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

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.

Vaux le Vicomte Chateau Entry Ticket and Chateaubus Transfer

Vaux le Vicomte Chateau Entry Ticket and Chateaubus Transfer

Before Versailles, there was Vaux-le-Vicomte... Take a day out of Paris and discover of one the most beautiful chateau in France. Take the train from Paris Gare de Lyon (line R) and step down at Melun station where the chateaubus shuttle will bring you to Vaux le Vicomte (Shuttle Schedule is on Vaux le Vicomte 's website). Enjoy the audioguided visit of Vaux le Vicomte Chateau, the French style gardens, and the carriage museum. Discover one of Europe's most influential architectural landmarks, and the inspiration behind the Palace of Versailles. Possibility to have lunch or snack in one of our restaurants. At the end of your visit, take the chateaubus shuttle back to Melun station and then your train back to Paris.

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

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.

From Paris:Château de Fontainebleau&Vaux-le-Vicomte Private

From Paris:Château de Fontainebleau&Vaux-le-Vicomte Private

- Fontainebleau Palace The only royal château still inhabited for over seven centuries, Fontainebleau is one of the country's most exceptional palaces - rightly listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Château de Fontainebleau is also home to extensive gardens and lakes, so take time to stroll through the gardens. -Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte The impressive Baroque Château is said to have inspired the Château de Versailles. Discover elaborate interiors and vaulted cellars, and learn about the man behind this gigantic house, Nicolas Fouquet, King Louis XIV's Minister of Finance. After Fouquet entrusted the design of Vaux-le-Vicomte to a renowned architect, the king took offense and threw the minister in prison. When you've finished inside, stroll outside to discover the château's 40 hectares of fountains, flowerbeds and vast lawns. If you're hungry, grab lunch at the on-site café (at your own expense) before hitting the road for the return journey.

Private tour: Chateaux de Vaux le Vicomte & Fontainebleau

Private tour: Chateaux de Vaux le Vicomte & Fontainebleau

- Your driver-guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you first to the Chateau de Fontainebleau. Visit the majestic house of French kings, passed from generation to generation until Middle Ages. See the Napoléon Bonaparte's Throne in this castel. - For lunchtime, explore and choose a restaurant or a French bakery with local specialities in Fontainebleau. - After lunch, discover the Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte. Visit the Wonderfull castle where the 3 famous the architect Louis le Vau, the painter and the decorator Charles Le brun and the gardener André Le Nôtre collaborated. This castel was so magnificent as it inspires the Chateau de Versailles and a lot of others in Europe. Visit also the park and garden of the Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte. After this day trip, your driver will drive you to your hotel in Paris.

From Paris: "le Grand Noël Vaux le Vicomte & Fontainebleau"

From Paris: "le Grand Noël Vaux le Vicomte & Fontainebleau"

- Your driver-guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you first to the Chateau de Fontainebleau. Visit the majestic house of French kings, passed from generation to generation until Middle Ages. See the Napoléon Bonaparte's Throne in this castel. - For lunchtime, explore and choose a restaurant with local specialities in Fontainebleau. - After lunch, discover the Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte. Visit the Wonderfull castel where the 3 famous the architect Louis le Vau, the painter and decorator Charles Le brun and the gardener André Le Nôtre collaborated. This castel was so magnificent as it inspires the Chateau de Versailles and a lot of others in Europe. Put your loaned red velvet cap and be the Nicolas Fouquet's for one day. Discover the Christmas spirit, the French art of living and decor. Visit also the park and garden of the Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte. During this period, a lot of activities are proposed like Treasure Hunt for kids, grilled marshmallow and final show for everybody. After this day trip, your driver will drive you to your hotel in Paris.

Paris: Châteaux Versailles and Vaux-le-Vicomte Excursion

Paris: Châteaux Versailles and Vaux-le-Vicomte Excursion

Your expert chauffeur, Sylvain, will be at your service, providing personalized recommendations and ensuring a seamless experience. Enjoy complimentary mineral water bottles and a surprise treat onboard as you travel to your destinations. Your day begins with a visit to the majestic Palace of Versailles, where you'll discover the opulent royal domain, including the iconic Hall of Mirrors and the serene Domaine de Trianon. Take a leisurely stroll through the meticulously manicured gardens and marvel at the magnificent fountains. Next, delve into the history and grandeur of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, a masterpiece of 17th-century architecture and design. Admire the collaborative work of renowned artists, architects, and landscapers as you explore the estate's exquisite interiors and picturesque gardens. Throughout the day, Sylvain will be on hand to assist with any arrangements, including lunch reservations at a restaurant of your choice. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a day of luxury and discovery in the company of your knowledgeable chauffeur.

