Your experience begins with hotel pickup in Paris by 8-seater luxury minivan for the drive just outside the city to Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte.
You have about three hours at the château to explore independently with an audioguide. Learn about the man who commissioned the castle, the King of France’s finance minister, Nicholas Fouquet, who was eventually put in jail for upstaging the king with his extravagant home. Wander through the bedrooms and other interior spaces, and enjoy the beautiful French garden (jardin à la française)—86 acres (34 hectares) of fountains, flowers, lakes and landscaping. Your tour ends with return to Paris for hotel drop-off.
When booking, you have the option to select the evening tour with or without a candlelight dinner at the château.
Sample menu for the dinner option at Restaurant Les Charmilles (subject to change)
Terrine de Homard et Coquille St Jacques aux épices, Chair de tourteau fraiche et Salade croquante à la framboise, vinaigrette aux fruits rouge et tuile dentelle
Filet de boeuf grillé ‘Rossini’ escalope de foie gras chaud sauce porto, fine purée à la truffe
Tarte croustillante de légumes grillés parmesan et mozzarella buffala
Risotto aux morilles et asperges, crème de truffe blanche
2 glasses of wine: Vin blanc ou rosé Côte de Gascogne (Domaine d'Arton) or Vin rouge Côte du Rhône Guigal 2010
Hamburger Maison, Pommes Dauphine