Pick up at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (CDS)
This full day excursion from Paris takes you to the two magnificent châteaux of Vaux le Vicomte and Fontainebleau, both located about one hour from Paris.
Your first stop will be Vaux the Vicomte, the château that inspired King Louis 14th to build Versailles. A masterpiece of mid-17th century classical architecture, the château and its grounds were created by three talented artists working for Nicolas Fouquet, a rich, high-ranking French official and Louis 14th’s superintendent of finances. These three artists were the painter and decorator Charles Le Brun, the architect Louis Le Vau, and the landscape gardener André Le Nôtre.
Fontainebleau is the only royal and imperial château to have been continuously inhabited for seven centuries. Dating back as far as the 12th century, it was one of the residences of the rulers of France from the reigns of Francis 1st to Napoleon 3rd. Thus, several kings have left their mark on the château’s history, with parts in medieaval, renaissance and classical styles.
Lunch time (drinks extra)