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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Chateaux de Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte Day Trip from Paris

See two magnificent French castles – Vaux le Vicomte and Château Fontainebleau – on a day trip from Paris! Audio-guided tours at each site are included, so you’ll learn about the castles’ history and art, as well as the eccentric royals who once called the places home. Enjoy free time to explore the castles’ gardens, seeing the grandiose fountains, lakes and monuments that characterized palace grounds during the Renaissance and Baroque eras.


  • Visit two French castles in one day on a full-day trip from Paris
  • Discover the opulence of Vaux le Vicomte Castle, admiring the extravagant interiors that put its creator in prison
  • Hear tales of French royalty from an audio guide while exploring Château Fontainebleau -- a UNESCO-listed site
  • Spend free time in the gardens of both castles at leisure
  • Transport from Paris by luxury, air-conditioned coach

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Chateaux de Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte Day Trip from Paris

Chateaux de Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte Day Trip from Paris

Leave central Paris by luxury coach and travel to Vaux le Vicomte, a handsome little town just 34 miles (55km) southeast of the capital. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was one of my favorite places Vaux le Vicomte. It was such a great day of history and exploration. The sheer beauty of the chateaux and gardens were beyond belief. I would highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Instead of doing Versailles we chose to see two chateau's. Glad we did the tour from the beginning it was fabulous. The tour bus was new and modern which had a moon roof and seats very comfortable. The Vaux le Vicomte was my favorite as it was stately and in the country. Lunch at Vicomte was terrific but you need to allow time as you can't do all the gardens and include lunch so budget your time. The Chateaux de Fontainebleau is endless and at times boring but you can choose where you want to go. I would split my time and do some of the gardens which we only had a small amount of time as we didn't know better. This is a full day as we left at 9:00 am and arrived home at 6:30 pm. Viator I have used in New York and Chicago and for the price it is quality all the way.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour with 2 very interesting Chateaux. Tour Guide was incredibly knowledgeable. Thoroughly enjoyed this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Versailles was pale in comparison to this tour fantastic!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Beautiful day!! Great tour guide who spoke fluent English/French. We actually liked this much better than Versailles and it wasn't nearly as crowded. Totally enjoyed this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

If I could give this tour a score of 6 out of 5 I would do it! It was exceptional. There was no time wasting so we had plenty of time to explore each chateau and their gardens as well. Both Vaux le Vicomte and Fountainbleau are places that should not be missed. Highly recommended tour - I would happily do all over again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A very informative tour. Better than visiting three chateau in the Loire Valley with a much shorter trip and less tourists. Recommended highly

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour! On previous trips to Paris, we had not made it to either of these great tourist destinations. The day trip out of Paris using your tour services worked extremely well. It was well organized - we departed on time. The bus was great. The tour guide on the bus was helpful. Use of the audio guides was perfect since it allowed us to go through at our own pace which meant in areas that had more description than we needed - we just moved on to the next room. All in all - a terrific day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a wonderful tour I enjoyed both the Chateauxs and could spend enough time at each.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

These two chateaux are astonishing, and well worth the day trip. A coach takes you there, and then you have free time to visit on your own. Maybe take a picnic lunch to have in the gardens of Vaux le Vicomte. Great day.

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