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Giverny: Monet's House and Gardens Guided Tour

1. Giverny: Monet's House and Gardens Guided Tour

Escape the busy city and visit the enchanting home and gardens of the famous impressionist painter Claude Monet. Stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens with your knowledgeable guide and learn more about the flora as well as the importance of the gardens in Monet's paintings.  Meet with your small group (max. 9 people) and your guide before entering the gardens. First, visit the water garden with the water lilies that inspired many of his paintings and then the 'Clos Normand'. Your guide will point out different species of flowers and features of the garden. As you wander through the gardens and visit Monet's house also learn more about Claude Monet's life, and why he became the master of impressionism.  At the end of the tour, you can stay longer to stroll on your own or take a look in the big gift shop before you exit. From early spring till the first days of November, Monet's gardens are a fairy of colors and fragrances. Feel free to ask your guide about the picturesque village of Giverny and what more there is to see.

Half-Day Trip to Giverny from Paris

2. Half-Day Trip to Giverny from Paris

Enjoy a half-day trip to the former home of Claude Monet, one of the most famous painters of French Impressionism. Located in the tiny hamlet of Giverny on the banks of the River Seine, 50 miles west of Paris, the house and gardens were bequeathed to the Académie des Beaux-Arts by his son in 1966. They were opened as a public museum in 1980 following large-scale restoration work. Depending on the option you choose, your tour will either be guided, audio guided or at your own leisure.  Depart Paris and travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach. As there is no direct public transport to Giverny, this is the ideal way to get there. You will drive via the western districts of Paris and take the Normandy motorway as far as Bonnières. After crossing the River Seine at Vernon, continue to Giverny through the wooded plateaus of Eure. Giverny attracted several Impressionist painters in the 19th-Century, most following the lead of the movement’s founder, Claude Monet, who lived there for 43 years. During the tour, you will visit the Master’s house, where the spectacular colors and enchanting garden were designed like a work of art. Be dazzled by the flowerbeds and plants and get a sense of the artist’s feelings and inspirations as you stand in front of the famous water lilies and weeping willows in the delightful water garden.

Giverny: Monet’s House and Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

3. Giverny: Monet’s House and Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

Stroll the streets of the charming village of Giverny and discover the grave of Claude Monet in the churchyard. Then, skip the long lines to Monet's house and gardens to hear the story of the artist's life and how he led the Impressionist movement from the village between 1883 and 1926. Learn how artists such as John Singer Sargent, Paul Cézanne and Mary Cassatt joined him in the sleepy village to form an unofficial artists’ colony. Be enchanted by the ponds and gardens that inspired his paintings, and see the Japanese bridge and lilies of the Oriental water garden Savor the scent of flowers in season, such as wild roses, hollyhocks, poppies and honeysuckle. Admire the water lilies and weeping willows, instantly recognizable from his classic paintings and look inside the thatched roof house to find the cheerful kitchen and his collection of 18th and 19th century Japanese prints.

Giverny: Monet's Garden Half-Day Tour from Paris

4. Giverny: Monet's Garden Half-Day Tour from Paris

Explore the beautiful village and home in Upper Normandy where the Impressionist artists, Claude Monet spent the last 40 years of his life. Visit the charming village of Giverny, and discover why it proved such a source of inspiration for Impressionist artists. Following your transfer from Paris, look inside the house where Monet lived and worked. Set within an exquisite valley of the River Seine, the gardens and surroundings formed a great part of the subject matter for his paintings after he moved there in 1883. Once your have seen the rooms where the artist lived with his family, stroll through 2 unique gardens that Monet designed and modified throughout his life. See more than 100 different types of flowers, and intertwined foliage in Monet’s Flower Garden. Then, feel as if you have stepped into one of his paintings in the Japanese Garden. Go to the lake full of water lilies, and getter a better appreciation of why Monet used this garden as the inspiration for over 250 of his paintings.

From Paris: Giverny and Versailles Palace Guided Day Trip

5. From Paris: Giverny and Versailles Palace Guided Day Trip

Visit Monet’s Giverny estate and the Palace of Versailles on this day tour from Paris by air-conditioned coach. Stop at the Monet Foundation for a short introduction to the estate. Take a walk around the lily pad pond and visit the artist’s ivy-clad house. Take a lunch break in town before the short drive to Versailles, a perfectly preserved example of French royal extravagance. Skip the lines at Versailles on your guided tour of the rooms where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette threw lavish soirées. Visit the private royal chambers. Enjoy a short tour of the gardens and then explore at your leisure. Depending on the day, you may experience the Fountain Show or the Musical Gardens.

From Paris: Day Trip to Giverny & Versailles

6. From Paris: Day Trip to Giverny & Versailles

Take a fascinating excursion to 2 of the most impressive symbols of French culture, and discover the complex and rich history behind their walls. Start your excursion from Paris to Giverny with an audio guide or a guide (depending on option selected), a quaint village in Normandy that attracted several impressionist painters throughout the 19th century. See the home of Claude Monet, and be inspired by the touch of color and charm that influenced his work. Explore the colorful garden whose lilies, weeping willows, and flowerbeds are a vivid reminder of his masterful works. You will then enjoy a traditional lunch before visiting the stunning site of the Palace of Versailles. You will discover the masterful combination of classic and baroque architectural styles. Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens, walk by the hall of mirrors, and visit the Grands Appartements to get a sense of the grandeur that surrounded King Louis XIV. You will return back to Paris at around 6.00 pm.

