The Grand Siècle rendez-vous

of Vaux-le-Vicomte

Pratical Information

Online booking mandatory

Every year, this event is eagerly awaited by lovers of the 17th century! A unique experience of French art de vivre during the time of Louis XIV and Nicolas Fouquet. In 2024, the event is renewed in a different format, extending the festivities until nightfall in an intimate candlelit atmosphere.

Dates : Saturday, May 25th

Schedule: 11:00 am – 9:30 pm (last access to ticket office) – Animations start at 3:00 pm


  • Full price (including Castle & Gardens): €22
  • Reduced rate (children from 6 to 17 years old, students, job seekers, and costumed attendees) including Castle & Gardens: €17.50
  • Gardens-only rate: €16
  • Free for children under 6 years old
  • After Prestige (in addition to the entrance ticket and soon available online on our online ticketing service): €35

Costumed visitors, already in possession of their ticket, will benefit from privileged access to enter the estate.

Costume rental available on-site or by reservation in advance with the official partner Costume sur Seine  (À partir de 45€).

Reservation and fitting strongly recommended in advance with our approved partners:  Sommier et Fils & Costume sur Seine.
Cloakroom and lockers available free of charge on-site.
Children’s costume rental available on-site in the castle starting from €4 (only for castle visit, without reservation).
Costume wearing is not mandatory to access the estate.

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Tickets for Les Charmilles special Grand Siècle Rendez-vous

After-Prestige tickets


On Saturday, May 25th, the Château of Vaux‐le‐Vicomte, a family residence but also a high place of festivities in the time of Nicolas Fouquet, invites you to travel back in time to the era of the Sun King and the artists of the Grand Siècle. Every year, thousands of costumed visitors and numerous curious people flock to the doors of the Castle, dressed in their finest attire to experience a memorable day at the court of the 17th century in the ideal setting of the palace that inspired the Palace of Versailles.

Feu d'artifice durant les soirées aux chandellesThe program for this 2024 edition includes baroque dances, demonstrations of popular dances, musketeer shows, carriage rides, equestrian demonstrations by Mario Luraschi, eagle shows, stilt artists, a parade of costumed characters animated by Calixte de Nigremont, gardens illuminated by candlelight, water games in the estate’s basins, and a fireworks display of gold and silver.

At 6:00 pm, all costumed attendees will be invited to stroll in the French gardens in the presence of the master of ceremonies: Calixte de Nigremont!


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Children will be kings!

Children will be able to stroll through the castle wearing period costumes. Around the basins, they will be able to rediscover 17th-century games by guiding small sailboats of all colors.




A varied dining offer

During this exceptional evening, the estate will be offering a range of top-quality catering options. You can enjoy an intimate gourmet dinner at the Restaurant des Charmilles, overlooking the château and candlelit gardens, or a convivial meal at the Relais de l’écureuil. Every visitor experiences magical moments, contemplating the harmony of a complete 17th-century work of art.

Discover the special Rendez-vous Grand Siècle menu here.



Tickets for Les Charmilles special Grand Siècle Rendez-vous


The After Prestige, for Ambassadors of the Grand Siècle

Are you a costumed individual seeking excellence, wearing period costumes, and knowledgeable about 17th-century fashion? Then this event within the event is specially designed for you. The Castle honors enthusiasts by offering them the opportunity to participate in an “After Prestige” to end the day! Welcomed in front of the grand gates of the Castle by Calixte de Nigremont, princesses, marquises, dukes, and other costumed attendees will enjoy a convivial and intimate moment in the Castle and on the south terrace, specially privatized for the occasion.

A bubble bar, snacks, baroque dance lessons with Guillaume Jablonka, discoveries of cosmetics from the era, musical interludes, and much more will be on the agenda, all supervised by our partner associations: The Ministry of Fashion (limited places), and La Boite à Musiques.

Our ambassadors will also have the privilege of attending the fireworks display from the south terrace of the Castle in the company of the master of ceremonies!

Access reserved only for costumed individuals wearing period attire

From 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm (access via the main courtyard gate).

The After Prestige also includes: 1 soft drink or a glass per person, with sweet treats: €35 in addition to the entrance ticket. Reservation mandatory, limited places.

After-Prestige tickets

Information :

A major construction project is currently underway on our site in preparation for a private event. This primarily takes place in the back of the
gardens and will last until June 14th. Some pathways are inaccessible, but access to the statue of Hercules remains possible. More information

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