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Paris Day Trips: Last updated on the 7th of May 2022 by Lena

 

When you spend more than 3 days in Paris, you have enough time to see all the top sights and plan a day trip from Paris to see a bit more of France. Because France is actually the most visited country in 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 this beautiful country.

Before diving into all of your day trip options, see below the most popular day trips from Paris:

Highlights: the most popular Paris Day Trips

Destination
Duration
Best For 
Prices 
Loire Valley & Castles
12.5 hours
History, Gardens & Wine
Monet’s Gardens in Giverny
5 hours
Art, Nature & Countryside
Champagne Region & Reims
11 hours
History, Champagne & Countryside
Normandy Landing Beaches
14 hours
History, Landscape & Seaside

 

 

The 10 Best Day Trips from Paris

Paris is a sleepless city with more fantastic things to do than you can squeeze into one trip. But with all its buzz, beauty, and density of highlights, it can be suffocating at times.

You will probably need some air at one point, or maybe you are keen on seeing a bit more of France than its capital. Either way, the best way to escape the city is by planning a day trip outside of Paris.

Luckily, Paris is close to many stunning and interesting destinations. So many, that it can even be challenging to find the best day trip from Paris. There are even some of France’s nicest beaches near Paris!

The options are endless, but to save you from decision paralysis, I asked around and compiled a list of the best Paris day trips for you.

 

1. Château de Versailles 

Book your day trip from Paris to Versailles here

The Versailles Palace is a castle you must visit if you are spending a few days in Paris. It is the easiest day trip from Paris by train because it takes around 30 minutes to travel by train from Paris to the Versailles Château Rive Gauche station. If you are not comfortable taking the train to Versailles on your own, you can also join a tour. Click here for more information and prices.

Versailles half day tour - visit the Castle of Versailles during a half day or day tour
Donovan took a day tour of the Palace from Versailles and loved this place. Thanks for the idea,  Travelvoila

Honestly, you could easily spend a day or more exploring the Castle and the beautifully landscaped gardens. But if you are short on time, you can also easily make it a quick half day trip from Paris. It is still enough time to visit the Château and parts of the gardens.

To save time queuing, I strongly advise booking your tickets in advance. I use GetYourGuide.com for my travels because the 24h cancellation policy saved me already more than once when my plans changed last minute.

 


 

2. Reims & the Champagne Region

See the best Champagne Tours from Paris here

Only an hour’s train ride to the northeast of Paris, Reims is a MUST on your next visit to the City of Lights. While the small town is undoubtedly known for its Champagne houses, the capital of France’s Champagne region is also complete with a world-class fine-dining scene, historical monuments, and incredible Art Deco architecture, too.

That said, the Champagne was the real reason I made the day trip from Paris to the Champagne region — and I loved it!

The (by far!) most popular Day Trip to Champagne

If you are more interested in Champagne and less in Reims: This tour is the most efficient and complete Champagne experience you can have in just one day. It contains:

  • 3 Champagne house visits & tastings
  • visit of Epernay & Hautvillers
  • Masterclass led by wine expert
  • Lunch
  • Vineyard visits
  • Transportation & small group
  • English-speaking guide

Click here for prices and booking

 

Keep these important tips in mind to make this Paris day trip worthwhile:

  • Avoid Sundays or Mondays when most of the town is closed.
  • Be sure to reserve tastings when visiting Tattinger, Veuve Cliquot, and Pommery — where else are you going to get to taste those Champagnes at a fraction of the price of the bottle?!
  • Your day is sure to be filled with multiple bubbly flutes and several cellar staircases, so remember, you do not need to finish all the Champagne given to you (although you should definitely try!).
  • be sure to make reservations ahead — some Champagne Houses require it!

Favorite day tour from The Globe Diary Blog

Day trip from Paris to Reims for everyone who likes wine and champagne - Reims - just an hour away from Paris, take a Champagne day tour from Paris
Leigh from The Globe Diary took a day trip from Paris to Reims and spent a great day, check out their Instagram

 

3. Giverny, the Gardens of Monet

Take a look at our complete guide on how to visit the Gardens of Monet from Paris

Giverny is the perfect one-day trip from Paris, and you don’t need to be a great fan of Monet and Impressionism to enjoy the beautiful gardens.

Giverny’s single attraction is the house in which Claude Monet lived from 1883 until his death in 1926. He created splendid gardens that served as a source of inspiration for his paintings.

