Personal Driver for your Day Trip from Paris

I offer private round-trips in France, from Paris city to the country side, to the beach, to see a charming village, the Loire castles, the Wineries and more.

I have organized safe and private transportation for more than two decades.

With me, we will go using a Safe and Modern car to see the most charming regions in France in the boundaries of 3 hours of travel time.

Do you have an extra day to visit Paris magical surroundings?

Here I present a selection of the best round trips in France, departing from Paris.

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Classic Destinations from Paris

Let's have a look at some of the destinations we can go to together on my Explorer Map below.

Explorer Map Day trips From Paris with sam serge to explore France 2023

My day trips from Paris :

  • Champagne Region & tastings
  • Normandy Landing beaches
  • Loire Valley and Chambord
  • Chenonceau
  • Versailles
  • Giverny
  • Mont Saint-Michel
  • Provence, Beaux, Saint-Remy & Arles
  • Alps
  • Lavender Fields
  • And more below

France is a small paradise on earth

France is still a paradise on Earth, and I want to show it to you.

You can absolutely visit anything by train in France, the world's number one most visited country.

But, I do believe that with comfortable car and a safe driver, you can go to places far more hidden. Also, the car allows you to have a 100% flexible agenda and you don't depend on the Train hours.

Why explore more places than Paris?

French have been blessed with stunning landscape comprising of Alpine mountains, beautiful meadows, picturesque vineyards and farms, plenty of rivers, spectacular sea coasts and sophisticated Art, cuisine and culture.

Today, the French country side is still attracting many modern designers, painters, art directors, movie producers and developers who live and work there.

I myself often go get some fresh air and some inspiration for my next projects with my family.

If you decide to spend some time in the country side of France, you will be following the footsteps of the great artists:

Claude Monet in Giverny

1840 - 1926

roadtrip Giverny

Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise

1853 to 1890

van gogh anvers sur oise

Leonardo Da Vinci in France Loire Valley: 1452 - 1519

What we will see during a day trip in France?

Together, we will see a lot of green landscapes and small cute preserved villages.

Some of these beautiful villages are protected by the NGO and ranked as the most attractive villages in the world.

We will go to the source of this amazing treats that we find in Paris! We will taste the wine from the hands of the local producers, the truffles from the forest, and eat the type of cheese and bread specialty of each region you will visit.

Let's ride to the Champagne prestigious houses, go see the Loire castles like in Game of Thrones, go swim in a pure water lake melting from the Alpine mountains, or go discover the history of the American Landing beaches of Normandy.

Everything is possible with my team of Drivers and Guides.

1 - Champagne Region + Tastings

Drive to Champagne

For the Champagne region, we will need just a one day round-trip.
I will pick you up at your hotel lobby at 9.am and go back around 6.pm to Paris.

During this journey to Champagne region, we will discover a selection from the prestigious Houses of Champagne.

When we arrive at each house, an expert, from the House, will be explaining to us the making process, the qualities of the Champagne and why their Champagne is the best. The expert will lead us into the House underground and up to the winery field.

Then, I will take you to lunch in a refined restaurant with the finest local products, farmed from the same region, to be in complete harmony with the Champagne we taste.

We will see lots of flat green landscapes, fresh and beautiful nature, dazzling vineyards, cute roads and French farms.

champagne day rip from Paris

Then, I will take you to lunch in a refined restaurant with the finest local products, farmed from the same region, to be in complete harmony with the Champagne we taste.

Champagne Houses:

House of Dom Pérignon *****

House of Ruinart *****

House of Taittinger ****

House of Moet & Chandon ****

House of La Veuve Cliquot ***

We will visit and hear stories about the successful families owning the Champagne brands in France.

CATHEDRALE of reims Drive to champagne from Paris

Reims

We will stop at the town and get inside the Cathedral of Reims

Will visit Dom Perignon's Grave & his beautiful childhood village which is still well conserved.

We will meet with the local producers and see how they live their daily lives in their winery estates.

For example, for your honeymoon or anniversary :

  1. We can choose to taste different champagnes at the best Houses.
  2. We can order some flowers and roses for the car with me to surprise your partner.
  3. We can privatize the restaurant to organize a party with your friends.

It is 1h40 away from Paris

- We drive safely and slowly so you can enjoy the scenic view, with lots of open roads and French old country landscapes.

Need a Driver & tour Guide for Champagne?

I can book for us a knowledgeable tour guide for the Champagne region, with a great passion for the region, a good taste and can speak well of wines, cheese and French gourmet products. 

