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Vaux-Le-Vicomte VIP Private Tour

Vaux-Le-Vicomte VIP Private Tour

9 hours From
AU$1,558 Per couple
 
  • Tour Type
    Private tour Private tour
  • France Region
    Paris
  • Duration
    9 hours
  • Tour Code
    PTP-18-MAN21
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
  • Operating Days
    From May to October: Saturdays only
9 hours From
AU$1,558 Per couple
 
  • Tour Type
    Private tour Private tour
  • France Region
    Paris
  • Duration
    9 hours
  • Tour Code
    PTP-18-MAN21
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
  • Operating Days
    From May to October: Saturdays only
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AdmissionAdmission All entrance fees includedEscorted tourEscorted tour Experienced private English speaking guideTransfersTransfers Transfers from/to your Paris accommodation

Summary

The Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a baroque French Chateau , 55 km southeast of Paris in the Seine-et-Marne department. This magnificent chateau served as the inspiration for Versailles, and its interesting history. In this tour, you will have a guided visit of the chateau and its enormous gardens and take some time to stroll in the gift shop. 

This tour runs from May to October every Saturdays only. 

Meeting Point: From your hotel in Paris

Itinerary

At 15:30, your guide will pick you up for your very special journey to the marvelous chateau of Vaux le Vicomte.
 
The Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a baroque French Chateau , 55 km southeast of Paris in the Seine-et-Marne departement . It was built from 1658 to 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet, the superintendent of finances of Louis XIV.
 
The chateau was in many ways the most influential work built in Europe in the mid-17th century and the most elaborate and grand house built in France. At Vaux-le-Vicomte, the architect Louis Le Vau, the landscape architect André le Nôtre, and the painter-decorator Charles Le Brun worked together on a large-scale project for the first time. Their collaboration marked the beginning of a new order: the magnificent manner that is associated with the "Louis XIV style".
 
The château was lavish, refined, and dazzling to behold, but these characteristics proved tragic for its owner: the king had Fouquet arrested shortly after a famous fête that took place on 17 August 1661 where Molière's play 'Les Fâcheux' debuted. The celebration had been too impressive and the superintendent's home too luxurious. Fouquet's intentions were to flatter the King: part of Vaux-le-Vicomte was actually constructed specifically for the king, but Fouquet's plan backfired. Jean-Baptiste Colbert led the king to believe that his minister's magnificence was funded by the misappropriation of public funds. Colbert, who then replaced Fouquet as superintendent of finances, arrested him. Later, Voltaire was to sum up the famous fête thus: "On 17 August, at six in the evening Fouquet was the King of France: at two in the morning he was nobody."
 
Vaux-le-Vicomte may have been under threat of abandon or destruction, but Vaux-le-Vicomte has survived, thanks to the unfailing determination of three centuries of dedicated individuals. Resplendent today as it was in former times, Vaux-le Vicomte stands as a symbol of the intelligence, taste and independence of its creator, Nicolas Fouquet.
 
Upon your arrival your guide will take you for a private, guided visit of the chateau and the exceptional gardens.
 
The gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte sweep along a grand perspective, of almost a mile and a half (3km). This new style in landscaping testifies to Fouquet et de Le Notre's love of innovation. Creating a setting for the château and outbuildings out of a wild area of around 100 acres (40 hectares), LE NOTRE and Le Vau created for the first and only time in the seventeenth century, a perfect harmony between architecture and its environment.
 
The vast area, is divided up into a sequence of terraces, forming an orderly composition of broderies of box based on motifs from Turkish carpets, bordered flower beds, shrubberies, grottos, lawns, lakes and fountains. If no other garden of the period were to have survived, the Vaux gardens would suffice to illustrate the principles of landscape gardening in the age of elegance.
 
The remarkable use of laws of perspective and optical illusion, also gives the observer the pleasant sensation of being able to 'embrace' the gardens at a glance.The grottos which appear to be just a few minutes walk from the chateau, rising from the edge of the square lake, recede as they are approached. They are, in fact, over six hundred feet (200 meters) away on the other side of the canal.
 
Framing the thoughtfully-planned gardens are deciduous woods, where other enchantments lie in wait for a walk in the leafy shade.
 
After your visit (very relaxed), you will have time for refreshing and strolling through the gift shop.
 
Your guide will then take you to one of (if not the) best restaurants of the region where cuisine becomes creation, art. You will spend two and a half hours "spoiling" your palate with a six course "menu degustation", in the ambiance of a aristocrat's mansion: unforgettable . Restaurant is not included in our price.
 
Then your guide will drive you back to the gardens of Vaux le Vicomte that in the mean time have been illuminated by over 2000 candles, accompanied by classical music ¦ you grab a glass of champagne (that you buy in the champagne bar), you sit in a deck chair and just enjoy. 
 
Around midnight your guide will drive you back to Paris with sparkles in your eyes.

Inclusions

  • Pick-up/drop off at your hotel in Paris
  • Private, licensed driver-guide
  • Entrance tickets to the chateau and gardens of Vaux le Vicomte included

Exclusions

  • Lunch

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