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.

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.

 

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.

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!

Daytrip to the Chantilly Estate

Domaine de Chantilly - vue d'ensemble

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

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.

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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.

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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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A ‘funtastic’ day out at an outdoor activities centre

Ile de Loisirs de Cergy-Pontoise, kayak, Paris © Cyril Badet

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.

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Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte Adhérent

Chateau
Vaux-le-Vicomte, Maincy, 77950
Book

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

Château de Versailles Adhérent

Chateau
Établissement public du château, du musée et du domaine national de Versailles, Versailles, 78000
Book

Together with its gardens, the Château de Versailles is one of the most famous monuments of world heritage. The buildings trace......

Disneyland® Paris Adhérent

Leisure park
Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, 77777
Book

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......

Normandy Melody Adhérent

Guided tours | Coach operator

Head to Normandy for a day walking in the footsteps of the Impressionists, in a small group departing from Paris by......

Château de Fontainebleau Adhérent

Chateau
Palais National, Fontainebleau, 77300
Book

The residence of French sovereigns from François I to Napoleon III, the Château de Fontainebleau (55km south of the capital)......

Disneyland® Paris Express- Magic Ways Adhérent

Guided tours
  • Opéra - Grands Boulevards

Return trip (in the day) to Disneyland from several points in Paris, by Disneyland coach * with admission to 1 or 2 parks......

Domaine de Chantilly Adhérent

Chateau
7 rue du Connétable, Chantilly, 60500

The Domaine de Chantilly extends across 7,800 hectares within one of the largest forests in the surrounding areas of Paris, the......

Magic Ways Adhérent

Coach operator
  • Saint-Lazare

Magic Ways offers packaged tours from Paris and Disneyland® Paris. Our tour Disneyland® Paris Express includes round-trip......

Parc Astérix Adhérent

Leisure park
BP 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......

Paris on the Way Adhérent

Guided tours | Incentive activities
  • Batignolles

Paris on the Way created in 2010 has become a leader company in the field of guided tours services with a team of Licensed Guides......

Fondation Claude Monet - Giverny

Museum
84 rue Claude Monet, Giverny, 27620
Book

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

Île de loisirs de Cergy-Pontoise

Leisure park
Rue des Étangs - BP 70 001, Cergy-Pontoise Cedex, 95001

The Base de Loisirs de Cergy-Pontoise is located only half an hour from the capital, set in a natural environment of 250......

Île de loisirs de Créteil

Leisure park
9 rue Jean Gabin, Créteil, 94000

Looking for adventure and excitement? Head over to the Créteil outdoor activities centre, just outside Paris. Sailing, wave pool,......

Île de loisirs de Jablines - Annet

Leisure park
Île de loisirs de Jablines - Annet, Annet-sur-Marne, 77450

The Île de loisirs de Jablines - Annet is a huge leisure park with the Natura 2000 and Blue Flag labels, for their initiatives......

Île de loisirs de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

Leisure park
Rond-point Éric Tabarly - RD 912, Trappes, 78190

Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines outdoor activities centre in numbers: 600 hectares of greenery, woods and lakes for families and groups......

Île de loisirs de Vaires-Torcy

Leisure park
Route de Torcy, Vaires-sur-Marne, 77,360

The Île de loisirs de Vaires-Torcy is only a few kilometres from Paris and just minutes from the Disneyland ® Paris parks. The......

Île de loisirs du Val de Seine

Leisure park
Chemin du Rouillard, Verneuil-sur-Seine, 78480

To the north-west of the capital, behind the forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, on the edge of the French Vexin and along the Seine......

Île de loisirs Le Port aux Cerises

Leisure park
Rue du Port aux Cerises, Draveil, 91210

Theme and leisure park with riding centre, swimming pool, tennis, pony club, wave pool ...

Musée des impressionnismes - Giverny

Museum
99 rue Claude Monet, Giverny, 27620

Discover, at the heart of Giverny, the works of celebrated impressionist artists: Pierre Bonnard, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas,......

Parc zoologique de Thoiry

Zoo & aquarium
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......

Wine Tasting In Paris

Incentive activities | Guided tours
  • Quartier Latin

Wine Tasting In Paris offers introductory courses in French wine and the art of tasting for foreign tourists in Paris. The 2 hour......