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.