For a great day trip outside Paris, you won’t find anywhere more charming and picturesque than the lovely town of Fontainebleau and its surrounding countryside. Famous both for its scenic forest and for the historic, magnificent Château de Fontainebleau, the town is only about 40 minutes from Paris by rail (trains leave from the Gare de Lyon), or about an hour by road.
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One of the great things about visiting Fontainebleau is that, while it is no less interesting than Versailles – many people in fact prefer it – there are far fewer tourists, and so you won’t have to join any long queues or be jostled by crowds, unless perhaps you are arriving on a public holiday.
The air is remarkably clean here, too, and despite being only a short ride outside Paris, there’s a very rural French atmosphere, which is further augmented by the weekly Sunday morning food market. If you’re looking for a breath of fresh air, you’ll certainly find it in Fontainebleau.
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Cathay Holidays is currently offering a four-day, three-night Paris Seasonal Package that starts from just HK$7,500 with a choice of more than a dozen hotels. Extra nights are also easy to book at reasonable prices, so you can stay longer to explore places like the enchanting town of Fontainebleau. Please click here for details.