This half-day trip will lead you to the edge of Normandy, where you will visit the idyllic home of Claude Monet. Your small-group afternoon tour will start from Paris City Center. You will be transported aboard a luxury bus with one of our expert guides, so you can sit back, relax and make the most of your trip.
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. Once at destination in the small village of Giverny, you will have the opportunity to discover 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.
You will also enjoy time in the gardens which 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.
41 Avenue de la Bourdonnais, 75007 Paris, France
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Got to tour start point at the last minute due to traffic, but were greeted with open arms and smiles. Our guide Frederick was a fountain of historical knowledge which enhanced the experience. Time at Giverny was about right. Learned a lot and will recommend this to my friends
This was an exceptional tour.
Our guide, Ricardo, drove us out of Paris through lovely countryside to Giverny. We beat the tourist crowd and almost had this stunning place to ourselves. You could wander the gardens forever. We even walked to the little church where Monet is buried.
Our trip back through countryside with chalk cliffs and little towns and churches.
Ricardo was very knowledgeable and so interesting. He went out of his way to make sure the seven of us got back to where we needed to go.
Monet's gardens were superb. The colours were amazing and the house was interesting with the different colours in the various rooms
The only problem with the day was that it fell at the beginning of a long weekend, and the site was packed. Our guide said she’d never seen it that full. She was knowledgeable and helpful. The day was designed for us to be free to walk around the gardens on our own, without having to follow a guide. This format suits me. I had plenty of time to wander around and even take the same path more than once. I would have liked to have had fewer people there, but so it goes. I had a wonderful time, anyway. The gardens are magnificent, by the way, and a fabulous experience for a fan of Impressionist art, or for just a fan of gardens.
This tour was fabulous! Loved seeing Monet's home and gardens. We had plenty of time to wander around. En route, our guide gave us a history of Monet that was very interesting. Afterward, our guide dropped us off near our hotel instead of at the agency, saving us time. I highly recommend this tour.
This tour was great! Our tour guide Laurent was super knowledgeable and helpful. We had enough time to explore on our own and truly enjoyed the entire experience . We were so lucky because the weather was perfect as well. It was also nice because we were only 6 in the group which really felt private
place was awesome but the problem that it was overbooked and crowed to the pint that it was very difficult to enjoy..
Took this tour on Sept. 12th, 2018. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the impressionists and also does tours at the Louvre. She was very engaging and looked after us well, making sure we got inside the house while the line was small.
Her most impressive feat was navigating the traffic circle around the L'arc du Triomphe, down the Champs Elysee and through the Place de Concorde without breaking a sweat. We gave her a hearty round of applause. Shamefully I didn't write down her name!
Booked a half-day tour, which was supposed to be 5 hours. This does not include waiting for driver, getting there and back - so total time at gardens is 1.5 hours. Felt rushed and had to run around in order to see everything there. Very crowded even in beginning of May, so be prepared for that. People are ushered into Monet's house like cattle and you can barely see anything. The cherry on top was the tourist office on Rue de Bourdonnaise, which was the meeting point before the trip - they wouldn't let us use their bathroom facilities even though they had one. After spending so much money on these tickets, this was very bizarre! Tour was scheduled for 1:40 pm, we were the only 2 people on the minibus, not sure why they don't have earlier hours for tours. Honestly I wish we skipped this tour.
Go in the morning as this place is almost always super crowded. It is the worst in the afternoon. Beautiful historic place but hard to enjoy with the crowd.
Entering Normandy, you will visit Claude Monet's home, the father of "Impressionism". During this half day trip, you will discover in a Small-Group the famous gardens created by the impressionist painter, and the well-known Japanese bridge in the midst of its flowered paths and wather-lily ponds.