2 - Discover the Normandy

Drive to Normandy

approximately 2 hours from Paris

With Pick-up at your hotel and drop off your hotel

What we will see :

  1. Colleville-sur-Mer : Memorial and American Cemetery
  2. Landing Museum of Normandy
  3. Longues-sur-Mer Battery
  4. Pointe du Hoc Ranger Memorial
  5. WWII landmarks
  6. beautiful cliffs of Normandy

You'll also learn more about the story of the Allied Invasion of Omaha Beach, the Bunkers, the spies, the american intelligence, the Nazi occupation and defense systems, the artillery, the ingenious British plans with the help of the Americans to liberate France …

Roadtrip to Normandy with sam the driver

Landing beaches : Sword, Juno, Omaha, Utah, Gold

You'll see the Artificial Harbor in Arromanches, and hear about the extremely creative counterintelligence stories, with lots of documents and physical proofs in the museum, featuring some of the heroic individual destinies of the famous american black and Jewish soldiers who participated to the liberation of France from the Nazis.

The drive to Normandy

Car : Mercedes class V. Safe. Roomy. very comfortable.

Driver : Sam or Serge

Guide : Ivan

Ivan is a local french guide, born in Normandy and lives in Paris. Ivan speaks English and knows very well the Normandy and the WWII history and its landmarks.


3 - Visit France King's Apartments

The drive to Versailles

40 minutes drive from Paris

sam driver in Versailles in front of fountains

9:30 am : I pick-you up at your hotel.

We go to Versailles with a private expert guide

10:30 am : We arrive at Versailles Palace.

With your guide, you will skip the line thanks to your guide's license.

You will start your guided tour inside the Palace in the Royal apartments

12:30 : Lunch or picnic in the gorgeous and the dazzling gardens of Versailles

3 pm : I will tour with you in the huge Gardens of the palace and see a fountain musical show, unchanged ceremony from the Versailles era.

5 pm : We drive back to Paris. Drop off at your hotel

Versailles Gardens by Car

If you want to see all the gardens of Versailles from the comfort of the Car instead of renting bikes or golf cart.

The advantage of my car is the efficiency, safety and comfort: AC Conditioned, during winter and summer, High ride to see everything, 360° seats... Also, I know the circuit very well.

Versailles-Seasons


4 - The Country side to find inspiration

Giverny Flowers trip

Pick-up at your hotel and drop off your hotel

Go to Giverny where Claude monet lived and painted the beautiful flower paintings

Sam Driver to Giverny

We will see the amazing landscapes not far from Paris.

We will discover he village of Claude Monet and his house, walk in the flower Gardens and climb in the tower near the house...

The drive

Very easy drive : it is only 1h20 min away from Paris center

roadtrip Giverny


5 - Drive to Vimy in Belgium to see the Canadian memorial

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The relationship between Canada and France has deeply established roots. As France colonized a portion of Canada in the early 1500s. A growing French population settled on Canada’s Eastern shores.
With the commencement of World War One (WWI) Canadians were called to serve in the name of the British Empire.
French Canadians, although opposed to aiding the British in ‘their’ war, felt an immeasurable respect and duty towards France.
Similarly in World War Two (WWII), French opposition to aiding the British in the war was palpable. French Canadians in particular, once more felt compelled to lend aid to the people of France.

The presence of France in Canada had been for hundreds of years. The bond between the French and French-Canadians remained strong through a shared culture and language.
In French Canada today, diverse measures have been taken to maintain and protect the French ‘original’ language. There more many linguistic ties between 17th century French and Quebecois French.

During D-Day, Canadians were set to rush to Juno Beach in Normandy, France.
Juno Beach was the Allied code name for a 10 km stretch of French coastline.
Canadians endured ceaseless German resistance to their invasion.
The Third Infantry Division took heavy casualties, but managed to take control of the beach by the end of the day.

Pick-up at your hotel in Paris and head to Belgium - Vimy

What you will see : A symbol of Canadian unity and ingenuity.

A memorial in France marks the site of the great Canadian victory during WWI.

Canadian Memorial - the Cemetery - Vimy museum - Lunch in a nice restaurant

The drive

Long Drive ( 3 hours ) - Round trip in one day

Other possibility:

Go to Bruges in Belgium, and taste the famous Belgian chocolate and visit the best jewelry boutiques in the world

For Art lovers, I have prepared new plans to get inspired while you visit France.

As your personal driver, it will be my pleasure to take you on an amazing peaceful and comfortable journey to discover one of my favorite destinations in France.

Lavender Trip (Only in June) 

Many creatives artists, Designers, Celebrities, Actors, famous Cinematographers, Advertisers and Art Directors, producers, writers and journalists contact me with their need to escape Paris for a day or two and find new inspiration in the Lavender fields.

