9am – Meet your English speaking driver guide in the lobby of your hotel and departure for a full day tour of Fontainebleau & Moret Sur Loing
Start by a visit of Fontainebleau
Enjoy a guided visit of Fontainebleau – entrance fees included
Less dazzling than Versailles, the Palace of Fontainebleau is thought by some to be more appealing and, despite its magnificence, more intimate. It certainly exhibits a much longer association with the French monarchy, reaching across seven centuries from King Louis VII to the Emperor Napoleon III, the last in a long succession of royal and imperial dynasties.
It is the palace that François I spoke of simply as "chez moi", the palace in which many of his successors felt most "at home", the palace chosen by Napoleon as one in which he could clearly associate his own sovereignty with that of the anointed kings of France, the palace in which he made the Pope his prisoner. Each added to its decoration, in which successive styles reflect the great ages of François I, Henri IV, Louis XIV and Napoleon.
Architectural variety is matched by an equal wealth of memories, culminating in the drama of Napoleon's abdication at Fontainebleau and his emotional farewell to his Old Guard in the courtyard still called "La Cour des Adieux
After your visit departure for Barbizon
Enjoy a lunch at Le L’Ermitage St Antoine ( confirmed for 4 at 1pm)
Who says you can't combine a love for food and a passion for motorcycles? The chef at this pleasant bistro is a case in point and he has some of his very old wheels on display. As for the food, the menu offers good bistro dishes: rabbit terrine, duck confit tortilla... Pretty terrace in the courtyard.
Barbizon is the cradle of the pre-impressionist painters of the 19th century. The houses of Théodore Rousseau and of Jean François Millet have become museums. The streets of this village, located on the skirts of one of the most beautiful forests in Europe and the plain of the Angelus, have not lost any of their picturesque charm.
After lunch departure for Moret Sur Loing
Moret-sur-Loing, with a little over 4500 inhabitants, has an outstanding location on the edge of the forest of Fontainebleau. By the banks of the Loing, which empties into the Seine a short way downstream, this medieval town has an indisputable charm, drawing visitors both to its fortress and many monuments and its natural surroundings.Its lively past has bequeathed a rich and varied heritage to the present day: Roman and medieval constructions, pages of the history of the Kings of France, visits from the Impressionists, the unparalleled location on the banks of the Loing... All these aspects make Moret-sur-Loing a place of cultural significance and a certain class which today attracts a large number of visitors.
Return to your hotel around 6pm