Fontainebleau & Vaux le Vicomte Private Tour



9 hours

Private Tour

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Experience Fontainebleau & Vaux le Vicomte Private Tour


Discover two of the most historically rich and stunning castles in the Parisian region: Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte. You’ll visit the lovely Castles and gardens with their richness, complexity, and power to surprise. 

Highlights of the Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte Private Tour


-Skip the lines to visit two of the most important Châteaux in French History

-View Napoleon's apartments and François Ier Gallery, one of the most beautiful galleries in France

-Wander through the Chateau's gardens and stroll around the Grand Park

-Learn about French history from an informative guide

Full Description of Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte Private Tour


Without delay head to a 50 minute ride for a Fontainebleau and Vaux Private Tour to open up a clear view of French history, art and architecture. Once arrived, start your private guided visit at Vaux-le-Vicomte Castle, a 17th century gem a source of inspiration for the creation of Versailles and the place where the André Le Nôtre french style gardens were born. Learn about the rise and fall of Nicolas Fouquet, the ambitious Minister of Finances, who bought and majestically transformed it into one of the most beautiful in France. Wander around the ordered Gardens and enjoy your guided tour inside of the Chateau. Go up to the 25 meter high central dome for a delightful 360° view over the castle domain.

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Later, after a stop for lunch in Vaux or Barbizon, head to Fontainebleau Castle, hunting lodge and royal residence for around 8 consecutive centuries: 2 emperors and 34 kings, thus,  a rich eclectic architecture renovated throughout time. As a favorite French king's residence it is one of the most furnished castles in Europe with important Renaissance masterpieces commanded by King Françis I. Subsequently, it was richly restored by Napoleon I who introduced imperial symbols to join the royal ones. Moreover, don't miss the Trinity Chapel, the King's bedroom and the Throne Room, the only remaining Throne Room in France with its original furniture.

Later, take a stroll around the vast castle domain with a diversity of shapes, colors, structures, angular gardens mixing styles of the eras they were built in. The park, created during the reign of Henry IV, foreshadowed the Grand Canal of Versailles to created half a century later and the french style gardens, called Grand Parterre which is the largest formal garden in Europe! Ultimately, end your itinerary stopping by the traditional 19th century village of Barbizon formerly home to landscape painters, like Corot and Millet, precursors of Impressionism. An authentic “painter's village”.

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About this activity

📍 Pick up and drop off conditions

-Meet at your place of stay in Paris.


☑️ Includes

-Skip-the-line tickets to Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte

Itinerary / Interactive map

*Click on the markers for more details

Photo gallery

Our Local expert tips


+Informations about Vaux Le Vicomte
From May 2 to October 3, 2020, every candlelit Saturday eveningfrom 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM. The Vaux's castle is closed : -January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th Vaux's castle skip-the-line tickets will be purchased during the booking process. Tour is operated in English, other languages on request.
+picnic areas in Vaux le Vicomte
There are picnic areas in two locations (indicated in pink on the estate map): – Next to the Grand Canal – Opposite the ticket office, on the far side of the road
+What if I have a large group?
This activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers. Our booking agent will have to customize this tour if your group is larger.

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