Day trip from Paris????

Old Jul 23rd, 2003, 11:07 AM
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Day trip from Paris????

Can anyone suggest a nice day trip from Paris.
We would like to take the fast train.
We have been to Paris many times and have a lot of time on this trip.
However we would like to keep our home base in Paris.
Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2003, 11:35 AM
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I've done a day trip to London on Eurostar thru Paris Vision Tours and was very pleased. Once you get there, you have a pass for the hop on/hop off bus and are basically on your own.

We also went to Versailles for a day on our own, and it was very easy and nice, as well.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2003, 11:37 AM
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Hi

You can do Bruges and back. Closer trips are Chartres, Versaille, Giverney, Chantilly.
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But he wants to take the fast train, which limits the selection: Maybe Lyon?
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Old Jul 23rd, 2003, 11:45 AM
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Good point St Cirq.

He can take the THALYS to Bruges.

OTOH maybe it's the destination and not the fast train that's important.
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yeah, I think bbonz specifically wants a TGV experience. I would highly recommend Lyon for that. Other possibilities are Tours (and then you'd have to get to a chateau or something) or a city on the way to Tours (Blois or Amboise) or Angers, a bit farther.

Of course London is possible if you want to spend that much time on a high-speed train, although I'd rather go to somewhere down south rather than London in that case (such as Avignon).
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Old Jul 23rd, 2003, 11:47 AM
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Hm, what about Dijon? That would be even closer than Lyon.
I've past through with the TGV from Switzerland and I think, there is enough to see for a day.
The TGV experience is really special, I must admit.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2003, 11:51 AM
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Thanks for help.
Are there any beach areas to go to for a day? Interesting towns? Beautiful scenery?
I would like to experiance the fast train!
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I suggest Giverny. You can tour the gardens in a half day but we enjoyed walking into the town and having lunch and visiting the American museum. Giverny makes a lovely day trip from Paris.
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I hope bbonz2 doesn't mind my asking a question under her post but what do you think about a daytrip from paris to amsterdam?

I understand it's 6-hr(?) trip one-way. Am I crazy???!!! I was planning to leave in the wee hours of the morning. I just really, really want to visit the Anne Frank House and get feel for Amsterdam--then stay longer next time around. Please comment.
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A day trip to a beach is not really within the realm of possibility, especially if you want to take the TGV, unless you're prepared for a very long day. You could take the TVG to Bordeaux (3 hours), then hop a bus to Arcachon, but that would be about 8 hours of transportation in one day just to get to a beach - and a rather uninspiring one at that.

Getting to the Côte d'Azur and back in a day is, I think, simply not feasible.

You could take the slow train to Caen and find a way to the beach from there, but again you'd have more traveling time than beach time.

Maybe there are other possibilities I'm not thinking of, but if you take a look at a map of France and examine distances you'll get an idea of what the problem is.
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