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1. Posted by zuesie (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


I'll be spending 2 weeks in Paris, and wondered if anyone had any recommendations of day trips outside of Paris. I'm really up for anything - art, historical, food...anything that might be a great day out!



2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Versailles Palace is a nice day trip--lots to see! You could spend most of the day in the gardens and till not see everything.

I also loved Normandy. I stayed in Caen, which is about 3 hours away by train, and took a bus up to the D-Day beaches. Stunning and touching. And the towns are gorgeous, too. You could even head to Brussels, although you may want to spend a night to really get a feel for the place and not feel like you're rushing around.

Enjoy your trip!

3. Posted by nzkatenz (Budding Member 51 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

You could get a train tot he Loire Valley for a day. I lived in Chenonceau (which is in the Loire, and alot of travel books say if you are going to see one of the Chateaus in the Loire, this should be the one) and it was possible to get one of the high speed trains straight to Paris, think it takes less than 2 hours. There are early morning and late night trains, so it would be feasible. In Chenonceau itself, the station is right next to the chateau and the small village. There isnt much to do in the village but you could easily spend a whole day in the chateau and its grounds, and int eh village for a meal.
It would be something quite different, and you would be able to experience a real little town, with cute buildings, a little old church, and genuine french small town inhabitants. Walk a couple of minutes out of town and you will come across very picturesque vineyards, which are great for a photo or two!
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4. Posted by andyandbex (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

The loire valley sounds so beautiful!
We will be staying in the middle of Paris, is anybody able to give any suggestions on what sort of train/bus (public transport) to catch, to get to the Loire Valley, and possibly see a few different parts of it?
My boyfriend and I will be there at the beginning of January, and are looking to do this as a day trip.
Thank you!!

5. Posted by mpprh (Full Member 115 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Just worth saying that if you check out the dedicated TGV routes, day trips could be quite long distance.

Nimes is just 3 hrs away, Avignon 2.5 hrs, Lyon 2 hrs.

Maybe interesting to see something completely different to Paris ?


6. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

It's been a while, but I remember Fontainebleau as being particularly good for a day trip, just a short ride from Gare du Lyon (well under an hour), great Chateau, lovely walks in the forest.

7. Posted by RachelChai (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Giverny, where Claude Monet's home is located, is a great day trip outside of Paris. It's about 30 minutes from Paris by train. At Monet's home, there is a beautiful garden along with the famous arched bridge which is depicted in many of his paintings.

8. Posted by scmuth (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Giverny is worth the ride. It's really something to see the water lillys as he saw them when he painted them - if you have an art interest.

9. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I loved both Normandy/D Day beaches and Mont St. Michel