Day Trip to Fontainebleau & Vaux le Vicomte

5/5 (43 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?

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)
  • Skip-the-line ticket  
  • Audioguide  
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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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Departure

Address : PARISCityVISION Agency
2 rue des Pyramides 75001 Paris
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Metro: Tuileries , Pyramides

Duration

9 hour(s)

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  • Customer reviews
Number of reviews : 43
Average rating : 4.7 /5
5/5
This was very well organised and ran smoothly so we had plenty of time , did not feel rushed and we found it relaxing yet saw two fantastic places.
5/5
Fantastic tour! Was very impressed with Vaux le Vicomte and paid the extra euros to climb the tour stairs to get a view over the whole estate - recommend all visitors (within capacity of course) to do this as the view is just spectactular.
5/5
Great tour! Could probably be cut by an hour (9-8 hours) but it was a great experience!
4/5
Well organized
5/5
Both were excellent. The audio sets made a difference in explaining .the rooms. Some clarification by the driver on arrival that we were self guiding and where to go. Otherwise Vaux le v. Straight forward. Not advised to have lunch at the first stop. There was time and a nice kiosk. A very hot day so after interior at FontainBleu we found the little train to do the outside gardens. The bus was delayed for our departure and we had to guess why.. it would be helpful for peace of mind for explanation.
4/5
Bus left on time and the bus was clean. Regrettably the bus was over 30 minutes late to pick us up and we had no notice. What made matters worse is that the driver did not provide an explanation or an apology.
5/5
Great bus and a well organised tour. Time at each stop was adequate.