When staying in the capital, don't miss out these fabulous day trips from Paris. All are within easy reach of the capital and guarantee culture, history and wonderful scenery.
Visit the chateau at Fontainebleau. This glorious place has been a royal seat from the time of Francois I to Napoleon III. The royals lived there for over 700 years in its incredible 1,500 rooms. Tour the Royal Apartments with decor from Napoleon III. Tour the courtyards, including the Cour D'Honneur, the magnificent Cour de la Fontaine, and the Cour Ovale. Finally, there's the Cour Henri IV, the former home for the chateau's administrative officials. Round off your trip with the magnificent gardens and rivers, fountains, and statues, including the Grand Parterre, France's largest formal garden.
Another fascinating place to visit on a day trip from Paris is Provins, located around 90 mins southeast of Paris. It comprises the old, medieval upper town and the more modern lower town. The main attractions are the underground tunnels and the watchman’s tower. There's also a museum and the Tithe Barn. In summer, Provins is famous for its roses, and everything is rose-flavored, from hot chocolate to scented candles. There are also some lovely restaurants to visit.
The city of Rouen is a charming location in the Normandy region, around 90 minutes from Paris. A day trip from Paris will unveil brightly-coloured buildings in half-timber style. There's also a stunning cathedral, and a clock tower with magnificent city views. Rouen is famous as the execution place of Joan of Arc. The less faint hearted can visit the tower where she was held captive. If you can, visit Rouen during the autumn Normandy Food Festival and enjoy regional specialties at good prices.