Skip-the-line Château de Fontainebleau from Paris by Car

Skip-the-line Château de Fontainebleau from Paris by Car

On this exclusive tour you can discover the rich taste and splendor of 2 historically and architecturally important châteaux. Enjoy a hassle-free journey in private vehicle with pickup and drop-off at your accommodation and take advantage of skip-the-line tickets to avoid waiting in long lines. Let us take you on an adventure! Choos the 5-hour option to visit the Château de Fontainebleau, a “family home” for the French kings and emperors, passed down from generation to generation from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Over 800 years of history is visible as much in the castle’s architecture as in its interior decorations, where Italian art and French tradition meet in a prime example of the artistic style of the School of Fontainebleau. Your Private Guide will show you the most important features of the castle, including its vast gardens, the Chapel of the Trinity, Apartments of the Pope, Royal Apartments, the Napoleon I Museum, renaissance rooms, and the 19th century galleries. It is the most furnished of the French royal castles, featuring art, furniture and decor of the varying styles preferred by the sovereigns who lived here throughout the centuries, including Francis I, Marie Antoinette, and Napoleon I. It is an absolute must-see for the fans of French history, culture and art. Choose the 7-hour option to also visit the Château de Fontainebleau, and the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. The second castle is the largest private monument in France with a spectacular French garden that inspired the Garden of Versailles. During the tour, you will explore the private apartments on the 1st floor, the state apartments on the ground floor, the kitchen and Le Nôtre exhibition in the basements. Discover the splendor of the 17th century noble life and take a look behind the scenes of château life.

Paris: Candlelit Dinner at Vaux-le-Vicomte by Limousine

Paris: Candlelit Dinner at Vaux-le-Vicomte by Limousine

Experience an evening you will never forget! Your private limousine will take you to the magnificent 17th century Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte where you will visit the Chateau and its gardens before enjoying a gourmet candlelit dinner, concluding with a magical fireworks display. This unique and enchanting visit includes the amazing interior of the chateau with its exquisite private apartments and sumptuous state rooms. The interior is lavishly decorated with stunning gilded walls, statues, tapestries, and the era's finest furnishings Another of the château's wonderful features is its amazingly beautiful Le Notre designed gardens, perfect for a moderate stroll or a golf cart ride. Complete with fountains, canals and stone curbs, the gardens contain a fascinating optical illusion, distorting its distance depending on from where you look at it. At Vaux-le-Vicomte you can drive your golf cart to discover the wonderful gardens for up to an hour. You can also visit the inside of the Chateau at your leisure. As the sun sets the gardens and Chateau become illuminated by over 2,000 candles while you listen to classical music being played in remembrance of Louis XIV and the 17th century festivities that were held there. Next, a 3-course gourmet candlelight dinner will be served in Les Charmilles restaurant in the château grounds including a glass of champagne and 2 glasses of red, rosé or white wine. The chef only uses seasonal products from the local markets to prepare your high quality dishes. Vegetarian and alcohol free options are also available. And finally you can dream of all you have seen and admired as your limousine drives you back to your hotel (or drop off point of your choice in Paris). This breathtaking Chateau is run by the fifth generation family owners and you may well bump into Ascanio, Jean-Charles or Alexandre de Vogue during your visit as they are regularly on the grounds. Lobster and Beef Menu: Starter Half a lobster in an orange sauce, with mixed greens, candied citrus fruits, pomegranate seed vinaigrette, and a crispy wafer. Main Grilled beef fillet, rich red port wine beef gravy, with crispy oregano tulip, pompadour baby potatoes, and sautéed chanterelle mushrooms. Dessert An assortment of homemade pastries. Drinks One glass of Champagne, and a half a bottle of wine per person, or 50cl mineral water or soda. Vegetarian Menu: Starter Crispy tart made with grilled seasonal vegetables, parmesan, and buffalo mozzarella. Main Fresh penne pasta with seasonal mushrooms in a cream sauce, and candied vegetables. Dessert An assortment of homemade pastries. Drinks One glass of Champagne, and a half a bottle of wine per person, or 50cl mineral water or soda. Children’s Menu: (available for children under 12 years old) Homemade hamburger with sautéed baby potatoes. Ice cream. Drink.

