After being picked up, on the way to Fontainebleau we will visit Vaux-le-Vicomte, Nicolas Fouquet’s masterpiece which inspired Louis XIV when he built the palace of Versailles. Visit the main rooms of the Castle and the unique carriage museum.
Next we’ll stop for lunch in the charming village of Barbizon, a center for art since the 19th century. Barbizon was even the inspiration for a school of painting called the Barbizon school, which was popular from the 1830’s-1870’s. From Saint-Louis to Napoleon III through Francois 1st and Napoleon 1st, the history of this fascinating city will be bought to life.
After lunch in Barbizon, we are off to Fontainebleau. One of the largest of France’s Chateaux, this former monastery was transformed during the Renaissance into a pre-eminent palace for royalty. Only 50 km outside Paris, explore the chateaux and its beautiful courtyards and gardens. Built from 16th until the 18th century, in the 16th century Francois I transformed the castle into a Renaissance palace decorated by Florentine artists. The castle was made into a national museum in 1870. Visit the majestic “Cour du Cheval-Blanc” with the statue of Marcus Aurelius and the famous monumental horseshoe shaped stairway.Inside the chateau, explore the “Grands apartments”, François I’s gallery and the Renaissance Halls, Napoleon I’s room and the museum of Napoleon I.
*Pricing is for 8 people or less. Full day. Roundtrip private transport and taxes included. Pickup from Paris. Chateau ticket prices and meals not included.