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Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

Vaux le Vicomte Chateau Entry Ticket and Chateaubus Transfer

3. 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:Château de Fontainebleau&Vaux-le-Vicomte Private

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

Private tour: Chateaux de Vaux le Vicomte & Fontainebleau

6. 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.

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What people are saying about Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 80 reviews

This was a solid day-trip out of Paris, and after 6-7 times in the city it was well-worth it to come to these locations. Anas, our driver was extremely friendly. If your French is not great, not to worry, his English is perfect. :) I was a reticent to book a trip with a new company with no reviews, but I’m glad we did. Looks like we’re the first!

I had some trouble finding the hotel where we were meeting, but unlike the sightseeing in Paris that most people go to, I was able to spend a relaxing time, and since the place I went was on the outskirts of Paris, I didn't have to wait for many Japanese and other tourists. I had a taste of something out of the ordinary.

We enjoyed our day trip to Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicompte. It was a convenient way to visit these two beautiful sites, and the trip was on time and well-organized. Our guide was a delightful person, and very knowledgeable, but his English skills could use some improvement.

It was great to be transported. However, we were expecting commentary from the guide to brief us on the historical significance and/or some historical tidbits that non-French passengers wouldn’t know. The day would have been top-rated with commentary.

Very good excursion as it gives time for a good impression of both Chateau. Both with audio guide included. There is no guide but everything is very clear and easy.