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Explore the magnificent royal residence of Château de Fontainebleau on a fascinating day tour from Paris. Dating back to the middle ages, the château is one of the largest in France and is honored as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its illustrious history and spectacular, well-preserved architecture. Wander through some of the 1,500 ornate rooms of the castle and its luxuriant gardens on an audio-guided tour, and enjoy round-trip transport from Paris in a comfortable coach.

Highlights

  • Half-day trip to the UNESCO-listed Château de Fontainebleau, outside Paris
  • Listen to informative audio-guided commentary while touring the castle at your own pace
  • Admire varying architectural styles that date back to the 12th century
  • Explore lavishly decorated rooms and stroll through the Fontainebleau Gardens
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by luxury air-conditioned minivan included

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What You Can Expect

Chateau de Fontainebleau Admission Ticket with Transport from Paris

Chateau de Fontainebleau Admission Ticket with Transport from Paris

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.

Customer Reviews

John R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide, Ricardo, was fantastic! He answered all our questions and added many interesting facts. I highly recommend this tour!

terilsiegl

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Fredrick I think our tour guide was wonderful. So much knowledge. Turely amazing.

Mary Jane B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Enjoyed this tour very much. We were picked up right on time and our driver gave us a wonderful history of the Fontainebleau chateau and French history. He also tied into art movements and explained to us about the painters who first painted open air in the forests surrounding the chateau. It probably would have been nicer if we went in the spring or summer when everything on the grounds would be alive and in bloom, but that was our choice to visit in January. I would not hesitate to book with Viator again.

Tiffnay D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We love going to this chateau. We were lucky that the tour was only for us. Our guide was very informative and this tour is not a full guide but once you are at the chateau, we have the radio set that will give you the history in each room. This is a beautiful chateau and we highly recommend it.

Kimberley J B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Outstanding Chateau deeply connected with France's history.

Candis P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was an amazing Castle, the history of it was incredible and the driver was so informative about the castle and the area. My daughter and I both found the inside of this Castle to be more beautiful than Versailles.

maree

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We nearly didn't make this tour but the company operators made sure we did, many thanks to them. Fontainebleau is staggering on your senses, the Chateau rooms are more overwhelming than any others I have seen. There was so much to see inside that we didn't get a chance to see the gardens. I would do this tour again.

Julia Elaine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

The tour was an exceptional experience. I enjoyed discovering Fontainebleau at my own pace -- that's my favorite kind of tour. Our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable. Since I'm in second language acquisition, I compliment our tour guide for not only is correct, clear, fluent English but also his mastery of idiom and American culture.

Lingling0612 China

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Lovely small tour, the guider is nice and tells interesting stroies.

Raymond S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Excellant Tour

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