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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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Loire Valley Chambord & Chenonceau Castles Day Trip with Wine Tasting from Paris
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Loire Valley Chambord & Chenonceau Castles Day Trip with Wine Tasting 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 Château de Chambord-the inspiration for Disney's `Beauty and the Beast´ for a guided tour. The next stop is the town of Blois, home of the Château de Blois, one of the most prestigious Renaissance monuments in France, where you´ll have just under two hours to enjoy some free time. 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
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Mont Saint-Michel Guided Day Trip from Paris
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Mont Saint-Michel Guided Day Trip 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.
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  • 14 hours
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Giverny & Monet's House From Paris Audio Guided Half-day Tour

Giverny & Monet's House From Paris Audio Guided Half-day Tour

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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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Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour with Gardens Access from Paris
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Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour with Gardens Access from Paris

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Travel back in time to the site of France’s most extravagant monarch with this 2.5 hours guided audio tour of the Palace of Versailles. Fast-track entry allows you to skip the lines at this UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ll arrive in style in a fully air-conditioned coach. Spend time exploring one of France's most famous and impressive landmarks.
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  • 4 to 9 hours
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Normandy D-Day Small-Group Day Trip with Omaha Beach, Cemetery & Cider Tasting
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Normandy D-Day Small-Group Day Trip with Omaha Beach, Cemetery & 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 to 13 hours
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Skip the Line Ticket Eiffel Tower Summit Priority Access with Host
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Skip the Line Ticket Eiffel Tower Summit Priority Access with Host

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Bypass the long lines at the Eiffel Tower with this tour that includes summit access. After fast track, skip-the-line access, proceed to the second level to survey the city from the viewing platforms while listening to commentary about Paris culture, traditions, and history. Then, proceed to the summit to see Gustave Eiffel's private apartments and sip Champagne from the onsite bar (own expense).
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Louvre Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Venus de Milo & Mona Lisa
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Louvre Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Venus de Milo & Mona Lisa

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Experience culture and art through the ages with a small-group tour of Paris’ epic Louvre Museum. Jump the queue and learn about some of the museum’s 35,000 artworks across eight themed galleries from your art historian guide. Then enjoy time on your own to explore, viewing paintings, sculpture, and architecture from 450 BC to the 19th century. Numbers are limited to 25 on this small-group tour or upgrade your ticket to a private tour exclusive to just your group. 
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  • 3 hours
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Normandy D-Day Beaches & American Cemetery Trip from Paris

Normandy D-Day Beaches & American Cemetery Trip 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. 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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  • 13 hours
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Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Make sightseeing in the French capital easy with a Big Bus tour of Paris. Enjoy the convenience of hop-on hop-off access at any stop along the route, and soak in the views from an open-top, double-decker bus. See sights like the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge cabaret club, and the iconic Eiffel Tower as you listen to informative audio-commentary, available in 11 languages.
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  • 2 hours
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Versailles Palace & Gardens Full Acces Ticket & Audio Guided Tour from Paris
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Versailles Palace & Gardens Full Acces Ticket & Audio Guided Tour from Paris

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Gain entry to the famous Palace of Versailles without waiting in line with this 5-hour skip the line tour from Central Paris. With priority access to the UNESCO World Heritage site, don your audio tour (available in eleven languages) to listen as you walk through the legendary State Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors. Stroll through the lush gardens, designed by André Le Nôtre, and learn about Louis XIV, the flashy king who once inhabited this opulent residence. Round-trip transportation from 3 departure points in Paris via air-conditioned bus is included.
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  • 7 hours
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Versailles Palace Priority Access Guided Tour Optional Show - Pickup by Minivan

Versailles Palace Priority Access Guided Tour Optional Show - Pickup by Minivan

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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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Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Dinner & Sightseeing Cruise
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Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Dinner & Sightseeing Cruise

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Ensure a memorable night out in Paris with a gourmet dinner cruise along the Seine River. Float past the city’s famed monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Ile de la Cité aboard a luxury Bateaux Parisiens riverboat. Soak up the magic of Paris from an onboard dining room while enjoying a gourmet 3-course meal. Please note that Champagne and live music are also included on select 8:30pm departures.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Versailles Palace Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris
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Versailles Palace Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris

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Imagine how the extravagance of Versailles was part of everyday life for Marie Antoinette during a guided tour of the palace with an optional fountain show. Take advantage of skip-the-line access to avoid the long lines at the start of your tour. Gaze in wonder at the Royal Apartments and the Queen’s Apartments, and walk through the glittering Hall of Mirrors to the Salon de la Guerre and the Salon de la Paix. Plus explore the expansive gardens on your own after the palace tour.
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  • 5 hours
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Bruges Guided Visit From Paris Full Day Trip

Bruges Guided Visit From Paris Full 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
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Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Day Trip with Cider Tasting & Lunch from Paris
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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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Versailles Palace & Giverny's Monet House Guided Visit with Lunch from Paris
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Versailles Palace & Giverny's Monet House Guided Visit with Lunch from Paris

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Many visitors to France make time to visit both the Palace of Versailles and Monet's Impressionist garden at Giverny. This day trip from Paris allows you to do both. First, wander through the lush landscape around the artist’s residence, which served as inspiration for his Nymphéas (Water Lilies) series. After lunch, head to Versailles and visit Louis XIV's lavish royal palace. On particular dates, you see the fountains on display.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Giverny and Monet House Half-Day Guided From Paris

Giverny and Monet House Half-Day Guided 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
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Champagne Area Small Group Day Trip with 8 Tastings & Lunch from Paris
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Champagne Area Small Group Day Trip with 8 Tastings & Lunch from Paris

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Travel with a small group—including hotel pickup from Paris—and spend a day touring the Champagne region. Visit a world-renowned Champagne house such as Moët & Chandon, Taittinger, or Veuve Clicquot, as well as smaller estates. Experience multiple tastings and learn how the popular bubbly drink is made as you stroll through sprawling vineyards and enter cellars. Plus, enjoy a gourmet lunch at a family-run winery.
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  • 11 hours
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Louvre Museum Skip the Line Access Guided Tour
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Louvre Museum Skip the Line Access Guided Tour

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Paris’ Louvre is one of the world’s largest art museums, so don't waste your time waiting in line. Head straight inside, with your priority access admission, to see three of its biggest crowd-pleasers, including the unavoidable gaze and wry smile of Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa." On this guided tour, hear fascinating tales and tidbits about these unmissable masterpieces. After coming face to face with several artworks by great masters, you’re free to explore the Louvre independently.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Loire Valley Day Trip with Chenonceau, Chambord and Cheverny Castles from Paris

Loire Valley Day Trip with Chenonceau, Chambord and Cheverny Castles from Paris

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Majestic castles and wine tastings make up this unforgettable day trip to the charming Loire Valley. Skip-the-line admission to the chateaux of Chambord (or Amboise) and Chenonceau is included, with your choice of a licensed guide or audio guide. Get an up-close look at the extravagant glamour of the French aristocracy and gain insight into life within these Renaissance residences. Travel by luxury coach from Paris.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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Paris in One Day with Louvre and Eiffel Tower Guided Tour plus Seine Cruise

Paris in One Day with Louvre and Eiffel Tower Guided Tour plus Seine Cruise

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See the French capital with a guide on a full-day tour of Paris, ideal for travelers short on time. Head inside the Louvre Museum to see artwork by Leonardo Da Vinci. Immerse yourself in the culture and architecture of the city as you travel along the banks of the Seine River to the iconic Eiffel Tower.
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  • 8 hours
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Giverny's House & Gardens plus Versailles Palace Day Trip with Lunch from Paris
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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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Loire Valley 3 Best Castles & Wine Tasting Small-Group Day Trip from Paris
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Loire Valley 3 Best Castles & Wine Tasting Small-Group Day Trip from Paris

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Stroll through the châteaux of Chenonceau, Chambord, and Amboise on this full-day tour from Paris to the UNESCO-listed Loire Valley. Admire Chenonceau’s amazing floral gardens, and marvel at the sheer grandeur of Chambord, the largest chateau in the valley. At Amboise, see the quarters of King Francois I and the tomb of Leonardo Da Vinci. Learn from an informative guide about each site, and fit in souvenir shopping along the way.
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  • 12 hours
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Mont Saint Michel Full Day Experience from Paris by Private Coach
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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
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