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It would be easy to spend of all your time in France exploring Paris, but there are a number of adventures to experience just outside the capital. See more of the country on a day tour from Paris—here are the top day trip destinations to consider.

Palace of Versailles — 12 miles (20 km) from Paris
The Palace of Versailles (Château de Versailles) is one of the most popular and easily accessible day trip destinations from Paris. As the King of France's seat of power for several centuries, the palace is both a historical treasure and a feast for the eyes. Both half- and full-day tour options are available with varying group sizes, and it's possible to bypass the crowds with skip-the-line tickets. Be sure to wander the elaborate gardens after you explore the interior.

Champagne — 90 miles (145 km) from Paris
This world-famous wine region is popular among visitors to Paris for its grapes, wineries, and proximity to the city, with the town of Reims just 1.5 hours away by road. Stop into famous Champagne cellars such as Mumm and Mercier for a look at the vineyards and bubbly tastings, or choose a tour that takes you to Reims' stunning Notre Dame Cathedral. Full-day tours from Paris to Champagne usually last about 10 hours.

Loire Valley — 105 miles (170 km) from Paris
About two hours away from Paris by road, the Loire Valley and its castles transport visitors back in time for a feel of French aristocratic life. Three of the most popular stops are Chenonceau Castle, Chateau de Cheverny, and Chateau de Chambord, each of which have fascinating histories and elegant grounds. Full-day tours include time for lunch in a picturesque Loire Valley town, plenty of photo ops, and informative commentary.

Normandy —175 miles (280 km) from Paris
Head to the Normandy coast for a day immersed in World War II history. Most tours visit important war sites such as Omaha Beach, the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, and the Caen Memorial, all of which offer gripping perspectives on the battles fought by Allied soldiers. Tours from Paris can last as long as 14 hours, so be prepared for a long day and keep in mind that the drive through the countryside to Normandy takes 3 to 4 hours.

Mont St-Michel — 210 miles (340 km) from Paris
Set about 3.5 hours from Paris by road, the UNESCO-listed Mont St-Michel is a favorite day trip destination from Paris. On a full-day tour, explore the tiny island's ancient hilltop Benedictine abbey and small village of atmospheric streets lined with shops and eateries.
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Normandy D-Day Beaches & American Cemetery Trip with Optional Lunch from Paris

Normandy D-Day Beaches & American Cemetery Trip with Optional Lunch from Paris

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Visit the D-Day beaches during this full-day trip from Paris to Normandy. Stop at Omaha Beach to learn stories and historical facts about WWII; stop at the Juno Beach Center; pause at the American Cemetery; and stop by the Caen Memorial Museum for a scenic lunch. Gain fascinating insights from your guide into the sacrifices of Allied soldiers and the French citizens they liberated. Upgrade to a small-group tour when booking for a more personal experience.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Mont Saint Michel Island & Abbey Normandy Day Trip with Lunch from Paris

Mont Saint Michel Island & Abbey Normandy Day Trip with Lunch from Paris

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Travel through scenic Normandy en route to the medieval Mont-St-Michel on a full-day trip from Paris. Discover the UNESCO World-Heritage-listed island and its iconic Gothic abbey, with a guide, and listen to fascinating history and legendary stories about the site. Enjoy ample time to explore the island, and admire views of the surrounding bay before traveling back to the French capital. Upgrade to include a gourmet lunch and/or round-trip hotel transfers.
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  • 14 hours 30 minutes
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Best of Versailles Domain Skip-the-Line Access Day Trip with Lunch from Paris

Best of Versailles Domain Skip-the-Line Access Day Trip with Lunch from Paris

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Delve into the Versaille’s visionary architectural array on a comprehensive full-day tour from Paris. Sail past long lines outside of the Palace of Versailles with your priority-access pass. Embark on a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder and see grand chambers like the Hall of Mirrors. Absorb the botanical beauty of the palace gardens, and then head to an esteemed restaurant by for a gourmet 3-course lunch (if option selected). Conclude with a visit to the Queen’s Hamlet and the Grand Trianon.
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  • 8 hours
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Versailles Palace Priority Access Guided Tour Optional Show & Pickup from Paris

Versailles Palace Priority Access Guided Tour Optional Show & Pickup from Paris

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Surround yourself in the grand spectacle of the Versailles palace and gardens on a small-group tour from Paris. Enjoy pickup from your Paris hotel, then breeze past the queue at Versailles and take a small-group tour through the castle’s ornate interior. Discover the rich tastes of Louis XIV, who built the enormous 700-room complex, adorning the space with extravagance and luxury. Then take a leisurely stroll in the palace gardens before returning to Paris.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
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Small-Group Normandy D-Day Beaches Day Trip with Omaha Beach, American Cemetery and Cider Tasting

Small-Group Normandy D-Day Beaches Day Trip with Omaha Beach, American Cemetery and Cider Tasting

