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Best Overnight Getaways and Day Trips from Paris from $59

It’s often said that it would take a lifetime to explore the entirety of Paris. The diverse and wide-spread city can be quite intimidating with its 20 arrondissements and intimate quartiers. While first-time visitors will most likely be completely occupied with the city’s sights, a return trip to Paris is a great opportunity to venture beyond the city limits and discover other memorable destinations around France.

With more than 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve left the Eiffel Tower and Louvre behind to bring you the best overnight getaway and day trips from Paris. From the cobbled lanes of Bayeux to the bustling Grand Place of Lille and the medieval history of Rouen, these communes and cities offer a fresh taste of French life.

Why You Should Visit Bayeux

Cathedral of Bayeux in France
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Just over three hours’ drive west from Paris, Bayeux is a river-based commune with a medieval town centre boasting half-timbered houses, gothic architecture and quiet streets. The 13th-century Bayeux Cathedral is a striking landmark and is surrounded by a range of fascinating museums on art and war history. You’ll also find a surplus of wine cellars, bakeries and French restaurants in the town centre.

Must-Do Experiences in Bayeux 

  • Admire the famed 69-metre-long Bayeux Tapestry depicting William the Conqueror’s English invasion at the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.
  • Explore the military artefacts and equipment at the Museum of the Battle of Normandy.
  • Drink local wine by the Aure River at Le Volet Qui Penche.

Top Hotels in Bayeux

Villa Lara Hotel

Villa Lara Hotel
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Located in the heart of Bayeux, Villa Lara Hotel offers a touch of luxury with its boutique accommodation just metres from the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. The 28 rooms overlook the 11th-century cathedral and are adorned with antique chandeliers and furnishings, flat-screen TVs and mini bars. They also have marble bathrooms with shower baths.

Start your day off with a delicious buffet breakfast in the restaurant before exploring the historic centre. You can relax in the hotel’s library lounge, which has a crackling fireplace or work out in the fitness centre. There’s even a hi-tech meeting room for business travellers. 

Nearby Attractions 

  • Museum of Art and History Baron Gerard (550 metres)
  • Parc Michel Ornano (500 metres)
  • Bar Le Montmartre (300 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 410 – USD 1,638
Guest Rating: 10
Address: 6 Place du Quebec, Bayeux, France

Hotel Le Bayeux

HotelsCombined visitors love the prime location of Hotel Le Bayeux, which overlooks the Bayeux Cathedral and is next to Parc Michel Ornano. The affordable hotel offers excellent value for money with its on-site services and facilities, such as the daily breakfast of fresh croissants, homemade cakes, bacon and eggs. The pet-friendly hotel also has a private car park and laundry.

The modern and comfortable rooms come in a variety of bedding formations, catering to a range of travellers. The Triple Room with three single beds is ideal for friends, while the family rooms can accommodate up to five guests. All the rooms have work desks, flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. 

Nearby Attractions 

  • Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux (400 metres)
  • Musée Baron Gérard (290 metres)
  • Arbre de la Liberté (350 metres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 59 – USD 234
Guest Rating: 8.8
Address: 9 Rue Tardif, Bayeux, France

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Why You Should Visit Chantilly

Living Horse Museum Chantilly
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You only need to drive one hour north of Paris to reach the peaceful commune of Chantilly, where a small town centre sits on the edge of beautiful canals and parks. Part of Chantilly’s charm is its welcoming brasseries, bars and boutiques. You can also find a historic chateau and art museum, rich horse racing history and various wildlife and theme parks nearby.

Must-Do Experiences in Chantilly 

  • Explore the equine museum, gardens and detailed art collection in the Château de Chantilly.
  • Time your visit for one of the annual horse racing events at Chantilly Racecourse, which overlooks the chateau.
  • Get up close to cute and cuddly animals at Le Potager des Princes.

Top Hotels in Chantilly

Auberge du Jeu de Paume 

Enjoy the royal treatment at the extravagant Auberge du Jeu de Paume. You’re surrounded by Chantilly’s history, from the Château gardens on one side to the Great Stables on the other. The rooms and suites exude old-world elegance with chandeliers and antique furnishings reflective of 18th-century French mansions. The Prestige Terrace Suite is one of our favourites, thanks to its Italian marble bathroom and terrace overlooking the Château de Chantilly gardens.

