Small-Group Loire Valley Castles Full-Day Tour from Paris
- Small group
- Skip the ticket line
- Duration: 12 hours
Visiting Versailles is considered a must for most travelers on a visit to Paris. Best known for the grand and opulent Palace of Versailles, it is one of the finest places to take in the splendor of the Bourbon kings. On the grounds, make sure to visit the historic Hall of Mirrors, the Trianons, and the immaculate, expansive gardens. Beyond the palace, take in the Royal Stables and the Royal Tennis Court.
At just under 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Paris, getting to Versailles takes just around 30 minutes. Taking the train is usually the most popular option, as there is a station just a five-minute walk from the palace.
The most striking choice for a quick getaway from the city, a day trip to Giverny from Paris is guaranteed to satisfy any art lover. The charming village is most recognized as the home of impressionist master Claude Monet. You can visit Monet’s home, his famed gardens and water lilies, and the Museum of Impressionism before taking a break at the period-decorated Hôtel Baudy.
Only 75 kilometers (46 miles) from Paris, your day trip to Giverny should take just about an hour, whether by train or by car.
Taking a day trip to Reims from Paris is a perfect choice for exploring beyond Paris. Dating back to 80 B.C., this historic city has much to see and do in a day. The city’s grand, gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims has been the site of the coronations of most of the kings of France and is one of the city’s top attractions. As part of the Champagne region, travelers may want to take the time to taste some bubbly at Maison Ruinart or Veuve Cliquot-Ponsardin.
Located about 144 kilometers (89 miles) from Paris, Reims is an easy day trip however you decide to travel there. The journey takes just about 45 minutes by train, thanks to high-speed rail. By car, the journey should take around 90 minutes.
The Loire Valley is one of the most picturesque destinations in France, and a sublime choice for a day trip from Paris. Known for its stunning chateaus and vineyards, it’s no wonder that the Loire Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit grand palaces like the Chateau de Chambord, the Chateau de Chenonceau or Chartres Cathedral.
Traveling to the Loire Valley from Paris should take about an hour by train. At just over 200 kilometers (124 miles) away, allow a bit more time if you’re making the journey by car. Renting a car for the day is always a smart idea once you’re in the Loire Valley.
To journey into the heart of Royal France, take a day trip to Chateau de Fontainebleau, historically home to the kings of France and the French Court. Travelers can also visit the beautiful Forest of Fontainebleau and experience the royal treatment at the ornate Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte.
Getting to Fontainebleau from Paris is easy as it’s only 55 kilometers (34 miles) away. The trip takes about 40 minutes by train, while driving takes just about one hour.
Greater Paris and France, in general, have an extensive high-speed rail network, often making train travel the most efficient method of travel. Paris has seven main train stations, each serving a different direction and headed to different regions, so which station you use will depend on where you’re going.
Public bus transportation in the Paris area is more common in cities and in more rural areas. Many guided day tours from Paris will include bus transportation, often with pickup directly from your hotel.
Traveling in your own personal vehicle is always popular for day trips. A car allows you to truly customize your own schedule and itinerary, and to travel more quickly in more rural areas where buses or trains may be less frequent.
Guided tours are always excellent options for day trips. They save you the stress of planning an itinerary and, in some cases, your transportation, and often include special perks not available to the general public. Whether it’s skipping the line at Versailles or exclusive wine tastings in the Loire Valley, a guided tour for a day trip is always a good idea.
What to pack on your day trip can change depending on many factors. The season, where you’re going, and your method of travel will all affect what to bring. Some guided tours will provide everything you need for the day. As a general rule, it’s always a good idea to bring extra spending money and a light coat or shawl for unexpected chilly weather and visiting religious sites, regardless of the season.
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First of all, the tour visited a large producer (Moët) known as a ‘negotiant’ as they buy in most of their grapes from producers. Moët have very plush premises in Epernay and the tour was well-polished, finishing off with a sample of Moët Imperiale. The next stop was at a small producer and champagne maker, Julien Chopin. The sampling was far more generous with 3 Champagnes and a dessert wine. They served lunch too, which was plentiful and tasty. This was our favourite stop and the Champagne was very nice. Finally we went to a cooperative whose name escapes me. They have an emphasis of using Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunière grapes. We had 3 samples here, though a bit smaller in size than in the other two producers. Throughout the trip we were given lots of information about the Champagne making process, it was fascinating. The driver and guide for the day was Julia and she was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable, had a pleasant personality and spoke excellent English too.
My cousin and I loved the trip. Our guides (John and Adiola) were passionate, knowledgeable and entertaining. The visit to the Castles felt a little rushed (especially because we got lost and to sprint back to the bus) but they were incredibly beautiful and the history shared by the guides made them that much more special. Lunch and wines were delicious and every person who greeted us was great. I did the tasting and chenanceau while my cousin went to the maze. What a fantastic experience.
The tour guide Clair was great and passionate about the history of the castles. We visit 3 Château the first and third were magical. I wish we had more time For the last one. We got free time and it was good. The second castle was okay. The lunch was very simple. I was hoping for a bit better. The wine in the second and third castles were delicious!!
Great day! Paris city Tours were punctual and professional. Exactly as described. Took about 4-4 1/2 hours to drive to Mount St Michel and back. Had around 4 hours to spend exploring. Great amount of time. Fun day!
This was a wonderful tour of both Giverny and Versailles with seemingly perfect timing being first in the doors for the opening of the Gardens and missing most of the crowds that grow throughout the day.