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About Paris Day Trips

Mont Saint Michel with sheeps in the foreground on a sunny day.

Ever dreamed of visiting Paris, the amazing City of Lights? Paris is famous for the Eiffel Tower, delicious food, and beautiful museums.

But did you know you can also explore exciting places just outside the city? These getaways, called day trips, are perfect for a quick adventure and a change of scenery! Imagine yourself in a grand palace, surrounded by stunning gardens. Or maybe you'd love to see magnificent castles from hundreds of years ago. With the best day trips from Paris, all this and more is possible! You can visit historical towns, explore charming villages, or even see amazing natural wonders.

You can enjoy the places nearby by joining guided tours or small group tours. These expert guides will take you to places like Château de Versailles, and Omaha Beach. Visit Colleville sur Mer - the American cemetery at Colleville.

Tour Highlights

  • Trip to Loire Valley Palace: Be amazed by the majestic architecture of Château de Chambord and its sprawling grounds. Enjoy a guided tour of the Loire Valley's most iconic palaces, learning about their rich history and royal residents.
  • Day Trip to Mont Saint-Michel from Paris: Embark on a day trip to the Mont Saint-Michel, perched on a rocky island. Explore the medieval abbey and winding streets of this architectural marvel, marveling at panoramic views of the surrounding bay.
  • Full-day Loire Valley Châteaux Tour: Immerse yourself in the fairy-tale-like Château de Chenonceau, built over the River Cher. Enjoy with your partner in its romantic atmosphere. Embark on a full-day adventure through the Loire Valley. Hop from one magnificent château to another with a knowledgeable guide to uncover their secrets.
  • Versailles Day Tour From Paris: Experience the splendor of the Palace of Versailles uniquely on a guided bike tour. Pedal through the sprawling gardens of the Castle, admiring ornate fountains, manicured lawns, and lush groves along the way. Discover hidden corners and lesser-known highlights of Versailles, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Giverny & Versailles Guided Day Trip: Visit France's most iconic destinations: the village of Giverny and the Palace of Versailles. Begin your day wandering through the vibrant gardens that inspired Claude Monet's masterpieces.
  • Paris To Normandy Day Trip: Step back in time on a journey through Normandy's D-Day history. Visit historic sites such as Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and the Normandy American Cemetery.
  • Vallee Village Outlet Shopping Day: Treat yourself to a day of indulgence with a shopping excursion to Vallee Village. It consists of over 110 boutiques offering discounts on prestigious brands. From high-end fashion to luxury accessories, find unbeatable deals on coveted items.
  • Trip to Bruges with Optional Seasonal Cruise: Embark on a day trip to the city of Bruges. Bruges is famous for its medieval charm and scenic canals. Admire architectural treasures such as the Belfry of Bruges and the Markt Square.
  • City Discover Tours by Vintage Citroen DS Car: Embark on a sightseeing adventure aboard a vintage Citroen DS car. Cruise through the streets of Paris in retro style. Our guide will navigate the city's iconic landmarks regaling you with fascinating stories and history along the way.

Visitor Highlights

Versailles palace outside Paris at sunset, France
  • History Lover Unite: Explore grand châteaux, medieval towns, and tales of knights. Experience history's majesty in opulent halls and gardens.
  • Wine Taster Delight: Indulge your senses in the world-famous wine regions surrounding Paris. Discover Champagne or Burgundy vineyards, learn production intricacies, and sample exquisite wines that have captivated you for centuries.
  • Foodie Paradise: Go beyond Parisian cafes and delve into regional specialties. Explore bustling markets overflowing with fresh produce, local cheeses, and artisanal breads. Join a French cooking class for classic dish secrets or savor a multi-course meal at a charming village restaurant.
  • Nature Lovers Breathe Easy: Embrace nature in the French countryside. Hike lush Fontainebleau forests, cycle Loire Valley's banks, or cruise the Seine for a refreshing perspective. Escape the urban bustle for tranquility and natural beauty.
  • A Day in the Life: Experience French life beyond Paris. Explore local markets, charming shops, and laid-back villages. Engage with locals, practice French, and immerse yourself in authentic culture.
  • Stress-Free Exploration: Relax and enjoy! We handle transportation, and entrance fees (often lunch too) so you can focus on creating memories.
  • Expert Guidance: Discover France beyond Paris with our knowledgeable guides. Gain insights into history, culture, and local traditions. Uncover hidden gems and deepen your understanding of French life.

Travel Tips

Plan your Trip

  • Since you only have a day, it's important to plan your trip to maximize your time. Choose the places you want to see and make a schedule. Purchasing a Paris Pass which gives you free entry to many museums and attractions. Get unlimited travel on public transport.
  • Buy a museum pass if you plan on visiting multiple museums. The Paris Pass mentioned earlier is a great option. Get the museum passes that give you free entry to specific museums. You need to get the Louvre Museum or the Musée d'Orsay passes for your visit.
  • Book skip-the-line tickets for popular attractions in your full-day tour. This will save you time waiting in line, especially for popular attractions like the Eiffel Tower.
  • Pack light and comfortable shoes. You'll be doing a lot of walking, so pack comfortable shoes that you can wear all day long.
  • Learn a few basic French phrases. Even though many people in Paris speak English, learning a few basic French phrases will go a long way. This will show respect for the local culture and may even help you get better deals at shops and restaurants.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle. Paris has many public drinking fountains, so you can save money and stay hydrated.
  • Be aware of pickpockets. Pickpockets are a common problem in cities, so be aware of your surroundings and keep your valuables safe.
  • Take your time and enjoy the experience! Paris is a beautiful city with a lot to offer. Take your time, enjoy the sights and sounds, and savor the experience.

Know Before You Go

What to Bring

  • Bring comfortable shoes to navigate the city's cobblestone streets and attractions.
  • Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.
  • Carry a lightweight daypack or bag to hold essentials like water, snacks, sunscreen, and a camera.
  • Have a map of Paris or use a GPS-enabled smartphone for navigation. This will help you find attractions and navigate public transportation.
  • Bring necessary travel documents on tour including tickets.
  • Carry some cash (Euros) for small purchases and meals.
  • Keep your devices charged throughout the day with a portable charger.
  • Bring a guidebook or use a travel app to learn about the attractions.
  • Be prepared for rain by carrying a compact umbrella or a lightweight raincoat.
  • Dress modestly when visiting religious sites like churches or cathedrals.

What not to Bring

  • Valuable Jewelry: Leave expensive jewelry or valuables at home to minimize the risk of loss or theft.
  • Unnecessary Gadgets: Minimize the number of electronic gadgets you carry to lighten your load and reduce distractions.
  • Bulky Guidebooks: Opt for a compact guidebook or use digital resources instead of carrying heavy guidebooks.
  • Prohibited Items: Check local regulations for any prohibited items at attractions or public spaces.

Getting There

  • From Charles de Gaulle Airport: Take the RER B train or airport shuttle bus to reach central Paris. Most tour meeting points are located in central Paris.
  • From Orly Airport: Use the Orlyval train or shuttle bus to connect to the RER or Metro lines.
  • Using Public Transport: Once in Paris, use the extensive Metro, train from Paris and bus network to get around. Consider purchasing a day pass or using a contactless payment method (e.g., Navigo card, Paris Visite pass).
  • Taxi or Ride-Sharing: Taxi and ride-sharing services like Uber are also available for convenient transportation. This can save you hassle for late-night returns or if you prefer door-to-door service.
  • Plan Your Route: Use maps or transportation apps to plan your route and estimate travel times between attractions.