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The 5 Best Day Trips to Take During Your Business Trip to Paris

A great way to get your team to bond during your business trip to Paris is to spend one day being tourists together. Paris is a great city to tour and explore, but it also has many surrounding areas that may be perfect for your group, depending on what everyone is interested in.  Here are our top suggestions for day trips from Paris with your corporate group.

Versailles

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The Chateau and Gardens are some of the most famous in the world, and just a short and direct train ride from the center of Paris!  If you’re thinking of taking a day trip during your business trip to Paris, you should definitely consider Versailles.  As home to the previous Kings of France, each room is lavishly decorated and a tour allows you a glimpse into the lives of those who came before, it’s a great for those with an interested in European Monarchies.  You’ll also find the infamous hall of mirrors during a tour of the castle.  Also, at Versailles, you can explore the incredibly beautiful and well-maintained gardens – we recommend going on a warm day so you can spend as much time as you like outside!  Finally, if this weren’t enough, you can walk a little deeper into the gardens for a tour of Marie Antoinette’s house, as well as the houses of other mistresses of the previous Kings.  Versailles is definitely top of our list of day trips.

Disneyland or Park Asterix

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When you think Disneyland, your mind likely does not immediately jump to a business trip to Paris, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t! What better way to bond with your co-workers than to get to be a kid again for the day.  Disneyland, or Park Asterix, really let you completely free your mind of all work responsibilities and just immerse yourself in a fun day out.  The benefit to parks like these as well is that they have such a variety of activities, from roller coasters, to small rides, to games, so it’s a great day out for virtually anyone!

Champagne Region

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Did you know the Champagne region of France is only a short train ride from Paris?  If you just head a couple of hours outside of the city, you can arrive at any one of the towns in the region and have a day to explore the champagne houses, the cellars, and a smaller French town.  The tours can get booked up fairly quickly, so you’ll probably want to choose one or two houses to visit and book in advance, but it’s definitely a great way to have fun during your business trip to Paris – and to get to try some authentic champagne!

Normandy

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The beaches of Normandy and Mont Saint Michel can be an extremely great way for your team to bond during your business trip to Paris.  The towns of Normandy have various WWII museums for you to explore and get a real understanding of what exactly occurred on these beaches.  You can also visit Mont Saint Michel and explore the beautiful castle and get fantastic views.  Make sure you check the timings of the trips to the castle though and book yourself on an official tour!

Loire Valley

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Located just a couple of hours outside of Paris, the Loire Valley is the perfect destination for your day trip from Paris.  Not only is this region famous for its wine, but also for its stunning castles.  You can have a guided tour of the area and see the interior and exterior of the castles and the wine region! This is great for a business trip to Paris because it’s an excellent cultural experience, and also gives your team a chance to relax and unwind.

For help planning your business trip to Paris, click here!

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Recommended Day Excursions for Corporate Trips to Paris from a French DMC

When planning a corporate trip to Paris, you’ll likely want to add some time in for those in attendance to really experience the place they’re in.  With a day being cleared for activities, you may want to plan some excursions to make sure everyone has a chance to see and do something different.  These can vary greatly, and as a French DMC, we have some advice on day trips and activities for you to choose from.

A Trip Close to Paris

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Versailles

Having excursions that allow your group to still spend the evening in the fabulous city can be the best way to get the best of both worlds.  Here’s our top picks for excursions close to Paris.

  • Giverny – This give people the chance to explore Monet’s house and gardens – where the famous Water Lily paintings were inspired. Giverny is only an option if you’re coming to Paris during the warmer months as the gardens close in October for the winter season, but it’s definitely great if it’s opening months line up with your schedule.
  • Versailles – A world famous town, chateau, and garden, Versailles is definitely a great option for your groups trip. It’s just a quick ride on the RER from the center of Paris so easy to get back in time for an evening in Paris.
  • Castles – Obviously Versailles is a famous castle that’s worth a visit, but there are some other spots you may not have thought of. For example, Fontainebleau, Vaux le Vicomte, or Chantilly are beautiful castles not far from the city so great for your group to visit.

A Full Day Further Away from Paris

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Some people in your group may have already been to Paris and have an interest in exploring the regions a little further out.  That’s also very do-able during a day trip and as a French DMC, we think we’ve got the top spots for you to choose from.

