10 ideas for daytrips from Paris

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 daytrip from the capital. With so much choice, all you have to do is choose your destination!

Daytrip to the Palace of Versailles

Château de Versailles - Spectacles grandes eaux musicales

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.

 More info on the Palace of Versailles

Daytrip to Giverny

Giverny - Maison de Monet © DR

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. A unique occasion to find out more about this major artist.

 More info on the Claude Monet Foundation

 

Daytrip to Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel © DR

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 daytrips from Paris. Remarkable architecture at a legendary site for a memorable day out at the seaside.

Daytrip to a theme park

Parc Disneyland Paris attraction Indiana Jones © Disneyland Paris

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.

 Plus d'infos sur Disneyland® Paris

 Plus d'infos sur le Parc Astérix

1 daytrip, 2 châteaux

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte - Façade, Paris © Lourdel - Chicurel

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!

More info on the Château de Fontainebleau

More info on the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

A daytrip to discover the Châteaux of the Loire Valley

Château de Chambord  © Château de Chambord

The châteaux of the Loire Valley, the favourite residences of the Kings of France during the Renaissance, 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.

A day out visiting Bruges and its canals

Bruges  © DR

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 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.

Daytrip to the Parc zoologique de Thoiry

Parc zoologique de Thoiry © DR

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.

 More info on the Parc Zoologique de Thoiry

Daytrip discovering French wines

Paris Wine Day Tour - Vignes

France is renowned worldwide for the quality and diversityof 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 winetastings for wine enthusiasts. An original way to discover the regions of France.

 More info on Wine tasting in Paris

Daytrip to medieval Provins

Provins - tour César © DR

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.

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Chateau
Place d'Armes, Versailles, 78000
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Together with its gardens, the Château de Versailles is one of the most famous monuments of world heritage. The buildings trace......

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Leisure park
Disneyland® Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, 77777
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Too old? Are you sure? Even big kids can have great fun and thrills in a day at Disneyland®. With 2 Disney parks®, more than 50......

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Place du général de Gaulle, Fontainebleau, 77300
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The residence of 34 kings and two emperors, Fontainebleau is the only château that was lived in by every French monarch for......

Fondation Claude Monet - Giverny

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84 rue Claude Monet, Giverny, 27620
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Claude Monet's property at Giverny became the Claude Monet Foundation in 1980. House with its pink crushed brick façade where the......

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Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Maincy, 77950
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The domain of Vaux-le-Vicomte is the fruit of a creative and passionate mind, that of Nicolas Fouquet. To build his home, he......

Parc Astérix Member

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Autoroute A1 - Entre les sorties 7 et 8, Plailly, 60128

Welcome to the craziest of theme parks! Embark on an adventure to the heart of the famous Village and get a taste of what it's......

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  • Montparnasse - Alésia

Discover the fascinating world of French wines. In a day trip from Paris, you will meet the selected passionate wine-makers who......

Parc zoologique de Thoiry

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Château et parc zoologique de Thoiry, Thoiry, 78770

The Thoiry Safari Park gives you the chance to see 800 animals roaming free across 8 km of land. The safari park can only be......

Cité médiévale de Provins

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Office du tourisme de Provins - Chemin de Villecran - BP 44, Provins, 77160

La ville de Provins est inscrite au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco, pour la richesse de son patrimoine médiéval : les remparts,......