The Vaux-le-vicomte castle built in the 17th century is classified as a historic French monument. Upon your arrival to Charles de Gaulle airport if you plan to visit this castle open to the public, you can use our private transfer service. Our rates are fixed
Minivan service between Charles de Gaulle airport and Vaux-le-Vicomte castle
Before the arrival of Nicolas Fouquet, Vaux-le-Vicomte was a mere territory that had only a small castle and some farms. It had only a few inhabitants. It is especially its strategic position that attracted the Superintendent of Finance, Nicolas Fouquet to buy this site in the seventeenth century. Concretely, this territory is right between the castle of Fontainebleau and that of Vincennes. At that time, Vaux-le-Vicomte is composed of two parts, one of which is constituted by the castle and the other by a farm. As for the castle, it is a drawbridge that connects Vaux-le-Pénil. The small castle is between walls and white water ditches. The other part concerns the farm or the farm of La Ronce. Some historians have summarized the past of this site in three centuries of history. It took 20 years of work for Nicolas Fouquet to transform the stronghold of Vaux-le-Vicomte into a magnificent castle and the most beautiful gardens in the region, even in France. The success of the Superintendent comes mainly from his collaboration with the architect Louis Le Vau, Charles le Brun, who is a painter and decorator without setting aside the gardener André Le Nôtre. But, victim of a conspiracy of the king Louis XIV, Fouquet is imprisoned in 1661 and the castle was sealed and the king took possession of all that was inside the castle even of the garden. The wife of Fouquet could not recover it until ten years later. After the death of Madame Fouquet's son in 1705, Vaux-le-Vicomte was put on sale, since that time, the castle has changed hands several times. The owners who have succeeded are: Claude-Louis-Hector de Villars in 1705, the Duke of Praslin in 1764. The descendants of the latter took care of the castle for a century, but after the estate were abandoned for thirty or so years. years. Then, they made it public auction and Alfred Sommier in 1875 became his new owner. The latter, who is a true art lover, restored the original beauty of the estate after it was abandoned and empty. Upon his death, his descendants, including Patrice and Cristina de Vogüé, continued the work of Alfred Sommier, which lasted more than 140 years. From there, the estate is a very interesting historical monument and attracts so many tourists especially between the months of April and October of each year. Doing so many historical tours is possible by booking a car service always on time.
Vaux le Vicomte nowadays
Vaux le Vicomte is an important tourist destination of the Ile de France thanks to its famous castle which is besides the most important private property of France. This site is an hour away from Paris. Admittedly, the economy of Vaux-le-Vicomte revolves around the tourism sector but in recent years, the number of annual visitors is down as the case of so many other departments of France. As a result, the slight decrease in attendance compared with the two years before led to the suspension during certain moments of restorations at Vaux-le-Vicomte. Anyway Vaux-le-Vicomte is always interesting as it is a heritage recognized in France and to spread. In 2016, the Vaux-le-Vicomte territory was flooded following heavy rains. As a result, the gardens were invaded by the waters and the foundations of the Grand Canal were destabilized. Fortunately, after the major works that cost more than 250 000 €, the gardens and the Canal could be rebuilt. In addition, historical monuments have also experienced some innovations lately. The most striking is the architecture of the castle. Indeed, the interior of the castle is now in double row parallel parts while before, the layout was of simple body type. In addition, the antechamber of the king has now become a library. But so many come to Vaux-le-Vicomte to discover the castle, it is not less for those who come to attend many festivals. It is to be able to accommodate more visitors than parking by camper is now possible near the castle. In total, three motorhome areas are available near the site to accommodate campsites because with confidence and security. Always in the same quest, a bus shuttle bus is recently at the service of those who want to explore Vaux-le-Vicomte. This shuttle connects Chateau de Verneuil-l'Etang station every day from April to October. For those who want to go for a ride, know that we can see a private car rental service with English speaking driver.
What to visit in Vaux le Vicomte ?
