Top 7 Day Trips from Paris

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France is a country rich in history, art and architecture so it’s no surprise that there are endless culturally-rich sites close to Paris. Many of these sites offer an insight into France’s royal past and are only a short train ride away from the city center. With so many to choose from, it can be difficult to prioritise the best, so we’ve listed the top 7 day trips which are sure to provide you with a spectacular day outside of the capital.


Château de Versailles

A trip to Paris is not complete without visiting the World Heritage site, the Château de Versailles. If there were one castle to prioritise, it would be this one. The breathtaking palace was built under the reign of Louis XIV and is the epitome of French opulence. Retrace the steps of French royalty and take a long walk through the magnificent gardens.

Monet's garden


Monet was heavily inspired by nature and particularly his own garden which became a scene he painted time and time again in different seasons and different colour palettes. As well as his house there are flower gardens and Japanese inspired water gardens where reflections dance off the pond and water lilies float on the surface. It is enchanting to uncover this special space which Monet drew so much inspiration from. (Image source: Foundation Claude Monet)

Chateau de Chantilly

Château de Chantilly 

The Château de Chantilly looks as though it belongs in a fairytale, surrounded by a lake and breathtaking gardens, it is a favourite castle to visit. It houses a vast collection of art, said to be the second largest collection of antique art in France after the Louvre. Don’t leave without trying a large bowl of Chantilly cream which is whipped and sweetened to perfection.

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Parc de Sceaux

Amid superbly landscaped gardens, the enchanting and small Château de Sceaux can be found. Designed by le Nôtre, the gardens are incredibly vast so I’d recommend spending a good amount of time there to really do them justice. The castle is very charming, decorated in pastel hues and rich reds with extravagant chandeliers lighting the rooms.

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Château de Fontainebleau

Another World Heritage site and another of France’s most famous castles, the Château de Fontainebleau has become an icon of French history providing residency to a string of French monarchs such as Louis VII and Napoleon III. It is located within a beautifully verdant forest and is immediately surrounded by extensive landscaped gardens.

Vaux le Vicomte

Vaux le Vicomte

Some of the biggest names in French history helped to bring this castle to fruition with Louis le Vau as the architect, Charles le Brun as the painter and le Nôtre as the landscape architect, it is little wonder that this castle is so immensely breathtaking. (Image source: wikipedia)



Whilst the Bagatelle gardens are located within Paris, they are best enjoyed for a full day and are far too pretty not to include in a list of the top day trips. The grounds are full of treasures such as an enchanting castle, a 19th century Chinese pagoda, an orangery and beautiful rose gardens. Grab a picnic basket and enjoy a full summer’s day here and you’ll feel as though you’re a million miles from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Words and photography by Faye Bullock

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    January 2, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Cool post you have here. You could add Rouen as well.

    Milana I The Backpackers
    November 13, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    I visited Paris last year with friends, but it was an organized tour through some cities in Europe and this was just one of the many stops. I only had 3 days to see Paris, but I fell in love with it immediately. I managed to visit all the famous tourist places, but these places that you wrote about here are the real deal, those I would like to visit. I didn’t even know that here are so many beautiful castles in Paris, until I saw your post, and I didn’t see them. 🙁 I hope to go back again very soon and visit all these amazing places. 🙂

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    November 10, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Last time I was in Paris I fell head over heels for Versaille. It is so amazingly beautiful.

    I’ll be back in Paris in February and I’m hoping to visit Fontainebleu this time!

    Kerjan | Backpack Babe
    November 9, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Lovely! I studied abroad in Paris, which is still definitely one of my most favorite cities in Europe! Such a great post. thanks for sharing 🙂 xx

    November 9, 2015 at 8:40 am

    So many stunning palaces, it’s crazy! I would love to visit them all.

    Enamul Hoq
    November 9, 2015 at 3:57 am

    Really lovely and stunning all places and i will definitely visit these places as soon as possible ..Thanks

    November 8, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Yes Versailles! Such a pretty place!

    November 7, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I’d like to add Reims as a day trip! Incredible champagne tasting!

    November 7, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Beautiful post, as always. I recently returned from a two week trip to Paris, and biking around Versailles was definitely one of our many favorite moments. Working on a blog post about it, actually, so seeing this was certainly motivating me to finish!

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    November 6, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Paris is just a beautiful city. I love to walk and wander around in cities like Paris. I’ve been two times to Paris and I’m not done with this city.

    Craving for Travel
    November 6, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I did Château de Versailles tour this summer, but I guess that I chose the worst moment to go there. Too many tourists and it wasn’t a pleasure to be there. Anyways, the place is beautiful 🙂

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    November 6, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    I adore these recommendations, I cannot believe I didn’t visit Giverny when I was last in Paris! It looks so beautiful, this is definitely at the top of my list of places to visit!

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    November 6, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Paris is one of my favourite cities in Europe! When I went there I really though I would get a bit disappointed because some people say it’s overrated. But seriously, the city is just so stunning! I didn’t get the chance to do these day trips, but they sound wonderful. Definitely something I’m checking out next time I’m there 😀

    Travelblogger Lisa
    November 6, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    You should visit Deauville as well 😉

    Have a nice weekend 😉

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    November 6, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    There are so many beautiful things to be seen in Paris!

    Trang Do
    November 6, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Wow, Amazing places!! I will definitely visit these places soon!!
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    November 6, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I wish I had researched more thoroughly the time I went to Paris! I only went to Versailles, which was beautiful, but I definitely wish I had gone to more places, especially Giverny!

    Great post!

    November 6, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Do you know any cheap hotels? Or any cheap place to stay in Paris?

    Thank you!

      November 7, 2015 at 6:27 am

      We went the AirBnB route and definitely recommend! We stayed at a lovely apartment in the heart of the Marais for less than $100 a night. It was so convenient to walk to the city’s historic center and it was nice get to pretend like we lived in Paris 🙂