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Small-Group Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte castle Day Trip From Paris

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Visit two of France's most stunning chateaus in one day on a small-group tour from Paris via luxury minivan. See the splendor and gardens that inspired Louis XIV to build Versailles at 17th-century Vaux-le-Vicomte, and follow in the footsteps of seven centuries of French royalty at sprawling Fontainebleau. Learn the fascinating history behind each castle and explore at your own pace with an included audio guide.
  • Learn about French history and royalty on a day trip from Paris to two historic estates
  • Admire the architecture of Versaille's precursor at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
  • See Napoleon's throne at the 1,500-room Fontainebleau
  • Travel comfortably in a luxury minivan with a small group limited to 8

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A memorable experience
, Nov 2019
My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Fontainebleau & Vaux-Le-Vicomte. Tej, our guide and driver, arrived right on time at Cafe Le Depart. Tej is so personable and a delightful guide. He is very knowledgeable about the history and architecture of both venues and had lots of interesting things to point out to us on the drive there. He helped us notice things we never would have seen on our own. We highly recommend this amazing tour through Blue Fox Travel.
Fantastic Tour and Guide
, Nov 2019
Both sites are awesome. The "immersive" headphones experience at Vaux-Le-Vicomte made it our favorite of the tour. Our guide, Tej, was wonderful - extremely helpful and knowledgeable. You can't go wrong with this tour!
Excellent Excursion To Two Wonderful Chateaux
, Oct 2019
This was a great small group (eight guests) tour of two of the best chateaux that I have seen in France. Our guide was both efficient and extremely knowledgeable. The tour went off without a hitch. At Vaux-le-Vicomte, we used English language voice equipment to tour the chateau and the equipment worked perfectly. While we had voice equipment at Fontainebleau, it was less successful since it was far more complicated to use and actually posed a hindrance in seeing the castle rooms in the limited time available. The tour was exceptional and our guide knew all of the necessary things to get us the most return for the time we had. My only complaint is that we only had about an hour and a half for the tour of the rooms at Fontainebleau and this was not nearly enough time given the number of rooms that are open and the items to view in each of the rooms.
Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte Castle
Myrna M
, Oct 2019
This was a terrible tour. We stopped to look at a ruin that was not on our trip. Then there was too much free time spent on lunch. When we got to Fontainebleau, we were told we would have an hour to see this hugh building. Our guide said not to read anything or spend any time in each room. He said to walk fast past each room, so we could get back early. This was very disappointing since this was not the trip we paid for. We expected at least a half day in this castle since it is so famous and large. We spent more time at Vaux-Le-Vicomte which was not necessary. I want my money back.
Wonderful Way to Spend a Day
, Sep 2019
Wonderful tour of the Chateaux. Tej is very knowledgeable, and gave us the history of the areas. We made a brief stop at a medieval chateau nearby as a comparison to the architecture of the Chateaux. Highly recommend him and the tour.
terrific experience!
, Sep 2019
our guide was wonderful - we wound up being a group of four people total, plus our guide and his two school-age daughters visiting from uk! at both vaux and fontainebleu we were provided with the audio headphones/pre-recorded guides with a choice of which voiceover to listen to (at vaux) and which path to take (at fountainebleu). we arrived at vaux le vicomte before it even opened and were some of the first people in, with time to go through the tour as well as (most of) the gardens. our guide walked us around the entire outside of fontainebleau and while it was more crowded and there was not quite as much time as i would have liked (i'm a royal history buff and like to linger) it was adequate for being in a group tour, although i could have spent the whole day just there. we arrived back in paris a bit earlier than posted thanks to no traffic due to the summer holidays. i'd highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to see french castles and palaces without the train ride to the loire or the crowds at versaille!
Small-Group Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte castle Day Trip From Paris
, Jul 2019
We had a terrific day and our group guide Tej was wonderful! Very knowledgeable about both properties. Highly recommend this trip to all. Vaux le Vicomte was amazing and the inside of Fontainebleau overwhelming. All in all a great trip!
Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte
, Jun 2019
Guide was fantastic. Super friendly, enthusiastic, had been to both places many times, put things in perspective that gave us a real feel for the places. It's so much better than going on your own. Don't have to worry about travel details. Just sit back and enjoy.
Fantastic Tour!
, Apr 2019
Vaux-Le-Vicomte was my all time favorite. Definitely my first choice for any Chateaux. Our tour guide Antoine was awesome! A true historian! Antoine went above and beyond to ensure everyone was happy. I’ve trolled the world and Antoine was hands down the best guide I have ever had. Thank you Antoine!!!!
Everything and especially the kitchen sink
Mickey K
, Jan 2019
Such a satisfying day trip with a marvelous and engaging tour guide, Being able to tour the kitchens at Vaux-Le-Vicomte was a treat as I am a retired chef. You often get to see the dining rooms, serving porcelain and silver, but not so much the kitchens. Fontainebleau was fascinating with it's long history and various additions. The art, furnishings, and porcelain were exquisite. We were especially awed by the size and number of centuries it covered

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