Where should I take a day trip in France?

I'm going to Paris in late March with my family and my mom said that she would like to take one day to visit another town outside of Paris. I recommended Southern France on the Mediterranean Sea but I guess that area is a little far. We want to travel by train and we would like to be able to leave early one morning and return to Paris late the same day. Do you have any suggestions of some towns or areas we could visit? Thanks.

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  • 10 years ago
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    so many choices. The suggestions in the other answers are great.

    Versailles is a great day trip if you are interested in Louis XIV and the opulence of the French court. Its about an hour by train each way, and everything is in easy walking distance. Eat at a restaurant outside the chateua for better food. If you go on a Sunday you can see the fountains.

    Chartres is a nice town to visit, has the big cathedral, also about an hour each way.

    Rouen is an easy trip, has the cathedral that Monet painted a lot, and a market in the plaza by the cathedral on several days in the week, and of course a Joan of Arc town, where she was examined and then burned by the church.

    Bayeux is a really nice town, for history the cathedral and the Bayeux tapestry. Lots of cool little shops to visit as you walk down the main street.

    One that hasn't been mentioned yet:

    Reims is an hour and a half away - has the cathedral where all the kings of france were crowned, beautiful church, plus lots of champagne wineries to visit. Also an easy place to walk around and enjoy. Epernay is also a nice town in the champagne region, a little closer to Paris.

    There are buses that will take you u the Normandy coast to see the WWII places - the American cemetery is beautiful and moving, and Pont du Hoc is interesting, and there are several places in between. The beach is also gorgeous, wide flat beach.

    Fountainebleu Chateuax is also a day trip to the southeast, visiting another amazing place and grounds. The concierege at your hotel should be able to help you with the travel arrangements, or if your french is good you can do it at the train stations.

    Whatever you choose, you should have a great time.

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  • 10 years ago

    Giverny is a good choice (house and gardens where Monet painted) if the weather is good. The fastest train from Paris will take 45 minutes then you take a taxi or shuttle bus to Giverny.

    If you are not set on a train you can take a day bus tour from Paris to Giverny, or Giverny and Versailles.

    If the weather is bad Versailles and Chartres Cathedral would be a better choice.

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  • 4 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    You could go to Rouen and Bayeux if your into history they have a lot of museums and one Cathedral in Rouen, Joan of Arc died in Rouen there's a museum or you could go to Lyon down south its a really nice city it takes about 2 hours to go there by train from Paris.

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  • 10 years ago

    I recommend taking an early train (TGV) to Dijon. Its the capital of Bourgogne (Burgundy) and has a fantastic history and is a wonderful taste of "true France." The trip between Paris and Dijon is only an hour and 40 minutes, and once you arrive in Dijon you will find many beautiful old churches, a myriad of museums, great shops, a splendid market (depending on what days you go), authentic French cuisine, and delicious wine.

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  • Yvan R
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    10 years ago

    Why don't you try Metz ? It is at les than 1 hour and a half distance from Paris by great speed train through the Gare de l'Est and the first train starts at 7.00 am and the last train back from Metz start s at a quarter to 8.00 pm.

    Metz boasts a rich heritage in terms of monuments, with a beautiful Cathedral and a cluster of 18. century Palaces along the river Moselle. Restaurants are great. The new Beaubourg museum of contemporary art, conceived by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines, is a great success.

    The station and the streets around this area have been built by the Germans while this part of Lorraine had been annexed by the 2. Reich after the Franco-Prussian war in 1871. Metz returned to France in 1918. It was again annexed by the 3. Reich from 1940 to 1945.

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  • ?
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    10 years ago

    How about Versailles? The castle is amazing, has a lot of history and you can get there by train (very quickly even)

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