Paris may always be a good idea, but there’s plenty to do and see outside the City of Lights too. Luckily though, many of the must-do French attractions are within driving distance of the capital, making Paris day trips the ideal way to see all that France has to offer. From the grandiose former abode of the French monarchy to the beaches that saw some of World War II’s most significant battles, these day trips from Paris are worth going the distance for.
Many will agree, you simply can’t visit Paris without adding a side-trip to Versailles. The political hub of France from the mid-17th century until the fateful events of 1789, Versailles holds a special place in France’s history, it’s magnificent palatial grounds remaining testament to the countries architectural finesse. With a bounty of Versailles tours to choose from, and at just 22 kilometres outside of the capital, the most impressive of sites on our list of Paris day trips is perhaps the most accessible for travellers too.
Take a step back in time with our historic day trips from Paris to France’s most significant sites. The largest sea-borne invasion in history, the D Day operations on Normandy’s beaches proved a pivotal battle strategy in World War II. Today, Paris day trips to the region are popular, with visitors keen to uncover the stories behind the battleground.
War history buffs aside, Paris day trips to the French countryside prove popular for a host of visitors interested in the arts, culture and food regions of France. While art enthusiasts head to Giverny to see the popular Maisson et Jardin de Claude Monet, the former home of a leading figure in the impressionist movement, the Champagne region also remains a popular day trip from Paris for those who enjoy a glass of bubbly now and then. Travellers also flock to the UNESCO-World Heritage listed Loire Valley, keen to brush up on the regal lives of the royals and rulers of France from eras gone by.