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Hello Sunshine!
We have recently gone to Paris for a week and planned every minute very carefully! If you read my last post, you saw that we haven’t been as delighted as expected by the city, but we still enjoyed Paris’ staple. Although you can easily spend a full week in the city, there nothing like planning day trips to have another view of the place. I listed here 2 easy 1-day trips you can do from Paris, using the train as well as a 1-day trip, which is technically not a trip but requires a full day!

Disneyland Paris

Transportation and tickets

If you plan to spend a day at Disney, I recommend you try going on a weekday, the crowds are usually less intense and best of all, tickets are cheaper (hint, if you purchase your ticket in advance, you get a discount). In fact, Disneyland Paris is WAY cheaper than Walt Disney World. For a very reasonable price, you can get the equivalent of the park hopper. Take note that there are only two parks. A park equivalent to Hollywood Studio and the other is the equivalent of Magic Kingdom.

Castle
Disneyland Paris Castle at night

So, you have decided to spend a day at Disney, where do we start. Assuming you followed my advice and purchase your ticket beforehand, the easiest way to go to Disney from Paris is to take the RER. The latest is a train system connecting the outside suburbs. Disney gets its own stop, which is the red RER end. Marne-La Vallée is the city in which Disney is built and it’s very easy and relatively affordable to take the red RER (line A) to get to Marne-La Vallée. 

For a bit less than 50 Eur round-trip per person you can comfortably travel to the countryside!

Difference between Orlando and Paris

Again, if you are used to Disney World (Orlando) be prepare for a MAJOR cultural clash. When we think Walt Disney World; we think exceptional customer service, attention to detail, cleanliness of the site, magical days… Well… we don’t get that in Paris. Of course, the decors and surroundings are astonishing, but… Parades are late, they always start 15 minutes later than what is announced. No cast member wishes you a magical day and the parks are silent. 

Mickey and Minnie in Paris
Mickey and Minnie in Paris

I mean… awkwardly silent. In the US, the parks are loud, people scream, laugh get excited… In Paris, people whisper, you hear very well the ambient music. I kind of enjoyed my time there because you know, it’s Disney, therefore there is always something positive you can appreciate, but I prefer Disney World. 

Phantom Manor Disneyland Paris
Phantom Manor Disneyland Paris

If you want to know, I find It’s a Small World to be better in Paris than in Orlando. The haunted mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean are just as fun in one or the other.  Although Eurodisney is not, in my opinion, equivalent to WDW, it’s still a good 1-day trip.

Château de Versailles

Transportation and tickets

If you are interested in visiting a very humble home with subtle decorations… well, don’t go to Versailles! If you are in the mood of discovering we the beheaded that jerk and his bitch, this is for you! 

Seriously, if you plan to visit a staple, such as Versailles, the Louvre and many others, I highly recommend you get the Paris Museum Pass. It includes many must-see inside and outside Paris, it’s very easy to use and you get to skip the ticket line. Please note, only the ticket line. You need to be ready for all the never-ending security lines. 

Versailles Gate
Versailles Gate

Versailles is conveniently located just outside Paris, it’s a half-hour train ride. Le Château is located at the very last stop on the line and the castle itself is straight ahead when you get down the train, walk by the Starbucks on the other side of the street and the Castle is about 1km further. 

The Castle and its gardens 

Once you get inside the castle, be ready for the most outrageous place ever. Strolling the hallways, ballrooms, and bedrooms, always keep in mind this “cottage” was a second home. The Louvre was apparently getting a bit tight (please read the next section about the Louvre) Versailles is a vast display of golden embellishments, marble flooring, and noble wood.  

Versailles
Versailles

We were at Versailles at the beginning of December, the location is ideally positioned to be super windy. Therefore, it was freezing in the gardens. I assume though that the latest are stunning and worth spending a few hours. If you don’t want to walk the entire area, some trains take you from the Castle to the Trianon and from the Trianon to the Petit Trianon. 

If my recollections are correct, it’s around 5 Eur per person to take the train. I suggest you walk on your way to the Trianon and take the train back. 

Trianon Ballroom
Trianon Ballroom

When walking to the Trianon, it’s a nice downhill walk, you can admire the fountains and the flowers (if not in December). 

The Château and the gardens are stunning and this 1-day trip reminds me of my past when I used to be a princess!

The Louvre

Technically, this is not a day-trip from Paris, it’s more of a day-trip in Paris. The Louvre, it’s miles and miles of galleries, arts, statues and so forth… Just when you think you have gone through all of it, there is an additional gallery, another hallway that is yet to be discovered. 

