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Fontainebleau & Vaux-le-Vicomte Châteaux Day Tour from Paris

1. Fontainebleau & Vaux-le-Vicomte Châteaux Day Tour from Paris

This full-day trip from Paris takes you to the Vaux-le-Vicomte and Fontainebleau châteaux for guided tours of the castles and a chance to explore their gardens. Set off from Paris at 09:15 on the hour-long drive to Vaux-le-Vicomte, the château that inspired King Louis XIV to build his Versailles Palace. A masterpiece of mid-17th century classical architecture, the château and its grounds were created by 3 talented artists working for Nicolas Fouquet, a rich, high-ranking French official and Louis XIV's Superintendent of Finance. The 3 artists were the painter and decorator Charles Le Brun, the architect Louis Le Vau, and the landscape gardener André Le Nôtre. With an audio guide you’ll explore Nicolas Fouquet's private apartments, the state rooms, and the château's great kitchens and vaulted cellars. Enjoy a stroll through the stunning French-style formal gardens on the estate’s 86-acre grounds, featuring sculpted bushes, lakes, and multicolored flower beds. If you like you can eat lunch on the lawn or in the Vaux-le-Vicomte restaurant. You’ll leave Vaux-le-Vicomte at 13:30 for the second part of the tour, heading to the heart of the forest of Fontainebleau. Fontainebleau is the only royal château to have been continuously inhabited for 7 centuries. Dating back to the 12th century, it was one of the residences of French rulers from Francis I to Napoleon III. During your audio-guided visit, you’ll explore the richly furnished château, admiring its unique collections and key pieces such as the throne of Napoleon I and the famous horseshoe-shaped staircase. You’ll also see the spacious private apartments. After the tour, you’ll have time to explore the vast grounds surrounding the château, as well as its 3 lovely gardens. Departure from Fontainebleau is scheduled for 17:00, with arrival back in central Paris at around 18:15.

From Paris: Chateau de Fontainebleau & Vaux-Le-Vicomte Tour

2. From Paris: Chateau de Fontainebleau & Vaux-Le-Vicomte Tour

Discover two of the most beautiful and historically interesting castles in the Paris region on this small group day trip. You’ll visit the lovely Chateau and gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte, where the “jardin à la francaise” was born and then explore the regal splendor of Chateau de Fontainebleau where more than seven centuries of kings and emperors lived and created history.  Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, with its deluxe 17th century decor and outstanding French Gardens is enchanting. It is so beautiful that it directly inspired the Sun King to build the Palace of Versailles, in order to rival it. You’ll learn about the captivating history of the estate and its past owners, wander through the perfectly ordered French Gardens and enjoy free time to explore the inside of the Chateau. Chateau de Fontainebleau is unparalleled in its extravagant architecture and links to important events in French History. With more than 1,500 rooms inside, it is a sumptuous palace and according to Napoleon Bonaparte "The true home of kings, the house of ages". It was home to three dynasties of Kings, a Pope and two French Emperors and as such is truly unique among the castles in Europe. You’ll explore its majestic halls, extravagantly gilded rooms, beautifully decorated Chapel and learn its fascinating history.

Fontainebleau Castle Half-Day Tour

3. Fontainebleau Castle Half-Day Tour

Travel to the home of France's royalty since the Middle Ages, Fontainebleau Castle and enjoy one of France's most popular tourist destinations. Take in amazing views of the forest of Fontainebleau before returning to Paris in an air-conditioned minibus. Leave Paris behind for an afternoon getaway into France's past. Let the friendly and knowledgeable driver-guide pick you up from a centrally located office in Paris, aboard an air-conditioned minibus and whisk you away to Fontainebleau Castle, home to France's Kings, Queens, Emperors and Empresses since the Middle Ages. Enjoy the treasures preserved at Fontainebleau Castle, the royal residence from the 12th century. Visit Napoleon's apartments on the first floor, where you can see a lock of his hair. See the decor of the François I Gallery, one of the most beautiful galleries in France. View the Trinity Chapel, the King's bedroom and Throne Room, the only remaining Throne Room in France retaining its original furniture. Enjoy some free time to wander through the Chateau's gardens. Discover the English Garden, formerly the Pine Garden, and visit the mirror-like Carp Pond. Stroll through the Grand Park, with linear paths, star-shaped crossroads and a large canal built under Henri IV. After uncovering the wonders of Fontainebleau, take in amazing views of the forest of Fontainebleau before returning to Paris in the air-conditioned minibus.

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What people are saying about Château de Fontainebleau

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

We enjoyed the "progression of the centuries" as we walked through the rooms. The audio guide commentary was very interesting and helpful. We personally liked it better than Versailles!

The castle of Fontainbleau is truly beautiful both in the interior and in the gardens. Very convenient to already have the entrance ticket and enter in a second

The bus driver took us to our location and then we could explore on our own whic we enjoyed

Just plain excellent. Saw and experienced more than what i expected

Comfortable bus and spectacular castles. accessible meeting point