This Fontainebleau tour visits the vast chateau and forest, and takes a step back in time; exploring French history. Of the medieval buildings where Louis VII, Philippe Auguste, St. Louis and Philippe le Bel hunted, lived or sojourned, nothing remains, and it is instead François Ier’s 16th century chateau that survives.
Visit this masterpiece of French renaissance architecture, and admire the 16th century decorative arts of the first Fontainebleau school. Later residents, including Henri II, Catherine de Medici, Henri IV, Louis XIV, XV, XVI and Napoleon each left their marks on the chateau. Then take a break for lunch at one of the many attractive bistros in town, or in one of the near-by country inns.
It would take several days to explore all of the 25,000 hectares of the forest of Fontainebleau, but after lunch our Fontainebleau tour guide, who speaks English as natural first language and is a university-trained expert in the history and culture of France, will drive you comfortably through several of its highlights, including the Apremont and Franchard Gorges. We often complement this excursion with a tour in the near-by village of Barbizon, home of the artists who inspired Impressionism.
For more information or if you wish to tour Fontainebleau, please contact us at our US number (631) 600-1120.