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Rent a car for fontainbleau and Vaux le Vicomte?

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We have decided to visit both chateaux for a day trip, but we do not want to take trains and try to worry about connections, taxis, etc, during a midweek day in mid October.

Paris Vision offers a combination tour with motor coach transportation for 69 euro self-guided or 99 euro guided per person.. The visit goes to Vaux first, with time allowed for lunch on your own before leaving for Fontainebleau.

I've also thought of renting a car, which would give us more flexibility timewise, and would allow us to go to Barbizon if that would be an interesting place for lunch and a visit.

I've driven in France several times, and don't feel that it would be difficult to arrange. A quick check on Auto Europe shows I can rent a Peugeot for $50 and be covered by Amex for $20 more. There are 3 adults traveling, so the rental car would be a less expensive way to go. We will have the museum pass which will cover a self guided visit at Fontainebleau. Admission to Vaux le Vicomte is 13 euro per person.

Cost is really not the deciding factor, but I wanted a comparison. I want to see both chateaux and be able to pick an interesting place for lunch. Does one option seem better than another? Will having a car give us the ability to flex our visit, and add an interesting stop?
Thanks in advance for feedback.
Barb

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