4.5 star rating: Recommended 49 Reviews

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

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Chateaux de Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte Day Trip from Paris. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

We had a wonderful day with this tour. Everything went beautifully thanks to the great organisation by Viator and its subsidiaries.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

This was a very relaxing way to see Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte. I had never heard of Vaux before but I liked it better than Fontainebleau. There was a wonderful cafe at Vaux.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Visiting Chateaux de Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte was a wonderful trip. I have been using Viator in France for the past three summers and each time I book about three to four trips with them. Always very professional and they pick the best places in and around the Paris area. The tour guides know what they are doing and try to make it very pleasant for all the passengers. The coach bus is very comfortable and it is great at the end of the day to get back on a nice air conditioned bus, let the driver take the wheel and enjoy the trip back into Paris.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

The self guided tour of 2 Castles was amazing - audio guides were provided in both places (included in price of package). The info of the audio guides provide a lot details related to the Vicomte castle. Be sure to visit the Dome at the Vaux Le Vicomte which is only 3 Euros per person - the view is amazing and also eat at L'ecureuil restaurant which opens at 12 - food is delicious and affordable. as for Fontainebleu - the audio guide provided a lot of information and was interesting too. The only thing we didn't like is the person from the tour company who provided us the tickets/schedule on the bus before the departure - she was unfriendly and didn't explain much.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Great tour! Although it would have been nice to hear a little history or information during the ride to the chateaux's, it was still great. You aren't forced to stand in a group and do what the tour entails but are allowed to explore the chateaux's and grounds on your own with your audio guide. I loved this as sometimes there are things I would like to linger on and somethings I can skip quicker through. All you have to do is get back to the bus at the required time. All in all five stars.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

Bus left right on time, good driver. Had enough time at each Chateau. Nice having an audio guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

great castles! there is enough time to explore the castles and gardens.
would recommend this trip to anyone

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Very good gave us 3 hours at each place, Fontainebleau is the bigger so make sure you keep moving here - you can get lunch cheaper down the street at the local boulangerie bakery for families - both worth visiting for mixture of beautiful gardens and chateaus.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Everything went well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Made seeing these two chateau so easy! The audio guides were very helpful!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

An extraordinary palace and grounds. We traveled there via a clean and modern bus; the countryside was beautiful.
The lawns and water features of this fabulous place are awe-inspiring. We rented a golf cart to see it all, saving our legs for the huge chateau itself. We bought a nice lunch at the cafe next to the coach house, which contained many restored carriages from centuries gone by. A wonderful day trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

This is slightly off the Paris beaten path but so worth it!!! Vaux de Vicomte is absolutely a must see as it is the inspiration for the palace of Versailles and the gardens are the best i have seen in France

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Absolutely brilliant tour, a highlight of our trip but nearly missed bus, directions to meeting point needed to be more concise.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Totally enjoyed this tour and how it was arranged.
We met the bus at a location two blocks from the Louvre so it was very easy to find. The office staff was very organized and handed us our ticket packets and times to meet back at the bus. Tour left on time.
We have always done group tours in the past, but decided to do this "se it yourself version" with an audio guide because we love spending time in the gardens - which you dont usually get on arranged tours.

The audio guides at both chateauxs were VERY GOOD and very easy to use with excellent narration.

Three recommendations:
1. At Vaux le Vicomte, when you get there they offer (for an additional price) the opportunity to climb to the top of the dome. We highly recommend this. You get amazing panoramic views. Fee was nominal.
2. Eat at Vaux le Vicomte or bring a picnic lunch. They have a beautiful eating area and the better of the two gift shops. Food at Fontainebleau was basic and more expensive.
3. At Fontainebleau they rush you into the rooms. TAKE YOUR TIME. If you move right along you wind up with over an hour at the end and while the garden are vast, they are not as nice to stroll through. The Chateaux is HUGE but only a small part is open to visitors.

Wish we would have had more time at Vaux and less time at Chateaux.

All in all, a great time. Well worth it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

This was a wonderful day: perfect weather, not too many people at the chateaus, met some delightful people on the bus and lunched with them at Vaux. I took this tour because I had never been to Fontainebleau, but the bonus was Vaux le Vicomte, which to my taste was even better than Fontainebleau, which with its many, many rooms and huge gardens can be a pretty exhausting experience. Vaux is smaller but exquisite - superb chateau, grand but not too grand, and the fantastic Le Notre gardens. What a combination! The guided tours were in French, so if you don't speak French, some prior research on the chateaus is recommended. Very pleased that ample time was allowed at each place.

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