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Immerse in the splendor of candlelit evenings at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte 

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Île-de-France offers a captivating alternative to Versailles. Every Saturday from June to September, the castle is illuminated by thousands of candles, creating a mesmerizing ambiance.
Posted on Mai 7, 2024

While Versailles remains an undeniable landmark, Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, nestled in Île-de-France, offers an equally captivating, if not more so, alternative. The Essential Travel team, having met with them, has had the privilege of securing reserved spots exclusively for your clients seeking an immersion in the timeless history and beauty of the castle.

Every Saturday, from June 1st to September 28th, Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte transforms into a living tableau, illuminated by thousands of candles. This enchanting sight begins at 5:30 p.m. with a visit to the castle bathed in soft light, extending to the French gardens, Le Nôtre’s masterpiece, enhanced by 2000 candles.

Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte: A magnificent French castle with stunning architecture and beautiful gardens.

A journey through time

Your travelers will relive the enchanting atmosphere of the famous August 17, 1661, celebration, where nobility gathered to revel in opulence. A refined and romantic dinner, water games in the basins, a champagne bar, and breathtaking fireworks display complete this timeless experience. 

Ceiling of castle, adorned with intricate designs and religious motifs. A masterpiece of architectural beauty.

Immersed in history

Fireworks illuminate the night sky above Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte

At the heart of the evening, an immersive projection in the Grand Salon transports visitors into Charles Le Brun’s magnificent work, evoking the splendor of the Palace of the Sun. And what would an evening be without fireworks? A spectacle of gold and silver, inspired by La Fontaine’s writings, lights up the sky at 11 p.m. 

A culinary adventure to the 17th century

Gastronomy is not forgotten. Your clients can choose between a gourmet dinner at the Charmilles restaurant, a convivial meal at the Relais de l’Écureuil, or a picnic in the gardens. Every bite is a culinary journey into the 17th century, featuring fresh and local produce. 

A majestic castle, Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte, with people dining at tables illuminated by candles.

Romantic heights

Aerial view of Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte, showcasing a grand building with a clock tower.

For an even more exclusive experience, privatize the castle’s dome for a romantic dinner for two, perched over 25 meters above the ground, with a panoramic view of the estate. Your clients may even have the honor of triggering the fireworks from this magical location. 

Candlelit evenings are not just a rendezvous with history and beauty; they are a true romantic escapade, a once-in-a-lifetime moment at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Your clients can also visit the castle during the day for a complete immersion in French history and elegance. 

Enjoy the stay under the candlelight!