Enjoy a magnificent day visiting these two châteaux that can compete with Versailles
This two châteaux are completely different, one is from the XII° c. and the other, was built ust before Versailles.
At Fontainebleau, you will find represented, in the inside decoration, the different periods in art. I
ts origin was the King's love for hunting. Royalty would spend a large period during the year.
Napoleon I preferred Fontainebleau to Versailles, he called this palace "The House of Eternity", and left his mark by commissioning further restoration work, as most of the Kings did before him.
Instead Vaux le Vicomte was built for love of comfort, richness and art. It was the first classical style château built in the world. It was at the origin of Versailles Château. It has always been privately own and still is now a day.
A magnificent way to visit the gardens, is using the electric cars (20 euros) for 45'. And you have an impressive view from the top of the Dome (3 euros).
VAUX LE VICOMTE is closed on January and February, open everyday the rest of the year
FONTAINEBLEAU close on Tuesday
We shall be living Paris, towards the South, by the Highway. We cross an agriculture country side before reaching Vaux le Vicomte. This will take us about 1. 30 h
From Vaux to Fontainebleau for about 1/2 Hr, we shall cross one of the most largest forest in France, where the Kings loved to hunt.
And we reach the city of Fontainebleau and its Château.
Back to Paris, we shall take another way. If we have time we shall go through Barbizon village, quite important in French Art, as it is here that the Ecôle de Barbizon will appears in the XIX° c. This artists will be among the first ones in France, to pain landscapes as main subject and the daily worker's live as the main subject.
They will have a great influence in the Impressionism.
And we shall get through the Bree Region, from where the so well known chess comes from.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At the hotel or anywhere inside the City.
End location: We shall leave you wherever you chose, inside the visit or on our way back to Paris.
Duration: 8 hours
Traffic could be the only variable
We will use a car and a driver.
The car, a van for 6 people, the chauffeur and my guiding during this magnificent Tours.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 euros - Tickets entrances : Vaux 15,50 euros + 11 euros for Fontainebleau.
And about 20 euros each for lunch.
The entrances, the lunch and whatever you want to buy or do outside the program.