Francois I, the king of France, rightly said, “Paris isn’t a city, it’s a world”. Definitely there is lots to see and explore in Paris and each day you spend here will definitely take your breathe away. We explored the Parisian highlights in 4 days and then we were greedy. We wanted to experience a little more of France. So we decided to take day tours from Paris to the beautiful countryside to explore castles, learn about history and art, wines and more.
These tours range from a half day to a full day with 10-14 hours of sightseeing. And they brought us back to the city of Paris just in time to enjoy the night! Here are our top day tours from Paris that you should take.
Why take day tours from Paris France?
- They are convenient and hassle free. The tour guide is a local expert who picks you up and takes you around.
- Learn about the history – Guided tours are educational and fun, you learn so much about the place and the sightseeing monument that you are visiting.
- Perfect if you didn’t have time to do your own research.
- Great for people who don’t drive and better for people who LOVE to save money on car rentals, insurance and finding directions.
- The tours mentioned below are priced between $65 – 360 USD a day per person. So it covers per day travel expenses and helps to stay on budget.
Best Day Tours from Paris for history buffs
Day trip to Versailles from Paris
This our favorite day trip from Paris. There is so much history and grandeur at the Palace of Versailles that we definitely do recommend to include this in your itinerary. Day tours to Versailles from Paris can be done as half day or full day, depending on the time you have and your interests.
A typical day tour will start with pick up from a central location in Paris to the Palace of Versailles grounds, followed by a guided tour of the palace (oh yea tons of history. Paradise for history lovers like me). Once the guided tour is complete, there is free time to explore and take pictures of the Versailles Gardens and fountains (Jardins du Château de Versailles)
For most full day tours, you will be exploring the town of Versailles in addition to the palace guided tour. It includes sightseeing of the town and lesser known tourist spots like the Marie-Antoinette’s Estate and the Grand Trianon.
The Palace of Versailles was built by Louis IX. He moved the royal residence from the Lourve Palace to Versailles and constructed it with utmost opulence and luxury. The palace has witnessed a lot of history – from the outing of the French monarchs to the French revolution to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.
The Palace of Versailles is one the MOST visited palaces in France. Regardless of when you arrive there, it will be crowded and without a guide, you could be stranded for hours.
Tour guide will purchase entry tickets for you and take you in from an “express door”, leaving the crowd of people without tours, waiting for their turn.
Why take the Versailles tour from Paris?
- Can be done half day or full day
- Full day tour includes lunch, return trip, guided tour of the Versailles Palace and estates. Book here
- You can beat the crowds and go in to the palace complex
- Tours are conducted in buses and are usually full. You can get a private tour (in a car) for a premium price.
Day Tour from Paris to Normandy – D Day Tours of Normandy Beaches
One of the popular day trips from Paris is to Normandy. Normandy is remembered from a historical perspective as it played an important part in deciding the fate of the Second World War
The Battle of Normandy was the invasion of Normandy in France led by Allied powers (half of which were American troops) in June 1944, during the Second World War. This battle is also called Operation Overload or D-Day in history books and was a turning point in deciding the fate of the World War II.
In June 1944, the Allied forces launched a combined naval, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied France. The Allied forces landed on the Normandy beaches and this marked the start of a lengthy and costly campaign to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation.
The battle resulted in overwhelming the Germans and eventually freedom for France. The battle also saw the victory of the Allied Powers, but it also witnessed the highest number of deaths for American soldiers.
The Battle of Normandy lasted from 6th June 1944 to mid of July 1944. This is the single MOST important battle fought in the World War II.
In a day tour from Paris to Normandy, you will explore the battle ground – WWII landing beaches, visit the Caen Memorial Museum, including the American Cemetery in Saint Laurent (10,000 white cross graves). You will learn in-depth about the war plans, maps and photos. You will also see a Nazi bunker and many other historical items in this tour.
This tour lasts 12 to 14 hours. So it is a full day tour with a guide. The 14 hour tour includes lunch options and the transportation is wheel chair accessible.
Why take a tour of Normandy?
- A guided tour will provide you with historical facts and interesting information
- No planning or research, just get up and go.
Visiting Mont St Michel – Day Tour from Paris
Let’s go further back, from the World War II to medieval times in Normandy, where the Mont St Michel is located.
It is believed that the Mont St Michel was conceived in a dream in and is a testimony to god’s beautiful creation on earth. The Benedictine abbey located here looks high up to the sky at 302 feet towards the heavenly abode. It is a spectacular sight at any time of day.
The island of Mont Saint Michel is very picturesque and never ceases to amaze tourists.
