getaway from the city, a day trip to Giverny from Paris is guaranteed to satisfy any art lover. The charming village is most recognized as the home of impressionist master Claude Monet. You can visit Monet’s home, his famed gardens and water lilies, and the Museum of Impressionism before taking a break at the period-decorated Hôtel Baudy.
Only 75 kilometers (46 miles) from Paris, your day trip to Giverny should take just about an hour, whether by train or by car.
Taking a day trip to Reims from Paris is a perfect choice for exploring beyond Paris. Dating back to 80 B.C., this historic city has much to see and do in a day. The city’s grand, gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims has been the site of the coronations of most of the kings of France and is one of the city’s top attractions. As part of the Champagne region, travelers may want to take the time to taste some bubbly at Maison Ruinart or Veuve Cliquot-Ponsardin.
Located about 144 kilometers (89 miles) from Paris, Reims is an easy day trip however you decide to travel there. The journey takes just about 45 minutes by train, thanks to high-speed rail. By car, the journey should take around 90 minutes.
The Loire Valley is one of the most picturesque destinations in France, and a sublime choice for a day trip from Paris. Known for its stunning chateaus and vineyards, it’s no wonder that the Loire Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit grand palaces like the Chateau de Chambord, the Chateau de Chenonceau or Chartres Cathedral.
Traveling to the Loire Valley from Paris should take about an hour by train. At just over 200 kilometers (124 miles) away, allow a bit more time if you’re making the journey by car. Renting a car for the day is always a smart idea once you’re in the Loire Valley.
To journey into the heart of Royal France, take a day trip to Chateau de Fontainebleau, historically home to the kings of France and the French Court. Travelers can also visit the beautiful Forest of Fontainebleau and experience the royal treatment at the ornate Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte.
Getting to Fontainebleau from Paris is easy as it’s only 55 kilometers (34 miles) away. The trip takes about 40 minutes by train, while driving takes just about one hour.
Greater Paris and France, in general, have an extensive high-speed rail network, often making train travel the most efficient method of travel. Paris has seven main train stations, each serving a different direction and headed to different regions, so which station you use will depend on where you’re going.
Public bus transportation in the Paris area is more common in cities and in more rural areas. Many guided day tours from Paris will include bus transportation, often with pickup directly from your hotel.
Traveling in your own personal vehicle is always popular for day trips. A car allows you to truly customize your own schedule and itinerary, and to travel more quickly in more rural areas where buses or trains may be less frequent.
Guided tours are always excellent options for day trips. They save you the stress of planning an itinerary and, in some cases, your transportation, and often include special perks not available to the general public. Whether it’s skipping the line at Versailles or exclusive wine tastings in the Loire Valley, a guided tour for a day trip is always a good idea.
What to pack on your day trip can change depending on many factors. The season, where you’re going, and your method of travel will all affect what to bring. Some guided tours will provide everything you need for the day. As a general rule, it’s always a good idea to bring extra spending money and a light coat or shawl for unexpected chilly weather and visiting religious sites, regardless of the season.
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Regis was our outstanding guide to and from Verdun. On time and safe driver. We did not have a lot of knowledge about WW 1 but he did. He educated us with his vast knowledge of the war and his country. He could answer all out questions. He took us to well known area and less known spots. He had so many interesting things to say and he is passionate about his interest. Lovely person and guide. A highlight of our trip to Paris. So glad we followed up on this tip from our French teacher in the USA.
Riding a sidecar in and around Paris was A Plus. Navigation through traffic was easy therefore we were able to see so many things. The ll’Arc de Triomphe was beautiful lit up at night. So many romantic plazas, beautiful buildings and a bottle of champagne to top it off. The French do love ve their champagne. The driver was very enthusiastic which help blend with the side car experience. Really great.
Olivia was a fun and energetic guide. She clearly loves what she does. She was a great driver, too! This is a long day but it’s interesting to experience the differences between the wild gardens of Monet and the structured gardens at Versailles. Enjoy!
We did a similar tour 6 years ago and this one was definitely better!! It was much more personal, as there were only 5 people on the tour. We especially enjoyed Utah beach and a trip to the cider farm!
Beautiful gardens William our tour guide was awesome!