The palace was a former 12th century monastery hospital, transformed during the Renaissance by Francois I into a pre-eminent palace for royalty, Fontainebleau is one of the largest French castle.
It has been a national museum since 1870 and houses the Ecoles d’Art Americaines: a school of art, architecture and music established by General Pershing during the First World War.
Napoleon was a huge force in restoring the chateau after the revolution, during which many of the royal collections were disbanded and sold. Napoleon’s instructed his architect Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine to transform Fontainebleau into a second residence.
After pick up from your hotel by your English speaking driver, you will drive to Fontainebleau for a guided visit of the Palace and learn about the various styles of architecture, magnificent decor, and exquisite pieces of furniture. Inside, you will visit of the "Grands apartments", François I's gallery, the Renaissance Halls, Napoleon I's room and museum. Outside, you'll visit the "cour du Cheval-Blanc" with the statue of Marcus Aurelius and the famous monumental horseshoe shaped stairway.
On the return if time you may visit the charming village of Barbizon, an artistic center since the 19th century.
As above and then after lunch off to Vaux-le-Vicomte, Nicolas Fouquet's masterpiece which inspired considerably Louis XIV when he built the palace of Versailles. You will visit the main rooms of the Castle. The day ends with time to stroll through the gardens and the carriage museum. En route Vaux you will pass through Barbizon.