Day Tour

Fontainebleau & Vaux le Vicomte (9 Hours)

Découvertes Inc & Sarl - France

Paris, France

Valid for Travel Now Through: 22 May 2100

Fontainebleau & Vaux le Vicomte (9 hours)

Paris, France

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations



Recommended Ages

All Ages

Activity Level



9.00 am: Be met in the lobby of your Hotel in Paris.

Drive to Fontainebleau. Fontainebleau started life as a fortified castle in the middle Ages, becoming a palace in the time of François I. It is the only chateau to have been continuously inhabited for eight centuries. The park dates from the time of Henri IV. The magnificent flowerbeds, the Diana’s garden and the English garden were designed by Le Nôtre. The English garden: François I had pine trees planted and a grotto built in the Italian style, which was popular at the time. Henri IV planted the first plane tree, which at the time was a very rare specimen.  Today there are no pines left, but plenty of plane and cypress trees. The place takes its name from the Bliaud (or Blaut) spring, which flows into a basin in the middle of the garden.

Enjoy a lunch at leisure recommends by your guide.

Pursue your day with the visit of the charming Castle of Vaux le Vicomte. Visit the Chateau of Vaux Le Vicomte which was built in the French Baroque style during the 17th century (1658–1661), for Nicolas Fouquet, the then superintendent of finances of Louis XIV. Vaux-le-Vicomte was in many ways the most influential work built in Europe in the mid-17th century. Here, together with the architect Louis Le Vau, the landscape gardener, André le Nôtre, and the painter-decorator, Charles Le Brun, worked on a large-scale project for the first time. Their collaboration marked the beginning of a new order: the "Magnificent Manner," involving a system of collective work, and could be applied to the creation of an entire landscape. Le Nôtre's garden was the dominant structure of the great complex. The château rises on an elevated platform, opened in the middle of the woods, and marks the border between unequal spaces, treated in a different way.

6.00 pm: Return to your Hotel in Paris.

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By: Marie

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

Travel Advisor:  Maria De La Torre

highly recommended

By: RingoStarr

Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2014

Love the Virtuoso travel with upgrades and amenities.
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Howell

Highly Recommended

By: Susie75

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2014

Travel Advisor:  Myrna Shaw

Very thorough

By: Dawn54

Reviewed on: 18 Aug 2014

We went through various options for our trip and Didier at Decouvertes was very prompt in updating the plans and quotes to accomodate us. the only issues that came up during the trip were the rental car agency who wanted to charge us twice and the hotels requesting to see a voucher of our payment. Both were resolved through discussions with their staff on duty, but I wonder if there could have been more information made available to us to show that we had pre-paid for these items.
Travel Advisor:  Patty Calvert

Perfect Normandy tour

By: Paul & Kay

Reviewed on: 07 Aug 2015

We never had a moment of worry. Our guide John-Noel was so wonderful and professional. We had our high school Junior with us and we were able to see where history was made. It was so exciting to see him so interested and engaged. Thank you for making our trip an amazing experience!!! Excellent hotel recommendations and choices too! It was perfect for us.
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Howell


By: Sue

Reviewed on: 02 Aug 2016

Very professional and on time.
Travel Advisor:  Rose Field

Friendly customized service

By: LoriL

Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2016

The guides on our tours in Southern France were extremely knowledgeable and willing to please. They were flexible to our requests throughout the day to make sure we saw and did what we wanted, which we really appreciated. They were all very well studied in the history of the area and very passionate in sharing that with us. It was a pleasure to discover this beautiful part of the world with Decouvertes.
Travel Advisor:  Ursula Pearson

Exemplary Travel Service

By: DEfr2016

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2016

Descouvertes was an absolutely perfect travel service. Their arrangements of lodging and transportation were done to ensure the maximum of comfort and travel experience in our trip. Every travel guide who met us catered to our desires and demonstrated a full knowledge of the organization they were dealing with on our behalf, especially in airports and train stations. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the areas we toured and did everything to show us the things we were interested in. The Descouvertes service was essential to the overall success and enjoyment of our trip!
Travel Advisor:  Michele Benigno

Enhance Your Experience!

By: GMissyZ

Reviewed on: 04 Aug 2017

We were delighted with our guides. Their knowledge of history, local economy, geography, art and culture was truly impressive. And they both had great personalities, too! Instructions were clear on how to meet to get started. The pace was relalxed but we got a lot done! Restaurants chosen for meals while we were out and abut were charming and our meals were delicious. We also did a large group dinner in Paris, arranged by Decouvertes which went off without a hitch. Here is an agency you can count on for caring service and attention to detail.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Lou Yeager

Fantastic Rhone River Cruise + Paris and Loire Valley Tours

By: Mickie

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2017

Boy, these were great tours! It was destiny that Elvira and Morgane were our guides. They both meshed perfectly with all of our personalities. These knowledgeable and personable guides brought the French countryside and Paris alive for us! We would love to return to France to tour with these guides.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Lou Yeager


By: C&J

Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2017

We had an excellent and very knowledgeable tour guide take us to Fontainebleau and a tour of Paris. We really appreciated the Meet and Greet at the airport. They arranged a dinner for us at Guy Savoy Restaurant. We would recommend Descouvertes to any and all.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

South of France

By: South of France

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2017

Wonderful service. Knowledgeable, prompt and pleasant!
Travel Advisor:  Cheryl Everhart

Paris ground arrangements

By: Mike and Susan

Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2017

This group provided us a well-qualified and responsive guide for several days of viewing the sites of Paris. They were well-organized and responsive. The guide (Elvira Mendes-Gregoire) was especially good. She understood that we did not want to spend a great deal of time in museums but rather wanted to see neighborhoods and have a sense of the City over a limited amount of time. Based on her guidance we were able to ride the Metro and get around ourselves on the several days we did not have a guide. It was a very enjoyable introduction to Paris for both of us.
Travel Advisor:  Denise Sullivan


By: klo

Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2017

We loved the tours they scheduled for us and our guide, Denise. We were treated like VIP's every step of the way and experienced things that most tourists do not see. Denise knows all the guides at the local attractions and gets us right into places that others cannot go. She is very knowledgeable and interesting. We would recommend and use this Tour Operator again any time. Our driver was great too.
Travel Advisor:  Lynda Turley

France Normady

By: Sidney

Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2017

Very good all well done
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Howell

South of France

By: Rhonda

Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

We were able to experience the best of the best in the South of France with the assistance of Decouvertes Inc. Highly recommend working with them if you are looking for the trip of a lifetime!
Travel Advisor:  Laura Hartman


By: Lovetotravel

Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2017

Very knowledgeable tour guides. Always on time. Excellent transports.
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Howell


By: JoeD

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

All arrangements made for local events etc were all very good. No issues at all.
Travel Advisor:  Marci Oakley


By: Michele

Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

I enjoyed each of our tours. The guides were very knowledgeable and lovely people.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Pulliam