Fresh air fills your lungs on arriving in the smart town of Fontainebleau. It's enveloped by the 20,000-hectare Forêt de Fontainebleau, which is as big a playground today as it was in the 16th century, with superb walking and rock-climbing opportunities. The town grew up around its magnificent château, one of the most beautifully decorated and furnished in France. Although it's less crowded and pressured than Versailles, exploring it can still take the best part of a day. You'll also find a cosmopolitan drinking and dining scene, thanks to the town's lifeblood, the international graduate business school Insead.
Fontainebleau destination guides
Chateau de Fontainebleau Admission Ticket with Transport from Paris
Discover Château de Fontainebleau, one of the largest French castles, on a half-day trip from Paris! Listening to an impressive audio commentary, explore this opulent UNESCO World Heritage-listed site at your own pace. You’ll have plenty of time to walk through the castle and immaculate Fontainebleau Gardens before returning to Paris by luxury air-conditioned minivan.
Chateaux de Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte Day Trip from Paris
See two magnificent French castles – Vaux le Vicomte and Château Fontainebleau – on a day trip from Paris! Audio-guided tours at each site are included, so you’ll learn about the castles’ history and art, as well as the eccentric royals who once called the places home.