10 Day Trips Outside Paris



There’s no doubt that I love Paris but there are plenty more than 10 day trips outside Paris that you really should add to your list.

Yes, I could happily bask in that Parisian glow forever, but there is so much more to see.

I’ve listed just 10 day trips to whet your whistle … each one is less than an hour away.

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1. Versaille Day Trip Outside Paris

Everyone’s heard of Versailles (haven’t they?) – the Palace (le chateau) which includes the Grand Trianon and Domain of Marie-Antoinette. close by is King Louis XIV’s (the 14th) vegetable garden called Potager du Roi, established way back in 1678 and amazingly still producing delicious veggies.

Travel time: around 40 minutes from Paris, take the train line RER C to Chateau de Versailles –  http://www.ChateauVersailles.fr

2. Chevreuse Valley

Would you like to visit little villages in a huge national park with many bushwalking tracks? Or maybe you’d rather a day of cafe and restaurant hopping to sample the local produce – a real treat for foodies. How about a visit to a family-run farm which specialises in tastings of their cheeses, pates, honey, cider etc? You’ll need to leave Paris early and come home late – there’s so much to experience here.

Travel time:   around 40 minutes from Paris, take the train line RER B to St-Remy-les-Chevreuse – http://www.parc-naturel-chevreux.fr

3. Marly le Roi

Louis XIV built a private weekender in Marly le Roi, and he had great taste. This is a great town to excape to – breathe in the fresh air, visit the local Chateau (castle), check out the fabulous restaurants.

Travel time:   around 40 minutes from Paris, take the train from Metro Gare St Lazare (or La Defense) in the direction of St Nom le Breteche, hop off at Marly-le-Roi.  For the return trip, take the bus to St-Germain-en-Laye for a few hours then catch the train back to Paris.  – http://www.marlyleroi.fr

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