Our expert guide will pick you up and drop you off at your Parisian accomodation, so you can sit back, relax and make the most of your day. You will first visit the idyllic home of Claude Monet on the edge of Normandy. 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 chateau 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 Gardens"
run every Tuesday from March 27 through May 15 2018 (Except May 1st and
May 8) as well as every Tuesday From July 3rd Through October 30th
2018, and every Friday from April 6th through October 26 2018. 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.
run every Saturday and Sunday from March 31st though October 28 2018 as
well as Public Holidays (May 8, May 10 and August 15 2018) plus Friday,
March 30 and Tuesdays from May 22nd Through June 26 2018. 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.
- Full-day Giverny and Versailles tour from Paris
- Visit Claude Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny
- Lunch at the Moulin de Fourges restaurant
- Guided tour of the Palace of Versailles
- Great-value tour includes entrance fees, lunch, and round-trip transport
- Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience
The price includes:
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (Selected Hotels)
- Small-group tour (Groups of 15 or fewer)
- Entrance fees to Palace of Versailles and gardens (reserved timed entry, priority access)
- Guided Tour in English inside the Palace of Versailles
- Entrance fees to the gardens when the Musical Gardens and Fountains are running
- Lunch with Drinks
- Guaranteed to skip the long lines
The price does not includes:
- Gratuities (optional)