This tour is a unique way to see a beautiful French chateau...in the evening, with candlelight and fireworks. I recommend this tour to people who are not first-time visitors to Paris, or who are in France for a trip that is longer than a week, as it is a long tour that takes time away from the wonderful city of Paris. Having said that, I wish the tour time was a little longer. There is so much to see in the Palace and on the grounds, that there wasn't quite enough time to see everything before it was too dark. Our tour guide, Simon, did a great job explaining everything to us and providing history of the Palace. Our meal was good, but I was disappointed that the tour did not include the outdoor seating with a view of the Palace. Our service in the restaurant was excellent, however and the three courses were plentiful and tasty.
The castle was beautiful and the garden was good with the placement of the candles which light up the place. However, there was a last minute change in the program by the castle management whereby they removed away the fireworks which we really wanted to see with the castle. The service staffs at the castle restaurant were very friendly and helpful. The food could be better improved.
The bus was scheduled to leave at a specific time, it left 1/2 hour late. Made to wait in the hot sun. The dinner was a bait and switch. We ate in a cafeteria. We had to wait in line for tickets once there to enter the chateau. Tour guide disappeared. Drop off not at pickup point, confused us.
I believe this tour is a little overpriced. I agree with some of the other reviewers regarding not getting what was offered in the description. Pick up point was near the Louvre, left about 45 minutes after time stated. Driver and guide were very friendly and courteous. Took about 1 hour to get to the castle. Don't be confused with the title of the tour and the pictures. You don't get a candlelight visit outdoors under the fireworks like it shows in the pictures. We were all herded upstairs to a small cramped restaurant section of what was most likely once a bedroom. What you do get is a dinner of the restaurants choice, unlike the three options that are shown in dinner section. We were served the foie gras, chicken and rice pilaf, and a strawberry dessert. Good part about dinner is instead of a glass of red or white wine, they gave us a whole bottle to share at our table for two. I think the table for six were given two bottles to share. With that being said, if there are two of you then go for the single table.
We didn't get a tour of the chateaus' Carriage Museum. The chateau, was unspectacular. You've seen one you seen them all. You're given what resembles an old style flip cell phone that has audio for you to listen to during the tour. There are no earphones, so it looks as if everybody is holding a cellphone to there head the whole time. Like another reviewer said, by the time you are done touring the interiors, there isn't much time left to go explore the gardens with what daylight is left.
Find yourself a nice seat on the steps behind the chateau or anywhere that faces out to the left. That's where the extremely short firework show will take place. After the fireworks, all of the onlookers walk out to the same side of the chateau and come across the dining section where you thought you would be having your own candlelight dinner / firework show.
At this point, you're back to the bus waiting on all the others. Bus driver makes attempt to bring to hotels.
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