RCTS

France is the most visited country in the world with at least 75 million tourists a year. It's little wonder because the largest country in the EU has so much to offer with its diversity, culture, cuisine and rich history. Beyond the boundaries of Paris there are endless attractions which can be reached on day trips from the capital, especially via the TGV high-speed rail network...

  • Loire Valley
  • Provins
  • Reims
  • Lille
  • Amiens
  • Nantes
  • Giverny
  • Rouen
  • Chantilly
  • Chartres
  • Orleans
  • Disneyland Paris

Loire Valley

Home to many of France's most famous castles and palaces. Chambord, Cheverny, Amboise and Chenonceau are the most recognised and easiest to visit. The Loire Valley is known as the 'garden of France' and has outstanding wines and lively, sophisticated cities, including Orleans, Tours, Saumur and Angers.

Provins

A quaint medieval split-level town south east of Paris with ramparts surrounding much of the upper town. Climb the narrow staircase to the top of Caesar's Tower for the best views over the town and surrounding countryside. Provins is famous for its roses so expect rose-flavours to much of what you buy.

Reims

Capital of the champagne region and a perfect day trip for anyone who likes a little bubbly. In Reims you will find the likes of Taittinger and Veuve Cliquot while Epernay is home to Moet and Chandon and many smaller domaines. Reims is also home to a beautiful cathedral where French kings were crowned.

Lille

Lille boasts grand squares, Flemish architecture, world class museums and some of the most delicious food in France. Lille is overlooked by many visitors but the northern city is a gourmet getaway and much different in style than Paris.

Amiens

France has so much to offer military history buffs. WWI and WWII memorials, cemeteries and battlefields are scattered through north-eastern France. There's lots to see in Amiens and at the Somme battlefields. Amiens is also home to the tallest cathedral in France.

Nantes

The fascinating city of Nantes has undergone a dramatic transformation over the last 20 years, probably more than any other city in France. Once a busy seaport in the estuary of the Loire, it was chosen in old times by the dukes of Brittany as their historical capital. The writer Jules Verne was born here.

Giverny

Visit the famous house of impressionist painter Claude Monet in Giverny. Admire the beautifully-restored gardens from which Monet drew his inspiration. See the famous water lilies and walk over the Japanese bridge depicted in Monet's work.

Rouen

Rouen is where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. The artist Claude Monet made the cathedral famous with more than 30 paintings depicting the building. Rouen is known for its dairy products.

Chantilly

Chantilly is not just the home of whipped cream but also one of the prettiest chateaux close to Paris. Surrounded by a large pond, the hunting palace and gardens are delightful.

Chartres

Chartres is one of the most popular day trips from Paris due to its proximity and the famous cathedral, Notre Dame de Chartres, with its stunning stained glass windows.

Orleans

Local heroine Joan of Arc is recognised with monuments and museums around Orleans. She saved the city from the English in 1429, an event which is still celebrated to this day.

Disneyland Paris

Explore the Disney magic at the most visited theme park in Europe. The resort encompasses two theme parks, resort hotels, shopping, dining and an entertainment complex, plus a golf course. The resort opened in 1992 and was the second Disney park to open outside the United States after the opening of the Tokyo Disney Resort in 1983.