Château de Fontainebleau

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Château de Fontainebleau: Our most recommended tours and activities

Château de Fontainebleau: Priority Entrance Ticket

1. Château de Fontainebleau: Priority Entrance Ticket

Get priority entrance to Fontainebleau, the only royal and imperial château to have been continuously inhabited for eight centuries. On top of exploring chapels, galleries and guest apartments which would have been used by French and visiting royalty, you will see Marie Antoinette's bed, Napoleon's throne, François Gérard's 1807 portrait of Empress Josephine and more! Wander through over 1500 rooms and 130 acres of parkland and gardens, including the the French Renaissance garden, inspired by the Italian Renaissance gardens; the French formal garden, the favorite style of Louis XIV; and the French landscape garden, inspired by the English landscape garden. You will also be able to visit the museums and feel what it must have been like as a king or queen growing up here.

Fontainebleau & Vaux-le-Vicomte Châteaux Day Tour from Paris

2. Fontainebleau & Vaux-le-Vicomte Châteaux Day Tour from Paris

This full-day trip from Paris takes you to the Vaux-le-Vicomte and Fontainebleau châteaux for guided tours of the castles and a chance to explore their gardens. Set off from Paris at 09:15 on the hour-long drive to Vaux-le-Vicomte, the château that inspired King Louis XIV to build his Versailles Palace. A masterpiece of mid-17th century classical architecture, the château and its grounds were created by 3 talented artists working for Nicolas Fouquet, a rich, high-ranking French official and Louis XIV's Superintendent of Finance. The 3 artists were the painter and decorator Charles Le Brun, the architect Louis Le Vau, and the landscape gardener André Le Nôtre. With an audio guide you’ll explore Nicolas Fouquet's private apartments, the state rooms, and the château's great kitchens and vaulted cellars. Enjoy a stroll through the stunning French-style formal gardens on the estate’s 86-acre grounds, featuring sculpted bushes, lakes, and multicolored flower beds. If you like you can eat lunch on the lawn or in the Vaux-le-Vicomte restaurant. You’ll leave Vaux-le-Vicomte at 13:30 for the second part of the tour, heading to the heart of the forest of Fontainebleau. Fontainebleau is the only royal château to have been continuously inhabited for 7 centuries. Dating back to the 12th century, it was one of the residences of French rulers from Francis I to Napoleon III. During your audio-guided visit, you’ll explore the richly furnished château, admiring its unique collections and key pieces such as the throne of Napoleon I and the famous horseshoe-shaped staircase. You’ll also see the spacious private apartments. After the tour, you’ll have time to explore the vast grounds surrounding the château, as well as its 3 lovely gardens. Departure from Fontainebleau is scheduled for 17:00, with arrival back in central Paris at around 18:15.

Paris: The Paris Pass® with access to 80+ Paris Attractions

3. Paris: The Paris Pass® with access to 80+ Paris Attractions

Unlock Paris with an all-inclusive sightseeing package. The pass offers great value and convenience with admission to more than 80 top Paris attractions, a 1-day hop-on hop-off bus tour ticket, a Paris Museum Pass, and a digital guide to help you plan your stay. Get access to top attractions like: Eiffel Tower guided tour (2nd floor) Parc Asterix theme park ticket Musée du Louvre Musée d'Orsay Centre Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art Espace Dali Big Bus – 1-day Hop-on Hop-off bus tour Bateaux Parisiens river cruise Wine tasting - Les Caves du Louvre Tour Montparnasse Arc du Triomphe Picasso Museum Musée Grevin wax museum Châteaux de Versailles Flyview Package Paris Liberty Tours: Paris’ Hidden Gems in Le Marais walking tour Walking tour along the Seine Walking tour in the Parisian Covered Passages Scandals & Love Affairs at Pere Lachaise walking tour Stade de France tour Heritage and Backstage guided tour of Galeries Lafayette Montmartre & Sacré Coeur walking tour Experiences: Ballon de Paris Generali Petit Train de Montmartre Rex Studio Le Musée Gourmand du Chocolat - Choco- Story Musée des Égouts de Paris Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - La Villette BAPBAP brewery taproom experience beer tasting and gifts Perfume mini-workshop by Fragonard Champagne Gourmand in Montmatre French Apéro in Saint-Germain des Prés Parisian Breakfast at Café Louise Historic buildings: Panthéon Conciergerie Chapelle expiatoire Château de Rambouillet Château de Vincennes Chateaux de Champs-sur-Marne Château de Pierrefonds Maison d'Auguste Rodin à Meudon Basilique cathedrale de Saint-Denis Abbaye Royale de Chaalis- Musée Jacquemart André Sainte Chapelle Château de Maisons-Laffitte Villa Savoye Château de Fontainebleau Museums: Musée Rodin Musée National de l'Orangerie Musée national des Arts asiatiques Musée de l'Armée, Tombeau de Napoléon 1er Musée Condé - Château de Chantilly Musée et domaine nationaux du Château de Compiègne Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois Préau La Cinémathèque française - Musée du Cinéma Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine - Musée des Monuments françois Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme Musée de la Musique - La Villette Musee de l'Ordre de la Liberation Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace Musée d'Archéologie nationale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye Musée de l'Institut du Monde arabe Musée des Arts décoratifs Musée des Arts et Métiers Musée des Plans-reliefs Musee du quai Branly Musée Gustave Moreau Musée national de Céramique de Sèvres Musée national de la Renaissance - Château d'Ecouen Keep your Paris Pass on your mobile device by downloading it with the mobile guide. Have it handy with you in your pocket. The Paris Museum Pass is a physical pass and, as such, must be collected from a redemption location in Paris. Full instructions are included in the digital guide.

