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Paris, capital of France, art, fashion and love… It is a must-see city. It is also a very good starting point for going on a road trip to the surrounding towns. The outskirts of Paris are full of cities and exotic landscapes that contribute to the beauty of French heritage. Go on an adventure aboard a blacksheep van from the Paris agency. Discover the cities to visit near Paris!

Take the road to explore Rouen, Reims, Troyes or the medieval city of Provins. Stroll through the Apremont Gorge for a little freshness! This road trip mixes city, nature and heritage: environmental change with Paris guaranteed!

Our tips for a successful road trip:

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Three-day getaway

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Day 1: Friendship Park and Rouen

Start your road trip from Paris by picking up your house for the next few days. Go for your first getaway, not far from Paris but that will change you for sure!
Head to the Friendship Park in Rueil-Malmaison, where you will find a small haven of peace. This garden will transport you to Japan with the many landscaped spaces with abundant and atypical flora. Thanks to numerous twinnings with cities around the world, the Garden has been able to establish plants from all over the world.

Then head to a city known artistically for being Claude Monet's hometown: Giverny. It's one of the must-see cities to visit near Paris. For art lovers, you'll be delighted with the Impressionist Museum. You can visit the gardens and the house of Claude Monet but also get lost in the city to recognize some landscapes of his famous paintings.

After being charmed by Giverny, it's time to find a nice little place to spend the night and cook your first meal aboard the van. Don't forget to check on Park4Night.

For your first shower, feel free to read our article on hygiene in van,it can help you if you are a little lost on the different options ahah

Day 2: Gerberoy and Reims

We invite you to start this second day of roadtrip from Paris to Gerberoy, one of the most beautiful villages in France. It is characterized by its houses made of wood and rags or bricks. Thanks to the painter The Sidaner, the village has experienced a renaissance in recent decades. Indeed, he encouraged all the inhabitants to plant flowers in the village to beautify it. This initiative has earned them the title of the most beautiful village in France thanks to the roses present everywhere. In addition to admiring the flowers, you can visit the collegiate Saint-Pierre,the old mill as well as the gardens of Henri Le Sidaner and the garden of The Ifs.

In the afternoon, take a tour of the city of Reims, the capital of Champagne! It is impossible not to visit THE Cathedral of Reims, where 33 kings of France were sacred and where the baptism of Clovis took place (yes, the same Clovis as in the history classes). Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this monument is a masterpiece of Gothic art, which unfortunately was badly damaged during the First World War before being restored.

Two other monuments are worth a visit for the impressive architectural work: the Basilica of Saint Rémi de Reims and the Tau Palace.

If you like Champagne or are interested in viticulture, visit a champagne cellar, a true heritage of the city of Reims. Large Champagne houses usually open their doors to visit and do tastings like Taittinger House or G.H. Mumm (check out this page for more info on tours).

In the evening, when you are comfortably settled and you will look at the sublime photos you have taken in the last two days... Don't hesitate to tag us on social networks(Facebook or Instagram)! The Blacksheep team will be delighted to follow your adventures aboard their campervan! (And it's also an opportunity to squiring with your friends and family).

Day 3: Provins and the Apremont Gorges

For this last day of discovery of cities to visit near Paris,go to the medieval city of Provins. It is in this city that the largest medieval festival takes place in France: the event usually takes place in June and many activities are offered.

The city offers Provins/Family Pass to visit all the monuments at discounted prices (for more information, check here). This pass gives you access to 3 or 4 monuments depending on the chosen formula:

- the Caesar Tower, which overlooks the city and which served as a watchtower, a refuge but also a prison
- The Grange at the tithes of Provins with the reproduction of period life with merchants and trades of the Middle Ages
- The Provins and Provinois Museum with its unique collections of objects dating from antiquity to the 19th century and which come from the archaeological excavations of the surrounding area.
- Priory Saint-Ayoul de Provins, which has experienced fire, reconstruction, renovation... In recent years, archaeologists have been excavating the site and have made several discoveries including colorful murals.

