Day Trips to Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte Castles
Experience the Best of France as you visit the historic Chateau de Fontainebleau and Vaux Le Vicomte Castles.
Our certified tour guides have over 20 years of experience and will guide you on your day trip to Vaux Le Vicomte and Chateau de Fontainebleau castles.
Day Trips to Vaux Le Vicomte from Paris
Your day trip from Paris begins as our guides transport you to Vaux Le Vicomte. This chateau was created over 300 years ago under the close supervision of Nicolas Fouquet, architect Le Vau, painter and decorator Le Brun, and the garden designer Le Notre.
Vaux Le Vicomte created the classical style of French architecture and is known as Fouquet’s greatest architectural achievement. This half-day experience reveals the collective efforts of French visionaries as you learn about and explore the four levels and space-efficient innovative design of side-by-side rooms – a first in the 1650s – and fully preserved in Vaux Le Vicomte.
In the afternoon, we will escort you to visit the famous Chateau de Fontainebleau, situated 30 minutes away in Fontainebleau, France.
Travel to Chateau de Fontainebleau for the Afternoon
This half-day discovery tour offers a once in a lifetime adventure leaving you feeling like royalty on one of the best tours of 2019.
Explore eight centuries of historic architecture that housed the most influential royalty, political leaders, and military commanders of France.
What to Do in Chateau de Fontainebleau
Ascend the famous horseshoe-shaped staircase of Louis XIII that leads visitors into the grand entrance of the Chateau. Once inside, you will explore each section of the original medieval structure overlooking the original keep. Each section of the Chateau is a monument of the most skillful representations of each architectural era leading to the Second Empire.
The medieval portion transitions seamlessly into the renaissance section where the Chateau experienced some of its most dramatic architectural expansions at the hand of King Francis I. This includes the famous gallery attached to the chapel and king’s apartment. Stroll through the first floor’s impressive murals and intricately carved pillars original to the structure’s ancient foundation.
Chateau de Fontainebleau Facts and History
The first castle of Fontainebleau is believed to have been constructed in 1137, which is the first recorded reference to this chateau. It was consecrated in 1169 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. During the Renaissance, Italian artists were commissioned to decorate the interior of the first major extension of the original chateau which nearly doubled its size in 1540.
In the 17th century, the Chateau de Fontainebleau received more improvements during the reign of Henry the IV who enjoyed yearly visits to the chateau. The king added multiple buildings including the Cour des Offices. This chateau was also the site of many royal weddings during the 17th century and beyond.
Throughout the restoration and into the second empire, the Chateau de Fontainebleau continued to attract royals as a popular site to host diplomats and artists with its many spacious apartments.
Visit Chateau de Fontainebleau from Paris
When you book a tour with us, we guarantee the following:
● Pick up and drop off at your accommodation in Paris
● Private transportation in a luxury air conditioned van
● Private guided tours with licensed experts
● Entrance tickets for both castles
What is not included in this tour:
● Meal & personal expenses
● Gratuities (discretionary)
Fontainebleau and Vaux Le Vicomte Hours
The full tour lasts 9 hours from pick up to drop off with a set time between 8:00 and 8:30 am. Tours are available every day between March 14th and November 1st except Tuesdays and holidays including January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th.
Fontainebleau Tickets for Full-day Trips
Pricing for our guided tours from Paris includes Fontainebleau and Vaux Le Vicomte tickets and travel expenses with group pricing ranging from 2 to 17 people.
All groups enjoy the comfort of our luxury Mercedes vans and tour buses.
To schedule your private tour from Paris to some of the most memorable architectural locations in France, contact us today!