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

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

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Visit the magnificent châteaux of Vaux-le-Vicomte and Fontainebleau on a full-day day trip from Paris. Marvel at the opulent interior of Vaux-le-Vicomte, and UNESCO-listed Fontainebleau, dating to the 12th century. Explore the stunning gardens as well.

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  • Visit 2 French castles in 1 day on an excursion from Paris
  • Marvel at the opulence of Vaux-le-Vicomte Château, and the extravagant interiors that put its creator in prison
  • Tour Château Fontainebleau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the gardens
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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.
Includes
  • Round-trip transportation from Paris by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Audio-guided tour of the château at Vaux le Vicomte and a visit to the formal gardens
  • Audio-guided tour of the château at Fontainebleau
  • Admission to both châteaux
  • Hotel transfers
  • Lunch
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  • Wheelchair users
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  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 18 years old must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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    4.4 / 5

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    Enjoyed the experience very much. The guide could have discussed more of what we were going to see so we had more context. It was difficult for example to make sense if the gardens of Fontainebleau. Please don’t allow the seats to tilt back in the bus. One couple and they were the only couple who did this, tilted their seats all the way back on a young mother and her child.

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    September 28, 2019

    It was wonderful to see these places and they were so tranquil. I went on Saturday, and there were no queues, no rush or crush of people anywhere (except to get get on the bus in the morning). My photos of the day were, as a result, amazing. The audio guide for Vaux was very good, timed to my pace so I could take as little or long in any room I wanted, with clean comfortable headphones. Our bus was hot, but was swapped out for us while we were in Fontainebleau so the remainder of the trip was deliciously cool with wifi onboard. All the staff - from the ticketing, to the guide and driver were easy going and helpful. It was the easiest most professional item on my itinerary during my entire stay in Paris: delivered on time and exactly as described. Thankyou so much.

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    August 25, 2019

    Two great chateaux in one day

    Great value tour to see two chateaux in a short time. Vaux-le-Vicomte was much smaller but beautifully situated in a large garden. We climbed up to the tower and there was a great view of the gardens, also very interesting to see the wooden roof structure inside. We had little time left for lunch there and the cafeteria had long queues but we just made it back to the bus before it left. Fontainebleau is a great contrast very close to a small town. Incredibly opulent there are numerous rooms to view with a wealth of history on show. Unfortunately it started to rain so we didn’t have the chance to appreciate the gardens. We had a warming cup of coffee at a little cafe before returning early to the warmth of the bus. A long day but well worthwhile.

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    November 6, 2018

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