Visit two historic castles near Paris in one day
Skip the crowds at Versailles, and take a Vaux le Vicomte and Fontainebleau day trip instead. Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel or apartment in central Paris. Admission to both castles is included.
Price: $345 per person. Minimum 4 for a guarantee.
Vaux Le Vicomte and Fontainebleau Itinerary
There are three spectacular palaces within an easy drive from Paris: Vaux Le Vicomte, Fontainbleau, and of course, Versailles. Our Vaux le Vicomte and Fontainebleau day trip from Paris is a great way to experience two of them in one day. Less crowded than Versailles, but just as impressive.
In the morning, you’ll be picked up at your Paris hotel or apartment by our driver/guide in a comfortable, air-conditioned, WiFi-enabled mini-van.
All admissions are included, with skip-the-line tickets. Lunch is not included, but ample time will be provided for lunch and, if you like, a glass or two of wine.
The tour lasts approximately 9 hours. Available from early March through the first week of November, seven days a week.
About Vaux Le Vicomte and Fontainebleau
Vaux le Vicomte – Just an hour’s drive south of Paris, Vaux Le Vicomte is a masterwork of 17th- century splendor. Bought by Nicolas Fouquet in 1641, Vaux le Vicomte was turned into a jewel of cutting edge garden and interior design, thanks to the great talents of architect Lois Le Vau, painter Charles Le Brun and landscape gardener Andre le Notre. The transformation of the estate took 20 years, ultimately forming the design template for Versailles. A long decline of the property as it changed hands over the centuries ended in 1875, when sugar magnate Alfred Sommier bought it, determined to restore its beauty. His heirs still own and maintain the property.
Next, you’ll visit Chateau de Fontainebleau, perhaps the world’s most elaborate hunting lodge. Starting in the 12th century as a medieval fortification, it became the hunting lodge of the French royal family thanks to the abundant game, dense forest and local fresh water springs. Henry III and IV in particular greatly expanded the footprint of the chateau, adding grand apartments, ballrooms and portrait galleries. Over the years Fontainebleau fell into disrepair. After the French Revolution, Napoleon I and II restored much of the grandeur. Subsequent conflicts saw the estate occupied by the Prussian Army, the German Army during WWII, and the Allied forces during the liberation in 1944.
- Hotel or apartment pick-up in central Paris
- Skip the line entrances at both Vaux le Vicomte and Fontainebleu
- Dedicated knowledgable English speaking driver guide
- Lunch, personal expenses.