Located just an hour’s drive south of Paris, the magnificent Château de Fontainebleau has been home to a succession of French monarchs since the 12th century, including Henry II, Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette, and Napoleon. Your tour of this mesmerizing estate begins with morning pickup at your Paris hotel in an air-conditioned coach.
After arriving at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed château, your guide will provide an orientation to the castle and grounds, along with your entrance ticket and a set of high-quality headphones for an audio tour. Boasting more than 1,500 rooms, Fontainbleau is one of the largest and most impressive castles in France.
Wander in awe through ornate galleries, hallways, ballrooms, dining halls and private apartments where centuries of French royalty have lived and ruled. Your audio guide provides historic background about the history of the castle and its inhabitants throughout the years.
Step outside for a stroll among the meticulously maintained gardens and canals that cover more than 320 acres (130 hectares). Admire the ornate pavilion near the Carp Pond and wander through an elaborate geometric maze of hedges, orchards and flowerbeds.
After 2.5 hours of independent exploration, reconnect with your guide and relax on the return drive to Paris, where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.