Discover the favourite residence of French royalty on a day trip to Fontainebleau with a Local Host by your side. Swap the bustling streets of Paris for a day exploring the stunning Château de Fontainebleau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and discover the lavish history of the French royals who inhabited the castle for over 700 years. With over 100 acres of beautifully curated gardens, sprawling lawns dotted with fountains and magnificent parklands, as well as restored rooms like Marie Antoinette’s lavish Turkish boudoir, you’ll feel like royalty yourself as you explore. As well as visiting this beautiful castle, explore the town of Fontainebleau and indulge in its gastronomy, tasting its iconic cheese, patisserie and produce from its market before you walk it off strolling through the forest.
What you'll doJoin a like-minded Local Host to visit the beautiful town of Fontainebleau, the Château de Fontainebleau which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and to taste its gastronomic delights. Spend the day exploring and discovering the rich history and iconic landmarks of this area which is a beloved getaway for Parisians and throughout history for the French royals. Explore the stunning Château de Fontainebleau, learning about its history and seeing its impressive Renaissance architecture. This castle is the only in the country to have been continuously inhabited by French royals for over 700 years, and was said to be the favourite of the royal family - even more than Versailles!See the perfectly refurbished rooms like like Marie Antoinette’s lavish Turkish boudoir and Napoleon’s theatre as you explore the château, seeing the influences and additions that each generation brought to the castle. Head outside and explore the stunning gardens and parklands; from vast courtyards, sprawling lawns, beautifully tended gardens and elaborate fountains. Once you’ve thoroughly explored the château, you’ll be ready for a bite to eat! Head to the town of Fontainebleau, where you can indulge in its famed culinary culture! Known for its open air market, which is said to be the best market in France as well as the fromagerie which makes the iconic Le Fontainebleau cheese, and a world famous patisserie, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing what to eat! Put together your own picnic from the market or enjoy lunch in a bistro recommended by your Local Host. After you’ve refuelled, explore the charming town a little, perusing its chic perfume shops and boutiques before you enjoy a stroll through the forest to finish your trip. Your Local Host will accompany you back to Paris after a day well spent!What to expect* Journey to Fontainebleau with a local to explore this chic town and the iconic Château de Fontainebleau * Explore the fairytale castle, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stroll through its beautiful gardens and parklands and see its lavish interior * Stroll through the town, taste its famous patisserie and visit the iconic fromagerie to taste Le Fontainebleau cheese* Enjoy lunch in one of the town’s many bistros and cafes, or put together a delicious picnic from the open air Marché de Fontainebleau* Take a walk along one of the beautiful trails that run through forest