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Our most recommended Paris Day Trips

  • Paris: Parc Astérix Full-Day Entrance Ticket

    1. Paris: Parc Astérix Full-Day Entrance Ticket

    Enjoy all the adventures and activities of Parc Astérix, located about 22 miles (35 kilometers) from Paris and enjoy a memorable day out with all your favorite characters from the Gaul village. Discover 6 themed zones, more than 40 different attractions and shows, with new sensations and excitement at every turn. Go on your very own odyssey to the lands of the Romans, Gauls, Greeks, Vikings and Egyptians. Board the Menhir Express for plenty of laughs and take up Caesar's challenge to spy on the Roman Legion at the mad-house Défi de César. Sign up to serve the Roman Empire at La Légion Recrute and dive into the wacky world of the comic strip to experience the final battle between the Roman Legionnaires and the battling Gauls! Admire the only performing dolphins and sea lions this close to Paris at the Poseidon Theater. Discover the Forest of Idefix, a new area for the family right at th...

    I enjoy the park but they could keep it open the hole week to avoid the overcrowded weekend.

  • Paris: Private City Tour by Electric Tuktuk

    2. Paris: Private City Tour by Electric Tuktuk

    Climb aboard an eco-friendly tuk-tuk for a different sightseeing tour of Paris and explore the famous streets by electric vehicle. Choose from short tour options to get a good overview of the city, or upgrade to half and full-day tours for a more comprehensive experience. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel and the option to customize your itinerary to suit your interests. Take up to 5 of your friends on a tour by tuk-tuk for 1 to 6 people. See all the landmarks and tell the driver where you want to stop and for how long as you drive through the city. 

    היה לנו מדריך מצויין שמו ברייס בעל ידע רב ונרחב והרבה סבלנות הרעיון להשתמש בתחילת הטיול בטוקטוק עזר לנו להתמצא היטב ברחבי פריז ולהבין היכן כדאי ורצוי לבלות . מומלץ מאוד

  • From Paris: Fairytale Loire Castles with Wine Tasting

    3. From Paris: Fairytale Loire Castles with Wine Tasting

    From Paris, head to Château de Chambord. Disney fans will find this castle’s turrets familiar; it was the inspiration for the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." Though originally conceived as a royal hunting lodge, it was built to a scale that must be seen to be believed.

    Learn all about the castle’s captivating history from your guide, before getting your own chance to explore. Climb a staircase supposedly designed by Da Vinci, enjoy spectacular turret-framed rooftop views, and glimpse wild deer around the grounds.

    Having worked up an appetite, get back on the bus and continue on to the next stop: the quaint town of Blois. Take some free time to enjoy lunch (at your own expense) in one of the restaurants located around the beautiful and vibrant Square Louis XII.

    Alternatively, grab a bite and visit ...

    This was a wonderful day with a lot to see and do - from the magical castles to the wine-tasting and walking. The guide Addie was so informative and interesting, and the driver Eric was excellent. Everything was made easy. The guide gave tips on the best way to view a site so that you can maximise the visit - such as which rooms to see first and then what to do if there is still time. Because of this information, I made sure to fit in some of the things to do "at the end" - such as visiting the flower garden or the horse stables. I loved the little restaurant too in Blois, and had a relaxing lunch.

  • From Paris: Day Trip to Champagne with 8 Tastings & Lunch

    4. From Paris: Day Trip to Champagne with 8 Tastings & Lunch

    Tour starts at your hotel (if located in Paris) or at the central Paris meeting point. Your driver guide will pick you up in a cozy air-conditioned minivan at around 7.30 AM. Enjoy tasty croissants on the way to Champagne, while your guide tells you all you need to know about the sparkling universe of champagne! Once you arrive in Champagne, you'll start your day with a visit to a very prestigious Estate (Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Mercier etc. depending on supplier availability). Discover never-ending galleries filled with bottles and of course, finish the guided-tour with a tasting. Back in your air-conditioned minivan, admire the landscapes and stop in the heart of the vineyard to enjoy a masterclass led by your wine expert guide. He will teach you the basis of the wine professional tasting. Then you will practice by enjoying a special cuvee. Next stop is for lunch in a family...

    What a fantastic day, in spite of it being rainy, cloudy and overcast! Bastein provided us with a great narrative of the region during our time together and I was sorry to see our day come to an end. Our lunch with a French producer was just delightful…..food was delicious and our host shared her love of champagne and food with such a beautiful smile! So glad we added this trip to our Paris itinerary.

  • From Paris: Full-Day Mont Saint Michel Tour

    5. From Paris: Full-Day Mont Saint Michel Tour

    From Paris, board a private bus to the island of Mont Saint Michel. On the journey, listen as your guide provides interesting stories from the history of the abbey. Follow your guide on an orientation tour to ensure you see the most important attractions, including the hilltop Abbey of Mont Saint Michel. Enjoy a few hours at your leisure to explore the abbey and soak up the splendor of its interior with an audio guide tour, or stroll in the picturesque streets. Choose from a variety of lunch options ranging from dining rooms with rustic meat to sophisticated restaurants with bay view terraces specializing in seafood. Or, stop by one of the Mont Saint Michel's creperies to feast on galettes (buckwheat pancakes) with Normandy cider. In the late afternoon, board the bus for a return journey to Paris.

    Our tour guide Addy did a very good job conducting our tour. Very outgoing and interested in the people on the tour. The bus was very up to date and the drivers did a great job.

  • Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Full-Day Tour from Paris

    6. Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Full-Day Tour from Paris

    Enjoy an unforgettable day trip from Paris, and visit the Normandy Landing Beaches, where the outcome of changed World War II and the future of Europe forever. Learn about the dramatic events of 6 June 1944, with round-trip minibus transfers from Paris. Drive through the Normandy countryside to discover some of the most significant sites of the campaign. During the day, you will go to Omaha Beach, see the German Bunkers, visit Operation Overlord Museum, and travel to Pointe du Hoc. Best-known as the site of the heroic assault by U.S. Rangers on D-Day, Pointe du Hoc lies 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) west of Omaha Beach. Gaze in wonder at more than 10,000 white crosses that mark the fallen soldiers in the American Cemetery. Whether you’re a history buff, curious about this very important battle, or have some personal connection to the D-Day landings, your guide will help bring the battle fie...

    I really loved this trip! It was super informative and moving. And our guide Adrian was wonderful. He kept everyone engaged and he was super knowledgeable.

  • Half-Day Trip to Giverny from Paris

    7. Half-Day Trip to Giverny from Paris

    Enjoy a half-day trip to the former home of Claude Monet, one of the most famous painters of French Impressionism. Located in the tiny hamlet of Giverny on the banks of the River Seine, 50 miles west of Paris, the house and gardens were bequeathed to the Académie des Beaux-Arts by his son in 1966. They were opened as a public museum in 1980 following large-scale restoration work. Depending on the option you choose, your tour will either be guided, audio guided or at your own leisure.  Depart Paris and travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach. As there is no direct public transport to Giverny, this is the ideal way to get there. You will drive via the western districts of Paris and take the Normandy motorway as far as Bonnières. After crossing the River Seine at Vernon, continue to Giverny through the wooded plateaus of Eure. Giverny attracted several Impressionist painters in the 19...

    Would have given a five star if not so busy. Well worth the cost. However, due to the crowds and long lines, not as enjoyable as hoped.

  • Giverny: Monet's Garden Half-Day Tour from Paris

    8. Giverny: Monet's Garden Half-Day Tour from Paris

    Explore the beautiful village and home in Upper Normandy where the Impressionist artists, Claude Monet spent the last 40 years of his life. Visit the charming village of Giverny, and discover why it proved such a source of inspiration for Impressionist artists. Following your transfer from Paris, look inside the house where Monet lived and worked. Set within an exquisite valley of the River Seine, the gardens and surroundings formed a great part of the subject matter for his paintings after he moved there in 1883. Once your have seen the rooms where the artist lived with his family, stroll through 2 unique gardens that Monet designed and modified throughout his life. See more than 100 different types of flowers, and intertwined foliage in Monet’s Flower Garden. Then, feel as if you have stepped into one of his paintings in the Japanese Garden. Go to the lake full of water lilies, and ...

    Lovely trip to Givernay Nice visit to Monet's grave and stroll through his lovely village.

  • Skip-the-Line Half Day Versailles Guided Tour from Paris

    9. Skip-the-Line Half Day Versailles Guided Tour from Paris

    Join an expert interpreter-guide on a half-day tour of the exquisite Palace of Versailles, and get priority, skip-the-line entrance. You will be led through the history of the Palace, one of the most important monuments in the world. Once home to Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, you will relive the glory days of Parisian royalty. Gaze in awe as you are guided through the most beautiful rooms of the palace, including the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen's and King´s Private Apartment. After experiencing the grandeur of the interior, enjoy free time to explore the beauty of the Palace of Versailles’ gardens, filled with statues, busts, and marble vases that date back to 1661, when teams of sculptors were led by King Louis XIV's official painter, Charles Le Brun.

    Great information, walked us around to the major artworks. Loved skipping the line. I’d highly recommend.

  • From Paris: Day Trip to Giverny & Versailles

    10. From Paris: Day Trip to Giverny & Versailles

    Take a fascinating excursion to 2 of the most impressive symbols of French culture, and discover the complex and rich history behind their walls. Start your excursion from Paris to Giverny with an audio guide or a guide (depending on option selected), a quaint village in Normandy that attracted several impressionist painters throughout the 19th century. See the home of Claude Monet, and be inspired by the touch of color and charm that influenced his work. Explore the colorful garden whose lilies, weeping willows, and flowerbeds are a vivid reminder of his masterful works. You will then enjoy a traditional lunch before visiting the stunning site of the Palace of Versailles. You will discover the masterful combination of classic and baroque architectural styles. Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens, walk by the hall of mirrors, and visit the Grands Appartements to get a s...

    Our guide was exceptional! She was so knowledgeable and informative. The lunch that was provided was not that great but overall our experience was excellent. Would recommend to others.

5 best day trips from Paris

Day trip to Versailles

1. Day trip to Versailles

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.

How far is Versailles from Paris?

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.

Day trip to Giverny

2. Day trip to Giverny

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.

How far is Giverny from Paris?

Only 75 kilometers (46 miles) from Paris, your day trip to Giverny should take just about an hour, whether by train or by car.

Day trip to Reims

3. Day trip to Reims

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.

How far is Reims from Paris?

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.

Day trip to the Loire Valley

4. Day trip to the Loire Valley

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.

How far is the Loire Valley from Paris?

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.

Day trip to Fontainebleau

5. Day trip to Fontainebleau

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.

How far is Fontainebleau from Paris?

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.

Paris day trip FAQ

Which transportation method should I use?

There are so many choices when it comes to how to take Paris day trips. Whether you’re trying to get to Versailles or the Loire Valley, there’s a good option for everyone.
  • • Paris day trips by train

    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.

  • • Paris day trips by bus

    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.

  • • Paris day trips by car

    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.


Should I take a guided tour?

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 do I bring on my day trip?

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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What people are saying about Paris

Overall rating

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based on 2,813 reviews

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!