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Overview

Spend an evening just outside Paris at Vaux-le-Vicomte, a 17th-century château that was the inspiration behind King Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles. Your experience includes a 3-course dinner, a guided tour of the Carriage Museum and time to explore the château and impressive grounds at sunset while listening to classical music.
  • Candlelit evening tour to 17th-century Vaux-le-Vicomte from Paris
  • Enjoy a 3-course dinner with drinks at L'Ecureuil restaurant on the chateau grounds
  • Listen to classical music, and learn about the château's history from an audio guide
  • Visit the Carriage Museum
  • Professional guide-interpreter included
When booking this Vaux-le-Vicomte evening tour, select from two options to suit your budget—either minivan transportation that includes hotel pickup and drop-off or transport by coach that departs from a central location in Paris.

Located 34 miles (55 km) southeast of Paris, Vaux-le-Vicomte was built in the 1600s by the King of France’s finance minister, who ended up in jail for his extravagant residence. Subsequently, this baroque château inspired Louis XIV to be even more extravagant with his new Palace of Versailles. When you arrive with your guide, start with a visit to the Carriage Museum to see various horse-drawn vessels. Then head to one of the onsite restaurants for your 3-course candlelit dinner, which includes a glass of red or white wine, coffee and water. See below for a sample menu of dishes, prepared with seasonal French ingredients from local markets.

As the sun sets after dinner, you can explore the château and gardens independently, marveling at the romantic atmosphere created by 2,000 candles. Listen to your provided audio guide to hear about Vaux-le-Vicomte’s history and design. As you walk around the garden, recorded classical music plays to enhance the elegant scene.

Itinerary

Sample dinner menu (subject to change at any time without notice):

Starter (choice of one)
  • Grilled scallops, salad with strawberry vinaigrette
  • White asparagus soup, green asparagus, lavender vinaigrette
  • Warm foie gras escalope, salad with berries and cinnamon
Main course (choice of one)
  • Veal fillet, bacon cream, sautéed potatoes
  • Grilles tuna steak, tomato and basil sauce, chutney of peppers and fresh tomatoes
  • Duck filet, foie gras, balsamic vinegar sauce
Dessert (choice of one)
  • Strawberry mousse with basil and poppy and ice cream
  • Grilled fruit plate (pineapple, banana, orange), spiced chocolate sauce, ice cream
  • Ice cream selection

Reviews

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L
, Jun 2018

Magical night!

R
, Nov 2017

This was one of our favorite evenings of our honeymoon! We took a bus to the estate and had a quick tour by our guide, who then directed us to where dinner was...then we had time to tour the grounds before the candles were lit and then we had a short fireworks show! Fantastic!

m
, Sep 2017

Dinner was great, the palace was exquisite and the fireworks magical . My daughter's 13th birthday celebration was surely a memorable time to our family.

L
, Jul 2017

This tour is a unique way to see a beautiful French chateau...in the evening, with candlelight and fireworks. I recommend this tour to people who are not first-time visitors to Paris, or who are in France for a trip that is longer than a week, as it is a long tour that takes time away from the wonderful city of Paris. Having said that, I wish the tour time was a little longer. There is so much to see in the Palace and on the grounds, that there wasn't quite enough time to see everything before it was too dark. Our tour guide, Simon, did a great job explaining everything to us and providing history of the Palace. Our meal was good, but I was disappointed that the tour did not include the outdoor seating with a view of the Palace. Our service in the restaurant was excellent, however and the three courses were plentiful and tasty.

K
, Jul 2017

This tour was ok, the fireworks were wonderful but not very long in duration. The dinner was in a beautiful location, but the food and wine was not very good. Nice experience but not one for the younger crowd. This tour is great for a more mature crowd.

P
, Jun 2017

Much better then we expected. It was a magical evening with dinner and the tour and the show.

P
, Jun 2017

Have booked many activities with Viator and this is the first one that didnt fully satisfy. It was acceptable but not exceptional. This tour is from ParisCityVision and their two guides made the activity enjoyable. Unfortunately, this is a bit too close to being a tourist trap event. Its compared to Versailles which it pre-dates but it is about 1 of the great palace. There are interesting and historic things to see in the house but in an effort to make it a major monument there are many unnecessary rooms to visit. The upper level is cramped and hot. The lower level rooms are large and more interesting. The gardens are pleasant but not exceptional. The Saturday night dinner and tour doesnt highlight that besides two different modes of transportation to the castle there are also two different Viator dinner options which are not indicated. The dinner with lower priced tour is closer to cafeteria style meal than French Gourmet. The candlelight grounds are nice and the 5 minutes of fireworks are OK, but its a long visit to wait until you can depart afterwards. The best value is likely a day trip.

J
, May 2017

This was such a highlight, I loved every minute!!! So beautiful at night, walking around the gardens with the music playing... very very lovely. Dinner was really good too, This was truly a wonderful experience.

H
, Sep 2016

The Chateau was amazing with all the candles and the show. Only reason I am giving a 4 instead of 5 was the extremely slow service at the restaurant. We were seated with 2 other groups from our tour and had the same waitress. They were waited on extremely well and staff was attentive. We missed our tour of the chateau as we were seated for dinner at 7:40 and did not receive our dessert until 9:45 which we had to continue to ask for. The others in our group were completed and done by the assigned time to meet the guide at 9:15. It was as if we were totally forgotten about. Due to this we missed the tour of the chateau. So basically all we saw were the grounds and restaurant. A bit disappointing.

T
, May 2016

Guide Bruno was great. Dinner very nice.


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