Musée des Impressionnismes

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From Paris: Giverny and Versailles Palace Guided Day Trip

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

Take a guided tour of Monet’s Giverny estate and the Palace of Versailles on this day tour from Paris by air-conditioned coach. Save time with skip-the-line entrance to the Château de Versailles and its elegant garden.  Be picked up from a centrally-located meeting point in Paris and board a spacious 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 break in town where you can purchase a delicious lunch. Sit back and take in the views on the short drive to Versailles, a perfectly preserved example of French royal extravagance. Breeze past the long lines at Versailles with your fast-tracked entrance. Explore the this famous palace and follow your guide on a 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 have the freedom to appreciate them further at your leisure. Depending on the day, you may experience the Fountain Show or the Musical Gardens. Hop back on the bus and relax on the transfer back to your meeting point in Paris.

Monet's Garden Bike Tour from Paris

2. 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 Audio-Guided Tour

3. From Paris: Giverny Audio-Guided Tour

The departure will be at 7:45 AM from a centrally located agency. It will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach the idyllic location, the lovely Norman village of Giverny. Discover the place of inspiration where Claude Monet, master of the Impressionist movement, created his most beautiful works. By visiting the artist's house and gardens, still in its original look, you will let yourself be carried away in Monet's imagination. The house, pink and green outside and full of color inside, and the two gardens, covered in flowers from spring to autumn, are themselves an exceptional work of art. When crossing the Japanese bridge inside the water garden, you won’t miss the famous water lilies and the majestic weeping willows decorating the charming pond. In the paths of the Clos Normand (the Norman enclosed plot), the flower beds will dazzle your eyes with their endlessly varied colors and will lead you to daydream and romanticize. Stride along the streets of this charming little village, and stroll through the painters' and sculptors' galleries. Complete your day by visiting the museum of impressionism which has one of the most beautiful collections of Impressionist works.

From Paris: Monet Impressionism Tour to Giverny by Minibus

4. 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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What people are saying about Musée des Impressionnismes

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 154 reviews

The Giverny and Versailles guided tour was excellent for what we wanted. Our guides (Karen for Giverny and Anthony for Versailles) were amazing and very knowledgable. Only thing to note is that Giverny is more of a self guided tour, with Karen providing info and context on the bus prior to going into Monet’s house, which was fine as the house and garden were ideal for self guided. For Versailles, we had purchased the tour along with musical garden and fountain show. It wasn’t clear if this was actually required or if it is already I included in the regular admittance as the fountains and music were just part of the regular admittance. Overall, would recommend the tour if you want to have everything managed for you and don’t want to worry about lines, entrance and transportation ( as both attractions were outside of Paris) and wanted a short guided tour with information to supplement what you are seeing.

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!

The excursion was great and very well explained. We had two guides who were both very nice, explained things well and had answers to all of our questions. Gladly again at any time.

It was a very nice and beautiful trip to Giverny - we definitely can recommend it!

In Versaille I think we needed more time than it was planned.