Full-Day Vaux le Vicomte & Fontainebleau Castles with Barbizon

Duration: 10 h 00

Availability: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 8:30 Except May 1

Category: Guided tour, Full Day, A Day from Paris

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Tour only runs from April, 1st to November, 2nd except on Tuesdays & May, the 1st

Your full-day, private Vaux le Vicomte & Fontainebleau castles tour, with Barbizon included.

  • Pick-up
  • Drop-off
  • Free visit of castles & French-style garden (with audio-guides)
  • Prepaid Entrance fees included (for both castles)
  • Barbizon (Realist painters)
  • Tour lasts 10 hours
  • Private deluxe air-conditioned vehicle

Your "in-house" Driver-Guide will pick you up at your hotel, or your apartment. He will take you to Vaux le Vicomte, driving you in a private deluxe air-conditioned vehicle. It is your Tour, totally custom-made to fit your desires: YOUR way, and nobody else's.

Prepare yourself to discover not one but two marvelous castles; Vaux le Vicomte and Fontainebleau ,located one hour from Paris. The visit will begin with Vaux le Vicomte, this classical architectural masterpiece inspired Louis XIV to imagine and build the Palace of Versailles. Built in the middle of the XVII century, the domain of Vaux le Vicomte Castle is the fruit of the collaboration of three prestigious and talented artists: the Landscape Gardener Andre le Nôtre, the Painter-Decorator Charles le Brun and the Architect Louis le Vau, all reunited by Nicolas Fouquet, Finance Superintendant of the Sun King.

Thanks to an audio-guided visit, you will discover the private apartments of Nicolas Fouquet, the formal reception halls as well as the castle’s main kitchen and vaulted cellars. Take time out as well, to walk through the beautiful French Garden, housed in the 35 hectare domain; composed of sculptured tree-shrubs, numerous bodies of water and magnificent multi-coloured flowerbeds. Departure from Vaux le Vicomte, for the visit of the second castle in the heart of the Fontainebleau Forest. The distance between the two castles takes around 30 minutes.

Napoleon once called this intriguing castle “True home of Kings, House of Ages”! Indeed, with over 1,500 rooms situated in over 130 acres of parkland and gardens, Fontainebleau is the only royal and imperial castle which has been continuously lived-in for almost eight centuries: The Houses Capétiens, Valois, Bourbons, Bonaparte and Orléans, have all occupied this; the most palatial of residences. It is a particularly rich example of French architecture and is home to one of the most outstanding collections of antique furniture ever assembled. After the visit, you can admire the vast park that surrounds the castle, as well as its three charming gardens.

Then in the blink of an eye, you will pass from the opulence of a King’s abode to the colorful simplicity of Barbizon. This nearby village used to be an ordinary village of Wood Cutters, that is until Théodore Rousseau and Jean-François Millet decided to create a Landscape Painters School, attracting artists from all over the world, Barbizon being a magical place to find inspiration. Once you have finished your Royal Visit, your "in-house" Driver-Guide will be waiting for you, driving you back safely to your hotel, or apartment.

Once you have finished your Royal Visit, your "in-house" Driver-Guide will be waiting for you, driving you back safely to your hotel, or apartment.