Vaux-le-Vicomte Palace Tours

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Vaux-le-Vicomte Palace
The grandiose Vaux-le-Vicomte Castle (Château de Vaux-de-Vicomte) is one of France’s most impressive architectural landmarks. Designed by the same architects behind the Palace of Versailles, it’s a Baroque masterpiece surrounded by manicured French gardens, decorative moats, and traditional drawbridges. 

The Basics
When visiting Vaux-le-Vicomte you can explore inside Nicolas Fouquet’s extravagant palace, where highlights include the King’s Room, Grand Salon, and the basement kitchens. Then take in the view from the Dome, stroll through the formal gardens, and visit the carriage museum. It’s possible to visit independently on an audio-guided tour, take a group or private tour from Paris, or even combine a Vaux-le-Vicomte tour with a visit to nearby attractions like Château Fontainebleau.  

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Plan at least three hours to visit the palace and gardens.
  • Visitor facilities include gift shops, a bar, restaurants, picnic areas, and free parking.
  • Audio guides are available in nine languages.
  • The ground floor of the palace and the gardens are accessible to wheelchair users, and electric golf carts are also available for rent. Strollers are not allowed inside the palace.

How to Get There
Vaux-le-Vicomte is just 34 miles (55 kilometers) southeast of Paris, around a 1-hour drive. To arrive by public transportation, take the train to Provins from Paris’ Gare de l’Est and get off at Verneuil l’Etang train station, from where the Châteaubus shuttle runs to the château. Alternatively, catch the train from Paris’ Gare de Lyon station to Melun station, from where it’s a short taxi ride. 

When to Get There
The palace is open to the public daily from mid-March to the start of November. The busiest time is during July and August, when an early morning tour offers the best chance of avoiding the crowds. Alternatively, the most atmospheric time to visit is during the Candlelight Visits, held on Friday and Saturday nights from May to October, when the estate is illuminated with over 2,000 candles, live classical music is played in the garden, and champagne is served. 

Architectural Highlights of Vaux-le-Vicomte
Built for aristocrat Nicolas Fouquet during the reign of King Louis XIV, Vaux-le-Vicomte is a remarkable example of 17th-century French Baroque style. The brainchild of architect Louis Le Vau, landscaper André le Nôtre, and designer Charles Le Brun, it’s known for its striking facade, dramatic dome, and lavishly decorated interiors, complete with gilded walls, statues, tapestries, and the era’s finest furnishings. The gardens are equally stunning, with fountains, canals, and stone curbs that create an optical illusion depending on your viewpoint. In fact, the estate is so extravagant, it’s thought to be part of the reason that Fouquet was eventually accused of embezzling state funds and the king imprisoned him until his death. 
Address: Maincy, Seine-et-Marne, France
Hours: Vary by season
Admission: Adults: €14.50 - 19.50
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Vaux-le-Vicomte Palace Admission Ticket

Visit wealthy man Nicolas Fouquet’s extravagant Vaux-le-Vicomte Palace with this admission ticket. With this ticket, gain access to both the palace and its grounds, including the gardens. Roam the palace’s inside to marvel at its gilded walls, statues, tapestries, and the era's finest furnishings, and then head outdoors to stroll the gardens and see its fountains, canals, and stone curbs.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Chateaux de Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte Day Trip from Paris

Take a day trip from Paris to Fontainebleau to visit two castles once home to members of France’s extravagant aristocracy. First, explore Château Vaux le Vicomte, said to have inspired the Palace of Versailles. Then head to Château de Fontainebleau, a UNESCO World Heritage site whose history dates back to the 12th century. You’ll have free time at each castle to look around on your own via provided audio guides, checking out the ornate architecture and opulent gardens.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Helicopter Tour to Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte from Paris & Champagne Reception

Discover one of France’s top attractions in style and make memories to last a lifetime on this 4-hour Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte helicopter tour from Paris including Champagne reception. Fly over Paris and take in fine views over the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. Enjoy a Champagne reception on arrival at the castle, admire a 360° view around the estate from the dome which is 25 meters high, then explore the grand suites, hallways and gardens at your leisure. Afterward, hop into your limousine and return to your Paris hotel. Upgrade to a round-trip helicopter tour and take to the skies as the sun sets.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Small-Group Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte castle Day Trip From Paris

Visit two of France's most stunning chateaus in one day on a small-group tour from Paris via luxury minivan. See the splendor and gardens that inspired Louis XIV to build Versailles at 17th-century Vaux-le-Vicomte, and follow in the footsteps of seven centuries of French royalty at sprawling Fontainebleau. Learn the fascinating history behind each castle and explore at your own pace with an included audio guide.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Vaux le Vicomte Half Day Private Guided Tour from Paris

