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

Highlights

  • 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

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

AnnaK

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Well organized, enjoyed the sights very much. It was mostly transport between the sights and then you do a tour with audioguide. Definitely worth it.

fancynks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Taking the coach bus from Viator to Chateaux de Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte Day trip from Paris was easy and a pleasure. Both palaces are worth visiting, and have lots of furniture to view. The audio guides are included in the tour, and are a great way to explore. We did not want to drive from Paris, and the coach bus was so convenient. Clean, air conditioned and on time were all highlights.

Visiting the two palaces was amazing. Be sure to pay the extra fee and go up to the roof top for the view at Vaux Le Vicomte, if you are able to manage stairs easily. We chose to visit these two palaces instead of Versaille. There were no crowds and the tour offers plenty of time to see both palaces.
Bring snacks, although there is some food available on site.

Bellacupake

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Fabulous day out exploring French Castles. I highly recommend this trip.

mcurcio1014

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

As a fan of the TV show Versailles it was awesome to see the interiors used at Vaux le Vicomte, and the beautiful costumes. The option to go up on the Chateaux's dome was the highlight. There were many choices for lunch and they had a great gift shop. Fontainebleau was huge and beautiful.

Frederic F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

I really enjoyed this trip to Chateaux de Fontsinbleau and Vaux le Vicomte from Paris. Both locations were not overly loaded with large numbers of tourists. Hence, this trip is enjoyable.

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

quality bus and driver plus enough time to explore on our own. Just the tour we wanted! S. and S.McC.

jerry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Very relaxing way to see two beautiful chateaus.

Barbara G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Its always a pleasure to visit these two chateaus. This is my third time here but their beauty still captivates me. So much history and attention to detail were put into these noble homes. Like a fairytale! Roam their beautiful gardens for a relaxing stroll.

nataliajohnsen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great tour! Plenty of time to explore les chateaux. We had two kids ages 10 and 4 and worried that they would get bored, but they did fine because they had a chance to run around the beautiful gardens.

pcmatic

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Excellent day out. Very special places where so much history was made. You won't regret the visits! Peter M.

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