Vaux le Vicomte
In Maincy in the Seine-et-Marne department, just 55 km from Paris between the palaces of Vincennes and Fontainebleau, stands the château of Vaux le Vicomte, the largest privately owned castle in France. It was built by Louis XIV's superintendent of finances Nicolas Fouquet. It is an architectural and decorative masterpiece largely due to the genius of three men: the architect Le Vau, the painter and interior designer Le Brun and the landscape gardener, Le Nôtre. Vaux le Vicomte would later serve as a model for the construction of the Palace of Versailles. The entire edifice is dazzling in elegance, refinement and, above all, in sheer size. Its garden "à la française" is designed around a perspective of over 3 kilometres and covers over 40 hectares. It is a theatrical 'tour de force'; wherever you stand, it feels as if you are dominating all the surrounding countryside. The castle is situated on a rectangular platform surrounded by water in which you can catch glimpses of hundred year old carp. Inside the castle you can visit not only the Sun King's bedchamber and the richly decorated state rooms but also the kitchens where butler François Vatel invented a new dessert for Louis XIV, which became what we now know as crème chantilly. Vaux le Vicomte was also the setting for one of the biggest and most impressive parties of the seventeenth century in which 3,000 guests were entertained. On special candlelight evenings, 2,000 candles are lit both in the castle and around the grounds to recreate the atmosphere of those historic parties. Pariscityvision.com offers visits to the castle both by day, when your trip includes both Vaux le Vicomte and Fontainebleau, and by night when our minibus will take you for an amazing Dinner at Vaux le Vicomte and candlelight visit with priority access.
Tour available from May 2, 2015. Candlelit visit with audio-guide of Vaux le Vicomte castle. Visit the gardens lit by 2000 candles with classical music. Visit of the carriage museum, dinner in the restaurant "L'Ecureuil."
Tour available from April 1, 2015. Bus tour to Vaux le Vicomte and Fontainebleau. Visit the Castle of Vaux le Vicomte with audio-guide and stroll around the French gardens. Visit the Castle of Fontainebleau with audio-guide and stroll around the gardens.
Tour available from May 2, 2015. Have dinner at the restaurant « Les Charmilles » then enjoy a candlelit visit of Vaux le Vicomte Castle. Tour by minibus with driver-guide, pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Paris.