This tour will enchant both adults and children by making you discover this beautiful breathtaking castle and garden.
With its richness, complexity and power to surprise, the magnificent castle of Fontainebleau sums up the history of France. It has been the sovereign residence for eight centuries. From Francis I (the castle was his favorite residence) to Napoleon III, each sovereign left a unique mark on the structure and its grounds.
The park created in the reign of Henry IV, foreshadowed the Grand Canal of Versailles to be created sixty years later.
Return through the forest, a magnificent hunting ground, and stop at the typical village of Barbizon which inspired landscape painters such as Corot and Millet.
Included : Your driver-guide in French, English or Spanish (other languages on request)
Transport fees and parking
Chateau de Fontainebleau entrance ticket, audio guide provided
Barbizon village guided visit
Not included : personal expenditures and tips
Departure time recommended : 8h30 / 13h30
During this Private Tour Fontainebleau Barbizon, Your driver guide will tell you the rich history of the beautiful and vast buildings from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. With its richness, complexity and power to surprise, the magnificent castle of Fontainebleau sums up the history of France. At your leisure with audio guide provided, visit the Palace as well as the ‘Great royal Apartments’ which include the superb Galerie François I built during the Renaissance, the King’s Staircase built for Louis XV and the Ballroom, all richly furnished.
You will continue your visit with a very pleasant walk in the beautiful park “à la française” with its ponds. Do not miss the Carp Pool, with a pavilion where meals were served, the jardin de Diane, a garden with an elegant fountain representing the huntress with four bronze dogs, the grotte du jardin des Pins, with its monstrous atlantes and the superb English-style garden. The park, created in the reign of Henry IV, foreshadowed the Grand Canal of Versailles to be created sixty years later.
Drive through the ancient forest of Bière has always been a magnificent hunting ground, particularly on horseback. In addition, the «bleausards» (local climbing enthusiasts) have created about a hundred climbing circuits, thanks to rocks presenting a wide range of climbing difficulties. In the immediate vicinity of Fontainebleau, you can take a walk on the rocher des Demoiselles
Enjoy a last stop in Barbizon, which was a small hamlet until it became the scene of the modern painting revolution in the 19th C. Painters such as Rousseau and Millet, founders of the Barbizon school, found inspiration here. The village has kept its charming appeal with its houses made of stone and ivy, the gardens full of roses and it definitely remains the “village of Painters”.
In the outhouses of the Château de Bourron (late 16th-early 17th C), find this modern dining area with a beautiful flower-decked terrace. Inventive cuisine with a penchant for exotic ingredients. Enjoy with fine wine.
Les Charmilles is a restaurant situated in the elegant paved area known as the Terrasse de Diane, just opposite the Château and overlooking the gardens. Only open during the Château’s Candlelight Evenings, here you will have the opportunity to enjoy refined cuisine in the restaurant on the finest terrace in France, which also serves light snacks during the day.