Top 3 Day Trips from Paris to Share with Your Special Someone on Valentine’s day
by Youliana Veltcheva
January 29, 2020
With Valentine’s day right around the corner, you can make this yet the most perfect and unique celebration for the special one in your life. It’s no secret that France is a lovers’ paradise and if you are tired of the same old expensive dinners, cards, and flowers and want to go all out, take your someone special on a private tour to some of the most magical places to explore in a day trip from Paris.
The top 3 romantic destinations we’ve chosen, feature a plethora of attractions - from great eateries for starters, whether it be classical French Bistros or formal, elegant Michelin-starred restaurants and trendy wine bars, where you can sample vintages of local wines, in a romantic setting, to idyllic countryside, splendid historic villages, and numerous museums and architectural gems.
Referred to as “Venice of the North”
, this charming city is the ultimate romantic location for a couple in love. With its beautiful canals, cobble-stone streets, colorful buildings and delectable chocolate you will be surprised at how much the city has to offer.
Dating back to 9th century, Bruges was founded by Vikings who settled along the shores of river Zwin, connecting to the North sea. The beautiful 15th century Gothic buildings are impressive. As you stroll around the main square you will see the magnificent Belfry tower, the opulent courthouse and the Markt, which is an open area market place for fresh produce, to name a few.
The city ramparts on the outskirts and the charming windmills are both marvelous places to see. Bruges is also the home place of mouth watering waffles and delectable hot chocolate. There are chocolate shops and cafes everywhere you turn, with cozy and inviting atmosphere, perfect for a couple in love. The Minnewater lake with the graceful swans floating by is also romantic sight to see.
But why not sit at one of the pubs to sample locally brewed Belgium beer and the typical french fries with mayo?
Take a romantic carriage ride or hop on a boat cruise to discover an idyllic view of the meandering canals of Bruges. A private trip from Paris to Bruges will take you on a memorable journey without the need to plan or stress over taking care of details.
Nothing could be more romantic than spending an afternoon sipping Chambertin, enjoying the view of stunning vineyards, discovering the charming historical villages and their gourmet cuisine, and taking a wine tour to learn about the fascinating process of growing grapes, fermenting and bottling it, while exploring the dark cellars and tasting some exquisite wine.
Treat yourself to a private day tour in Burgundy and visit the Hospice de Beaune, eat a delicious lunch at Le Benaton, an excellent, relaxed atmosphere with reasonably priced menu and some of the finest food in Beaune, including fish, seafood, meats, paired with some excellent wines. Then visit three selected family domains: Pommard, Meursault, Nuit Saint-Georges, tasting Burgundy’s top Village and Premier Cru appellation wines.
The early TGV high-speed train takes you to Alsace in less than 2 hours and you can escape from Paris for a day of romantic exploration of this beautiful area of France. You will see the most astonishing castle Haut Coenisburg
and stroll the streets of the old city of Strasbourg with its unique architecture and breathtaking cathedral.
Book a romantic private day tour
for both of you and let your guide tell you the fascinating story of the region. For lunch you can enjoy the delectable gourmet food, served at “le Petit France”
With its turn-of-the-century districts built by the Germans, and hi-tech 17th-century fortifications designed by Vauban, a patchwork of architectural styles from the Medieval, Renaissance, Romantic and Art Nouveau eras, you see a true blend of the German and French cultures, that spills into cuisine and wine. Strasbourg is also the homeplace of the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Parliament - a representation of the friendship and collaboration between countries, especially France and Germany. The city sand-stone cathedral is absolutely impressive, dating back to the 1100s.
The charming “la Petit France” historic district, surrounded by four waterways, is very romantic with its picturesque maze of narrow cobbled stone streets and alleys, charming black and white half timbered houses and traditional restaurants, serving the typical Alsatian specialties, like choucroute garnie (sauerkraut and sausages or fish) and tarte flambée (rolled out bread dough, covered with fromage frais and topped with onion and lardons).
If you plan to travel to Paris for February 14 with your special someone this year, choose one of the many romantic day trips to spend the holiday. Whether you choose to visit some of the most intimate destinations in the countryside like Alsace and Burgundy areas of France, or you decide on venturing outside of France to Belgium’s city of Bruges, you romantic trip to France will leave you with unforgettable memories to share.