Experience an unforgettable Fontainebleau tour from Paris. Your driver-guide will meet you and pick you at your accommodation (hotel or apartment) in Paris. If you wonder how to go visit Fontainebleau from Paris, you might consider taking the train as being the best option for you, however we would recommend you to reconsider this plan since trains are often of strikes in France, plus there is rarely air conditioning in the trains during the summer. Choose a worry-free comfortable ride with us in one of our luxurious and comfortable vans instead.
Enjoy this private half day trip to Fontainebleau from Paris with your expert tour guide. Located one hour away from Paris and deployed on a 130 hectare (321 acres ) domain consisting of park and gardens, the castle of Fontainebleau is a palace with multiple courtyards and buildings in which more than 1,500 pieces are distributed. You will of course not have the time to see everything during a half day tour, but your licensed tour guide tour will choose the best places to show you the highlights of the Fontainebleau palace. The richness of its collections and its architecture makes it a must-see, offering an exceptional panorama of the history of France and the history of art .
During your one hour trip to Fontainebleau from Paris, your driver-guide will explain about the history of the Kings of France and the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte who lived within the walls of the Fontainebleau chateau for eight centuries.
Fontainebleau was Napoleon's favorite residence. A few days before Napoleon Bonaparte will crown himself Emperor in Notre Dame de Paris, he will spend a night at the castle of Fontainebleau. In 1814 he resigned there and bade farewell to his troops before going into exile to Elba.
During your private Fontainebleau tour, you will discover the collections that are accessible in many spaces. The main circuit of the Grand Apartments consists of the apartment of sovereigns - which allows you to discover such emblematic rooms as the Empress' room, the Council room or the Throne room, the interior apartment of Napoleon I and the apartment of the Pope. This circuit includes exceptional Renaissance rooms with their unique frescoes and stucco designs, imagined by the two artists Rosso and Primatice.
This ceremonial visit is ideally completed by the Small Apartments which were devolved to the private life of the sovereigns then of the imperial couple. The castle also houses three museums. The Chinese museum has collections Far Easterners gathered by Empress Eugenie. It is preceded by a large, significant living room in the Second Empire style and a taste for comfort.
The Napoleon I museum presents as part of former princely apartments, an evocation of Napoleon the emperor and members of his family who reigned in Europe from 1804 to 1815, showing a collection of furniture, unique works of art and tables in particular. The gallery of paintings brings together a rich collection of paintings, forming within the castle a little known Fine Arts museum. Other spaces are visible by reservation such as the Galerie des Cerfs, the Hall of Columns, apartment No. 49, the emperor's study Napoleon III, and the splendid Imperial theater recently restored!
The castle of Fontainebleau is a vast domain. If you feel like spending more time in Fontainebleau, you can book a full day tour here visiting the Fontainebleau Palace combined with the visit of Barbizon, the village nearby which gave the name to the Barbizon mid 19th century school of painters near the forest of Fontainebleau, pioneers of the naturalism movement in landscape painting (with artists such as Camille Corot, Theodore Rousseau, Jean-François Millet, etc.)
When you book a tour with us, we guarantee the following :
- pick up and drop off at your accommodation in Paris
- private transportation in a luxury air conditioned van
- private guided tours with licensed experts
- entrance tickets for the castle of Fontainebleau
What is not included :
- Meals & personal expenses
- Gratuities (discretionary)
We only give private tours (no shared/semi-private tours) | Tour duration: 5 hours from pick up to drop off in Paris
Pick up time 8:30am or 1:30pm | On request the tour can also be conducted in German, Spanish or in Portuguese
This tour is not available on Sundays afternoon, closed on Tuesdays, May 1st, Dec 25th & Jan 1st