4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Discover the historic town of Chartres with its magnificent cathedral on this day trip from Paris. Enter UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chartres Cathedral with your guide to marvel at the remarkably preserved stained glass and see some of the best examples of French Gothic architecture. Continue with free time to explore the town at your leisure, followed by a guided tour of the charming city center and Chartres' old town to see the Collegial Saint-André and ancient city walls. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off by comfortable mini-coach are included.

Highlights

  • Day trip from Paris to Chartres
  • Tour impressive Chartres Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Admire some of the finest examples of stained glass and Gothic architecture in France
  • Take a guided tour of Chartres' old town and enjoy free time to explore on your own
  • Browse shops in the city center and see the ancient city walls
  • Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This day trip lets you experience a small French town full of charm and character and packed with history, which your guide will tell you all about. If you haven't been outside of Paris before, this is a great chance to see a real slice of France!

What You Can Expect

Chartres Day Trip from Paris Including Chartres Cathedral

Explore the historic town of Chartres and its wonderful cathedral

You’ll be picked from your central Paris hotel in the morning for a 1.5-hour drive by mini-coach to Chartres. When you arrive, start with a guided visit of Chartres Cathedral, an incredibly well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage-listed cathedral from the 12th century.

Considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, this historic church features heavy flying buttresses and imposing spires, as well as stained-glass windows that are considered the most complete and best preserved of their kind. Listen as your guide tells the story of this magnificent cathedral, from its many important uses in the Middle Ages to its continuing function as a Catholic pilgrimage site.

After your Chartres Cathedral tour, enjoy free time to get acquainted with the town of Chartres on your own before your guided tour. Walk through the historic city center, wander winding streets and alleyways, browse shops, and admire the half-timbered houses. Stop for lunch at Brasserie L'Annexe, just a short stroll from the cathedral (see below for a sample menu).

Your guide will then take you on a guided exploration of Chartres while explaining its intriguing history as a medieval town. Stroll through Chartres' meticulously preserved old city along the narrow western channel of the River Eure, which is spanned by a number of footbridges. Here, see La Porte Guillaume, the ancient city wall, and enter the charming Collegial Saint-André, a 12th-century Romanesque collegiate church with a turbulent history.

After your tour of Chartres, it's time to hop back on the mini-coach for a relaxing drive back to Paris.

Sample Menu

Appetizer (choose one)
Tomato mozzarella
Salmon tartar
Cheese plate (can be for appetizer or dessert)

Main Course (choose one)
Slow-cooked lamb
Salmon en papillote (wrapped in parchment paper and baked)
Pesto penne
Dish of the day

Dessert (choose one)
Tasting plate of four different desserts, served with coffee
Crème brulée
Chocolate mousse

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great the cathedral is magnificent. Would have liked more time in the town of Chartre to explore.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Exceptional! We spent an entire day with Hubert, our guide, who was very knowledgeable, interesting and personable. High marks all around!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Lots of time to visit the cathedral as well explore the town. Lunch was delicious. The outdoor patio setting in the sunshine was a bonus.

Loved having a knowledgeable guide and six other interesting travellers.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

The whole journey from start to finish was a pleasure. Fabrice was a good guide--just enough oversigtht and just enought degrees of freedom. The cathedral and the whole town of Chartres was a highlight. Our fellow travelers were all a pleasure and lunch was fun. All-in-all, a perfect day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Great, the guide made the trip so much better with all the facts and details.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

We combined this with 5 days in Paris. Very worthwhile trip to see a French town and fascinating cathedral. Too bad much of the inside was closed for renovation. On the other hand, I praise the French for taking good care of their historic treasures like this. the guide was very good...not too long-winded, but he knew his stuff. Small group of just 4 on the trip. Would definitely do it again.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

This was a most interesting experience. The ride with our driver/guide was pleasant. What we did not appreciate was that Chartres closes on a Monday. There were no shops open and no people in the streets. In many ways it was nice to be able to walk around a ghost town but 'shopping' is part of the tourist' experience and it suffered that day. The Cathedral is magnificent and well worth a visit. The town would look a lot different when it is in operation so we are not sure what we missed but felt that we had suffered by going on a Monday. Lunch was out of this world. I can not recall a more relaxed lunch. The food was to die for. We overstayed our lunch period but none of us wanted to leave. We will do this tour again someday but not on a Monday

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

Excellent. Knowledgeable, personable guide.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2014

There were only three other guests with my sister and me on this tour and it was lovely. Our guide had a very heavy French accent and was difficult to understand at times, but he was very nice and did the best he could to answer our questions. There were two other guides with him who were in training and they were also very friendly. The pick up at our hotel was really convenient and the van was comfortable. We had plenty of time to see the Cathedral at Chartres and the stained glass museum. The place we stopped for lunch was fabulous! The whole day was just very relaxing and fun. I would definitely recommend this tour if you want a small group experience.

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2015

I was surprised that the guide chose not to have lunch with us. Usually that's a good time for informal conversation about what we have seen so far.

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