Monet's Garden Bike Tour from Paris

7. Monet's Garden Bike Tour from Paris

Begin this full-day Monet bike tour with a scenic coach journey through the spectacular wheat and sunflower fields of Normandy. Speed by the lazy Seine River, and stop off at the village of Vernon. Here, you will visit the charming farmers' market to buy picnic supplies. Then, hop-on your bike and pedal across the river to a beautiful park along the banks of the Seine. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing 3-mile (5-kilometer) ride down bike paths to the village of Giverny. Cruise past Giverny Church and its cemetery, which contains graves of local citizens dating back to the 17th Century, as well as British soldiers from World War 2, and even Monet himself buried within his family's vault. Pass Hotel Baudy, where Impressionist painters Manet and Renoir used to paint. You will then arrive at the highlight of the day, Monet's Garden. Spend about 90 minutes exploring the gardens and house, including the famous water lily pond where some of his most famous works originated. Additionally, you can explore the village of Giverny, which boasts the American Museum of Art, located across the street from Monet's Gardens, as well as numerous cafés and small streets begging to be discovered.

From Paris: Giverny Visit to Monet's Home

8. From Paris: Giverny Visit to Monet's Home

Leave Paris behind for a scenic drive to Normandy with your knowledgeable driver-guide to discover the beautiful home of the "Father of Impressionism" – Claude Monet. Experience the famous gardens that fill Monet's paintings. View the water garden shaded by weeping willows, with the famous Japanese bridge, wisterias, azaleas, and the well-known lily ponds. Enjoy the quaint charm of Monet's home as you admire the precious collection of Japanese engravings on display. Stop at the Nympheas studio, home to the Foundation's Shop, where you can choose to pick up a souvenir. See the Clos Normand with its archways of climbing plants entwined around brilliantly colored shrubs, offering the perfect palette from spring to autumn. Wander around the village that attracted large numbers of American artists between 1883 and 1920. These men and women soon formed an important artist's colony in the village of Giverny.

Small-Group Giverny and Van Gogh's Room in Auvers from Paris

9. Small-Group Giverny and Van Gogh's Room in Auvers from Paris

Discover the unparalleled beauty in the Clos Normand and Japanese Water gardens of Claude Monet, in Giverny. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into one of his Impressionist paintings as you walk among the willow trees and cross the little green bridge over his pond of water lilies. Then you’ll explore the inside of his colorful family home, getting some unique access to whether the artists actually lived and worked. After your visit of Claude Monet’s home and gardens you’ll stop at his tomb to pay your respects to this great man in person. Afterwards, you’ll be off to visit the town of Auvers-sur-Oise where you’ll focus on the troubled life and amazing Post Impressionist art of Vincent Van Gogh. You’ll visit the boarding house where Vincent lived the last 3-months of his life. Next, explore the little town and surrounding area which inspired 77 of his paintings. You’ll visit the gothic “Church of Auvers” and walk in the actual “Wheat Field with Crows”. Seeing these places with your own eyes will help you to understand why Vincent Van Gogh found so much inspiration in Auvers-sur-Oise. You’ll also visit Van Gogh’s final resting place; a humble ivy covered grave site.

From Paris: Monet Impressionism Tour to Giverny by Minibus

10. From Paris: Monet Impressionism Tour to Giverny by Minibus

Enjoy this half-day trip to Claude Monet’s home and gardens. Choose between a public tour or a private tour in your preferred language and explore the home and its beautiful surroundings. With your guide, discover the lily pond and its famous Japanese bridge, Monet’s main sources of inspiration at the end of his life. Then visit the flower garden, the house, and the former studio of the great painter. The house of the great master is a unique place where you can see how he lived and worked, from his studio to the kitchens. Discover the beautiful works of Monet which depicted Normandy. After exploring the home, discover the charming village of Giverny. Take some time to stroll through its small streets, before heading back to Paris.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 708 reviews

Excellent, knowledgeable, charming and friendly guide. Prompt departure and pick up. About 90 min each way to get there / back, with a couple of hours to explore the garden and house. Great to get the early tour before the crowds arrive. Guide can take you around or is happy to leave you to your own devices. Gardens are beautiful and well worth a trip out of Paris for.

Monet's garden is beautiful. It was great going in 30 min before they officially open. I definitely recommend going on the morning tour. We had a great time and were able to relax not having to worry about arranging travel from Paris to Giverny on our own. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Learning the history was fun.

This was a fantastic way to see both Giverny and Versailles in one day. Both of our guides were wonderful, very knowledgeable and really brought to live the history of each location. Highly recommend!

Antoin our driver and guide was wonderful. It was a full day but just the right amount of time for each location. Thank you.

Our tour guide Sarah was informative and pleasant. The entire experience was beyond my expectations!!