Once you have seen all of the fabulous sights that Paris has to offer, be sure to take a day trip through the beautiful French countryside for more exciting adventures. Wine enthusiasts will love visiting the vineyards and medieval villages in the Champagne region of France. Children will squeal with delight at Disneyland Paris, and the whole family will enjoy the regal atmosphere and beautiful gardens of the Palace of Versailles or meandering through Monet’s gardens in Giverny. There is so much to experience nearby, and to get you started here are some of our favorite day trips from Paris.
Palace of Versailles
The royal splendor of Louis XIV’s palace and gardens at Versailles is one of the best day trips from Paris since it is a quick and easy journey by train from central Paris. Enjoy a tour through stunning palace, one of the most exquisite examples of French architecture, and spend a relaxing afternoon discovering the expansive formal gardens.
Champagne Region in France
The Champagne region east of Paris is a beautiful area of France to explore on a day trip. Visit the stunning Reims Cathedral or explore charming medieval villages such as Troyes. Wine enthusiasts will love driving through the pretty countryside and visiting the vineyards, including the world famous champagne makers Moët & Chandon.
A top choice for families traveling with young kids, or anyone young at heart, Disneyland Paris is a scaled-down version of the American theme parks. You’ll find Disneyland Park, the Walt Disney Studios Park and shopping and restaurants at Disney Village. Located only 25 KM west of Paris near the Charles de Gaulle airport, it’s a fun day trip for the whole family.
Tour the Normandy Beaches & War Memorials
If you have an interest in one of the most profound days in world history, the opportunity to visit the D-Day beaches in Normandy is not to be missed. Visit the war memorials, American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, the Longues sur Mer gun battery and Pointe du Hoc. Explore the beautiful French countryside and villages on the way to the Normandy coast.
Monet's Gardens at Giverny
Open from April to October, experience the gardens that Impressionist Claude Monet thought of as one of his greatest masterpieces. Monet lived in Giverny from 1883 until his death in 1926, and these pretty gardens were the inspiration for some of his most famous paintings. Only 45 minutes west of Paris by train, Monet’s house and gardens are a lovely day trip from Paris.
One of the world’s most outstanding and best-preserved Gothic structures, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Chartres is a wonderful day trip from Paris. Trains depart frequently from Gare du Montparnasse in Paris and the 80 km trip is only about an hour through pretty countryside. After visiting the cathedral, enjoy a walk through the charming medieval town of Chartres.