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

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.

Vaux le Vicomte Chateau Entry Ticket and Chateaubus Transfer

Vaux le Vicomte Chateau Entry Ticket and Chateaubus Transfer

Before Versailles, there was Vaux-le-Vicomte... Take a day out of Paris and discover of one the most beautiful chateau in France. Take the train from Paris Gare de Lyon (line R) and step down at Melun station where the chateaubus shuttle will bring you to Vaux le Vicomte (Shuttle Schedule is on Vaux le Vicomte 's website). Enjoy the audioguided visit of Vaux le Vicomte Chateau, the French style gardens, and the carriage museum. Discover one of Europe's most influential architectural landmarks, and the inspiration behind the Palace of Versailles. Possibility to have lunch or snack in one of our restaurants. At the end of your visit, take the chateaubus shuttle back to Melun station and then your train back to Paris.

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

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.

From Paris:Château de Fontainebleau&Vaux-le-Vicomte Private

From Paris:Château de Fontainebleau&Vaux-le-Vicomte Private

- Fontainebleau Palace The only royal château still inhabited for over seven centuries, Fontainebleau is one of the country's most exceptional palaces - rightly listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Château de Fontainebleau is also home to extensive gardens and lakes, so take time to stroll through the gardens. -Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte The impressive Baroque Château is said to have inspired the Château de Versailles. Discover elaborate interiors and vaulted cellars, and learn about the man behind this gigantic house, Nicolas Fouquet, King Louis XIV's Minister of Finance. After Fouquet entrusted the design of Vaux-le-Vicomte to a renowned architect, the king took offense and threw the minister in prison. When you've finished inside, stroll outside to discover the château's 40 hectares of fountains, flowerbeds and vast lawns. If you're hungry, grab lunch at the on-site café (at your own expense) before hitting the road for the return journey.

Private tour: Chateaux de Vaux le Vicomte & Fontainebleau

Private tour: Chateaux de Vaux le Vicomte & Fontainebleau

- Your driver-guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you first to the Chateau de Fontainebleau. Visit the majestic house of French kings, passed from generation to generation until Middle Ages. See the Napoléon Bonaparte's Throne in this castel. - For lunchtime, explore and choose a restaurant or a French bakery with local specialities in Fontainebleau. - After lunch, discover the Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte. Visit the Wonderfull castle where the 3 famous the architect Louis le Vau, the painter and the decorator Charles Le brun and the gardener André Le Nôtre collaborated. This castel was so magnificent as it inspires the Chateau de Versailles and a lot of others in Europe. Visit also the park and garden of the Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte. After this day trip, your driver will drive you to your hotel in Paris.

From Paris: "le Grand Noël Vaux le Vicomte & Fontainebleau"

From Paris: "le Grand Noël Vaux le Vicomte & Fontainebleau"

- Your driver-guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you first to the Chateau de Fontainebleau. Visit the majestic house of French kings, passed from generation to generation until Middle Ages. See the Napoléon Bonaparte's Throne in this castel. - For lunchtime, explore and choose a restaurant with local specialities in Fontainebleau. - After lunch, discover the Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte. Visit the Wonderfull castel where the 3 famous the architect Louis le Vau, the painter and decorator Charles Le brun and the gardener André Le Nôtre collaborated. This castel was so magnificent as it inspires the Chateau de Versailles and a lot of others in Europe. Put your loaned red velvet cap and be the Nicolas Fouquet's for one day. Discover the Christmas spirit, the French art of living and decor. Visit also the park and garden of the Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte. During this period, a lot of activities are proposed like Treasure Hunt for kids, grilled marshmallow and final show for everybody. After this day trip, your driver will drive you to your hotel in Paris.

Paris: Châteaux Versailles and Vaux-le-Vicomte Excursion

Paris: Châteaux Versailles and Vaux-le-Vicomte Excursion

Your expert chauffeur, Sylvain, will be at your service, providing personalized recommendations and ensuring a seamless experience. Enjoy complimentary mineral water bottles and a surprise treat onboard as you travel to your destinations. Your day begins with a visit to the majestic Palace of Versailles, where you'll discover the opulent royal domain, including the iconic Hall of Mirrors and the serene Domaine de Trianon. Take a leisurely stroll through the meticulously manicured gardens and marvel at the magnificent fountains. Next, delve into the history and grandeur of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, a masterpiece of 17th-century architecture and design. Admire the collaborative work of renowned artists, architects, and landscapers as you explore the estate's exquisite interiors and picturesque gardens. Throughout the day, Sylvain will be on hand to assist with any arrangements, including lunch reservations at a restaurant of your choice. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a day of luxury and discovery in the company of your knowledgeable chauffeur.