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Enjoy an intimate historical look at the D-Day landings on this full-day trip to the beaches of Normandy from Paris. Travel by comfortable van accommodating no more than eight people, and visit Omaha Beach, the Operation Overlord Museum, German bunkers, Pointe du Hoc, as well as the American Cemetery home to 10,000 white crosses. See period-era military maps, plans, and photos, while listening to inspiring stories about June 6, 1944. Sip some of Normandy’s famous traditional cider before returning to Paris.
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  • 12 hours
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Loire Valley Chambord & Chenonceau Castles Day Trip with Lunch & Wine from Paris

Loire Valley Chambord & Chenonceau Castles Day Trip with Lunch & Wine from Paris

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Marvel at the Loire Valley's opulent châteaux and taste its famous locally-made wine during this full-day tour from Paris. First head to Chateau de Chambord—the inspiration for Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast'—for a guided tour. Then, relax midday with a traditional French lunch at Nitray Vineyards, with unlimited wine. Then, visit the elegant Château de Chenonceau and embark on a tour through its intricately carved stone walls, rich hanging tapestries, and intimate chapel.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Day Trip with Cider Tasting & Lunch from Paris

Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Day Trip with Cider Tasting & Lunch from Paris

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Discover the beaches of the D-Day landings on this guided day trip to Normandy from Paris. Focusing on the sites where heavy losses were suffered by American soldiers, the tour stops at the Omaha Beach Visitor Centre, Utah Beach Museum, and the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. Enjoy free time on the beaches and hear poignant tales about the events of June 6, 1944. During this full but inspiring day of sightseeing, revitalize with a cup of traditional cider and lunch at a waterside restaurant.
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  • 14 hours
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Giverny and Versailles Small Group Day Trip from Paris

Giverny and Versailles Small Group Day Trip from Paris

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Uncover history and art on a small-group, full-day tour from central Paris. Explore Giverny, including its tranquil water lily gardens at Monet’s house. Indulge in lunch at Moulin de Fourges and then discover the splendor of the Palace of Versailles with its decadent Hall of Mirrors and gardens.
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  • 10 hours
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Private day tour to Normandy D-day beaches from Paris

Private day tour to Normandy D-day beaches from Paris

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Gain insight into France’s war history on this private day trip to Normandy from Paris. Leave France’s busy capital behind and travel into rural Normandy with your private guide. Discover World War II landing sites and learn of the profound sacrifices the soldiers made during battle. Discover the Pointe du Hoc lookout position, and see the famous Omaha Beach. Explore an American cemetery then head to Longues-sur-Mer, a German battery position.
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  • 13 hours
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Bruges Guided Visit Day Trip

Bruges Guided Visit Day Trip

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Discover the beauty of Bruges on a day trip by luxury coach from Paris. A guide leads you on foot through the UNESCO-listed city center, from cathedrals to palaces. Admire the well-preserved medieval architecture and learn about the history of this picturesque Belgian town. Soak up the sights of the "Little Venice of the North" on a seasonal canal cruise and take time out for a leisurely lunch (own expense).
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Mont-St-Michel Independent Day Tour with Optional Audio Guide from Paris

Mont-St-Michel Independent Day Tour with Optional Audio Guide from Paris

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Visit one of France’s top attractions on this independent day trip from Paris to Mont-St-Michel. Relax on a comfortable coach ride as you travel through the scenic landscapes of Normandy en route to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed island, and spend hours exploring at your leisure with a multi-language audio guide (if option selected). Tour the famous Gothic abbey, wander through the narrow streets of the surrounding village, or admire views across the Atlantic Ocean.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Fontainebleau & Vaux le Vicomte Chateaux Day Trip from Paris

Fontainebleau & Vaux le Vicomte Chateaux Day Trip from Paris

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Take a day trip from Paris to Fontainebleau to visit two castles once home to members of France’s extravagant aristocracy. First, explore Château Vaux le Vicomte, said to have inspired the Palace of Versailles. Then head to Château de Fontainebleau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose history dates back to the 12th century. You have free time at each castle to look around on your own via provided audio guides, checking out the ornate architecture and opulent gardens, or upgrade for a guided tour.
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  • 9 hours
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Giverny's House & Gardens plus Versailles Palace Day Trip with Lunch from Paris

Giverny's House & Gardens plus Versailles Palace Day Trip with Lunch from Paris

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The Palace of Versailles is one of the most visited attractions in France, but many tours only visit the palace itself. This full-day tour from Paris includes a visit to Claude Monet’s home Giverny; lunch at a spectacular riverfront location; a guided tour of Versailles; and a chance to see the popular Musical Fountain show.
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  • 9 hours
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Giverny and Monet's Garden Small Group Day Trip from Paris

Giverny and Monet's Garden Small Group Day Trip from Paris

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Take a day trip to Giverny to see the garden depicted in so many of Claude Monet's masterpieces. Tour the artist’s former home, now a museum, and explore his beautiful gardens at your leisure—the water lily garden is particularly famous. Visit the nearby Museum of Impressionism to see more great works from the Impressionists. This half-day, small-group tour from Paris is self-guided, which means you get to see Giverny’s attractions at your own pace. Pickup and drop-off from your central Paris hotel is included.
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  • 5 hours
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Loire Valley Castles Small Group Day Trip from Paris by Minivan

