Tour code: 2050FVN
Take a day trip from Paris to Fontainebleau to visit two castles once home to members of France’s extravagant aristocracy. First, explore Château Vaux le Vicomte, said to have inspired the Palace of Versailles. Then head to Château de Fontainebleau, a UNESCO World Heritage site whose history dates back to the 12th century. You’ll have free time at each castle to look around on your own via provided audio guides, checking out the ornate architecture and opulent gardens.


  • 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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What You Can Expect

Chateaux de Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte Day Trip from Paris

Chateaux de Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte Day Trip from Paris

Your day trip starts as you depart Paris on board a luxury coach for the 35-mile (55-km) drive southeast to Château Vaux le Vicomte, a baroque castle that is said to have been the inspiration for France’s most famous royal residence, the Palace of Versailles.

When you arrive, you are free to explore independently using your provided audio guide. See elaborate interiors and vaulted cellars, and learn about the man behind this massive home, Nicholas Fouquet, who was King Louis XIV’s minister of finance. After Fouquet commissioned Vaux le Vicomte to be designed by a top architect, the king felt upstaged and threw the minister in jail. When you’re finished inside, walk outside to discover the castle’s 99 acres (40 hectares) of grounds made up of fountains, flowerbeds and sprawling lawns. If you’re hungry, grab some lunch from the onsite café (own expense) before returning to the coach.

Then make your way south to Château de Fontainebleau, the only royal castle in France to be continuously inhabited for more than 700 years. With its Renaissance architecture, ceiling frescos, 15th-century furniture and detailed wood carvings, this World Heritage site is a great alternative to visiting Versailles. Tour the building independently via the audio guide, listening to tales about the French royalty who once lived here.

Château de Fontainebleau is also home to extensive gardens and lakes, so take time to wander the grounds before hopping back on your coach for the return drive to Paris, where your day trip ends.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

These castles are not to be missed! Vaux is not well known, but the chateau is beautiful and the grounds rival Versailles. Fontainebleau is grand and well maintained, but crowd control and signage are disappointing. Both places have informative audio guides that are included in the tour price. Fun!

Christene T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Vaux le Vicomte was my favorite of the two Chateaux. This is a self guided tour. I recommend someone from the local tour operator explain the tour before we leave Paris. We did not realize the bus was for this trip and people taking the Provins trip. I almost did not get off at the right stop and some people got off at the wrong stop and had to take a taxi to Provins.

Susan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Relaxing and educational trip. Enjoyed it very much and had a very good tour guide. This was our second excursion with Viator and would recommend them to others.

Elizabeth K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Vaux le Vicomte was absoultely amazing!!!!!!! If I lived in France I would become a member.

David R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Everything was perfect - on time, clean, friendly and well worth the price.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent trip. The bus driver was very accommodating and very helpful.

David T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

the bus ride was comfortable, and the chateau's were beautiful

Lila J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a wonderful tour event well worth the time. The tour departed as stated, leading us into a world of history, art, wealth and wonder. You are given enough time to explore, shoot photo's and shop for gifts. I took snacks with me so that I would not waste time grabbing a bite in the cafe.
Chateaux Vaux le Vicomte provided the historical background to the movie version of, All This and Heaven Too. Thirty minutes away, Chateaux de Fontainebleau, is visually expansive in size with room after room of historical beauty. Both buildings are architectural masterpieces that are worth the visit.

Claude L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A must visit

Kathryn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Comfortable bus and journey, well organised.

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