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Vaux le Vicomte Castle Evening Experience: Candlelight Visit and Dinner

Paris, France

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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
Dinner 3 Courses Menu (starter + main course + dessert), drinks included
Vegetarian meals available upon request
Candlelit visit of the chateau and French gardens
Audioguide of the Castle with a new immersive experience in 3D
Fireworks show at the end of the evening
Entrance tickets
Service of a multilingual hostess
Transportation in air-conditioned luxury coach from central agency in Paris
Drop back to Montparnasse, Châtelet & Opéra
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Departure Point

2 Rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris, France

Departure Time

5:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
  • Dress code: Please do not bring shorts, jeans, joggers or sneakers, however jacket and tie not required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Excursion ends in Paris: stops at Montparnasse, Châtelet and Opéra around 1.00 AM
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the maximum group size during Vaux le Vicomte Castle Evening Experience: Candlelight Visit and Dinner?
This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

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  • "Wonderful place to sit, but they make you move before the fireworks begin so don't plan on watching from there." See review


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, Oct 2019
The candlelight experience of Vaux Le Vicomte was once in a lifetime. Absolutely stunning way to see a castle. The history is a bit amazing - Versailles was inspired by this and you can see why. The dinner is fine - don't expect a 5 star meal but it was tasty and they leave a bottle of wine and water on the table. Fireworks go off from the side of the gardens - I recommend you see them from the fountain halfway down. Short show, but still beautiful. There is a "Champagne Garden" over to the side with tables and chairs. Wonderful place to sit, but they make you move before the fireworks begin so don't plan on watching from there.
, Oct 2019
Amazing castle and a very nice experience. Had a wonderful time there. Better than expected. Would definitely go again.
This was one of our favorite evenings...
Robert B
, 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!
Dinner was great, the palace was...
, 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.
This tour was ok, the fireworks were...
Kimberly D
, 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.
This tour is a unique way to see a...
Laura L
, Jul 2017
This tour is a unique way to see a beautiful French 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.
Much better then we expected. It was a...
Prof. Bob
, Jun 2017
Much better then we expected. It was a magical evening with dinner and the tour and the show.
Have booked many activities with Viator...
Paul D
, 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.
This was such a highlight, I loved...
Jennifer G
, 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.
The Chateau was amazing with all the...
Heather C
, 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.

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