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From Paris: Chateau de Fontainebleau & Vaux-Le-Vicomte Tour

1. From Paris: Chateau de Fontainebleau & Vaux-Le-Vicomte Tour

Discover two of the most beautiful and historically interesting castles in the Paris region on this small group day trip. You’ll visit the lovely Chateau and gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte, where the “jardin à la francaise” was born and then explore the regal splendor of Chateau de Fontainebleau where more than seven centuries of kings and emperors lived and created history.  Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, with its deluxe 17th century decor and outstanding French Gardens is enchanting. It is so beautiful that it directly inspired the Sun King to build the Palace of Versailles, in order to rival it. You’ll learn about the captivating history of the estate and its past owners, wander through the perfectly ordered French Gardens and enjoy free time to explore the inside of the Chateau. Chateau de Fontainebleau is unparalleled in its extravagant architecture and links to important events in French History. With more than 1,500 rooms inside, it is a sumptuous palace and according to Napoleon Bonaparte "The true home of kings, the house of ages". It was home to three dynasties of Kings, a Pope and two French Emperors and as such is truly unique among the castles in Europe. You’ll explore its majestic halls, extravagantly gilded rooms, beautifully decorated Chapel and learn its fascinating history.

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Fontainebleau Castle Half-Day Tour

2. Fontainebleau Castle Half-Day Tour

Travel to the home of France's royalty since the Middle Ages, Fontainebleau Castle and enjoy one of France's most popular tourist destinations. Take in amazing views of the forest of Fontainebleau before returning to Paris in an air-conditioned minibus. Leave Paris behind for an afternoon getaway into France's past. Let the friendly and knowledgeable driver-guide pick you up from a centrally located office in Paris, aboard an air-conditioned minibus and whisk you away to Fontainebleau Castle, home to France's Kings, Queens, Emperors and Empresses since the Middle Ages. Enjoy the treasures preserved at Fontainebleau Castle, the royal residence from the 12th century. Visit Napoleon's apartments on the first floor, where you can see a lock of his hair. See the decor of the François I Gallery, one of the most beautiful galleries in France. View the Trinity Chapel, the King's bedroom and Throne Room, the only remaining Throne Room in France retaining its original furniture. Enjoy some free time to wander through the Chateau's gardens. Discover the English Garden, formerly the Pine Garden, and visit the mirror-like Carp Pond. Stroll through the Grand Park, with linear paths, star-shaped crossroads and a large canal built under Henri IV. After uncovering the wonders of Fontainebleau, take in amazing views of the forest of Fontainebleau before returning to Paris in the air-conditioned minibus.

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What people are saying about Fontainebleau

Such a nice day outside of the city!

My mother and I took this tour because we like gardens and chateaus. Ha! This was our first planned tour in Paris and we were impressed with everything. The meeting point was excellent and easy to find. The gentleman was very knowledgeable on all aspects of the chateaus we visited. We were just about the only people at the Vaux-Le-Vicomte chateau and preferred this tour versus the other. They have golf carts where you can drive around the gardens. We were lucky enough that we ran into our guide during a break and he offered to drive the cart for just myself and my mother. It was such a treat to have a driver and guide! Right place right time :-) We then had a stop for lunch, which was not included, but there were plenty of restaurants in the area to enjoy an hour break. Fontainebleau was beautiful, but so massive that we didn't get to spend too much time in the gardens like we have hoped. We truly enjoyed everything!

Outstanding guide

A very convenient way to see Fontainebleau. My only recommendation would be make the tour and hour longer. We had to move at a pretty brisk pace to get through the Chateau. Would have been nice to have a little time to explore the grounds afterwards. The tour guide was outstanding.

Excellent 1-day tour by the competent and knowledgeable guide JB!

Very interesting and well organised tour. The guide JB is a well experienced and very pleasant professional who is truly gifted to be in this industry. A splendid day all in all.

Entertaining and educational tour of this fabulous food precinct.

An exceptional and very well planned tour providing a wonderful range of the food and produce available in France.

Sympathischer Guide, genügend Zeit für die Besichtigungen (gutes timing), angenehme Fahrt