If you are looking to find your way and open your mind to a new atmosphere of work, I do believe that a trip to France country side will help you, like it helped Leonardo Da Vinci unblock his true potential.

Some of my guests decided to go to the Country side, just to sit and to relax in charming French Hotels and beautiful Chateaux, and enjoy the famous Service à La Française !

In summary, I cannot tell you why you should visit France, because it would take me days to explain... and the list is just endless!

France, which is called by the locals "the hexagon", has 3 maritime sides and 3 land sides.

Located halfway between the equator and the North Pole, France is a temperate country. Its population is more than 65 millions.

Mont Blanc is its highest peak and is known to be the summit of Europe. The Loire is its longest river, with the highest number of castles in the world.

I am a Francophile, I love the French language, the French culture and I feel attached to the complex History of my country.

The number of French speakers in the world is estimated today at 140 million.

Since the revolution, France has had administrative structures.

From 1789 the constituent assembly divided the nation into provinces and divided the country into 83 departments, all placed on the same footing of equality.

Napoleon Bonaparte created the division of administrative work : France has Regions, Prefects, Sub-prefects and the town halls of the communes that can run independently from the Central Power but depend on Paris on taxes, budgeting and National laws.

The idea of ​​a region will be more difficult to implement because it aims to decentralize state services. Several attempts at "regionalization" will see the light of day, in 1871 Napoleon III then in 1917 with 21 regions. We had to wait until 1982 so that the regions reach the statute of "territorial collectivity". It was not until 1986 that the "Presidents of Regions" were elected by universal suffrage during a National Election day for Regional Elections. Of course, the most popular vote is the presidential elections.

The Ile de France region has a special status as well as Corsica and the overseas departments (Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Reunion).

INDUSTRY From 1946 to 1975 France knows a strong industrial expansion and multiplies by 4 its production.  The 1973 oil crisis put a brake on the so-called "30 glorious" period.  In the 1980s, certain industries suffered. Today, France focus on Fabless industries, on design, on automation and strategy development, on Artificial Intelligence.
ENERGY In 1973, oil accounted for 70% of the energy consumed in France.  In 1995 the nuclear fleet produced 75% of the energy.  The supply is diversified, but France rely on renewable energies : Nuclear Power, Wind, Solar.
With globalization, France managed to sell its expertise in Nuclear thanks to our "Energy dinosaure companay" EDF.
Industrial jobs have changed.  New services due to urbanization have emerged : Real Estate, Tourism, Private health care, therapies, and new upscale services such as : R&D, Digital, AI, Semiconductors. France kept betting on the old refined services such as : Fashion, Gourmet, 5 stars Hotels, Architecture ...
The standard of living has increased.  Local authorities have generated many new jobs.
TOURISM More than 2 million people work in this sector and France is the world's leading tourist destination.
We welcome more than 70 million visitors, 80% of whom are Europeans, with Paris being the most visited capital in the world.
More 30 million come to Paris by airplane.
The 90% of the French people mainly take their holidays in France after the pandemic. They are discovering again their country gems which boosted the number of guest-house and the competition made their services even better.
In Paris, the most visited sites are, in millions of people per Year:
Versailles 7.5 millions,  Eiffel Tower 7 millions, Louvre 12 millions.
Other visitors go to Fontainebleau castle 13.5 millions.  lle d'Oléron 2.8 millions, Mont Saint Michel 2.8 millions, Etretat 2.8 millions, Dune du Pilat 1.7 millions...

France's agriculture is very advanced. France evolves around organic food as French people love to cook and avoid eating junk and industrial food.

The culinary schools are always full. Students come to Paris to learn about the Culinary Arts and get trained on the French service : Conciergery, Hotellerie, Wine, and restaurants, which makes our country maybe even a leading light in our planet's gastronomy.

Everywhere we drive in France, the landscapes are different and the geography changes : From flat hot plains to high icy mountains, in this country you will many different sceneries.

The flavors of the French cuisines are different from one territory to another.

After the 2nd World War, the rural exodus accelerated and 3/4 of the farmers disappeared in 50 years.  In one century, the number of farms fell from 5.7 million to less than 700,000, while the average size was multiplied by 4 and productivity was multiplied by 7 (fertilizers, weedkillers, mechanization, specialization).  Polyculture disappears in favor of industrialization.

In summary :

France is a very Rich country with spectacular and various territories.

The villages around Paris are full of charm.

France is, still, a beautiful and safe country. On my trips, I notice that the French make a continuous effort to preserve our country natural reserves.

From glamorous small cities like Strasbourg, to big towns like Lyon and Bordeaux or charming little villages like Beaunes, we can go and visit most of them following a well-planned itinerary to Roche-Guyon.

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