Private Vaux le Vicomte and Fontainebleau Day Trip

Skip the crowds and visit two historic castles near Paris in one day


The exterior of Fontainebleau castle in France.

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At a Glance

Price: $345 per person. Minimum 4 persons per booking.

Departure Time: 8:00 a.m.

Duration: 8 Hours

Meeting Point: Your hotel or Paris apartment

Group Size: 8 person maximum

Availability: Tour is available seven days a week from March through mid December.

Private Castle Tour from Paris

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. 

For off-season requests, which usually can be accommodated, please contact us directly.

Vaux Le Vicomte and Fontainebleau Day Trip Itinerary

There are three spectacular palaces within an easy drive from Paris: Vaux Le Vicomte, Fontainebleau, 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.

The library at Chateau de Fontainebleau.
The library at Chateau de Fontainebleau

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 April through the first week of October, seven days a week. November and December, Wednesday through Sunday.

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.

The exterior of Vaux le Vicomte castle in France.
The exterior of Vaux le Vicomte castle in France.

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.

What’s included with our Vaux le Vicomte and Fontainebleau Day Trip

  • Hotel or apartment pick-up in central Paris
  • Skip the line entrances at both Vaux le Vicomte and Fontainebleau
  • Dedicated knowledgable English speaking driver guide

Not included:

  • Lunch, personal expenses.

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