Fontainebleau and Barbizon
Welcome to “the true home of the Kings,” said Napoleon of Fontainebleau Palace, a magical place to discover! You’ll arrive near the Chateau’s incredible gardens, and then proceed to visit the Palace, taking in all its treasured nooks and famous anecdotes. Our minibus will then take us to have lunch in the forest of Fontainebleau, whose enchanting rocks hold numerous legends. The day will continue with the visit to Barbizon, a village known for Impressionist painters who lived there. Finally, before returning to Paris, discover a truly extraordinary treasure: a sea of sand within the forest of Fontainebleau.
Fontainebleau and Barbizon
• Meeting point: to be confirmed
• Duration: 08h
• Private transport
• From 150€ per person (min: 2 people / max: 10)
• Transportation and all sites tickets included.
During this day tour you will discover one of the most beautiful palaces in France, which as it happens, is also where many of the fundamental events in the history of the country took place. Its long and rich past dates back to the 11th century. Its design remained principally intact until François I updated the palace and grounds in the Renaissance style in the 16th century, giving the palace the graceful appearance it still has today. However, all the successive kings of France made their own modifications and additions of course. Louis XIV was well known for the design and development of the park in an attempt to perfect the heritage of his ancestors, and Napoleon the First, as well, took an involved passion in the residence.
Both glorious and dark sides of the First Empire took place here.
After arrival at the beautiful park and our visit to the castle, the minibus will take us for an enchanting lunch in the forest! In one of the most vast and legendary wooded and rocky areas, walkers and climbers from all over the world come here to admire its wonders. Our day will continue with a stop in the town of Barbizon, whose international fame is due not only to the charm of the village, but also the great deal of pre-impressionist painters that lived and painted there in search of ‘untouched nature.’ These artists included celebrated masters such as Corot, Millet, Théodore Rouseau, and the American Stevenson.
Soon after other famous artist would make the pilgrimage to Barbizon, including Monet, Renoir, and Sisley.
We will take a stroll through the village and visit a painter’s studio during our stop in this idyllic town. Finally before returning to Paris, we will make once last stop in the forest of Fontainebleau near the village. It is an enchanting place well known by the local inhabitants, and here you will easily see why Fontainebleau and its forest is easily one of France’s most extraordinary destinations.