Mont Saint Michel and the 11th century Gothic Abbey is important as the site of Christian civilization. The Mont was unconquered during the Hundred Years war.
The Abbey has also seen transition of its existence from an abbey (to a secular abbey) to a prison during the French Revolution. Its strategic location in terms of fortifications cannot be denied.
During the middle ages, the Abbey was frequented by pilgrims and hermits for centuries. And today it is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and it draws millions of visitors.
The day tour from Paris to Mont Saint Michel is for 14 hours – a full day tour and includes a return trip, guided tour of the Abbey and ample free time to explore the spectacular Bay.
Why take a day tour of Mont Saint Michel?
- Because Mont Saint Michel is located on an island, the road to arrive there is tricky. Although in recent years, accessibility to the island have improved, taking a tour will alleviate the hassle of finding the way and driving there.
- Even in a guided tour, you can expect tons of free time for photography and relaxation
- Considerable time spent in walking, so wear comfortable shoes.
Day Trip from Paris to Giverny Tour with Monet’s Garden
Giverny is a commune located about an hour and half away from Paris. The village of Giverny was discovered by the famous French painter, Claude Monet. He was a French Impressionist Painter and he lived and died in Giverny.
Monet’s house and the stunning gardens are preserved in Giverny and are open to tourists for visit. In fact Giverny is one of the popular communes these days to be frequented by travelers.
Claude Monet found inspiration for his masterpieces from the village of Giverny, the boats and the pond with water lilies. He lived in a pink house and his garden was curated by him personally with lovely flowers and plants.
After Monet, many American Impressionists found its way to Giverny and established their art work there. You can also explore a lot of art galleries in Giverny. So if you are an arts history fan, don’t miss this day tour.
Most of the art networks and colony disappeared after the First World War.
Why take this tour of Giverny?
- Great for arts and history lovers
- Good restaurants – Les Nympheas and the Impressionism Museum is located near Monet’s House
- The commune of Giverny is very different from Paris. There are tons of greenery and pathways for a walk, stroll or hike
- As the gardens are a major tourist attraction, they never look the same all year around. Regardless of when you visit, you will be pleasantly surprised and mesmerized.
- Great as a day tour – half day or full day.
- Summer months are great for a visit to the Monet’s gardens, but they will be super crowded as it’s a popular destination. Try visiting in off season to beat the rush.
- No photography is allowed inside Monet’s house
Loire Valley Tours from Paris
Loire Valley is the picturesque town known for its history and architecture, wines and vineyards.
Did you know that the longest river in France is the Loire?
The Loire Valley is known for its historic towns and its most popular attraction is the Chateau de Chenonceau. The stunning chateau pulls tourist to the valley. The chateau is built in a mix of Gothic and early Renaissance style architecture. It boosts of over 400 rooms and 360 chimneys and elaborate designs which makes it one of the most extravagant French Renaissance castles.
The medieval and historic towns of the Loire Valley include – Blois, Ambiose, Tours (affectionately called the Garden of France), Angers and Samur, Saint-Nazaire to name a few.
The Loire Valley is attributed to the origins of a unique song writing, with a combination of words, music and illuminations. The valley is also credited due to its rare association of Renaissance architecture with contemporary art.
Today, the central part of the river valley from Chalonnes-sur-Loire to Sully-sur-Loire, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its history, culture and architecture.
The guided tour of the Loire Valley includes a visit to the famous castles: Chambord, Cheverny and the Chenonceau. This tour is a great opportunity of learn about Renaissance art and history of these amazing castles.
Why take a day tour of Loire Valley from Paris?
- Multiple castles covered in one day tour from Paris
- Learn about the Renaissance art and history for each of the castles and the Lore Valley itself.
Best Day Tours from Paris for Wine Lovers
France is a wine’s lovers paradise. The French countryside is a beautiful contrast to the vintage and classic Paris. The recommended wine tours below include round trip from Paris, wine tasting and a meal in France’s BEST wine areas.
Note: The legal drinking age in France is 18 years.
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Bordeaux Winery Tours from Paris day trip
Bordeaux is located in the southwestern part of France. With the introduction of high speed trains here, the travel time from Paris to Bordeaux has been reduced to 2 hours which makes it perfect for a day trip from Paris. (Typically it takes close to 3 hours to reach Bordeaux from Paris). You will be utilizing the high speed train for this day tour as well. Upon arriving in Bordeaux, you will board a private mini-bus to start your exploration and wine tasting.
