If you have a spare day during your Paris vacation, you certainly should think about taking a day trip from Paris to explore more of France. Paris is perfectly located between cultural heritage sites, amazing wine regions, and the beautiful coastline of Normandy with its wonderful beachesThus, you find plenty of stunning getaway destinations, all just a short ride away. It would be a waste if you’d not take this opportunity.

visit Giverny from Paris - great day trip from Paris to discover the French countryside
The famous water lilies pond in the garden of Monet – just an hour away from Paris


No matter what you are interested in or what you long to experience, you find it around Paris. Make the most out of your trip to Paris and plan a side trip while you’re here. The most popular day-trip destinations are these:

Loire Valley: Fairy tale castles
Giverny: Gardens of Monet
Versailles Palace & Gardens


Our post about the best day tours from Paris introduces the 10 most popular day trips from Paris and gives a good overview of where you actually can go.

However, if you know already that you want to explore a French wine region, take a further look here:


The typical chalk cliffs of Étretat
The typical chalk cliffs of Étretat – Just a short ride away from Paris


If you are rather interested in exploring natural sites and spending a day by the sea, the best day trip from Paris you can take is to Étretat. It is a day trip that you can easily self-organize and that is unquestionably worth it. Click here to know exactly how to get to Étretat from Paris. 


In case you have enough time to plan a weekend getaway from Paris, take a look at our post about Paris weekend trips. It covers a broad range of trips within France, but also to neighboring countries. Perfect if you have two or three spare days on your Paris trip.

For more detailed information about certain day trip options from Paris, check the following posts. You’ll get detailed information on how to organize the trip on your own, but I provide also links to good and trusted tour guides, that can do it for you.


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What to do on a trip to Normandy 

The trip from Paris to some of Normandy’s top sights and attractions can take a few hours by car but is well worth your time. If you’re staying a bit longer and looking for a little side trip from Paris, the Normandy region is…