Whether you are staying in Paris and hoping to visit other French cities or take a travel tour of France, read on to learn about the best things to do outside of Paris!
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The Château de Chantilly is one of France’s best cultural heritage sites, and definitely worth a visit from Paris. In the château you can discover the son of the last King of France’s personal impressive collection. Louis-Philippe’s collection is also the second largest collection of antique paintings in France, second only to the Louvre Museum in Paris. Admission for the full grounds at the Château de Chantilly are 17€, including a free audio guide, and reduced tickets at 10€. Also in Chantilly you can visit Chantilly Racecourse and enjoy the races for a day!
DAY TRIP TO CHANTILLY
The easiest way to travel to Chantilly for a day trip if you are going by train from Paris is to take a SNCF train from Gare du Nord and get off at the “Chantilly-Gouvieux” stop, just a 25 minute journey. If you have a Navigo Découverte pass and want to be a bit more economical on this trip, you can also use this pass and travel to Chantilly for free by taking the RER D and exiting at the same station, in 45 minutes from Paris.
CHÂTEAU DE FONTAINEBLEAU
Another day trip destination that is doable from the city of Paris is the Château de Fontainebleau. Many French dynasties have lived here, including the Capétiens, Valois, Bourbons, Bonaparte and Orléans. You can explore 1,500 rooms of the château as well as its remarkable 130 acres of land! It is a great day trip for the whole family to enjoy something different, especially if you pack a picnic to have in the gardens. Full price admission tickets are 11€, and reduced tickets are 9€. Also in Fontainebleau you can go for a hike or rock climb in the national park, giving yourself a walking tour in France!
DAY TRIP TO FONTAINEBLEAU
To arrive at the Château de Fontainebleau, you can take the Transilien from Paris Gare de Lyon towards Montargis Sens, Montereau or Laroche-Migennes. However after 45 minutes you will get off the train when you hear “Fontainebleau-Avon” and then take the line 1 bus, getting off at the “Château” stop.
The château is free every first Sunday of the month, and closed on Tuesdays
Many art lovers may want to consider taking a day trip to Auvers-sur-Oise to visit the former home of Vincent Van Gogh! In this town you can also visit with Van Gogh and his brother’s graves in the local cemetery as well as visit the famous church that Van Gogh made a painting of in a distorted perspective as he is so known for doing (today the painting is in the Musée d’Orsay). All attractions in this town are free of charge.
DAY TRIP TO AUVERS-SUR-OISE
From Paris, take the Transilien H train from Gare du Nord towards Pontoise, exiting when the train reaches “St. Ouen l’Aumône.” From here, you must take another Transilien line towards Persan Beaumont until the train reaches Auvers-sur-Oise. Should you have a Navigo pass from Paris, this journey is completely covered.
This estate spans over 500 hectacres with a beautiful château to visit right in the center. Here you can discover some of the greatest works by 17th century artists and see the vision of Nicolas Fouquet, Louis XIV’s Superintendent of Finances. To visit the grounds and château, it’ll cost you 15.50€ for a full priced ticket and 13.50€ for a reduced price ticket. If you plan on visiting from May-October, you may consider attending their candlelight Saturday nights where you can explore the gardens amongst 2,000 brightly lit candles!
DAY TRIP TO VAUX-LE-VICOMTE
Traveling to Vaux-le-Vicomte from Paris is simple, and similar to the travel route that is required to reach Fontainebleau. From Paris you will take the Transilien line P towards Provins from Gare de l’Eststation. You will get off at the “Verneuil l’Etang” stop and then take the “Châteaubus” which will bring you directly to the château. Total travel time is about 35 minutes.
As this train routing could take you all the way to Provins, why not consider visiting a small non-touristy town outside of Paris attractions? Provins is a great place to visit for a calm day away from the city and for a good local meal.