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$90.20 Day Trips & Excursions

Chateaux de Fontainebleau, Vaux le Vicomte Day Tour from Paris

Leave central Paris by luxury coach and travel to Vaux le Vicomte, a handsome little town just 34 miles (55km) southeast of the capital. Its star attraction is the Vaux le Vicomte Castle – the impressive Baroque chateau that allegedly inspired the Palace of Versailles – so hop off your coach and head inside for your audio-guided tour.While admiring the castle’s plush interiors and elaborate vaulted cellars, learn about Nicolas Fouquet – King Louis XIV’s finance minister – who created the building using the crème de la crème of French architectural talent. Unfortunately for him, King Louis felt upstaged by the extravagant building, and threw him in prison before he could spend too long enjoying it. After exploring the castle, head outside to soak up the extensive garden scenery, seeing the dramatic fountains, lawns and flowerbeds that cover the whopping 99-acre (40-hectare) site. Enjoy some time for lunch in the on-site café (own expense), and then return to your coach.Travel the short distance south to Fontainebleau, and then visit your second majestic building of the day: Château Fontainebleau. The only royal castle to be continuously inhabited for over seven centuries, Fontainebleau is one of the country’s more exceptional palaces – deservedly taking a place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.Step inside and explore the opulent Renaissance building with an audio guide, hearing all the gossip about the French royals who once called the place home. Gaze upward to see mesmerizing ceiling frescoes, and admire the intricate wood carvings and 15th-century furniture that typifies the castle’s lavish interior.At the end of your audio tour, head outside to explore the grounds and ornamental lakes independently. Have your camera ready to capture the romantic gardens against the backdrop of the castle, and then return to your coach for your journey back to Paris.

$116.46 Day Trips & Excursions

Chateau de Fontainebleau from Paris, Plus Ticket, Audio Guide

Your driver-guide will pick you up directly at the door of your, Central Paris hotel or Private Apartment, before setting off from Paris on board your private air-conditioned minibus, and heading to the historical town of Fontainebleau, located roughly 34 miles (55 Km) south of the Capital City. After about an hour drive, you will arrive at Château de Fontainebleau (Fontainebleau Castle), where you’ll spend your afternoon! As one of the largest, french châteaux, this impressive UNESCO World Heritage-listed castle is a joy to behold. Lived in by sovereigns since the Middle Ages, the castle exudes royalty on every level. Gaze in awe at its architecture, built across seven centuries, and admire the famous horseshoe staircase that leads from the castle’s palatial doors. Your guide will guide you inside the castle to bring up to life this unique place, the Château de Fontainebleau which can proudly claim to have been a sovereign residence for eight centuries, where all members of French ruling dynasties, have lived within these walls. There are more than 1,500 rooms comprising elaborate dining halls, galleries and ballrooms, not to mention 130 hectares (321 acres) of parks and gardens. Wander over to the beautiful Pavilion on Fontainebleau’s famous Carp Pond, or stroll through the English Garden – lined with pristine lawns, shrubs and trees. After approximately 2.5 hours of exploring this magnificent site, sit back and relax for your relaxing journey back, in the company of your driver/guide who will escort you back to the door of your Paris Hotel or Apartement. Highlights: • Half-day trip to the UNESCO-listed Château de Fontainebleau, outside Paris • Guided walking tour of the palace with your private guide • Enjoy personalized attention from your expert guide • Admire varying architectural styles that date back to the 12th century • Explore lavishly decorated rooms and stroll through the Fontainebleau Gardens

$67.36 Day Trips & Excursions

Fontainebleau and Barbizon Half Day Guided Tour from Paris

Discovery of the Fontainebleau Castle for a half day ! During our excursion, you will be charmed by the Fontainebleau Castle, favorite residence of French Kings and by the peaceful village of Barbizon, artistic spot since the middle of the 19th century. • Transport from Paris by comfortable car or minivan with air conditioning • Professional guide will introduce you to the rich history of the castle and its gardens • Comprehensive visit of the Château de Fontainebleau, at your leisure, tickets and audioguide included : Galerie François I, apartments of the Emperor Napoleon and of Pope Pius VII ... free time to stroll through the gardens • Beautiful countryside and forest of Fontainebleau with a stop at the pretty village of Barbizon, made famous by the painter Jean-François Millet ·

$181.54 Day Trips & Excursions

Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte Small-Group Tour from Paris

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 inside of the Chateau itself. Fontainebleau is unparalleled in its grandiose architecture and links to important events in French History. With more than 1500 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. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR : - A full-day of adventure in the french countryside: Take a step away from the hustle and bustle of busy Paris and see some of the natural beauty around it. - Visit two of the most important Châteaux in French History: Learn how both Vaux-le-Vicomte and Fontainebleau have had major impacts on the history of the French Monarchy and the country as a whole. - Enjoy Free time in the French Gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte: This perfectly manicured garden is 99 acres (40 hectares) big. Complete with fountains, flowers, statues, and an interesting optical illusion that will surprise you! - See Napoleon Bonaparte's Throne in Fontainebleau: Fontainebleau was the prefered seat of imperial power for Napoleon Bonaparte and during his reign deemed more important than the Louvre or Versailles. - Learn about French History from an informative guide: Being experts in their researched fields of history and very passionate story tellers makes our guides true assets to each tour we provide! - Round-trip transportation by luxury van from Paris: Enjoy the comfort of our brand new vans, complete with leather seats, big clear windows, and crisp clean air-conditioning. - Small group: You will be in a group with no more than 8 people and your guide! So individual attention and quality time with your guide can be guaranteed. - Audio-guide: Inside each chateaux you’ll be able to use an audio-guide so that you have greater freedom to roam and can focus on the parts that interest you the most.

$284.29 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Fontainebleau Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Your hot-air balloon experience takes place in Fontainebleau, a town about 45 minutes outside of Paris, home to the Château de Fontainebleau. You'll start with balloon preparation and inflation, watching as it rises into the air. Then hop aboard the basket and take off on your 1-hour flight, admire views of town, the castle, and the forest. When you land, enjoy a glass of Champagne for the traditional toast des aéronautes, and then return by vehicle to the starting point.Please note: When booking, please specify if you prefer the morning or evening tour, or you may contact the local operator after booking.

$13.70 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Chateau de Fontainebleau Skip-the-Line Ticket

Visit: Chateau de Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne, Ile-de-FranceLocated southeast of the center of Paris, the Château de Fontainebleau is a 40 minute train ride from Paris, and one of Parisians' favorite getaways.  Skip the line at the entrance and visit the Château de Fontainebleau, this long-lasting sovereign residence that became a huge palace in which many momentous historical events occurred. Discover this sprawling palace, a veritable showcase of French architecture from the 12th to the 19th century. From the famous horseshoe-shaped staircase dates from the reign of Louis XIII, based on a Renaissance model to the Château's three chapels and the courtyards and gardens, this palace is key for French heritage.The opulent décor and the refined and highly finished nature of the apartment furnishings at the Château de Fontainebleau contribute to its feel as a family home, “the true home of kings, the house of ages”. The Château de Fontainebleau houses an exceptional collection of works of art, from the Empress Eugenie Chinese Museum to Marie Antoinette’s massive bed and Napoleon’s throne, all these precious pieces of architecture, paintings and craftmanship ensure your visit to Fontainebleau brings new discoveries.