Plan to spend the day at the Louvre, but also plan to get out at some point. After lunch, we were fed up with art and chefd’oeuvre, we had to get out. We visited the Sainte Chapelle, which I highly recommend. It gave us a nice two hours break (on which we had to wait 45 under the rain to pass security for the Chapelle) it was very welcome. 

Sainte_Chapelle
Sainte Chapelle Interior
Louvre in Paris
Louvre

Transportation and tickets

Just like Versailles, the Paris Museum Pass will get you access to the Louvre. If you want to skip the line, read this VERY CAREFULLY, you need to reserve an hour of arrival on the Paris Pass website. Not the same day you plan to go, not the day before. SEVERAL days before your visit. We tried to make the reservation the day before and there was no place left. We had to wait in line (again) 

Napoleon's apartment
Napoleon’s apartment

To get to the Louvre, it’s very easy. You can either take the Metro, the purple line has a stop nearby called Les Pyramides. Châtelets-Les Halles is quite close too. 

My favorite way of transportation in Paris though is walking. Streets are charming and easy to walk if your hotel is less than 3km from the Louvre, I highly recommend walking. Plus, we were robbed in the metro, so the city lost a few “safety” points there. 

Modest decoration
Modest decoration

Take home message

If you are spending a single week in Paris, there is no way you will be able to enjoy it all, but it’s worth it to plan at least one 1-day trip from the city, just so you may see France is not only beige buildings and grey streets!

Safe travels friends!

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  2. Pam says

    Great ideas for a break from the city. That’s interesting that Disney is so quiet! It’s been a few years since I’ve been to a Disney park but I would have expected loud excitement! Your pics of Versaille are breathtaking!

  3. Margie says

    On our only trip to Paris, we did Versailles and loved it! Next time we return I am hoping to visit Disneyland Paris as a two day trip as well as Normandy.

  4. Kelly says

    I have heard from many people that they weren’t overly impressed with Paris itself. I’m not much into museums, but love architecture and FOOD! which I know Paris is know for. If I did stay in Paris, I would definitely be taking many day trips outside of the city, but I likely would stay in one of the surrounding ares and of course check out the many bistros. I do have to admit though, I would like to see the Louvre.
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  5. Bolupe says

    I have visited Paris many times during the weekend and my kids love Disneyland Paris so it’s like our go to place. However, I have not visited Chateau de Versailles. The design and architecture is definitely up my street! I can’t wait to go back to Paris to see this place.

    • Audrey says

      If you have the opportunity to spend a night in Versailles, do so! The city is absolutely stunning and has a nice countryside vibe. It’s also super romantic if you are in the hunt for a romantic spot.

  6. Jay Artale says

    I can’t wait to visit Versailles. We were planning a trip there before the lock down started. So that just means we have to plan another trip to Paris, just so we can go there! I have a vision in my mind of what it will be like, based on photos and films .. I just hope it lives up to the exceptions I’ve set for it!
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    • Audrey says

      don’t get your hopes high! I highly encourage you to read my post on “why Paris disappointed me” so you don’t get underwhelmed like I was.

  7. Marina says

    Wow! Versailles and the Louvre are definitely both places that I would absolutely love to go to! Thanks for the useful information and tips that you add along the way!

  8. Hannah says

    I live south of Paris, so it is always interesting to read what other people think of visiting. Other day trips from Paris include Giverny (Monet’s property), Mont Saint-Michel, or even Bruges in Belgium! Personally, Paris (away from the tourist traps), is worth a whole week without day trips though. You just have to know where to go 😉

    • Audrey says

      Indeed! we only spent a week in Paris, and honestly I wish we had more time, there is so much to see in Paris and around, I want to have some time to see Les Châteaux de La Loire next time we go.

  9. Trisha says

    My daughter has been dreaming of going to Paris for the last two years. Thank you for putting together a great list of day trip. These will come in handy when we visit as Disney is high on our list.

  10. Melissa says

    Great post! They both sound like lovely day trips. I want to visit Disneyland Paris, my daughter and I are both Disney lovers. I have only been to Disney in the US, so I think it would be interesting to see it in another country. One of the things I notice everything I visit Disney is how loud it is, so it would be quite the experience to experience it in the quieter environment you mentioned.

  11. Derek says

    I missed Versailles the last time I was in Paris so it’s somewhere I’ve been itching to see for a while now. Interesting thoughts on Disney, a good friend of mine worked there for years and said Orlando is better too.

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