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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.

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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.

I was a bit dubious about this because it seemed too good to be true but the tour was well-done. This was a two chateau visit outside Paris to Fontainebleu and Vaux-le-Vicomte so we didn't have a guide, just a driver, but we had a schedule to follow and several hours to roam around and explore the properties both had audio guides for us. The driver was great, he did an excellent job and the van we rode in was clean and well-kept.

Well organized very interesting tour. Highly recommend it.

Be aware of audioguide. Descriptions are very lengthy. Pace your tour of Fontainebleau castle (very beautiful and huge) according to the tour departure time so you will make it. We had very good and knowledgeable guide.

Perfectly organized trip

I had this trip on 16th of September. An excellent trip. Very good guide speaking fluent English. Enough time to see the palaces. Highly recommend the trip and the agency. Thank you for the pleasure!!!

Excellent day with a really very attentive, friendly and competent guide Jean Louis. I recommend this experience