Finally, to finish this road trip on a note of greenery, go for a walk in the Gorges d'Apremont. This site is known for its views throughout the hike (about 2 hours). Follow the Denecourt Trail 6 and you will cross several landscapes: mountainous, rocky, forest... (For more information, check out this hiking suggestion).

Now that you've explored the surroundings of Paris, why not explore the Northern Alps or the Basque Country? Discover our road-trips ideas!

So want to let yourself be tempted by this road trip in a converted van? Need more information? Don't hesitate to call our agency on 0)9 51 38 88 15 or to contact us by email: contact@blacksheep-van.com. See you on the road very soon!

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Day 1: Friendship Park and Giverny

Start your road trip from Paris by picking up your house for the next few days. Go for your first getaway, not far from Paris but that will change you for sure!
Head to the Friendship Park in Rueil-Malmaison, where you will find a small haven of peace. This garden will transport you to Japan with the many landscaped spaces with abundant and atypical flora. Thanks to numerous twinnings with cities around the world, the Garden has been able to establish plants from all over the world.

Then go to a city known artistically for having been the heart city of Claude Monet: Giverny. For art lovers, you'll be delighted with the Impressionist Museum. You can visit the gardens and the house of Claude Monet but also get lost in the city to recognize some landscapes of his famous paintings.

After being charmed by Giverny, it's time to find a nice little place to spend the night and cook your first meal aboard the van. Don't forget to check on Park4Night.
For your first shower, feel free to read our article on hygiene in van,it can help you if you are a little lost on the different options ahah

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Then head to a city known artistically for being Claude Monet's hometown: Giverny. It's one of the must-see cities to visit near Paris. For art lovers, you'll be delighted with the Impressionist Museum. You can visit the gardens and the house of Claude Monet but also get lost in the city to recognize some landscapes of his famous paintings.

After being charmed by Giverny, it's time to find a nice little place to spend the night and cook your first meal aboard the van. Don't forget to check on Park4Night.

For your first shower, feel free to read our article on hygiene in van,it can help you if you are a little lost on the different options ahah

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Day 2: Rouen and Gerberoy

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Gerberoy

We propose to end the day in Gerberoy,one of the most beautiful villages in France. It is characterized by its houses made of wood and rags or bricks. Thanks to the painter The Sidaner, the village has experienced a renaissance in recent decades. Indeed, he encouraged all the inhabitants to plant flowers in the village to beautify it. This initiative has earned them the title of the most beautiful village in France thanks to the roses present everywhere. In addition to admiring the flowers, you can visit the collegiate Saint-Pierre,the old mill as well as the gardens of Henri Le Sidaner and the garden of The Ifs.

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Day 3: Amiens the hortillonnages

On this third day of adventure, head for Amiens, also called the little Venice of the North and the capital of Picardy. It is famous for its many UNESCO World Heritage sites. You can start with Notre Dame Cathedral, the largest in France with its Gothic style. Then, stroll through the Saint-Leu district with its colourful alleyways and explore this artisanal district with its terraces and restaurants.

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Then you can take a two-and-a-half hour walk along the 5-lake trail (Stellisee, Grindjisee, Grunsee, Moosjisee, Leisee) to get a stunning view of the famous Mount Matterhorn. You will have the opportunity to take beautiful photos with the reflection of the Mount in the water...

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Day 4

The day's programme: visit the city of Reims, the capital of Champagne! It is impossible not to visit THE Cathedral of Reims, where 33 kings of France were sacred and where Clovis was baptized (yes, the same Clovis as in history classes). Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this monument is a masterpiece of Gothic art, which unfortunately was badly damaged during the First World War before being restored.

Two other monuments are worth a visit for the architectural work done: the Basilica of Saint Rémi de Reims and the Tau Palace.

If you like Champagne or are interested in viticulture, visit a champagne cellar, a true heritage of the city of Reims. The big Champagne houses usually open their doors to make visits and make tastings like The Taittinger House, G.H. Mumm (for more info, check out this page).

In the afternoon, we invite you to do the Chamery hike (about 4 hours) that will take you through the vineyards and into the forest of the mountain of Reims.

After finding a great place to sleep and while you prepare a nice little dish... Take the opportunity to post your best photos on the networks and not forget to tag us(Facebook, Instagram).

