Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

Day Trip from Paris via Train-Would like to incorporate wine tasting

Day Trip from Paris via Train-Would like to incorporate wine tasting

Old Feb 20th, 2013, 07:12 AM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 656
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The principal grape in Chinon wines IS Cabernet Franc.

I love Loire reds, which doesn't mean the OP will, but that'd be my vote if there are still decent fares. Not to mention all the other wonderful things (some mentioned above) in the Loire.
YankyGal is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2013, 07:17 AM
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 24,490
Received 4 Likes on 4 Posts
Hi YankyGirl, while the grape may be the same I'm not convinced that the terroir is as good, while the investments in Saumur etc has been significantly more extensive. Still Chacun a son gout.
bilboburgler is online now  
Old Feb 20th, 2013, 09:13 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 344
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I'd love to see your list, FMT, if it's something you have prepared already...I don't want you to go to a lot of work. I've seen many of your posts so I suspect this is something you've posted before--I don't want to be lazy in my research at your expense!

The day trip doesn't have to involve wine, I was just looking for a focal point of some type. Thanks!
Sidny is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2013, 12:47 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 2,552
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
No problem Sidny. I've posted it several times before but sometimes even in a search it may not pop up. I've got the list in a word doc so it's as easy as cut and paste. I've been to all those places so if you've got any questions feel free to ask. Here is the list:

Here is a brief list that summarizes many of the most popular day trips from Paris (within an hour and a half by train). There are certainly many others you could also do but this list covers most of the biggies:

Provins (an authentic walled medieval town): http://www.provins.net/

Château of Chantilly (wonderful fairytale château, famous art collection): http://www.chateaudechantilly.com/fr/

Senlis (small medieval town can be combined with a visit to Chantilly):

Reims (champagne tours, great historic cathedral, museums):

Epernay (champagne tours): http://www.ot-epernay.fr/

Fontainebleau (former royal town with famous château):

Versailles (obvious):

Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte (the château after which Louis XIV based his garden renovations for Versailles and IMO one of the most elegant château in France):

Rouen (small city, lots to do, wonderful cathedral, medieval old center): http://www.rouentourisme.com/

Giverny (Monet's house and gardens):

Chartres (the famous cathedral and wonderful old medieval town):


Malcolm Miller Cathedral Tours:

Daily tours of Chartres Cathedral from Easter until late October are at 12 noon and 2.45 p.m. Not on Sundays, and during the winter occasionally or on request.
E-mail address is [email protected].

Compiègne (château with museums, wonderful old town. Can be combined with a visit to the château of Pierrefonds): http://www.compiegne-tourisme.fr/

Château of Pierrefonds (Magnificent fairytale looking château. Reconstructed in the 19th century but magnificent nonetheless. Can be combined with a visit to Compiègne):

Troyes (lovely small medieval city):

Laon (medieval hilltop town with a spectacular cathedral): http://www.tourisme-paysdelaon.com/

Crécy-la-Chapelle (small charming renowned artists village):

Moret-sur-Loing (charming walled medieval village/artists village):

Auvers-sur-Oise (Van Gogh and other impressionist art history):

Malmaison (château of the Empress Josephine and a nice old downtown. On the RER A line and could be combined with a visit to Saint-Germain-en-Laye):

Saint-Germain-en-Laye (former royal town with a wonderful château now home to the national museum of archaeology. On the RER A line and could be combined with a visit to Malmaison):

Barbizon (famous artists village, can be combined with Fontainebleau):

These are the most popular day trips and all are worthwhile but there are many other less popular and equally worthy day trips. I could easily list a couple dozen more but only if what's on this list doesn't interest you. A good guide book for the Île-de-France region should give you more ideas.

You'll need to take a train from Paris to do these day trips. For info on trains in Paris and the nearby suburbs (métro and RER trains) use the website www.ratp.fr. Use the interactive map on this website to plan your trip: http://www.ratp.fr/plan-interactif/carteidf.php?lang=uk. Parts of this website are in French so you can use an English language companion site www.vianavigo.com. For trains that go a bit further out in the Île-de-France region use the website www.transilien.com. For trains that go further beyond the Île-de-France use the website www.voyages-sncf.com (in French only) or www.tgv-europe.com. A great website to learn about trains in France (and Europe) is www.seat61.com if you have any train questions/problems.

Paris and many of the places nearby in Île-de-France are divided into zones, numbered 1 through 5. Paris is in zone 1 and areas outside Paris are in zones 2 through 5. Some of the destinations I mentioned are in zone 5. For these journeys it will be more cost effective to buy a one day Mobilis pass for 15.20€ for zones 1 through 5. This will be cheaper than the point to point tickets round trip. Plus, this pass is good for unlimited travel on all public trains and buses for one day in zones 1-5. Buy it first thing in the morning before your first métro ride and it gets you to your train station, your round trip tickets, any buses you need to use at your destination and any traveling you'll do in Paris when you return. Before you use the ticket make sure to write your name and the date on the ticket. Don't forget to stick your ticket in the composting machine (ticket validation machine) before getting on your train. You can buy these passes from the ticket machines in métro/RER stations. Sometimes these machines have an English language option. If so, look for the one day Mobilis pass option. When you get to the screen that lists your zones to choose from press zone 1 and then press zone 5. You can also buy them at any ticket counter or stores that sell RATP tickets. They are good for 60 days so you can buy it in advance if you want to be prepared. It's not valid until you write your name and date on it and validate the ticket on your first métro/RER trip or at the train station.

Some of the day trips I mentioned will require a bus transfer once you arrive at the train station. If you choose one of these I can help you with bus info.
FrenchMystiqueTours is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2013, 03:46 PM
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 124
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
There are so many choices! May I suggest somewhere else in the Loire Valley? Blois, which has a very interesting castle and old town, wine-tasting possibilities in the town with English-speaking tastings (unless you absolutely want to go to a vineyard). You can also take a coach to the stunning Chambord and Chaumont castles (15 and 20 K from Blois). Blois is 1h22 (direct train) from Paris-Austerlitz.
AussieFrance is offline  
Old Feb 21st, 2013, 03:34 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 344
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks to everyone for their input! Bilbo--I'm glad to know someone has been to the tasting houses, thanks for sharing your first-hand experience. FMT--thanks so much for re-posting the excellent list of choices close to Paris and the associated train tips. I'll spend some time exploring all the links.

We're still trying to decide where to stay while in Paris...I'd rather move on to the activity planning!
Sidny is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
May 1st, 2015 11:48 AM
May 2nd, 2013 06:33 PM
Sep 16th, 2012 09:56 AM
Jul 6th, 2012 10:39 AM
Mar 6th, 2007 05:48 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -