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Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte Castle Small-Group Day Trip From Paris
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icon10 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Visit two of France's most stunning chateaus in one day on a small-group tour from Paris via luxury minivan. See the splendor and gardens that inspired Louis XIV to build Versailles at 17th-century Vaux-le-Vicomte, and follow in the footsteps of seven centuries of French royalty at sprawling Fontainebleau. Learn the fascinating history behind each castle and explore at your own pace with an included audio guide.
  • Learn about French history and royalty on a day trip from Paris to two historic estates
  • Admire the architecture of Versaille's precursor at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
  • See Napoleon's throne at the 1,500-room Fontainebleau
  • Travel comfortably in a luxury minivan with a small group limited to 8
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Small Group Tour of 8 people maximum
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
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Le Départ Saint-Michel , 1 Pl. Saint-Michel, 75005 Paris, France

Meet with your driver-guide outside of 1 Place Saint-Michel, 15 minutes before your tour starts. A café called  Le Départ Saint-Michel is located at that address. The café is open 24/7 so if you come early you can have breakfast there, please make sure to come early as the tour will start on time.

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Small Group Tour 8 persons max
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY BLUE FOX TRAVEL
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte Castle Small-Group Day Trip From Paris?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte Castle Small-Group Day Trip From Paris?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte Castle Small-Group Day Trip From Paris?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte Castle Small-Group Day Trip From Paris?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "I was also very happy to discover that the company that runs this tour has really comfortable vans with good AC a must in this crazy heat wave!" See review

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Vaux-Le-Vicomte with Victor
Melissa_M
, Jul 2022
Our best tour yet! Victor was our tour guide today and was fabulous! He is very knowledgeable and shared lots of fun facts at each stop. Fountainbleau was amazing! So much to see! Vaux-LR-Vicomte wasn’t as busy and the golf cart tour of the gardens was the highlight! Our tour group have now become lifelong friends! There was lots of laughing and Victor handled the return trip to Paris incredibly well considering most of the streets were crowded from the Tour de France. He is an excellent driver. We would definitely do this tour again.
star-5
Wonderful Excursion with Antoine
Emily_J
, Sep 2021
We absolutely loved our tour with Antoine to Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte. He was a great guide (and driver! Multi-talented.) who answered all of our questions and tailored an experience that best suited our small group - just 3 of us. We had plenty of time to visit and explore each location and learned a lot about general French history on our drives to and from Paris. We are very much looking forward to booking another tour with this company (and hopefully with Antoine!!!!) on our next trip to France.
star-5
What a great day trip to Fountainebleau & Vaux-Le-Vicomte
Patricia_L
, Sep 2021
It was a beautiful day (thanks for providing great weather!) Our driver/guide was delightful and informative. Fontainbleau was all it's cracked up to be and Vaux is a jewel that we won't forget.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A memorable experience
Excursion29171060853
, Nov 2019
My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Fontainebleau & Vaux-Le-Vicomte. Tej, our guide and driver, arrived right on time at Cafe Le Depart. Tej is so personable and a delightful guide. He is very knowledgeable about the history and architecture of both venues and had lots of interesting things to point out to us on the drive there. He helped us notice things we never would have seen on our own. We highly recommend this amazing tour through Blue Fox Travel.
star-5
Fantastic Tour and Guide
David_H
, Nov 2019
Both sites are awesome. The "immersive" headphones experience at Vaux-Le-Vicomte made it our favorite of the tour. Our guide, Tej, was wonderful - extremely helpful and knowledgeable. You can't go wrong with this tour!
star-5
Excellent Excursion To Two Wonderful Chateaux
Robert_P
, Oct 2019
This was a great small group (eight guests) tour of two of the best chateaux that I have seen in France. Our guide was both efficient and extremely knowledgeable. The tour went off without a hitch. At Vaux-le-Vicomte, we used English language voice equipment to tour the chateau and the equipment worked perfectly. While we had voice equipment at Fontainebleau, it was less successful since it was far more complicated to use and actually posed a hindrance in seeing the castle rooms in the limited time available. The tour was exceptional and our guide knew all of the necessary things to get us the most return for the time we had. My only complaint is that we only had about an hour and a half for the tour of the rooms at Fontainebleau and this was not nearly enough time given the number of rooms that are open and the items to view in each of the rooms.
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Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte Castle
Myrna M
, Oct 2019
This was a terrible tour. We stopped to look at a ruin that was not on our trip. Then there was too much free time spent on lunch. When we got to Fontainebleau, we were told we would have an hour to see this hugh building. Our guide said not to read anything or spend any time in each room. He said to walk fast past each room, so we could get back early. This was very disappointing since this was not the trip we paid for. We expected at least a half day in this castle since it is so famous and large. We spent more time at Vaux-Le-Vicomte which was not necessary. I want my money back.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful Way to Spend a Day
Constance_L
, Sep 2019
Wonderful tour of the Chateaux. Tej is very knowledgeable, and gave us the history of the areas. We made a brief stop at a medieval chateau nearby as a comparison to the architecture of the Chateaux. Highly recommend him and the tour.
star-5
terrific experience!
VirginiaVacationer1
, Sep 2019
our guide was wonderful - we wound up being a group of four people total, plus our guide and his two school-age daughters visiting from uk! at both vaux and fontainebleu we were provided with the audio headphones/pre-recorded guides with a choice of which voiceover to listen to (at vaux) and which path to take (at fountainebleu). we arrived at vaux le vicomte before it even opened and were some of the first people in, with time to go through the tour as well as (most of) the gardens. our guide walked us around the entire outside of fontainebleau and while it was more crowded and there was not quite as much time as i would have liked (i'm a royal history buff and like to linger) it was adequate for being in a group tour, although i could have spent the whole day just there. we arrived back in paris a bit earlier than posted thanks to no traffic due to the summer holidays. i'd highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to see french castles and palaces without the train ride to the loire or the crowds at versaille!
star-5
Small-Group Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte castle Day Trip From Paris
Barbara_G
, Jul 2019
We had a terrific day and our group guide Tej was wonderful! Very knowledgeable about both properties. Highly recommend this trip to all. Vaux le Vicomte was amazing and the inside of Fontainebleau overwhelming. All in all a great trip!
star-5
Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte
TerryfromPalos
, Jun 2019
Guide was fantastic. Super friendly, enthusiastic, had been to both places many times, put things in perspective that gave us a real feel for the places. It's so much better than going on your own. Don't have to worry about travel details. Just sit back and enjoy.
star-5
Fantastic Tour!
Michael_K
, Apr 2019
Vaux-Le-Vicomte was my all time favorite. Definitely my first choice for any Chateaux. Our tour guide Antoine was awesome! A true historian! Antoine went above and beyond to ensure everyone was happy. I’ve trolled the world and Antoine was hands down the best guide I have ever had. Thank you Antoine!!!!
star-5
Everything and especially the kitchen sink
Mickey K
, Jan 2019
Such a satisfying day trip with a marvelous and engaging tour guide, Being able to tour the kitchens at Vaux-Le-Vicomte was a treat as I am a retired chef. You often get to see the dining rooms, serving porcelain and silver, but not so much the kitchens. Fontainebleau was fascinating with it's long history and various additions. The art, furnishings, and porcelain were exquisite. We were especially awed by the size and number of centuries it covered
star-5
I loved this tour!!! The...
JEANPHILIPPE_D
, Aug 2018
I loved this tour!!! The Chateaus were stunning inside and out! My 3 favorite things about this tour were 1. The fact that these Chateaus are NOT overrun with tourists like in Versailles and the Louvre. It was great to be able to explore them and not be overwhelmed by a million other tourists around me. 2. The fact that this was a small group tour. I would have hated to be on any of the bus tours that have like 60 people in them! Our group was 8 people big and that is the max for this company. 3. The guide JB who shared tons of fun facts and stories that made it easy to absorb the several hundreds of years of amazing history that each chateau has. So, if you want to take a fun small group tour of some beautiful chateaus look no further! This is the one to take!!! Thanks Jb for a fabulous tour!
star-5
This was a great tour. Everything...
JEANPHILIPPE_D
, Aug 2018
This was a great tour. Everything was exactly as advertised. The guide was funny and interesting and the small group really made it worth the price. The gardens at the first castles were beautiful and the interior decorations at the second one blew my mind. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to get outside of Paris for a short day trip and see two great castles!
star-5
This was a fantastic tour! I really...
JEANPHILIPPE_D
, Aug 2018
This was a fantastic tour! I really wanted to see some of the beautiful French Chateaux but the Loire Valley tours were just too much for me as I am not much on driving long distances. Vaux le Vicomte Chateau and Fountainbleau were less than an hours drive from Paris so I decided to visit them. I was also very happy to discover that the company that runs this tour has really comfortable vans with good AC a must in this crazy heat wave! My guide was Antoine and I was very impressed by his knowledge and friendliness. The tour group was very small with only 6 people in it. I was so glad I booked this tour rather than one a huge group that travelled in buses. I saw that the bus tour groups took 30 minutes just getting everyone in and out of the restrooms. What a waste of time to join such a big group tour. It looked like their guide was herding cats. lol Since we were in a small group there was no wasted time or rushing through the beauty around us. Antoine took the time to speak individually with each of us and make sure we were all seeing and learning about things that we were interested in. A perfectly wonderful experience and I thank the company for planning it out so well and for Antoine for being a great guide.
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