Bordeaux wines are mostly red wines made with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
This full day tour of Bordeaux includes trying out 8 different types of wines, learning about winery and vineyards and barrel tasting. For the price of the tour, you will also enjoy a full lunch, at a scenic terrace overlooking the countryside in Bordeaux. A sightseeing tour of the small town -Saint-Émilion is also included. Saint-Émilion is a commune in Bordeaux known for its rich wine history.
Why take this wine tour?
- Great value – Tour, lunch and wine tasting. Pretty much your budget for the full day (14 hours)
Champagne Wine Tours from Paris
Head to the heart of the champagne region in France – Épernay. Épernay is a commune, located about 130 kilometres from the north-east of Paris. In this full day tour of the Champagne region, you will be doing a guided tour of one of the prestigious and vintage French winery and champagne houses. Most popular champagne house in the region is – Moet & Chandon. Moët & Chandon (or Moët) is a French fine winery and co-owner of the luxury goods company LVMH (or Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE). It is one of the world’s largest champagne producers.
You will also explore other champagne houses in this tour, meet their owners and taste different wines.
This highly recommended tour also includes a 3 meal course (for lunch) infused with French flavors with 4 glasses of champagne to taste. A visit to a wine and champagne museum is a must for all wine lovers – you will also learn about the champagne making process in this part of France and learn how farmers make sparkling wines for special occasions.
Why take this day tour from Paris?
- Full day tour of 8 hours
- Lunch included, with wine and champagne tastings
- Guided tour of champagne house, visit to a local farm and museum.
Day trip to Disneyland from Paris
All for the love of Disney! Kids or adults – everybody wants to live their Disneyland fantasy. This recommended tour here is actually not a guided tour, rather it is a entry ticket to the Disneyland Park (or two) with a visit to the Walt Disney Studios. The ticket is valid for 1 day and includes ROUND trip transportation to the Paris hotel.
You will be picked up from your hotel in a luxury vehicle and dropped off at Disneyland for a full day of activities. The ticket allows you to choose 1-2 parks access. No lunch or meal is included.
Train rides from Paris to Disney Village is around 40 minutes. Train station is Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy, which just 2 minute walk from Disneyland Paris. Trains are operated by Regional RER and run until midnight. If you wish to utilize the trains and just book for Disneyland tickets, here is a popular option for you.
Why opt for this day trip combo ticket to Disneyland?
- Disneyland entry ticket, valid for 1 day + Round trip from Paris hotel
- Convenient transportation without waiting for taxi or finding routes via RER trains.
Best Day Tours from Paris to other countries
You can take quick day tours from Paris to neighboring countries like Belgium and England. These are full day tours (one day) and includes travel time with 5-8 hours of sightseeing. So although you won’t get to see the whole city, you can definitely explore the city’s best highlights in a day.
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Paris to Bruges Day Tour (Belgium)
With a day trip to Bruges in Belgium, you will be checking off another European nation in this day tour from France. Bruges is a stunning medieval town in Belgium, characterized by its beautiful market square (Grokt Markt), waffles, Burg fortress and the Belfry tower. In this tour you will be given free time to shop for Belgian Chocolates and other souvenirs, including boutique stores.
In this tour, you can explore the UNESCO Heritage site of Bruges and capture its architecture and take a romantic boat ride (additional charge, but can be done in the free time provided with the tour) in their iconic canals. For your lunch, spend time at the old market square or by the canal, and try out moules frites (mussels and fires) with Belgian beer.
This tour involves a lot of walking in Bruges, so wear comfortable shoes and clothes. It is usually warm and humid in Bruges during the day.
Why take a day tour to Bruges from Paris?
- Checking off city highlights from another country – 2 countries in one day
- Bruges can be explored in a day. Most of the city’s sightseeing areas are located in the old town square (by Grokt Markt)
- Tours also include guided tour of Bruges
Note: The same Schengen Visa is applicable for both France and Belgium. No multiple visa entry is required as you won’t be leaving the Schengen visa zone.
Day trip from Paris to London (England)
Paris to London and back is possible. Thanks to the high speed trains (we love Rail Europe), it is super easy and convenient to explore another city in less then 24 hours. This day tour utilizes the high speed trains and takes you to London for a 16 hour sightseeing tour.
For a GREAT value (less then 300 USD), you can experience the highlights of London. The tour includes round trip transportation, walking tour, a cruise on the River Thames and an open-top sightseeing bus tour. Ample free time is provided for food and shopping.
Why take a day tour to London from Paris?
- Explore London city highlights
- Good value for money.
Note: Visa for UK is different from Schengen Visa applicable for both France and Belgium. Tourist visa will be checked upon boarding the train.
We hope you enjoyed our handpicked day tours from Paris. Make the most of your trip to Paris France!
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Last Update: April 08 2019
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