The area surrounding Paris offers plenty of opportunities for day trips by bus, including the Versailles Palace, the Loire Valley, Giverny and the Champagne region. Some trips are available as half-day trips as well to accommodate various time schedules and budgets.
The Versailles Palace is a monument of 17th century architecture. The palace tour covers several rooms, including the King's Grand Apartment, the Hall of Mirrors, the Queen's bedchamber, the Grand Trianon and Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon. Visitors can also ride the mini train around the estate to view the spectacular landscaping of the palace's gardens.
One Loire Valley tour takes visitors to see several Renaissance castles with guided historical tours. The castles on the tour are Chenonceau Castle, Chambord Castle and Cheverny Castle.
One Giverny tour takes visitors to artist Claude Monet's house and gardens. This tour also includes an option to visit Auvers sur Oise, the town were Vincent van Gogh lived until his death in 1890.
Sparkling-wine drinkers can enjoy the Champagne region tour, which may include tastings at two of the world's best known champagne houses, Mercier and the House of Mumm. The tour also goes through Reims and the capital of the region and visits its stunning Cathedral.