Paris is the hot spot for everyone who likes culture, food, fashion.. or life in general. On the list of the most popular cities of the world Paris ranks on place 3, but did you actually know that France is the most visited country of the world? 83 million visitors can’t be wrong and if you’re having a spare day during your Paris city escape, take a one day tour from Paris and explore a bit of this beautiful country.
Luckily Paris is within day trip reach of a variety of stunning and just as interesting destinations that will let you take your France experience to the next level. The options are endless but to save your from decision paralysis, I compiled a list of travel bloggers favorite day trip destinations around Paris. Discover the best day tours from Paris!
- Mont Saint Michel
- Monet’s Garden: Giverny
- Loire Valley
- D-Day Landing Beaches
- Disneyland Paris
- Chateau Vaux le Vicomte
1. Day trip to Bordeaux from Paris
Bordeaux day trip from Paris – Favorite of Savored Journeys
You may not realize that other French cities, like the stunning and incredible Bordeaux, are only a couple hours away from Paris via train. Bordeaux is a fantastic city for a day trip from Paris. The train station isn’t far from the city center, and the center of Bordeaux is very easy to get around by foot and tram, so there’s no need to worry about a rental car.
Bordeaux actually reminds me of a smaller version of Paris. It’s equally enchanting. A large part of Bordeaux has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the incredible architecture of the city. Wondering what to do in Bordeaux on a day trip? There are many great restaurants and museums, and the city is surrounded by world famous wineries and vineyards that you can visit. Take an open-top bus tour of the city, walk around the Place des Quinconces and admire the Monument aux Girondins, visit the Place de la Bourse, and be sure to save time for some wine at one of Bordeaux’s many wine bars.
2. Mont Saint Michel – World Heritage site
Favourite day trip from Paris from fouronaworldtrip
3. Chateau de Versailles – a full or half day trip from Paris
Favourite day tour from Travelvoila
We have been to several castles in France and was awed by Palace Versailles. Palace Versailles is a castle you must visit if you are visiting Paris. It takes around 1-hour train ride from Paris to the Versailles station, and it is recommended that you have at least 1 day for visiting the castle, because it is gigantic! The self-tour of the castle takes at least 3 hours! The halls and chambers were all royally decorated with gold accessories. And the Hall of Mirrors is magnificent, the most famous section of the castle. And if you are more adventurous, you can explore their garden. It will take another day for that though. It is highly recommended to visit the castle during summer than winter as the colours of the garden is much more vibrant. And after a long day at the castle, be sure to check out their nearby eateries for their delicious local cuisines.
4. The Gardens of Monet: Giverny
Favourite Day tour from Paris from Ipanema Travels
Giverny is the perfect one-day trip for Paris, especially if you are a great fan of Monet and the Impressionism. You can reach Giverny easily by car from Paris, it takes about an hour without the traffic. Alternatively, you can take the train to Rouen/Le Havre from the Paris Sainte-Lazare train station and arrive in less than 45 minutes at the Vernon-Giverny station. At the station there are shuttle buses to Giverny.
Giverny’s single attraction is the house in which Monet lived from 1883 until his death in 1926. He created there splendid gardens that served as a source of inspiration for his paintings. Visiting the gardens feels like an invisible door opens on one of his paintings and you enter the magic world of flowers, waterlilies, wisterias and the play of sunlight on the water surface. Beside the home of Monet, you can also visit the Museum of Impressionism in the village. There are also lovely art galleries and cafés.
The house of Monet is open for visitors from end of March till beginning of November. Although it can be very crowded on a sunny day and the ticket queue at the entrance would take 30 minutes of your life, the beauty of the gardens is so immense that it is worth visiting it!
5. A day tour from Paris to Normandy – visit Dieppe!
Favorite day trip from Paris from Impulsive Adventures
Sweating in Paris in the summer? Hop on a train to Dieppe to enjoy the food and beaches of Normandy! The water’s incredibly blue, the limestone cliffs are an artist’s dream, and my gallete with 4 types of local cheese was life changing. A day trip to Dieppe is the perfect escape!
For the practical part: Dieppe is around 200 km North of Paris in the region of Normandy. The best way to get there is by train, from Paris Saint Lazare. It costs 19-36 Euros each way and takes around 2 hours. If you’re on a really tight budget, there’s also bus service to Dieppe through Flixbus.
Once you’re in Dieppe, throw away your detailed itineraries, because this is a location to be wandered without a plan. The winding streets of the little port town are filled with adorable restaurants, boutiques, colorful houses, and Canadian flags (to honor the fallen from WWII). You can’t miss the gorgeous beach, which is pebbly at high tide and sandy at low. Make sure to bring water shoes to explore cliffside caves and forgotten bunkers. Bored of the beach? Head to the castle, hike the topside of the cliffs, enjoy some pastries, or learn about WWII history.