Tours available every Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from April 1st to October 30th (except May 1st and unforeseeable events)
Discover the Palace of Versailles, residence of the ‘Sun King’ and the home of Claude Monet, ‘Prince of the Impressionists’ in just one day. You will travel in style aboard a luxury minibus with one of our expert guides, so you can sit back, relax and make the most of your day.
This day trip will lead you from Paris to the edge of Normandy, where you will first visit the idyllic home of Claude Monet. The leader of the Impressionist School lived here from 1883 to 1926, the colourful décor and pink brick facade are an intimate reminder of its former life. The precious collection of Japanese engravings is displayed in several rooms, hung in the marmer chosen by the master of Giverny himself. Claude Monet’s property at Giverny, left by his son to the Académie des Beaux-arts in 1966, has, after completion of large scale restoration work, become the Claude Monet Foundation, inaugurated in 1980. The huge Nymphéas studio, a stone’s throw from the house, has also been restored and contains the Foundation’s Shop.
The gardens have been replanted as they once were and offer visitors the “painting from nature” which Claude Monet’s contemporaries considered to be one of his masterpieces. The rectangular Clos Normand, with archways of climbing plants entwined around brilliantly coloured shrubs, lies before the house and studios, offering from Spring to Autumn the palette of varying colours to the painter-gardner who was “ecstatic about flowers”. Lastly, the Water Garden, formed by a tributary of the Epte, lies further away, shaded by weeping willows. With its famous Japanese Bridge, its wistarias, azaleas and its pond, it has once more become that casket of sky and water which inspired the pictorial universe of the water lilies.
You will enjoy a fabulous 3 course lunch at the “Moulin de Fourges” restaurant, a 200-year-old mill. The architecture of this listed site, dating back to the 18th century, draws its inspiration from the hamlet of Marie-Antoinette at Versailles. It offers a unique setting with its rural grounds and spacious terrace on the banks of the Epte.
In the afternoon, we will take you back to the Golden Age of France with a visit to the Palace of Versailles. The palace and gardens count among the most prestigious monuments of the world’s artistic heritage, and are certainly the finest and most complete achievement of 17th century French art. Former residence of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV, this sumptuous royal palace was home to three of France’s most illustrious Kings for over 100 years. The audio-guided tour of the palace includes the State Apartments of the King and Queen, Royal Chapel and Hall of Mirrors, a richly decorated gallery which boasts 357 mirrors, french bay windows and crystal chandeliers.
At the end of your visit there is free time to discover the famous gardens à la française ; a 2,000 acre park designed by André le Notre with its magnificent groves, statues, and fountains.
The Musical Fountain Show takes place every weekend from April to October, during this period access to the gardens will be included to see the fountains and groves spring to life to the rhythm of the music.
On Saturdays and Sundays from March 26 to October 30 2016,
On Tuesdays from May 24 to June 28 2015
as well as on some additional dates (Friday March 25, Thursday May 5, Thursday July 14 and Monday August 15 2016).
The Queen’s State Apartment are temporarily closed for renovation works.
Tours depart from our Paris TRIP office at 41 Avenue de la Bourdonnais 75007, situated next to the Eiffel Tower.