This half-day trip will lead you from Paris to the edge of Normandy, where you will first visit the idyllic home of Claude Monet. Your private driver-guide will pick you up and drop you off at your Parisian accommodation, so you can sit back, relax and make the most of your day. 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.
During this tour you will also have the opportunity to visit the “Musée des Impressionismes Giverny”, a museum that allows you to get to the heart of a movement that changed the face of art in the late 19th century.
- 5-hour tour of Claude Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny
- Wander around the Impressionist painter’s former home
- Visit the gardens to see beautiful sights where some of Monet’s inspiration came from
- Pickup and drop-off from your Central Accomodation in Paris
The price includes:
- Entrance fee to Claude Monet's Home
- Professional guide
- Transport by air-conditioned Car or Minivan
The price does not includes:
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Gratuities (optional)
- Guide at Monet's Home and Gardens