Indulge in delectable on-site dining with seasonal French flavours at Le Jardin D’Hiver and La Table du Connétable. Visit Spa Valmont for traditional Swiss treatments, work out in the fitness centre or relax by the indoor pool.

Nearby Attractions 

  • Château de Chantilly (500 metres)
  • Horse Museum (240 metres)
  • Le Potager des Princes (400 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 502 – USD 1,081
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: 4 Rue du Connetable, Chantilly, France

Dolce Chantilly

Dolce Chantilly
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Dolce Chantilly, also known as Mercure Chantilly, is a magnificent 4-star hotel overlooking sprawling lawns with ponds. Leisure is never far from hand, thanks to the heated outdoor and indoor pools, tennis courts, 18-hole golf course, sauna and steam room. Foodies will love the alfresco dining and barbecue evenings at the restaurant, Veranda.

Enjoy views of the forests, streams and lawns from your contemporary room, such as the Privilege Terrace Room with a private balcony, Nespresso machine, memory pillows and a work desk. Upgrade to the 45-metre-square After room for a king-size bed, adjoining living room and plush mattress topper. 

Nearby Attractions

  • Château de Chantilly (2.9 kilometres)
  • Le Potager des Princes (2.7 kilometres)
  • Stade Chantilly (2.9 kilometres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 136 – USD 513
Guest Rating: 8
Address: Route d’Apremont, Vineuil-St-Firmin, Chantilly, France

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Why You Should Visit Giverny

Spring garden Giverny
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Are you interested in Claude Monet? Drive about 1.5 hours from Paris to Giverny, where the impressionist lived for more than 40 years. Understandably, this small commune close to the Seine has a rich art history and modern-day culture, which is showcased in its museums and galleries. It’s surrounded by beautiful countryside and rewards you with locally-run restaurants serving delicious regional fare.

Must-Do Experiences in Giverny 

Top Hotels in Giverny

Hotel The Originals Le Jardin des Plumes ex Relais du Silence

Hotel The Originals Le Jardin des Plumes ex Relais du Silence might be a mouthful, but it’s also an eyeful. The beautiful Anglo-Norman house dates back to 1912 and exudes old-world charm with its stone walls, Art Deco architecture and grassy lawns. However, the rooms also provide a contemporary feel with flat-screen TVs, plush bedding and, in some, separate living rooms.

On-site dining is highlighted by inventive meals crafted using local ingredients at a charming restaurant combining old and new decor. The family-style hotel aims to welcome you with its friendly service and peaceful setting, accentuated by the outdoor terrace overlooking the pond.

Nearby Attractions 

  • Musém de Mécanique Naturelle (500 metres)
  • Fondation Monet in Giverny (800 metres)
  • Brasserie des Artistes (550 metres)

Star Rating: No Rating
Price: USD 186 – USD 362
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: 1 Rue du Milieu, Giverny, France

Hotel Restaurant La Musardiere

Hotel Restaurant La Musardiere
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Located 200 metres from Monet’s former home, Hotel Restaurant La Musardiere is housed inside a circa-1880 building that combines 19th-century character with modern luxuries. One of the hotel’s draws is its restaurant, which has three intimate dining rooms, a sunny terrace and signature bistronomic cuisine.

The rooms are well-lit through large windows and feature contemporary bathrooms with shower baths and timber finishes. You can upgrade to a Privilege Room for more floorspace, a wider bed and a small work desk. The Comfort Rooms, meanwhile, provide comfort and affordability in this charming commune. 

Nearby Attractions 

  • Christophe Demarez Gallery (85 metres)
  • Fondation Monet in Giverny (200 metres)
  • Brasserie des Artistes (400 metres)

Star Rating: 2*
Price: USD 126 – USD 258
Guest Rating: 8
Address: 123 Rue Claude Monet, Giverny, France

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Why You Should Visit Lille

La Vieille Bourse - Lille, France
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Located near the France-Belgium border, Lille is a culturally diverse city with numerous Flemish influences in its cuisine, language, music and art. The former merchant centre is now a university hub overflowing with lively bars, clubs and restaurants. Stroll through the historic centre to discover the large central square and centuries-old buildings, then venture beyond to explore historic castles, verdant parks and wildlife attractions. 

