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
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.
Daytrip 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. A unique occasion to find out more about this major artist.
Daytrip 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 daytrips from Paris. Remarkable architecture at a legendary site for a memorable day out at the seaside.
Daytrip 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 daytrip, 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!
Daytrip to the Chantilly Estate
If there is one place that sums up a relaxing day out surrounded by nature, it has to be the Chantilly Estate. With its almost 8,000-acre forest and French-style garden designed by Le Nôtre, the site is one of the most relaxing daytrips from Paris. Tour of the chateau, visit to the stables, picnic … endless possibilities to make the most of this haven of tranquillity.
Daytrip 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.
Daytrip discovering French wines
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.
Daytrip 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.
A ‘funtastic’ day out at an outdoor activities centre
For a seaside holiday atmosphere during a stay in Paris, head to one of the region’s many outdoor activity centres! These large green areas set out around a lake offer a raft of activities: tennis lessons, swimming, golf, fishing, tree-to-tree adventure courses, barbecues … Everything for an enjoyable family day outdoors.