 

Tour
Lunch
Transport
Price
Giverny (half day)
coach
Giverny and Versailles
✔️
coach
Giverny & Bike Tour (full day)
✔️
coach

 

Visiting the gardens feels like an invisible door opens to one of his paintings, and you enter the magic world of flowers, water lilies, wisterias, and the play of sunlight on the water surface. Besides the home of Monet, you can also visit the Museum of Impressionism in the village. There are also lovely art galleries and cafés.

take a perfect day tour from Paris and visit the Gardens of Monet in Giverny - not only a great trip for everyone who's in love with art - the gardens of Monet are a place, you won't forget
take a perfect day tour from Paris and visit the Gardens of Monet in Giverny – Poto by ipanematrvls – follow her on Instagram!

The house of Monet is open for visitors from the end of March until the beginning of November. Although it can be very crowded on a sunny day, the beauty of the gardens is so immense that it is worth visiting it! Just make sure you are booking your tickets ahead of time!

This actually happened to me despite better knowledge. It took us an hour to find a parking place and when we finally arrived the queue was so long and did not move at all, that we just went back to Paris. 


 

4. Dieppe in Normandy

Book your train ticket for Dieppe here

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 a galette with 4 types of local cheese is surely 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. (Book your tickets here) If you’re on a really tight budget, there’s also a bus service to Dieppe through Flixbus.

For Budget Travelers: Don’t miss our guide on how to easily save money in Paris and our very extensive list of things to do in Paris for free.

Just a couple of hours away from Paris and a perfect day trip get away: Dieppe at the Alabaster coast in Normandie
Refreshing Paris Day Trip: Dieppe at the Alabaster coast in Normandy. Suggested by Grace from impulsive Adventures

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.

 

 


 

6. D-Day Landing Beaches in Normandy

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Around two hours northwest of Paris lies the Normandy region.  Although well-known for its quaint coastal villages, old stone cottages, ancient wars, and the famous Bayeux Tapestry, it is the World War II D-Day Landing Beaches that wrote Normandy into the modern history books. This history makes Normandy one of the most popular Paris day trips.

It is on these five beaches – code-named Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno, and Sword – that the Allied Forces began the liberation of France from German occupation on June 6, 1944.  Doing so helped bring an end to the war in Europe.

Tip: Also read our post about the French Resistance Museum in Paris!

normandy day trip from paris - see the landing beaches - Juno beach, Omaha beach - take a private normandy tours from Paris
Take a d day tour from Paris to see the landing beaches where the allied invasion of western Europe happened during World War II

Today, the area is part memorial to those soldiers who were killed during this operation, with a number of war cemeteries and museums. You can also visit some of the German bunkers and garrisons still existing at Pointe du Hoc with their bullet-pocked and bomb-scarred walls.

Visiting the landing beaches is a great day trip and best done with a tour guide who can explain the history and significance of the area.

Normandy is also known for its delicious cuisine, so be sure to visit one of the many restaurants around this area. And while there, also sample some Calvados – the region’s famous apple brandy.

How to visit the landing beaches

Where are the D-Day Landing Beaches? The closest landing beach, Juno is 250km west of Paris

Best way to visit? I advise visiting the D-Day Landing Beaches by taking an organized tour from Paris. One of the best tours is the “Normandy D-Day Battlefield and Beaches Day Trip” (click here for detailed information)

This tour includes

  • Utah Beach Museum
  • Normandy American Cemetery
  • Pointe du Hoc Visit
  • Calvados and Cider Tasting
  • Roundtrip transportation from Paris to Normandy
  • Lunch including drinks
  • Professional & English speaking Tour guide

Click here for prices and schedules


 

7. Bordeaux

→ Read our detailed guide on how to take a day trip from Paris to Bordeaux 

You may not realize that other French cities, like the stunning and incredible Bordeaux, are only a couple of hours away from Paris via train. So, even if it’s quite far in distance, the fantastic train coverage in France makes it possible, that a day trip to Bordeaux from Paris is actually something that you do!

Bordeaux is a great city for a day trip from Paris. The train station isn’t far from the city center, and the center of Bordeaux is easy to get around on foot and by tram, so there’s no need to worry about a rental car.

day trips from paris by train - Bordeaux is only a couple of hours away from Paris and therefore makes an excellent day trip from Paris
Bordeaux is only a couple of hours away from Paris and therefore makes an excellent day trip from Paris – check out Savored Journeys on Facebook to know more about their trips

Bordeaux actually reminds many 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 its impressive 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.

What to do in Bordeaux?

For example, during a 4h tour of the beautiful medieval wine village of St. Emilion (click here for more info). You can also take an open-top bus tour to discover Bordeaux, walk around the Place des Quinconces or admire the Monument aux Girondins. A visit to the Place de la Bourse should also be on your itinerary and be sure to save time for some wine at one of Bordeaux’s many wine bars.

Thanks for the ideas, Savored Journeys 

 

 

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