  • Mont-Saint-Michel – The stunning chateau located just off the beaches of Normandy takes a little longer to get to, so it’ll definitely take at least a whole day to visit and explore the castle and its views.
  • Normandy Beaches – Visiting Normandy can give you a chance to see the D-Day beaches and to explore a number of WWII museums – it’s a great way to learn about the history of this infamous area.
  • Champagne Region – The region, only an a little over an hour away from Paris, is a great spot for you to spend time in a smaller French town, as well as see the famous houses where the luxury drink is produced.
  • Loire Valley – Another great spot for a day trip is the wine region of France, for a chance to see and taste the drinks in the famous region itself.

Amusement Parks

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Some people on your corporate trip may be looking for a more thrill-seeking day trip and for that, we have the perfect spots!

  • Park Astérix – The famous amusement park is a great spot for those looking for a little more of an adrenaline-fueled day to go on rides, play games, and even see shows.
  • Disneyland – A list of day trips from Paris would be incomplete without mentioning the famous park at least once. Disneyland Paris is a short distance from the city and a great experience for travelers from all over the world.

Staying in Paris

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Coming to Paris on a corporate trip means a big part of your group might want to stay in the city and experience it to the fullest extent, and we get that! That’s why we have come up with a list of potential excursions that take place right in the city itself.

  • Organized City Tour – This can give you the chance to see all of Paris’s famous landmarks and to learn the city’s history, culture, and really make the most of it.
  • Cooking Class – A cooking class can not only be a great cultural experience but also a great chance to try something new and maybe go home with a new recipe for your repertoire! This activity can also be a great bonding experience for the group who choose to participate.
  • Wine Tasting – What better place to have wine that in the middle of Paris. This is a great way to have fun in the city, and usually these experiences only take about half a day, so those who participate will also have the rest of the day free to explore the city.
  • Shopping Trip – As one of the four biggest fashion capitals of the world, some people may want to have a chance to see the famous shopping districts and buy things to take home.

These are just some of our day excursion recommendations! If you want help from a French DMC in the organization of your trip, just click here!

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Day Trips from Paris with a Student Group

Traveling with a group of students can be all kinds of challenging, from deciding where to go, where to stay, what to see and everything in between.  For that, we are here to help with some advice on where you should visit from Paris to make your school trip that much more fun and different.

As such an iconic European city, it’s easy to forget that there are other places just nearby that are worth leaving the main city to see – and even some countries just next door!  Definitely when coming on a school trip its worth taking at least one or more day trips from Paris to explore the surrounding areas.

Versailles

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Versailles Palace

Only a short trip on the RER (a metro-like train that runs all the way into the center of Paris), Versailles has to be high on your list of day trips from Paris.  It would give you and your student group the chance to see not only the Chateau, where the famous hall of mirrors is, but also the beautiful gardens, and even Marie Antoinette’s house – also on the premises. We recommend going out there early so you can really take time in each area but you should be able to do it in just one day.

Reims

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If you didn’t already know, the Champagne region of France is only a little over an hour from Paris by train.  Here, you can visit the town as well as a number of champagne houses.  It’s definitely worth your while to explore how the famous drink is made.  We would suggest booking a tour – or two – in advance to make sure you are able to see the cellars.

Brussels

Day Trips from Paris

It’s crazy really that you can go to and from another country in just one day, but you really can! With a train ride that only takes about an hour and forty-five minutes, Paris to Brussels is definitely worth it for the day.  You can explore the town square with your students, walk through the shopping halls, eat waffles and fries and chocolate, see the beautiful cathedral and just get a chance to experience a city outside of France.

Giverny

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Home to famous artist Claude Monet, a trip to Giverny will let you see the beautiful landscapes that inspired so many of his famous works – including the waterlily paintings.  It’ll give you and your students a perfect chance to get away from the metropolis of Paris and experience the countryside and a cute town with famous roots. We would recommend a trip here in the warmer months – in fact, the gardens are actually closed during much of the winter, so make sure you check this before you plan your trip.

Disneyland

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Disneyland is the perfect spot for a fun day out as part of a school trip.  We’ve added it to our list of day trips from Paris because not only is it close, but because its Disney! It’s what your students likely remember from their childhood and it’s the perfect spot for a day out – it might not be educational but it’ll sure be fun!

 

Taking day trips from Paris during your student tour to the infamous city is definitely a must! Whether you plan on leaving the country and heading to Brussels or just taking the RER and exploring Versailles, it’s definitely worth it.  Make sure you to decide before arriving where to head to though to be sure you get the best deals and tickets.  For more help with this planning of your group trip, click here and see how ParisByM can help you.

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