Must-Do Experiences in Lille 

  • Admire European artwork from ancient times to the modern-day at the regal Palais des Beaux-
  • Soak up the history and local flavour of Grand Place, where you’ll find many of the city’s restaurants and shops.
  • Explore the 17th-century Citadelle de Lille before having a picnic in the surrounding park.

Top Hotels near Lille

Hotel Barriere Lille

Hotel Barriere Lille
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Located next to the main transport hub of Gare de Lille Flandres, Hotel Barriere Lille is a state-of-the-art hotel with a well-equipped fitness centre and a theatre for stand-up comedy and live music. Test your luck on slot machines and table games at the on-site casino or enjoy a rejuvenating hammam treatment at the day spa.

You also have access to three on-site bars and two restaurants, including gourmet meat and seafood dishes at Les Hauts de Lille. Every single room and suite has a king-size bed and city views through wide windows. The Executive Room has a stylish work desk and offers discounted spa treatments, while the Superior Suite has a separate lounge room and a deep bath. 

Nearby Attractions 

  • Zenith Arena Lille (400 metres)
  • La Vieille Bourse (1.3 kilometres)
  • Musée des Canonniers de Lille (1 kilometre)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 196 – USD 435
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: 777 Bis Pont de Flandres, Centre Ville, Lille, France

L’Hermitage Gantois Autograph Collection

HERMITAGE GANTOIS
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Blending ancient architecture and new-age technology, the 5-star L’Hermitage Gantois Autograph Collection emphasises style, location and luxury. This old-world decor is apparent in the inviting rooms, which have timber walls and high ceilings. The Suite Hermitage King is our top pick, thanks to its separate living room, bath, Nespresso machine and mini bar.

Overindulgence is encouraged at this opulent hotel, from the gourmet local cuisine and beer at L’Estaminet Gantois Brasserie Flamande to the body scrubs, couple’s massages and facials at the day spa. The hotel also boasts a heated swimming pool, daily breakfast buffet and the glass-roofed Bar L’Hermitage for cocktails and snacks. 

Nearby Attractions 

  • Porte de Paris (190 metres)
  • Palais des Beaux Arts (600 metres)
  • Musée D’Histoire Naturelle de Lille (750 metres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 225 – USD 782
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 224 Rue de Paris, Centre Ville, Lille, France

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Why You Should Visit Reims

Colorful hot air balloons flying over champagne Vineyards at sunset in Reims
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The unofficial capital of France’s Champagne region, Reims is a historic riverside city known for its grand cathedral, centuries-old theatres and opera houses and engaging art and history museums. Reims is also home to many of France’s largest Champagne producers, which are open for tastings and tours. The city’s riverside parks are also ideal for relaxing with a Champagne picnic. 

Must-Do Experiences in Reims

  • Visit the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims, where French kings were crowned for more than 1,000 years.
  • Taste Champagne during a cellar tour of a renowned house, such as Cazanove, Ruinart or Veuve Clicquot.
  • Discover period furnishings, decorative arts and intricate engravings at the 13th-century Musée-Hôtel Le Vergeur.

Top Hotels near Reims

Chateau Les Crayeres

Chateau Les Crayeres
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It’s hard not to feel like French royalty while staying at Chateau Les Crayeres. The historic manor overlooks a seven-hectare park of lush foliage and manicured gardens, while the interior exudes timeless elegance with artwork, chandeliered dining halls and antique furnishings. Le Parc is a particularly enticing restaurant with a Michelin-starred chef, while La Rotonde pairs live jazz music with fine wine.

The antique style flows into the rooms, which are adorned with beautiful artwork and plush furnishings. The Deluxe Room has an indulgent atmosphere with a heavenly queen-size bed, adjoining lounge room and deep bath. Upgrade to the Prestige Room for rare furnishings, garden vistas and an ornate fireplace. 