The magnificent palace of Vaux le Vicomte is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture, and just an hour’s drive from Paris. On this tour, enjoy a completely personalized experience, with a private guide, round-trip transport from Paris, and skip-the-line entrance, followed by a guided tour of the lavish palace and gardens.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Fontainebleau Vaux le Vicomte Full Day Private Guided Tour from Paris

- 8 hour Fontainbleau & Vaux le Vicomte castles private guided tour from Paris- Skip the line entrance tickets included for the castles- Private English speaking licensed tour guide speaking to you inside both castles (this is NOT a tour with audioguides)- Other languages available on request for this tour- pick up and drop off at your accommodation in Paris- transportation in a luxury van This tour is not available : TuesdaysThe Fontainebleau castle is closed :- Tuesdays, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th The Vaux le Vicomte castle is closed:- between January 1st and March 24th and between Nov 6th and Nov 24th
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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An Evening at Vaux-le-Vicomte Palace Including Dinner and Candlelight Visit

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Luxury Evening Dining Experience at Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Revel in a night of historic elegance with a private evening tour and dinner at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Enjoy a luxurious limo ride from your Paris hotel to the magnificent 17th-century estate, considered among the finest in France. Cruise through the sprawling gardens in a golf cart, and wander among the castle’s fantastically furnished interior on an audio-guided tour. As darkness falls, enjoy a gourmet 3-course dinner in the enchanting candlelit gardens, complete with wine and Champagne.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte Tour with Champagne and Luxury Car Transport

Journey from Paris on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, a stunning baroque chateau that served as an inspiration for France's iconic Palace of Versailles. A driver and luxury vehicle transports you to the property, where cream-filled macarons and Champagne await your arrival. After indulging your tastebuds embark on self-guided tour with audio through the castle's lavish galleries and state rooms, marveling at the ornate furnishings and tapestries and perusing its former gardens, replete with hedges and fountains. Enjoy lunch (own expense) at the onsite restaurant or picnic outside.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Vaux-le-Vicomte Evening Helicopter Tour from Paris 3-Course Champagne Dinner

Experience an unforgettable evening helicopter tour over Paris to Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, where you'll enjoy an exquisite dinner. Take in the bird's-eye views of major Parisian landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower en route to the beautiful 17th-century castle that is the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. The helicopter trip takes 35 minutes, after which you'll tour the castle gardens by golf cart, visit the inside of the castle with an audio guide and sit down to a scrumptious 3-course dinner served with wine and Champagne before climbing into a luxurious limousine for the return trip to Paris.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte Christmas tour and chateaubus shuttle

Just outside of Paris sits the elegant Vaux-le-Vicomte Castle, the celebrated inspiration for the Palace of Versailles. While it's magical throughout the year, it's especially lovely at Christmastime, when it's decorated with beautiful lights and other decorations. With this tour, you'll get to see the castle in its Yuletide glory and your kids will have the chance to drees sup in 17th-century costumes.
  • Duration: 4 to 7 hours
  • Duration: 4 to 7 hours
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Fontainebleau, Barbizon and Vaux le Vicomte - Day-trip from your hotel in Paris

You are staying in Paris for a few days or more and you would love to take a day trip to explore the near and further environ of Paris or even another region. Privatized Day trip from Paris to visit Fontainebleau, Barbizon and Vaux le Vicomte. 08:00 am: meet & greet by your local guide who will be driving its own vehicle. 09:00 am: visit of Fontainebleau Castle 11:30 am: en route to Barbizon (the famous village of painters) and lunch in the village 02:00 pm: en route to Vaux le Vicomte 03:00 pm: Visit of Vaux le Vicomte . 05:30 pm : back to Paris 06:30 pm : arrival in Paris
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private French Etiquette Class at Chateaux de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Enjoy this day out of Paris at Vaux le Vicomte castle, privately owned and known as the origin of Versailles Palace.the private car will pick you up at your hotel for a 1 hour drive to Vaux le Vicomte.There enjoy the famous Etiquette workshop with your family or friends and learn all the French art de Vivre including a brief histroy about gastronomy, how to receive your guests, how to dress up your table, the table plan, good manners and dress code.After the workshop you will have time to visit the chateau and gardens, where you will discover the famous histroy and jealousy between Nicloas Fouquet,owner of the chateau and finance minister of the King and Louis 14. You can also choose to have lunch first (not included)After your visit, the private car will take you back to Paris.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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