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Commented Visit with guide
Emblematic castles and picturesque villages
Available on request. Guaranteed departure from 8 registered persons.
Price : 55€ per person
Duration : 1 day (9h30 – 18h)
A day to remember and one of our favourite excursions just outside Paris: join your bubbly guide on a trip back in time as you explore statement architecture, Fontainebleau’s leafy forest and Barbizon, the birthplace of Impressionism. You’re in for a real treat!
Highlights of the day trip :
- Step 1 : Medieval Château de Blandy les Tours tour
- Step 2 : Château de Vaux le Vicomte tour (which inspired Versailles)
- Lunch (not included) and walk in Fontainebleau town
- Visit of Château de Fontainebleau and grounds tour
- Visit of Barbizon, the artistic village.
Fontainebleau schedule from Paris :
- Departure: Paris at 9:30am – (meeting point provided after booking)
- Transport: minibus with guide-driver/approx. 1 hr journey
- Ticket includes admission to Château de Fontainebleau and its grounds
- Return in minibus: 6pm arrival in Paris (approx.).
The day trip does not include:
- Lunch and other meals
- Purchases, tips and personal expenses
- Admission (unless stated)
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What will you see on your Fontainebleau day trip?
A snapshot of an unforgettable excursion…
Spending a day in Fontainebleau means following in the French Kings’ footsteps as you visit lands near Paris to unwind in the rejuvenating (and royal!) countryside.
An hour’s drive (minibus with our guide-driver) is all it takes to reach Blandy Les Tours, a rural village famous for its military crowning glory: a medieval fortress, a rare find in Ile-de-France! Château de Blandy Les Tours was beautifully restored in 1992 and its keep and castle wall will blow you away.
Next stop is a trip to the village bakery to refuel for the rest of the trip…
Curious about the next step ?
Our journey takes us to Vaux le Vicomte, an iconic château completed by the Sun King in 1661. Its splendour inspired the Château de Versailles which needs no introduction… Our guide will love sharing stories about this unique château which French masters of art and engineering were involved in: Charles Le Brun (design), Vatel (chef) and Le Nôtre (landscape designer).
Stop in Fontainebleau!
After a walk in the old town, we’ll spend our afternoon exploring the Château de Fontainebleau and its grounds. This was the French Kings’ “family residence” from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. It was consecrated by King François I and he made it the “New Rome” with Renaissance artistic traditions. The château has 1500 rooms, an art gallery spanning the centuries and is full of surprises: Napoleon I’s apartments, the Turkish Boudoir, Napoleon III’s imperial theatre plus the grounds covering 130 hectares in a range of styles, French and English!
Impressionnist visit in Barbizon
We’ll end the day with a walk in Barbizon’s pretty streets. It was the birthplace of Impressionism and home to artists in the 18th century! The village’s famous Auberge Ganne, where artists would meet up, and painting studios give you a breath of fresh air and good helping of culture before we return to Paris!
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