Nearby Attractions 

  • De Simples Botanical Garden (650 metres)
  • Villa Demoiselle (450 metres)
  • Parc de Champagne (300 metres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 417 – USD 866
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 64 Boulevard Henry Vasnier, Reims, France

Best Western Premier Hotel de la Paix

Best Western Premier Hotel de la Paix
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Enjoy a central location in Reims while staying at Best Western Premier Hotel de la Paix, which is surrounded by many Champagne house cellars and restaurants. The rooms and suites possess a futuristic design with wide-screen TVs, stylish furnishings and contemporary artwork. The After suite is particularly luxe with its terrace, bath, separate lounge room and historic district views.

Relaxation comes easily here, thanks to the heated indoor pool, steam room, fitness centre and outdoor terrace. You can dine on local seafood specialties at Café de la Paix Restaurant or visit Peace Bar for a wide selection of regional Champagne. 

Nearby Attractions 

  • Opéra de Reims (450 metres)
  • Comédie de Reims (1 kilometre)
  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims (700 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 129 – USD 257
Guest Rating: 8.4
Address: 9 Rue Buirette, Reims City Centre, Reims, France

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Why You Should Visit Rouen

Napoleon Statue in front of Rouen City Hall
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Experience Normandy culture and dining at the region’s capital city, Rouen, the site of the burning of Joan of Arc. The port city is perched on the Seine and features a smattering of Gothic churches and various buildings from the Roman era and Middle Ages. On the northern side of the Seine, the city centre is dotted with international retailers, local restaurants and historical monuments. Venture south to find beautiful gardens and a more modern commercial centre.

Must-Do Experiences in Rouen 

  • Admire the spires and elaborate interior of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame, most of which was painted by Claude Monet.
  • Discover plants from five continents, cruise on the boating lake and see honey beehives at Jardin des Plantes.
  • Learn about the changes in education from the 16th century to today at the National Museum of Education.

Top Hotels near Rouen

Hotel de Bourgtheroulde Autograph Collection

Hotel de Bourgtheroulde Autograph Collection
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Hotel de Bourgtheroulde Autograph Collection is a luxurious spa hotel housed in a 15th-century building, located in the heart of Rouen. The on-site spa has the largest indoor pool in Normandy, which has been a hit with HotelsCombined visitors, along with a steam bath, sauna, gym and treatment rooms. You’re also treated to modern French dining at Brasserie des 2 Rois.

Enjoy classic decor in the rooms and suites, such as the Tradition room with a king-size bed, marble bathroom and mini bar. Upgrade to the Privilege for city vistas or splurge on the Prestige King, a junior suite with a bath and sofa bed. 

Nearby Attractions

  • Museum of Fine Arts of Rouen (700 metres)
  • Historial Jeanne d’Arc
  • Galeries Lafayette Rouen (550 metres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 261 – USD 598
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 15 Place De La Pucelle, Rouen City Centre, Rouen, France

Novotel Suites Rouen Normandie 

Situated on the Seine, Novotel Suites Rouen Normandie offers all-suite accommodation about 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre. The entry-level Suites have double beds, mini fridges and baths, while the Deluxe Suites boast adjoining sitting areas and Nespresso machines. Want self-contained accommodation? Book a long-stay suite with a kitchenette.

Along with complimentary Wi-Fi and underground parking, the pet-friendly hotel has a business corner, breakfast buffet and a gourmet snack corner. You can also enjoy a 10-minute “Seated Amma” massage by a professional masseuse every Thursday.

Nearby Attractions 

  • Musée Flaubert d’Histoire de la Médecine (750 metres)
  • Le Gros-Horloge (1.5 kilometres)
  • Le Petit Train De Rouen (1.6 kilometres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 98 – USD 188
Guest Rating: 8.3
Address: 10 Quai Bois Guilbert Ilot Pasteur, Rouen, France

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Experience More of France from Paris

If it takes a lifetime to see all of Paris, it must take at least 20 more to explore the rest of France. Fortunately, there’s a lot of fun and adventure to be had while trying. These six destinations are full of French character and history, while their respective accommodations offer boutique and elegant lodgings with on-site dining, resort-style leisure facilities, signature suites and nearby attractions.

Where do you want to visit in France? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Ben Stower

I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.

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