At Paris Luxury Tours our Vaux le Vicomte tours allow you to tour this impressive and breathtaking estate at your leisure with the help of a guide who speaks English as native first language and who is a university-trained expert in the history and culture of France.
Before his death, Mazarin warned the young Louis XIV to beware the ambition of Nicolas Fouquet, the Sun King’s finance minister; and the latter took the warning to heart. Fouquet effortlessly spent only five years (1656-1661) in creating his country home masterpiece, Vaux le Vicomte, an astonishing feat under the circumstances. Not only did Fouquet fill in the valleys between three villages (without bulldozers) to accomplish this feat, he also discovered and launched Louis le Vau, the architect, Charles Le Brun, the decorator, and Andre Le Notre, the landscape artist, all of whom were essential to its creation.
Vaux le Vicomte was by far the most splendid and sumptuous country home in Europe when an unsuspecting Louis XIV was invited to the celebration of its opening in 1661. Outdone by his own minister, livid Louis lost no time putting Fouquet in jail (his trial for embezzlement began 19 days later). He also requisitioned the three artists responsible for Vaux and lost no time in embarking on the creation of an even more astonishing chateau at Versailles.
We can pair your tour of Vaux le Vicomte tour in the morning with an afternoon tour of the Chateau of Versailles (and its park) because the two chateaux are so intertwined in their histories and creation.
Lunch at any one of many delightful country inns between Melun and Versailles is a pleasant way to relax between the Vaux le Vicomte tour and the Chateau of Versailles. You will be driven to both chateaux effortlessly and professionally by your guide, who is an expert driver for whom your safety and comfort are paramount considerations.
For those interested in viewing the estate in the evening, please note that our Vaux le Vicomte tour can be customized whereby we setup an evening tour on Saturdays between May 2nd and October 3rdth when the chateau is lit with 2,000 flickering candles giving it a truly romantic glow.
For more information or to book one of our Vaux le Vicomte tours, please contact us via our US number (631) 600 – 1120.