Chateaux de Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte Day Trip from Paris
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Pass By: Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Maincy, Seine-et-Marne, Ile-de-France
Its star attraction is the Vaux le Vicomte Castle – the impressive Baroque chateau that allegedly inspired the Palace of Versailles – so hop off your coach and head inside for your audio-guided tour.
Pass By: Chateau de Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne, Ile-de-France
While admiring the castle’s plush interiors and elaborate vaulted cellars, learn about Nicolas Fouquet – King Louis XIV’s finance minister – who created the building using the crème de la crème of French architectural talent. Unfortunately for him, King Louis felt upstaged by the extravagant building, and threw him in prison before he could spend too long enjoying it.
After exploring the castle, head outside to soak up the extensive garden scenery, seeing the dramatic fountains, lawns and flowerbeds that cover the whopping 99-acre (40-hectare) site. Enjoy some time for lunch in the on-site café (own expense), and then return to your coach.
Travel the short distance south to Fontainebleau, and then visit your second majestic building of the day: Château Fontainebleau. The only royal castle to be continuously inhabited for over seven centuries, Fontainebleau is one of the country’s more exceptional palaces – deservedly taking a place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list
Pass By: Tourist Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne, Ile-de-France
Step inside and explore the opulent Renaissance building with an audio guide, hearing all the gossip about the French royals who once called the place home. Gaze upward to see mesmerizing ceiling frescoes, and admire the intricate wood carvings and 15th-century furniture that typifies the castle’s lavish interior.
Pass By: 1st Arrondissement, Paris, Ile-de-France
At the end of your audio tour, head outside to explore the grounds and ornamental lakes independently. Have your camera ready to capture the romantic gardens against the backdrop of the castle, and then return to your coach for your journey back to Paris.
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Audio-guided tour (if option selected)
- Guided tour with a licensed multilingual guide (if option selected)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Vaux le Vicomte is so worth the trip! It was such a unexpected plus on top of Fontainebleau. The commitment that the family has made to keep Vicomte a viable estate is amazing and I feel so lucky to have experienced it. All arrangements were perfect.
Enjoyed the tour and guide which made it interesting and a very nice day overall. These two chateaux attract less crowds making them more accessible and able to experience all their grandeur.
The Fontainebleau was fascinating..the Napolean palace and the apartments are worth the time. Compared to Fontainebleau, Vaux le Victome was a dull. The gardens at Victome were beautiful but it was too hot a day for us to enjoy. The coach was comfortable and gave us the much needed relief from the heat. I would recommend this tour maybe in Spring or Autumn..
Vaux-le-Vicomte has a nice cafe in the garden to eat at. Save time for the gardens and pay to climb to the dome. Better than Versailles no -crowds!
This was a great tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke perfect English -- well worth whatever extra money it is. I loved Vaux le Vicomte -- if you're interested in Louis XIV era, this is the place to go. Versailles was re-decorated after his death and then