Welcome to Fontainebleau
Fresh air fills your lungs on arriving in the smart town of Fontainebleau. It’s enveloped by the 200-sq-km 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,... Read More
Top experiences in Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau Day Trip from Paris
Leave central Paris by luxury coach and travel to Vaux le Vicomte, a handsome little town just 34 miles (55km) southeast of the capital. Its star attraction is the Vaux le Vicomte Castle – the impressive Baroque chateau that allegedly inspired the Palace of Versailles – so hop off your coach and head inside for your audio-guided tour.While admiring the castle’s plush interiors and elaborate vaulted cellars, learn about Nicolas Fouquet – King Louis XIV’s finance minister – who created the building using the crème de la crème of French architectural talent. Unfortunately for him, King Louis felt upstaged by the extravagant building, and threw him in prison before he could spend too long enjoying it. After exploring the castle, head outside to soak up the extensive garden scenery, seeing the dramatic fountains, lawns and flowerbeds that cover the whopping 99-acre (40-hectare) site. Enjoy some time for lunch in the on-site café (own expense), and then return to your coach.Travel the short distance south to Fontainebleau, and then visit your second majestic building of the day: Château Fontainebleau. The only royal castle to be continuously inhabited for over seven centuries, Fontainebleau is one of the country’s more exceptional palaces – deservedly taking a place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.Step inside and explore the opulent Renaissance building with an audio guide, hearing all the gossip about the French royals who once called the place home. Gaze upward to see mesmerizing ceiling frescoes, and admire the intricate wood carvings and 15th-century furniture that typifies the castle’s lavish interior.At the end of your audio tour, head outside to explore the grounds and ornamental lakes independently. Have your camera ready to capture the romantic gardens against the backdrop of the castle, and then return to your coach for your journey back to Paris.
Chateau de Fontainebleau Admission Ticket with Transport from Paris
After pickup at your hotel, set off from Paris on board your air-conditioned coach and head to the historical town of Fontainebleau, roughly 34 miles (55 km) south of the city. After just an hour, arrive at Château de Fontainebleau (Fontainebleau Castle), where you’ll spend your afternoon!One of the largest French châteaux, this impressive UNESCO World Heritage-listed castle is a joy to behold. Lived in by sovereigns since the Middle Ages, the castle exudes royalty on every level. Gaze in awe at its architecture, built across seven centuries, and admire the famous horseshoe staircase that leads from the castle’s palatial doors.Your host will hand over your entrance ticket and state-of-the-art audio headset, and then leave you at the admission gates. Following the route described by your audio guide, set off to explore!There are more than 1,500 rooms comprising elaborate dining halls, galleries and ballrooms, not to mention 130 hectares (321 acres) of parks and gardens. Wander over to the beautiful Pavilion on Fontainebleau’s famous Carp Pond, or stroll through the English Garden – lined with pristine lawns, shrubs and trees. After approximately 2.5 hours of exploring this magnificent site at leisure, meet your host back at the pre-arranged point for your relaxing journey back to Paris.
Fontainebleau Hot-Air Balloon Ride
Your hot-air balloon experience takes place in Fontainebleau, a town about 45 minutes outside of Paris, home to the Château de Fontainebleau. You'll start with balloon preparation and inflation, watching as it rises into the air. Then hop aboard the basket and take off on your 1-hour flight, admire views of town, the castle, and the forest. When you land, enjoy a glass of Champagne for the traditional toast des aéronautes, and then return by vehicle to the starting point.Please note: When booking, please specify if you prefer the morning or evening tour, or you may contact the local operator after booking.