Loire Valley Castles Small Group Day Trip from Paris by Minivan

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Experience one of the most popular areas of northwestern France, the ‘château country’ of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed region. Visit a few of the region’s many castles—Châteaux d’Amboise, Chenonceau, and Chambord—with an audio guide at each castle. Learn about the Renaissance architecture and the historical figures who once lived in and visited these stunning residences.
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  • 12 hours
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WWI Small-Group Day Trip Somme Battlefields with John Monash Centre from Paris

WWI Small-Group Day Trip Somme Battlefields with John Monash Centre from Paris

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Pay your respects to French and British military history on a full-day tour of the Somme battlefields. Walk on the sites where one of the bloodiest battles in history was fought during World War I, while learning about the battle’s causes and repercussions from your historian guide. See the Delville Wood cemetery where thousands of fallen soldiers were laid to rest, and visit several war memorials and the Historial Great War museum in Peronne. Numbers are limited to eight for a personalized and informative tour.
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  • 11 hours
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Bruges Guided Day Tour from Paris

Bruges Guided Day Tour from Paris

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UNESCO–listed Bruges makes a wonderful day trip from Paris, but organizing transportation to explore independently takes time. On this comprehensive tour, begin with pickup in central Paris and reach Bruges in comfort by air-conditioned vehicle. Hear the secrets of top attractions like the Markt from your guide, and admire sweeping views along the city’s beautiful canals. You’ll also have free time to browse the traditional chocolate shops.
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  • 12 hours
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Small-Group Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip with Abbey Entrance and Cider Tasting

Small-Group Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip with Abbey Entrance and Cider Tasting

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Discover the medieval village of Mont Saint Michel on this 14-hour trip from Paris. Reach the unique mountainous island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, by comfortable minivan, and wind your way through the village. Explore the abbey at your leisure with a provided audio-guide. Along the way, learn about the lore and legend of Mont Saint Michel from an informative guide. This small-group tour is limited to just eight people, ensuring personalized attention.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Giverny Half Day Guided Trip with Monet's House & Gardens Tour from Paris

Giverny Half Day Guided Trip with Monet's House & Gardens Tour from Paris

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Set out from Paris on a half-day guided tour to Giverny, a country village where the renowned Impressionist artist Claude Monet lived and worked. Visit the colorful home where he spent 43 years, discover the studio where he worked and wander the exquisite gardens that inspired his famous “Water Lilies” series of paintings.
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  • 5 hours
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Normandy Small-Group Day Trip D-Day Battlefields & Landing Beaches from Paris

Normandy Small-Group Day Trip D-Day Battlefields & Landing Beaches from Paris

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Travel back in time on a historical tour of World War II landing sites, with optional hotel pickup. Head to the Beach of Normandy, to see Pointe du Hoc, a promontory that was a German fortification strong point until U.S. army members invaded on June 6, 1944. Visit the American Cemetery on a bluff above Omaha Beach, and explore other significant locations such as Mulberry Harbor, built specifically to speed the unloading process of Allied troops.
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  • 12 hours
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Mont Saint Michel Full Day Experience from Paris by Private Coach

Mont Saint Michel Full Day Experience from Paris by Private Coach

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Head to the coast of Normandy to visit Mont-Saint-Michel on this day tour from Paris. You'll receive an orientation from a guide, and then enjoy time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site independently with an audio guide or by wandering the hilly streets at your leisure. Transportation is by coach from Paris.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Skip the Line: Giverny and Monet House Half-Day Trip from Paris

Skip the Line: Giverny and Monet House Half-Day Trip from Paris

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Fans of French Impressionism don’t want to miss this half-day trip by luxury coach to the village of Giverny, where Claude Monet and other artists lived and painted. Enjoy priority access to Monet's exquisite 19th-century home, then, with an art historian as your guide, tour the flowerbeds, Japanese bridge, and water lily pond that served as inspiration for Monet's paintings, including the Nymphéas series.
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  • 5 hours 45 minutes
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Giverny Monet's House & Gardens Self Guided Tour with Transport from Paris

Giverny Monet's House & Gardens Self Guided Tour with Transport from Paris

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Get out of Paris for a trip to the countryside on this tour to Giverny, the location of Claude Monet's House and Gardens. Travel by bus to the Monet property, where you have free time to wander around the house and grounds independently. An audio guide, available in several languages, is included, which you receive before departure. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking.
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  • 5 hours 45 minutes
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Versailles and Trianon Fully Guided Day Trip from Paris

Versailles and Trianon Fully Guided Day Trip from Paris

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Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Palace of Versailles to avoid the often-long queues. Explore the opulent palace and expansive gardens, and — in the summer — take in the optional Versailles Fountain Show. This is a great way to see this must-see attraction outside Paris.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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