Day Trip to Fontainebleau & Vaux le Vicomte

5/5 (59 reviews)
  • Description

This full day excursion from Paris takes you to the two magnificent châteaux of Vaux le Vicomte and Fontainebleau, both located around one hour from Paris.

Vaux le Vicomte Château
Vaux le Vicomte Château

Set off from our central Paris agency at 9:15 am. Your first stop will be Vaux the Vicomte, the château that inspired King Louis XIV to build Versailles. A masterpiece of mid-17th Century classical architecture, the château and its grounds were created by three talented artists working for Nicolas Fouquet, a rich, high-ranking French official and Louis XIV's superintendent of finances. These three artists were the painter and decorator Charles Le Brun, the architect Louis Le Vau, and the landscape gardener André Le Nôtre. Your audio guide will show you Nicolas Fouquet's private apartments, the state rooms, and the château's great kitchens and vaulted cellars. Then enjoy some free time strolling through the stunning French-style formal gardens in the 86 acre grounds, home to sculpted bushes, lakes, and beautiful multi-coloured flower beds. Why not take the opportunity to eat lunch on the lawns or in the Vaux le Vicomte restaurant?

From September 29 to November 5: Château Vaux-le-Vicomte like it is in the movies
If you love films, you won't want to miss this exhibition at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte which is presenting shows and exhibitions looking back at the films which have been shot inside the Château

From November 25: Christmas at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte
The Château lights up with the hues of Christmas; sumptuous decor that will ensure you enjoy a visit full of magic and enchantment. In the evening, the central path through Vaux-le-Vicomte lights up with illuminated Christmas trees. The Château's rooms are filled with light and with exceptional ornaments.
You can book our special Christmas tour to Vaux-le-Vicomte by clicking HERE

We will leave Vaux le Vicomte at 1:30 pm for the second part of our tour in the heart of the forest of Fontainebleau. Journey time between the two châteaux is approximately 45 minutes. 

Fontainebleau is the only royal and imperial château to have been continuously inhabited for seven centuries. Dating back as far as the 12th Century, it was one of the residences of the rulers of France from the reigns of Francis I to Napoleon III. Mediaeval, Renaissance and classical in style, several kings have left their mark on the château's history and construction. During your audio guide visit, explore the richly furnished château, its unique collections, and key pieces such as the throne of Napoleon I and the famous horseshoe-shaped staircase. You will also visit the château's spacious private apartments, which enjoyed all the comforts of the age. After the tour, explore the huge grounds surrounding the château, as well as its three picturesque gardens.

Fontainebleau Castle
Fontainebleau Castle

Departure from Fontainebleau is scheduled for 5 pm, arriving back at our agency in Paris at around 6:15 pm.


The price includes:

  • Transport to and from Paris by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Audio guide tour of the château at Vaux le Vicomte and a visit to the formal gardens
  • Audio guide tour of the château at Fontainebleau
  • Admission to both châteaux

The price does not include:

  • Transfers to and from your accommodation in Paris
  • Lunch

Further information on your confirmation voucher:

 You will receive your confirmation and your voucher in 2 separate emails. Please print your voucher and redeem it to the PARISCityVISION office on the day of your departure.

  • Duration 9 hour(s)
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  • Highlights
  • Full day excursion to Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte châteaux from Paris by luxury coach
  • Explore the majestic royal and imperial château in the heart of the forest of Fontainebleau
  • Visit the stunning Vaux le Vicomte château that inspired Versailles
  • Enjoy an audio guide tour of the châteaux and free time to explore the magnificent French-style formal gardens

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  • Customer reviews
Number of reviews : 59
Average rating : 4.7 /5
Perfect, great trip all the way round. Bus, driver, time spent at both Chateau’s. Great value. Would use them again absolutely.
This tour was the best part of my first trip to France. I loved the history, and beauty of this tour. The palace wasn't crowded like Versailles. The bus had air conditioning, which was gladly welcomed in July.
Very well organised, professional tourguide, would book again!
Vaux le Vicomte was SUPERB (Five Star), Chateau, Gardens, Audio Guide, sign posts, everything. We had such a good time. Fontainebleau is fabulous, but the Fontainebleau audio guide (English) does not match the exhibits in the rooms, we gave up after two or three rooms. This was very disappointing to start with but we found we got a lot more out of the tour after we switched the guides off. We much preferred Fontainebleau to Versailles which we did a few days earlier, but Vaux le Vicomte was utterly magical and trumped them both.
We enjoyed the audio guided option that let us tour at our own leisure. No frills which is what we paid for.
ParisCityVision gets 5 stars, as does Vaux le Vicomte: an absolutely magnificent and efficiently run and maintained museum/tour. Fontainebleau; however, was unorganized, and confusing with an out of date audio guide that was difficult to manage. Museum Employees were far and few between offering no assistance The place was hot, dusty and tired. Having said that, the opportunity to see the structure and collections more than made up for the disappointment in the museum management/worthless audio guide. It is still worth the hassle due to it’s architectural and historical significance. I would not remove it from your agenda but don’t expect it to be as magical as Vaux le Vicomte; however, you will still expierence magnificent rooms filled with history
Very good