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We had a wonderful day at Fontainbleau and Vaux le Vicomte!!! Herbert was our driver and tour guide and he was awesome!!! Very professional, pleasant and knowledgeable!!! Any questions the four of us came up with, he was able to answer!! We could not have had a better day-largely thanks to Herbert!!
What can I say? This was the best day of our vacation! We had gone to Versailles the day before and were so disappointed. These 2 Chateaus and their gardens were so much better! The lunch was superb and the 4 other travelers we were with (2 from Australia, 2 from Wisconsin) were a lot of fun. Wish we could have spent a half hour more in Barbizon and a half hour less at Fontainebleau though. Then it would have been perfect! Our guide Natasha was wonderful too. She was very informative about the history of each Chateau. Would recommend to all my friends and family as a must do!
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.
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.
The tour was very good; a very nice, knowledgeable and courteous tour leader/driver. The tour bus was clean, comfortable and spacious; the 2 chateaus/palaces were really well worth visiting and the lunch included in the price was really fine [3 good-sized courses, plus wine, water and coffee].
Perhaps more time could be provided for the Fontainbleau visit to enable some time to visit the gardens as well as complete the entire tour of the palace interior provided. On our viist, there was not a large crowd and not all of the palace rooms were open - yet we were only able to complete the audio guide tour of the palace rooms in the time provided
Our driver was so skilled at maneuvering through the busy streets of Paris and the highways to Fontainebleau, and she told us so much about each destination we visited. Lunch was excellent...just a great day all around!
My wife and I just spent 2 weeks in Paris for our anniversary. While we hesitated going outside this incredible and beautiful city, we thought a little day trip to see some of the surrounding chateaus would be interesting. Indeed it was thanks to our guide and intinerary. While it was a full day I felt we saw and learned alot. Both Chateaus were spectacular and everything was ideal. Our beautiful guide, whom I believe was named Celine, was amazing in her knowledge and personality. And she was a really good driver, negotiating us out and back to Paris like a real professional. Thank you Celine. You're the best! Oh, the small group, the nice van and even the food (and wine) were a big plus. This trip was a real highlight of our anniversary.
It was a very interesting tour. Vaux le Vicomte was very impressively beautiful, and I enjoyed the story behind it, too.
Of course, the sites we visited were unbelievable and added to the awe of the trip. The guide was fabulous-going into great detail on each visit, keeping everyone well informed and answering any and all questions.
Catherine was the "best" she made our trip sooo interesting with all the added facts even before we arrived at each location plus her TLC was gift in and of itself---what an amazing day!!!
A well organised tour to very interesting sites. Highly recommended. Beware of car break-ins in the Fountainblau car park. This happened to our bus!