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Possible to See Fountainebleu and Versailles in one day?

Possible to See Fountainebleu and Versailles in one day?

Old Sep 4th, 2008, 07:16 PM
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Possible to See Fountainebleu and Versailles in one day?

If we get an early start and arrive at Fountainebleu when they open (10:30 AM) and leave early afternoon enroute to Versailles, will we have enough time to visit Versailles? We will be visiting in mid-November and the last entry to Versailles is at 5:45 PM.

We plan to use the train to travel from Fountainebleu to Versaille. It's difficult to tell on the map just how long the travel time between the two destinations will take.

Opinions? Thanks for your help.
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Old Sep 4th, 2008, 07:51 PM
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The train portion alone takes about 2 hrs. Take a look at:

http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en

Enter: Fontainebleau and Versailles Rive Gauche. Change train at Gare de Lyon to Austerlitz.

Mean wait time at Fontainebleau station, given one train/hr is about 30min. Another 20min from Fontainebleau to the station by bus, another 10min to walk from Versailles station to Versailles, gives total travel time of 3hrs.

You will have to study all transportation schedules, use taxis if caught between bus schedule, eat your lunch on trains between Fontainebleau and Versailles.

It will be a tough trip.

Combining Fontainebleau and Chateau Vaux-le-vicomte would be a more sane plan.
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Old Sep 4th, 2008, 09:04 PM
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I think seeing one of them in a day is enough. If you tried to see both in one day, by the end of the day you wouldn't care what you were looking at - it would be too much to take in and enjoy it.

Fontainebleu was actually my favorite of the two.

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Old Sep 4th, 2008, 09:26 PM
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My opinion is that you can't do both.
Fontainebleau deserves more than a couple hours in my opinion, to begin with. And even if you left Fontainebleau at the beginning of the afternoon, you'd be at Versailles quite late. And Versailles definitely requires more than a couple hours.

So, it's technically feasible to see both, but probably not particularly enjoyable. Seems a bad idea to me.
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Old Sep 5th, 2008, 09:45 AM
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Given that the two attractions are in opposite directions from Paris, I would answer the question this way:

Can it be done? Yes.
Should it be done? No.

That leaves me with another question.
Why would you want to do it in the first place?

I see no beneficial experience in seeing either place superficially.

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Old Sep 5th, 2008, 09:56 AM
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Sure you could. But I sure wouldn't do it.
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Old Sep 5th, 2008, 10:02 AM
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I will chime in once again with this Fontainebleau mention.

It is Fontaine-blow not blue or bler.
It is "eau" like in "water" (eau de Cologne, if you prefer). Eau not eu.

Just because everybody calls that Miami Beach hotel the Fountain-blue doesn't mean that you have to wreck the real name of the French city.
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Old Sep 5th, 2008, 10:52 AM
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Thank you for all your replies and opinions. We will definitely separate the visits.

It wasn't our intention to rush through the two locales, we just were not sure how much time we really should devote to each visit.

Unfortunately, Chateaux Vaux Le Vicomte will be closed during our visit -- I'll have to save this for another trip.
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Old Sep 5th, 2008, 11:02 AM
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No - considering tha t you have to back track through Paris and change train stations - and how early it gets dark in Mid-November - you really can;t see much of both places in one day.

You can GET to both places - but will see only a small part of what you will want to see.
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