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Best Extended Daytrips From  Paris, France

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Best Extended Daytrips From Paris

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Some visitors to Paris consider daytrips  farther from the City of Light than our top choices of Versailles, Fontainebleau, Giverny, and Chantilly.  If you have the time and the energy, you might want to consider one or more of the extended day trips we list below. 

All of these are long trips that require significant amounts of travel to get  done in a day.  However, if it works for you, it works for us.   We do recommend taking these trips as part of a  tour and leaving the driving to someone else.

Our recommendations are for trips farther afield are:

Normandy and the World War II Invasion Beaches

The Chateaux of the Loire Valley

The Cathedral at Chartres

The Monastery at Mont Sainte Michel

Normandy and D-Day Sites

Normandy is treat in itself, but most tourists who visit Normandy do so to see the invasion beaches that were part of D-Day on June 7, 1944. The ThereArePlaces Guide to Normandy covers the most important attractions to prepare for your journey.


Chateaux of the Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is the home of several of France's most elegant Chateaux.  We recommend that you see Chambord, Chenonceaux and Amboise, both for its Chateau Royal d'Amboise and for the Clos-Lucé, the final home of Leonardo da Vinci. Click for our  descriptions of these elegant Chateaux in the Loire Valley.


 Mont Sainte Michel

Far from the beaten track in southern Normandy, Mont Sainte Michel is one of the wonders of the world, as well as one its most spectacular sights. 

 Sitting majestically atop a prominent rock knob, often surrounded by rising tidal flows, the Abbey lures it visitors with dramatic architecture, mystery, and its uniqueness. Although it is out of the way, be sure to see Le Mont-Saint-Michel, as it is one of the attractions of a lifetime.  Click here for the ThereArePlaces Guide to Mont Sainte Michel.


Chartres Cathedral

Notre Dame of Chartres, a remarkably preserved Gothic-style cathedral, dates from the late 12th century and was built over a religious site previously used by Druids.

Chartres Cathedral towers above the surrounding plain and is a remarkable architectural achievement. The cathedral's structure is magnificent, while its interior contains some of Europe's best stained glass windows. Chartres Cathedral is a spectacular cathedral and well worth a visit.

For more detail, see our description of Chartres in our Guide to the Best Places In France.

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