Vaux-le-Vicomte is worth a visit for any tourist who is passionate about history and discovery. Whether it's the architecture of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, its interior, its gardens and parks, they are all unique. As for the castle, it retains most of its medieval architecture except for the few changes made. It should also be noted that the visit of the castle is not only intended for adults. Indeed, children will surely find pleasure in disguising themselves as a musketeer or a princess who dates from the Great Century by renting costumes from ancient times. They will be happy to explore the whole castle without getting tired by renting 4-seater electric carts. For lovers, the visit in the night by candlelight is also not to be missed in Vaux-le-Vicomte. As for the decor of the castle, nothing seems changed. It's as if Fouquet had only left him yesterday. The same furniture and decorations of the seventeenth century are still there. The Museum of Crews is also not to be missed in Vaux-le-Vicomte. Indeed, it contains a collection of superb vintage cars as well as various crews. The park of Vaux-le-Vicomte is about 500 ha closed by a wall of 13 km. Its 3 km French garden is organized around a well-controlled perspective. The theatrical majesty as well as the abundance of water and all the design of the castle garden make it the work of a new art. Moreover, its carved trees, its immense basins, its multiple statues as well as its aisles which are very ordered. It is thus a French garden that preserves the architecture and landscape of the seventeenth century and uneven beauty throughout France.
Stay at the Residhome Suites Paris Sénart
Located a few minutes from Paris, at the edge of the Sénart forest, the Residhome Suites Paris Sénart is a 4-star residence. The hotel offers different types of spacious rooms and suites, very well equipped and each of which is soundproof. and air conditioned. this establishment also has a lounge bar, lounge, terrace and restaurant which serves a buffet breakfast each morning as well as creative cuisine for your lunches and dinners.
To ensure a pleasant stay for its customers, the hotel offers its non-smoking rooms. For relaxation, a swimming pool, a fitness center and a wellness center with spa and full treatments are also available within the establishment. During your stay, a work space including a meeting room with a business center and entertainment is at your service. You can also make use of the laundry, concierge and tourist assistance services.
To make it easier to park vehicles, the hotel offers free parking without prior reservation. Your pet can also stay there. Wifi internet access is free throughout the establishment. Thanks to its special equipment, people with reduced mobility are welcome.
Area You will find good sports pitches around the hotel. You can play golf at Golf de Sénart - Greenparc, Golf d'Étiolles or Golf du Coudray. The Carré Sénart Supermarket shopping center and restaurants are almost a stone's throw from the hotel. There are plenty of entertainment centers nearby. You can also go hiking or cycling through the city for its souvenir shops and specialty stores or its historic monuments such as the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and Château de Santeny.
Discover the Musée des équipages
Are you going to Maincy and the castle of Vaux le Vicomte? Go through the stables. You will see the Musée des équipages there. It has become a renowned historical site in the south of Paris for a few years.
Back to the history of the car
By visiting the Musée des équipages, you will look back on the history of the car. You have a one-of-a-kind collection of vintage cars, and even vehicles that are still pulled by horses. The cars date from the 17th, 18th or 19th century. It is a complete exhibition with all the equipment necessary to take care of the horses and to move the teams forward. The visit will be a real pleasure for horse riding lovers and an initiation for the majority of visitors. In addition to presenting the different cars and their crews, the Museum presents the trades of Bourrelier-Sellier and blacksmith. They are in the process of disappearing now, but which had their importance in the days of horse-drawn carriages. This will be an opportunity to perfect your general knowledge.
When to visit?
The Musée des équipages is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Last entry will be at 5:15 p.m. Come early enough to fully enjoy the exhibition. It will take you several hours to appreciate the impressive collection of old cars exhibited in the stables and gardens of the castle.
Request an airport chauffeured service to go to Vaux le Vicomte
Vaux-le-Vicomte is located in the French commune of Maincy in the Seine-et-Marne department in the Île-de-France region. 24.7 km separates it from the Château de Fontainebleau and you have to drive 45.7 km to reach the César Tour in Provins. For information for those planning to make a transport from airport, know that it is 53.7 km from Orly Airport and 67.6 km from CDG Airport. It is possible for us to pick you up at the airport, in fact agent will wait for you at the arrival aircraft door and drop off your luggage to your final destination. We have different type of car used (luxury, prestige), and you can request a car service to do so much sightseeing, a limousine will wait at your door if you requested one.