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Vaux-le-Vicomte Castle Day Trip with Chateaubus Shuttle

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    What to Expect
    Your day trip to Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, about one hour outside of Paris, starts with a 35-minute direct train ride from Gare de L'est in the city to the Verneuil L'Etang station on RER Line P (train tickets at your own expense). When you arrive at the local station, your provided shuttle takes you through the countryside to the castle.

    The grandiose and awe-inspiring Château de Vaux-de-Vicomte is one of Europe's most influential and significant architectural landmarks—the inspiration behind the Palace of Versailles. It was built between 1658 and 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet, the finance minister for King Louis XIV. Architect Louis Le Vau, landscape architect André le Nôtre, and painter-decorator Charles Le Brun worked together on Fouquet's large-scale project for the first time. Their collaboration marked the beginning of the 'Louis XIV' style, combining architecture, interior design, and landscape design, the same combination you see at Versailles.

    With your admission, explore the interior of the château, lavishly decorated with gilded walls, statues, tapestries, and the era's finest furnishings throughout the private apartments and sumptuous state rooms. Outside, the gardens are the perfect place for a leisurely stroll or a golf cart ride. Complete with fountains, canals, and stone curbs, the gardens feature a fascinating optical illusion, distorting its distance depending on from where you're looking at it.

    It's no surprise that the estate is a popular venue for celebrity weddings and film shoots. It was chosen by Mittal and Eva Longoria and Tony Parker for their wedding receptions; and it was used as Drax's chateau in the James Bond film Moonraker. It can also be seen as a backdrop in more than 60 other movies, such as Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette.

    The château is run by the fifth generation of family owners, and you just may bump into one of the family members, as they are regularly on the grounds. After your visit, the shuttle takes you back to the train station, where you'll board the RER for the return trip to Paris.
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    Departure Point
    Take the RER train from Gare de l'Est in Paris to Verneuil L'Etang station (at your own expense); the shuttle picks you up there to transport you to the castle
    Return Details
    The Vaux-le-Vicomte shuttle will be waiting for you to take you back to the Verneuil l'Etang station; shuttle departs every day from Vaux-le-Vicomte at 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm, 2:45pm, and 3:45pm
    Inclusions
    • Round-trip shuttle transfer from the local train station to Vaux-le-Vicomte
    • Entry/Admission - Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • RER train ticket
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 21 May 2018

    The chateaux can be reached by rail from Gare del’est. The Chateaubus meets the train at Vermeil L’Etang. The well-preserved rooms and the tremendous gardens are a site to see. Highly recommend a visit.

    Date of experience: May 2018
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    ldeck3
    12 August 2019|
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    Response from westwoodwon |
    On "Get Your Guide" tour website promoting Vaux le Vicomte, it indicates the shuttle leave the train station to the castle at 10:25am, 11:25am, 12:25pm, 2:25pm, and 3:25pm. Strangely, that website doesn't indicate when the... More
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