Day Trip to Fontainebleau & Vaux le Vicomte

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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.

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.

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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  • 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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April 1 - October 31, 2017
Adult: 75 € / Child (3-11 years old): 52 €

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Departure: 9.15 AM

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

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9 hour(s)

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Number of reviews : 30
Average rating : 4.7 /5
5/5
Excellent
5/5
Very nice trip. Just what I'd expected.
5/5
This was my second visit to Vaux-le-Vicomte and Faontainebleau with Paris City Vision. I had earlier visited the sites in October 2015. I highly recommend the tour. I had read several articles, brochures, and books dealing with the history of the chateau and the palace, and for that reason I was able to make more effective use of the time that was allotted at each site. At Vaux-le-Vicomte, the Salon des Muses, the Salon d'Hercule, and the Grand Salon were most impressive. There was so much to see inside the Chateau (especially on the lower floor) that I was able to spend only 25 minutes in the beautiful gardens. The food in the cafeteria was good. At Fontainebleau, parts of the gardens were inaccessible because of construction activity, but there is so much to see inside the palace that this was not a problem for me. The art treasures in the Gallery of Francis I and the Salle de Bal almost have to be seen to believed. Our Paris City Vision bus driver did a good job of getting us back to Paris shortly after 6 PM. I do recommend this tour, but I recommend that everyone do as much reading about the history of the palace and the chateau as possible before visiting them.
5/5
Great tour - would happily repeat and will recommend! Very well organized. The bus was comfortable and the ride was smooth... until the afternoon. The heat was stifling - until one of the passengers asked the driver to turn on the air conditioning. Other than that, everything was great - very impressed!
5/5
Excellant day trip from paris..enough time at both places..lots to see. Audio guide was very good..ample time to enjoy the tour..on time.lovely ride through the french countryside...found it better then versailles...
4/5
We loved seeing these two great palaces. The tour was very efficiently and safely conducted, and our guide was pleasant and very knowledgeable.
5/5
Great day and sight cafe was exoensive bring your lunch
4/5
Good!
4/5
I enjoyed the day - everything was very organized and efficient. My only complaint was that it was a little too long - Could have spent less time in Fontainebleau and returned to Paris earlier.
5/5
Very well organised, I enjoyed the tour a lot, because I didn't have to worry about anything.
5/5
Had about 3 hours at each location, which was plenty of time. Nice bus and driver. Great tour!
5/5
Seamless and perfectly timed
5/5
Nice, tour, nice leader, good bus driver. Perfect!
5/5
excellent tourexcellent bus driverneed access to bus toilet
5/5
Excellent excursion, time is enough for both chateaux, the combination is perfect. Strongly recommended.
4/5
good
5/5
Exceeded my expectations. Prompt departure from Paris, and we would have had a prompt departure from the first chateau, except for 3 thoughtless guests who arrived back to the bus 15 minutes late. This meant a shorter time for everyone at Fontainebleau. I don't know a solution to this, but it is highly unfair to keep 30+ guests waiting on a thougtless few. Shame on them. I know the driver was just about to leave without them when they showed up back at the bus, and none of us on the bus would have been upset if they had been left behind.
5/5
Strongly recommend this trip! We were torn between Versailles (which some of us had already seen) and this trip and we were so happy we chose this. Vaux le Vicomte was really our favorite chateau! The families who've owned it have done a great job on restoring and preserving it. And Fontainebleau is the only palace that was not destroyed after the fall of the French monarchy and seeing all of the preserved interiors was amazingly impressive.
5/5
No crowds!! We went to Versailles last week and walked through elbow to elbow. These castles were more beautiful and much less crowded.
5/5
Easy to find Paris City Vision location in Paris. Comfortable, clean bus and great driver. Plenty of time to see each location, including sitting down for lunch at Vaux le Vicomte. Wonderful
5/5
We enjoyed this and would do it again. The coach was lovely and when we arrived at our destinations we got audio guides so we could go at our own pace. We have been taking private tours for years but this was a good mix of good transportation to sites with touring at our pace. Everyone from guide to driver very professional and helpful.
4/5
Self-guided tour. Basically they provide the tickets with audioguide and transportation, you walk around and check things out yourself. The price was reasonable, the bus was newer and comfortable. It was exactly what I was looking for and expecting.You get about 3 hours at each stop to look around and there is plenty of time for lunch. I didn't feel rushed.
4/5
Could cut the length of each segment by half an hour That would be long enough to see the chateau and may help to avoid heavy traffic on the return trip
4/5
A very enjoyable day. The guide Jean Louis was very impressive wit his historical knowledge. Only disappointment was that the coach driver was over 30 minutes late arriving at Paris City Vision offices to pick us all up in the morning to start the tour and this is not acceptable when paying for a tour when every minute counts. I believe this resulted in a shorter stay in Fontainebleau. We really needed more time here as its such a huge palace.
5/5
Very interesting!
5/5
We really enjoyed the day, and choosing the option of the audioguide allowed us to proceed at our own pace through both châteaux. A stunning trip through the richness of French cultural history. This is a tour I would highly recommend.
5/5
Great site. Definitely worth the day trip and the money. As above, only suggestion is that a short narrative to organize and frame the trip is really needed (especially so if the driver is not multilingual to help with questions).
4/5
Good service and organization.
4/5
Car confortable et excellent guide.
4/5
Vaux Le Vicomte was beautiful and empty - highly recommended. It was pouring by the time we got to Fontainebleu, so everyone was confined to the museum rather than the gardens, and it was extremely crowded and hard to get through the museum. I'm sure it's lovely in nicer weather.