Amazing Day Trips From Paris to Complement Your Paris Vacation
Have you already visited the Eiffel Tower and the rest of the most important Paris landmarks, and wonder what to do next? I recommend you enjoy one of the exciting day trips from Paris.
Day trips from Paris? But where? And which one to choose? Well, to be honest, there’s a huge number of these day trips to choose from, and I’d say every one of them is worth it.
There’s the Normandy D-Day tour, the Loire Valley Castles tour, the Versailles guided tour, Giverny tour, and the Champagne Wine tour to name a few.
All these day trips from Paris are offered by Paris Trip, and are available to book online.
Normandy D-Day Tour
This tour is one of the most popular of all day trips from Paris. The duration of the tour is approximately 12 hours. It’s scheduled on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and is available all year round.
You travel to the Beach of Normandy in a deluxe air-conditioned vehicle. First, you stop at “The Pointe du Hoc”, which is a 90 feet high cliffs. There, 225 Rangers landed on the morning of June 6, 1944. Then you travel to Colleville sur Mer to visit the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, which contains over 9,000 white crosses perfectly aligned on 170 acres.
A chapel and memorial add the finishing touches to this moving scene. You then leave and stop at other famous WWII locations such as Arromanches and the vestiges of the artificial harbour (Mulberry Bridge), Longues-sur-Mer and the German artillery battery, which gave the allied a pounding on the morning of 6th June.
Loire Valley Day Trip
The Loire Valley day trips from Paris are the most picturesque. They are available on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Their duration is about 12 hours long and include a visit to Amboise, Chambord, and Chenonceau castles, and a three-course lunch at “Au Gateau Breton” restaurant.
After having been picked-up from your hotel in Paris, you are chauffeured to a wonderful day in the Loire Valley. There, you discover and enjoy the famous castles and gardens of the Renaissance.
First, you visit the Chambord, a marvelous chateau. A legend says that Leonardo da Vinci has made several plans & models used for the construction of the chateau.
Then, you enjoy the visit of the cradle of the Renaissance, Chateau Amboise. It’s one of the first truly royal residences of its kind.
At Chenonceau you admire the wealth of decoration, which makes Chenonceau the most popular chateau in France.
Giverny and Monet’s Garden
The Giverny day trips from Paris are approximately 4 and a half hours long. They include a visit to Monet’s house, and visit to the Impressionist Museum of Giverny.
Entering Normandy, you first visit Claude Monet’s home. There you discover the famous gardens created by the impressionist painter. In the garden, there is also the well known Japanese bridge in the midst of its flowered paths and water-lily ponds.
Bruges – the Pearl of the Flanders
This trip is available on Wednesdays from April 1st to October 31st and is approximately 12 hours long. It will give you the opportunity to visit Bruges, a true jewel of architecture.
On this trip you discover The Market in the heart of Bruges, with the medieval Belfry Tower, and the Town Hall built in the 14th century. Bruges is also known as the “Little Venice of the North” because of its beautiful canal.
Champagne Discovery Tour
The tour is available on Wednesdays and Thursdays from March 31 to October 31. It includes a visit to Moet & Chandon, and Mumm, as well as a glass of champagne at each cellar.
In the morning, you visit the cellars of one of the most prestigious Champagne Houses – Moet & Chandon. You then travel through the Montagne de Reims area and make a stop in the village of Hautvillers – the Cradle of Champagne. It’s famous since the 18th century thanks to a monk Dom Perignon.
Then, you spend the afternoon in Reims – the capital of the Champagne Region and city of coronations. You visit a second famous wine cellar and spend some time at the cathedral for a free visit of this gothic landmark where most of the kings were crowned.
Versailles Guided Tour
The Versailles day trips from Paris are available daily (except Mondays) all year round. They are approximately 3 and a half hours long. These are guided tours with live commentaries and no queuing access to the chateau.
You are taken to Versailles for the morning. There, you have a one-hour guided visit, in particular the Great Apartments – The Queen’s Bedroom, the great Apartments, the Hall of Mirros and the Gallery of Battles.
Throughout the visit, the guide furnish you with the history of this magical place. You will see some traces of Le Brun, Louis XIV’s favourite painter. Portraits of the former residents can also be found throughout the chateau.
Somme Battlefields Day Trips From Paris
The WWI battlefields tour is approximately 11 hours long, and is available on Fridays from April 1st to October 30th.
During that day trip you discover this part of France which suffered severely in the violent and bloody battles of the World War I.
You explore the area where a dramatic period of history took place – The Somme Battlefields. Its major sites, memorials, cemeteries and traces of battles include Delville Wood at Longueval, The Lochnagar Crater at La Boisselle, Poziere, the Welsh Memorial at Mametz Wood, Thiepval, The Ulster Tower, Beaumont, Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, the Historial in Peronne.
Fontainebleau Castle & Barbizon
Fontainebleau & Barbizon day trips from Paris are approximately 4 and a half hours long, and are available Mondays and Wednesdays all year round. They include an entrance to Fontainebleau Castle and a visit to Barbizon.
First, you are taken to Fontainebleau Castle. It’s the home of France’s Kings, Queens, Emperors & Empresses since the Middle Ages. It was also a hunting lodge of Francois I and the place of Napoleon Bonaparte’s abdication.
Once in the castle, you visit Napoleon’s apartments on the first floor. There you can see a lock of his hair. You will also see the decor of the Francois I Gallery, the Trinity Chapel, and the King’s bedroom & Throne Room. This is the only remaining Throne Room in France retaining its original furniture.
After uncovering the mysteries of Fontainebleau, you visit the village of Barbizon. It was once the cradle of the pre-impressionist painters of the 19th century. Now, this picturesque village houses museums to Theodore Rousseau and Jean Francois Millet.