Skip-the-line Château de Fontainebleau from Paris by Car

Skip-the-line Château de Fontainebleau from Paris by Car

On this exclusive tour you can discover the rich taste and splendor of 2 historically and architecturally important châteaux. Enjoy a hassle-free journey in private vehicle with pickup and drop-off at your accommodation and take advantage of skip-the-line tickets to avoid waiting in long lines. Let us take you on an adventure! Choos the 5-hour option to visit the Château de Fontainebleau, a “family home” for the French kings and emperors, passed down from generation to generation from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Over 800 years of history is visible as much in the castle’s architecture as in its interior decorations, where Italian art and French tradition meet in a prime example of the artistic style of the School of Fontainebleau. Your Private Guide will show you the most important features of the castle, including its vast gardens, the Chapel of the Trinity, Apartments of the Pope, Royal Apartments, the Napoleon I Museum, renaissance rooms, and the 19th century galleries. It is the most furnished of the French royal castles, featuring art, furniture and decor of the varying styles preferred by the sovereigns who lived here throughout the centuries, including Francis I, Marie Antoinette, and Napoleon I. It is an absolute must-see for the fans of French history, culture and art. Choose the 7-hour option to also visit the Château de Fontainebleau, and the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. The second castle is the largest private monument in France with a spectacular French garden that inspired the Garden of Versailles. During the tour, you will explore the private apartments on the 1st floor, the state apartments on the ground floor, the kitchen and Le Nôtre exhibition in the basements. Discover the splendor of the 17th century noble life and take a look behind the scenes of château life.

Paris: Candlelit Dinner at Vaux-le-Vicomte by Limousine

Paris: Candlelit Dinner at Vaux-le-Vicomte by Limousine

Experience an evening you will never forget! Your private limousine will take you to the magnificent 17th century Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte where you will visit the Chateau and its gardens before enjoying a gourmet candlelit dinner, concluding with a magical fireworks display. This unique and enchanting visit includes the amazing interior of the chateau with its exquisite private apartments and sumptuous state rooms. The interior is lavishly decorated with stunning gilded walls, statues, tapestries, and the era's finest furnishings Another of the château's wonderful features is its amazingly beautiful Le Notre designed gardens, perfect for a moderate stroll or a golf cart ride. Complete with fountains, canals and stone curbs, the gardens contain a fascinating optical illusion, distorting its distance depending on from where you look at it. At Vaux-le-Vicomte you can drive your golf cart to discover the wonderful gardens for up to an hour. You can also visit the inside of the Chateau at your leisure. As the sun sets the gardens and Chateau become illuminated by over 2,000 candles while you listen to classical music being played in remembrance of Louis XIV and the 17th century festivities that were held there. Next, a 3-course gourmet candlelight dinner will be served in Les Charmilles restaurant in the château grounds including a glass of champagne and 2 glasses of red, rosé or white wine. The chef only uses seasonal products from the local markets to prepare your high quality dishes. Vegetarian and alcohol free options are also available. And finally you can dream of all you have seen and admired as your limousine drives you back to your hotel (or drop off point of your choice in Paris). This breathtaking Chateau is run by the fifth generation family owners and you may well bump into Ascanio, Jean-Charles or Alexandre de Vogue during your visit as they are regularly on the grounds. Lobster and Beef Menu: Starter Half a lobster in an orange sauce, with mixed greens, candied citrus fruits, pomegranate seed vinaigrette, and a crispy wafer. Main Grilled beef fillet, rich red port wine beef gravy, with crispy oregano tulip, pompadour baby potatoes, and sautéed chanterelle mushrooms. Dessert An assortment of homemade pastries. Drinks One glass of Champagne, and a half a bottle of wine per person, or 50cl mineral water or soda. Vegetarian Menu: Starter Crispy tart made with grilled seasonal vegetables, parmesan, and buffalo mozzarella. Main Fresh penne pasta with seasonal mushrooms in a cream sauce, and candied vegetables. Dessert An assortment of homemade pastries. Drinks One glass of Champagne, and a half a bottle of wine per person, or 50cl mineral water or soda. Children’s Menu: (available for children under 12 years old) Homemade hamburger with sautéed baby potatoes. Ice cream. Drink.

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