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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Chartres Day Trip from Paris Including Chartres Cathedral

Travel from Paris to Chartres on this day trip that includes a guided walking tour of the historical city and Chartres Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its stained glass and French Gothic architecture. You’ll see Collegial Saint-André and the ancient city wall, have free time to explore the town at your leisure and enjoy lunch at a local brasserie. No need to worry about how to get to Chartres, as minicoach transport is provided. 


  • 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

Visit one of France’s most famous cathedrals on this day trip from Paris to Chartres. Starting with pickup from hotels in central Paris, enjoy the 1.5-hour drive by minicoach to Chartres, located about 60 miles (90 km) to the southwest.

Upon arrival, head straight to Chartres Cathedral, the town’s 12th-century UNESCO-listed masterpiece of French Gothic design. Tour the cathedral with your guide, who will point out its well-preserved historical features like the flying buttresses, spires and stained-glass windows, which are some of the best examples of their kind in France. Hear about the history of the Catholic site, from its role in the Middle Ages to its present-day functions.

Next, you have free time to explore Chartres at your leisure. Stroll down its winding lanes, admiring shop fronts and half-timbered houses, before making your way to Brasserie L'Annexe for lunch (see the Itinerary section for sample menu). Afterward, take a walking tour of the historical town center as your guide tells you about its medieval history. Walk through the old city along a narrow channel of the River Eure, crossed by several footbridges, and see sights like La Porte Guillaume and the ancient city wall. Then visit Collegial Saint-André, a Romanesque collegiate church that dates back to the 1300s.

Your day trip ends with the return drive to Paris for drop-off. 


Sample menu (choose one of each course; subject to change)

  • Tomato and mozzarella
  • Salmon tartare
  • Cheese plate (you may also choose this for dessert)
Main course:
  • Dish of the day
  • Salmon en papillote (wrapped in parchment paper and baked)
  • Pesto penne
  • Slow-cooked lamb
  • Crème brulée
  • Chocolate mousse
  • Tasting plate of four desserts, served with coffee

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great Trip. Incredible church...bigger than the Notre Dame in Paris. Guide worked hard the show us as much as possible and explain everything. Luncheon was also well done...good service...good food...convenient location. Long day....

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful trip with a knowledgeable guide! The small van and small group tour was perfect!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The cathedral and the town were both excellent. Our Guide was excellent both in her knowledge and enthusiasm.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Me and my wife had a perfect trip. We had a very knowledgeable guide, who made sure all the people on tip enjoyed it. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to spend a day out of the office

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.

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