Paris Museum Pass: 2, 4, or 6 Days

4. Paris Museum Pass: 2, 4, or 6 Days

Enjoy priority skip-the-line access to over 60 museums and monuments in and around the city of Paris including the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, and Centre Pompidou. The Pass is available for 2, 4, or 6 days with the pick-up point conveniently located a mere 10-minute walk from the Louvre. Benefits of the pass include free admission to many attractions, sights, and museums. In Paris: Musée de l’Armée Tombeau de Napoléon 1er Centre Pompidou Musée national d’Art modern Musée national des Arts asiatiques Guimet Les Arts décoratifs Musée des Arts et métiers Musée de l’Assistance Publique, Hôpitaux de Paris Musée du quai Branly Musée Picasso Paris Chapelle expiatoire La Cinémathèque française Musée du Cinéma Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie Conciergerie Musée national Eugène Delacroix Musée des Égouts de Paris Musée du Louvre - Musée national de la Marine Musée de la Monnaie Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine Musée national des Monuments français Musée Gustave Moreau Musée national du Moyen Âge, Thermes et hôtel de Cluny Cité de la Musique, Musée de la Musique Crypte archéologique de Notre-Dame Tours de Notre-Dame Musée national de l’Orangerie Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération Musée d’Orsay Panthéon Musée des Plans-reliefs Musée de la Poste Musée Rodin Sainte-Chapelle Outside Paris: Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace Musée d’Archéologie nationale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye Musée national de la Céramique de Sèvres Abbaye royale de Chaalis Musée et domaine nationaux du Château de Compiègne Musée Condé, Château de Chantilly Musée départemental Maurice Denis Château de Fontainebleau Château de Maisons-Laffitte Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préau Château de Pierrefonds Musée national de Port-Royal des Champs Château de Rambouillet Musée national de la Renaissance Château d’Ecouen Maison d’Auguste Rodin à Meudon Basilique cathédrale de Saint-Denis Villa Savoye Musée national des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon Château de Vincennes

From Paris: Chateau de Fontainebleau & Vaux-Le-Vicomte Tour

5. From Paris: Chateau de Fontainebleau & Vaux-Le-Vicomte Tour

Discover two of the most beautiful and historically interesting castles in the Paris region on this small group day trip. You’ll visit the lovely Chateau and gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte, where the “jardin à la francaise” was born and then explore the regal splendor of Chateau de Fontainebleau where more than seven centuries of kings and emperors lived and created history.  Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, with its deluxe 17th century decor and outstanding French Gardens is enchanting. It is so beautiful that it directly inspired the Sun King to build the Palace of Versailles, in order to rival it. You’ll learn about the captivating history of the estate and its past owners, wander through the perfectly ordered French Gardens and enjoy free time to explore the inside of the Chateau. Chateau de Fontainebleau is unparalleled in its extravagant architecture and links to important events in French History. With more than 1,500 rooms inside, it is a sumptuous palace and according to Napoleon Bonaparte "The true home of kings, the house of ages". It was home to three dynasties of Kings, a Pope and two French Emperors and as such is truly unique among the castles in Europe. You’ll explore its majestic halls, extravagantly gilded rooms, beautifully decorated Chapel and learn its fascinating history.

Fontainebleau Castle Half-Day Tour

6. Fontainebleau Castle Half-Day Tour

Travel to the home of France's royalty since the Middle Ages, Fontainebleau Castle and enjoy one of France's most popular tourist destinations. Take in amazing views of the forest of Fontainebleau before returning to Paris in an air-conditioned minibus. Leave Paris behind for an afternoon getaway into France's past. Let the friendly and knowledgeable driver-guide pick you up from a centrally located office in Paris, aboard an air-conditioned minibus and whisk you away to Fontainebleau Castle, home to France's Kings, Queens, Emperors and Empresses since the Middle Ages. Enjoy the treasures preserved at Fontainebleau Castle, the royal residence from the 12th century. Visit Napoleon's apartments on the first floor, where you can see a lock of his hair. See the decor of the François I Gallery, one of the most beautiful galleries in France. View the Trinity Chapel, the King's bedroom and Throne Room, the only remaining Throne Room in France retaining its original furniture. Enjoy some free time to wander through the Chateau's gardens. Discover the English Garden, formerly the Pine Garden, and visit the mirror-like Carp Pond. Stroll through the Grand Park, with linear paths, star-shaped crossroads and a large canal built under Henri IV. After uncovering the wonders of Fontainebleau, take in amazing views of the forest of Fontainebleau before returning to Paris in the air-conditioned minibus.

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What people are saying about Château de Fontainebleau

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,093 reviews

The only thing I didn't pay attention to was booking the times… many tours require a pre-booking. Of course it's my fault But just to leave a tip here And the Tower only gives the right to visit by the stairs. Elevator we had to pay another 17 Euros each to go up by elevator.

4 days are obviously not enough to explore the whole Paris, but with such thing as Museum Pass you could make your staying there much easier.

I recommend buying the museum pass, it allows you to enter the museums avoiding queues and long waits.

Antoin and Victor were the best! Very knowledgeable and flexible all along the way. Thank you!

Very practical, works perfect and good cost advantage compared to buying tickets individually.