Day trips from Paris to delight your senses

Leave the hustle and bustle of the capital behind and escape on a day trip from Paris ( Here are three wonderful places for you to explore, each providing a very different kind of experience.

Versailles - The seat of French kings

A visit to Versaille is one of the top day trips from Paris. Southwest of Paris, it's easy to get to on the metro and you can buy tickets online in advance. You'll be rewarded with one of the greatest accolades to French 17th-century art. The palace was the hunting pavilion of Louis XIII, refurbished and extended by Louis XIV, his son. French kings lived there up until the French Revolution. Explore the gardens, including the Queen’s Hamlet with its quaint, villagey feel.

A pilgrimage to Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel is a gem of an island with a glorious abbey, dating back to 1144. It was a place of pilgrimage after a local bishop saw an apparition of the Archangel Michael many decades ago. Although it's a long day out if you're on a day trip from Paris, it's one of France's most visited monuments and well worth the trip! You can get an audio guide to accompany your tour of the abbey and take in the various museums too. Afterwards, explore the narrow, winding streets on the rest of the island.

Reims for champagne

Visit Reims, the main city in the Champagne region. Enjoy a glass of bubbles and tour the beautiful cathedral where many a French king has been crowned. Maybe save your visit to the large champagne houses until last, where you'll enjoy a tour of the cellars and a tasting session. Learn how the famous brands such as Pommery, Mumm and Veuve Clicquot are made during on of the most truly unique day trips from Paris.