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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Leave Paris for the day and take a small group day tour by minivan to visit the two magnificent chateaux: Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte. You'll be picked up and dropped off at your centrally located Paris hotel by air-conditioned minivan, which holds a maximum of only eight passengers and ensures you'll receive individual attention from your expert tour guide.


  • Combined small group day trip to the chateaux of Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte
  • Audio-guided tours of Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte chateaux
  • Lunch at Vaux le Vicomte
  • Free time to visit the gardens of Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte
  • Smaller number of tour members ensures a more personalized experience
  • Illuminating commentary from your expert guide

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What You Can Expect

Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte Small-Group Day Trip from Paris

Barbizon, Fontianebleau and Vaux Le Vicomte by minivan

You first stop after pick up from your hotel in Paris is the Castle of Fontainebleau, a favored residence of French kings for eight centuries. The audio-guided tour inside the castle is followed by free time in the castle's gardens.

Your tour continues into the Fontainebleau Forest and through the village of Barbizon, famous since the 19th century thanks to artists such as Millet, Rousseau and Stevenson. There is no stop in the village of Barbizon but a chance to admire the landscapes on the drive through to the next stop, the Castle of Vaux le Vicomte.

This Chateau was Nicolas Fouquet's masterpiece which inspired Louis 14th to build the Palace of Versailles and launched the careers of landscape gardener Andre le Notre and decorator Charles le Brun. After lunch at Vaux le Vicomte (included) you'll take an audio-guided tour of the chateau's main rooms. Your small group full-day trip from Paris by minivan ends with time to stroll through the castle's gardens and visit the carriage museum.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

The only negative about this tour was getting out of Paris. It took at least an hour to pick up everyone at that time of the morning. As soon as we left Paris it was most enjoyable. Our guide was informative and stopped at Barbizon to explain it's influence on French art and then we went to Fountainbleau. We had individual audio guides so we could spend as much time inside of the chateaux as we liked. Lunch was fantastic in a very nice room at Vaux le Vicomte. I was most surprised that it was so good. We loved the history lesson given by our guide before entering Vaux le Vicomte which we loved. Do not miss it! Returning to Paris was a little easier than leaving. However, this type of tour takes away all of the stress and so I would highly recommend this tour to anyone and I plan on using Viator when we visit Paris again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Our tour guide, Michael, a polished and outgoing Frenchman, escorted 7 of us, a mx of US, Canadian and Aussie travelers, to these two wonderful chateaus. Each are very stylish and have historical significance yet are different enough in both their histories and styles that you are not bored. While our guide did not actually tour through the chateaus, he took great links to prepare us for what we were about to visit and allowed the audios to fill in the rest.

This represented a wonderful sunny Saturday break from hectic Paris, quite relaxing and yet truly informative. We had a wonderful full lunch at an inn that must have had its origins in the medieval period; the meal was very adequate and served with red and white vins.

I would recommend this tour to any one who wants a pleasant getaway hiatus from Parie.

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