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Day 5: Troyes

Day five on the road, head for Troyes. If you are interested in the history of the Order of the Templars, stop first at the Hughes de Payns Museum, founder and first master of the Temple.

Then take advantage of this day to discover this charming city. The uniqueness of this city lies in its historic centre: you can admire traditional houses and ancient monuments such as the old bakery. Go through the cat lane, one of the oldest in the city, it is one of the symbols of the city!

The city has a fairly important religious heritage and there are no less than 10 churches, cathedrals and basilicas, the most famous of which are St. Peter's Cathedral, and the Church of St. Nizier. For a lunch break, stop at the Troyes halls where you can sample typical dishes and local produce.

To end the day in the green, go for a walk in the forest of the Orient. For a short easy hike of 2 hours that will take you around the Lake of Orient and stroll through the forest, we recommend the circuit of Larivour.

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Day 6: Vezelay and the medieval city of Provins

For this penultimate day of roadtrip from Paris,head to Vézelay, one of the most beautiful villages in France. It is also a mecca of Christianity: the village is on the way to the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Perched at the top of the hill, St. Magdalene Basilica is a masterpiece of Romanesque art. But before you get to the top, you'll find points of interest along the way. You can admire the medieval houses on the main street during the ascent.

Continue with the visit of the houses of "famous" people who have stayed in Vezelay as the home of the writer Jules Roy. Stop at the Zervos Museum of Modern Art where works by artists such as Picasso, Miro and Ernst are on display. Then the Visitor's House will allow you to better understand the Basilica of Vezelay with its games of light... Finish this discovery at the top with the basilica, admire the stained glass windows, from above you will have a panoramic view of the village.

Provins

For this second part of the day, go to the medieval city of Provins. It is in this city that the largest medieval festival takes place in France: the event usually takes place in June. The city offers Provins/Family Pass to visit all the monuments at discounted prices (for more information, check here). This pass gives you access to 3 or 4 monuments according to the chosen formula: (for more info, go to the website of the tourist office of Provins.

- the Caesar Tower, which overlooks the city. It used to be a watchtower, a refuge but also a prison
- The Grange at the tithes of Provins with the reproduction of period life, featuring merchants and trades of the Middle Ages
- The Provins and Provinois Museum with its unique collections of objects dating from antiquity to the 19th century and which come from the archaeological excavations of the surrounding area.
- Priory Saint-Ayoul de Provins, which has experienced fire, reconstruction, renovation... In recent years, archaeologists have been excavating the site and have made several discoveries including colorful murals.

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Day 7: Moret-sur-Loing and Gorges d'Apremont

Last day aboard your converted van, the first city to visit near Paris: Moret-sur-Loing, known for Sucre d'Orge candy and Alfred Sisley's paintings. Access the city by the bridge and enter the city through the imposing fortified gates. Near these gates are two mills that you can visit: the Tan and Graciot mill and the Provencher mill which were used in tannery to soften the skins.

For impressionists, you will find your happiness in the open-air museum. Indeed, the city reproduces his works in very large sizes and are exhibited on the facades of the city's buildings. You can also follow the Sisley route to retrace the painter's steps and see where he laid his easel.

Another symbol of the city: the barley sugar candy that has more than 300 years of history, go immerse yourself in this sweet universe that will surely remind you of childhood memories at the Sugar Museum of Orge.

Apremont gorges panorama in Fontainebleau forest

Finally, to finish this road trip on a note of greenery, go for a walk in the Gorges d'Apremont. This site is known for its views throughout the hike (duration: about 2 hours). Follow the Denecourt Trail 6 and you will cross several landscapes: mountainous, rocky, forest... (For more information on this hike, check out this site).

After this last walk, it's already time to return your campervan to the Paris agency. We know, it's sad but it's only part postponed to the next weekend or your next vacation!

Now that you've explored the surroundings of Paris, why not explore the Northern Alps or the Basque Country? Discover our road-trips ideas!

So want to let yourself be tempted by this road trip in a converted van? Need more information? Don't hesitate to call our agency on 0)9 51 38 88 15 or to contact us by email: contact@blacksheep-van.com. See you on the road very soon!

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