Fontainebleau, Barbizon Vaux-Le-Vicomte Day Trip
Your tour starts with pickup in Paris by your private driver and guide for the 1-hour drive south of the city to the town of Fontainebleau, which sits next to the Forest of Fontainebleau. The residence of French kings for eight centuries, Château de Fontainebleau has been home to several royal families, such as Capétiens, Valois, Bourbon, Bonaparte, and Orléans, all members of French ruling dynasties. Throughout the years, kings, queens, emperors, and empresses made their own improvements and additions to the château, which gives it its diverse yet cohesive look, built around the original keep. With your private guide, explore the palace, gardens, and pond. If you're interested in landscaping, this is a chance to compare the French gardens designed by Le Nôtre under Louis 14th with the English gardens on the other side of the palace. Then head to the village of Barbizon. The Barbizon school of painters got its name from this village, where artists such as Théodore Rousseau and Jean-François Millet painted their landscapes and life scenes in the mid-1800s. After a lunch break in Barbizon, your driver and guide will lead you to the château of Vaux-le-Vicomte. Guided tour of the State Apartments on the ground floor, designed to welcome Louis 14th and the Court. Then let's go to the private apartments of Nicolas Fouquet, Superintendant of Finance of Louis 14th. Discover the former kitchens by the subsoil where famous caterer Vatel cooked and prepared a magnificent buffet for the king in 1661. Indeed, the palace was also designed to dazzle the king himself during a unique and magnificent party organized in the gardens in August 1661. A few weeks afterwards, Fouquet will be arrested by the king and his minister, Colbert. He was sent to jail and will never come back to the residence. Several owners will altered the place until the late 1800's, when Alfred Sommier acquired the place and completely redesigned the gardens in memory of Nicolas Fouquet. His descendants still own the place today. Enjoy the astonished view on the French gardens designed also by André Le Nôtre, before Versailles. Your tour ends with return to your hotel in Paris in late afternoon.
Skip the Line: Chateau de Fontainebleau Ticket
Located southeast of the center of Paris, the Château de Fontainebleau is a 40 minute train ride from Paris, and with one of Parisians favorite getaway. Skip the line at the entrance and visit the Château de Fontainebleau, this long-lasting sovereign residence that became a huge palace in which many momentous historical events occurred. Discover this sprawling palace, a veritable showcase of French architecture from the 12th to the 19th century. From the famous horseshoe-shaped staircase dates from the reign of Louis XIII, based on a Renaissance model to the Château three chapels and the courtyards and gardens, this palace is key for French heritage.The opulent décor and the refined and highly finished nature of the apartment furnishings at the Château de Fontainebleau contribute to its feel as a family home, “the true home of kings, the house of ages”. The Château de Fontainebleau houses an exceptional collection of works of art, from the Empress Eugenie Chinese Museum to Marie Antoinette’s massive bed and Napoleon’s throne, all these precious pieces of architecture, paintings and craftmanship ensure your visit to Fontainebleau brings new discoveries.
Private Full-Day Trip to Fontainebleau and Barbizon
Your full-day tour of Fontainebleau and Barbizon begins with a 7am pickup, directly at your Paris accommodation. Via comfortable, private vehicle, you’ll motor outside of the city and to the southeast, where these two stunning landmarks are located. The first stop is the Palace of Fontainebleau: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most beautiful royal landmarks in France. A sovereign residence for an incredible eight centuries, the palace was once home to numerous French dynasties. Explore its beautiful gardens, admire its vast collection of art, and otherwise drink in the stunning ambiance. The palace grounds includes 130 acres of parks and gardens, while the palace itself has over 1,500 rooms; spend several hours seeing as much of it as you can. After your tour of the Palace of Fontainebleau, indulge in a traditional lunch in a regional French restaurant, at your own expense. Once lunch has concluded, it’s off to the second main destination of the day: the picturesque village of Barbizon. Located at the edge of the Fontainebleau Forest, Barbizon was home to the “Barbizon School” of 19th-century French painters, including the likes of Jean-François Millet and Théodore Rousseau. Visit the village’s Barbizon School Museum to learn more about its artistic past. You can also enjoy a visit to Millet's local artistic studio. The tour winds down in the late afternoon. Hop back in your private vehicle and head back to Paris, where you’ll be deposited directly at your accommodation at around 6pm.