Tours And Excursions Around Paris
When we travel to a European city we focus on visiting only the city center, the monuments and places to visit located within the urban core. Sometimes we forget that in the surroundings of the city there are interesting places to visit, especially if we plan to spend several days in the destination.
If you are a traveler who would like to know what day trip you can do from Paris, or you are going to spend several days in the city and you want to complete your itinerary, in this section you will find different ideas for excursions near Paris.
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Palace Of Versailles
Visiting the Palace of Versailles is essential if you are in Paris. Not only because it has a fascinating architectural luxury, but because it keeps a piece of Parisian history. In it you will be able to see with your own eyes the time of King Louis XIV and the rooms of Marie Antoinette. From the Palace of Versailles you must visit the Hall of Mirrors, the garden with its fountains, the royal apartments and the Museum of the History of France. Although you can visit it on your own, we recommend you make a visit with an audio guide to get to know it in depth.
Palace of Versailles and Gardens: Full Access and Audio Guide
Enjoy 1 or 2 days of full access to the entire grounds of Versailles, including the Palace, the Trianon, Marie Antoinette’s Estate, and the Gardens. Enjoy an audio guide in the palace. Enjoy the famous spectacle of the gardens or fountains.
Visiting Disneyland Paris is one of the essential excursions, especially if you travel with children. Going to this amusement park and seeing the characters from our childhood drawings is like entering the heart of a fable. You can find a complete guide to Disneyland here and important information about lodging at Disney here.
Disneyland Paris: 1-Day Ticket
Enjoy a magical day at Disneyland® Paris with the standard FASTPASS® service to select attractions. Choose between visiting Walt Disney Studios® Park, Disneyland® Park or both if you select the option.
Disneyland Paris: Express Ticket & Shuttle
Climb aboard the express bus to Disneyland Paris for a magical day out with the whole family. Enjoy this unique experience with transportation from the center of Paris and tickets to the Disneyland parks or Walt Disney Studios.
Disneyland Paris: multi-day ticket
Enjoy the thrills of Disneyland Paris with a 2, 3 or 4-day ticket to both parks. Meet your favorite characters and marvel as tales come true. You will be fascinated by Space Mountain: Mission 2 and much, much more. *Target price
Chateaux Of Fontainebleau
One of the best-known castles in France, and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the Château de Fontainebleau. The place was for more than eight centuries the residence of the kings of the country and currently enjoys great prestige throughout the world. The castle has a Renaissance style combined with a horseshoe-shaped construction that makes it extremely attractive and popular. This day trip from Paris should be taken by train from Gare de Lyon and get off at the Fontainebleau-Avon stop. From the train stop, look for a bus in the direction of “Les Lilas” and get off at the “Château” stop to get to the castle.
Close to Fontainebleau is the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. To access the castle can currently be reached by train. Trains arrive from line P, from Gare de l’Est, direction Provins. The stop to get on the castle bus is in Verneuil de l’Etang. You can find information about bus fares on the castle website.
Visiting this castle is totally recommended, especially if you are traveling with children, since history is taught in a very interactive way. The museum has clothing and costume rentals to make the visit fully integrated into the environment.
Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte Castles Tour
Visit the magnificent castles of Vaux-le-Vicomte and Fontainebleau on a trip from Paris. Marvel at the ostentatious interior of Vaux-le-Vicomte and the UNESCO heritage site at Fontainebleau, dating back to the 12th century. Also explore its gardens.
Monet’s Garden: Giverny
The Giverny region is another place near Paris that will make you fall in love. Important painters of history, such as Monet, were inspired by the fascinating landscapes of this area. In fact, in the area you can visit the gardens where the painter sat to paint some of his works.
Half-day tour to Monet’s Garden from Paris
Discover the inspiration for Monet’s Impressionist paintings on a 5-hour tour of the artist’s gardens in Giverny. Transfer from Paris to the beautiful house, where Claude Monet lived for the last 40 years of his life, take a ride on the…
Chateau De Chenonceau
This imposing Château in the Loire Valley is known for its infrastructure. Like a bridge over the Cher River, the Palace structure rises above the water, distinguishing the site from others in the Valley. This castle is located about 3 hours by public transport, or by private car, from Paris. You also have excursions in which you can visit together with other castles in the Loire Valley.
From Paris: 1 Day at the Châteaux of the Loire
Follow in the footsteps of kings, queens, and other nobles to the heart of France on this full-day tour of the Loire Valley. Visit the Chambord and Chenonceau castles, do a wine tasting and marvel at the beauty of the French Renaissance.
Chambord and Chenonceau + wine tasting from Paris
Leave Paris to embark on a fairy tale. Travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to the beautiful Loire Valley and live like French royalty for a day enjoying local food, a wine tasting and the freedom to explore 3 castles.
Visit The Normandy Landing Beaches
If you are passionate about history, you can take a day trip to visit the Normandy landings. On this excursion you will be able to visit the beaches of this day, as well as the more than ten thousand white crosses that mark the American soldiers fallen in battle. Here is a link to an excursion to Normandy. If you want to go to the area on your own, it is about 3 hours from Paris by private car, since there is no public transport connection.
Excursion to the D-Day beaches in Normandy
Take a day trip from Paris to visit Normandy and the most important D-Day beaches. Enjoy a guided tour of the Caen Memorial Museum, visit the Saint Laurent American Cemetery and more.
This town in the Normandy region is an hour and a half from Paris by train. Trains to Rouen depart from Saint Lazare station. The town of Rouen is known for having been the place where Joan of Arc was executed and for the paintings of the Cathedral made by Monet.
Visit Mont Saint Michel
This abbey is known for being built on top of a mountain and being isolated at high tide as the access road is buried by the largest tides in Europe. This monument declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO is located about 3 hours from Paris by public transport but you can also access it by private car or a tour from Paris.
Excursion to Mont Saint-Michel from Paris
Explore the medieval monuments of Mont-Saint-Michel on a day trip from Paris to the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Normandy coast. Visit the Gothic abbey at your own pace or with an audio guide.
The medieval city of Provins was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its great historical value. In medieval times this city was known for, twice a year, organizing wholesale product fairs. They even had their own currency and the Counts of Champagne had their merchants safeguarded. This little corner of history is located an hour and a half from Paris by train or car. Trains to Provins depart from Gare de l’Est.