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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)
Step into a real-life Impressionist painting at Monet’s gardens in Giverny. On this morning or afternoon half-day trip from Paris by coach, visit the beautiful home and lush gardens of Claude Monet, the master of Impressionism. Your guide will show you the iconic water lily pond and Japanese bridge featured in many of Monet's masterpieces, and you'll visit Monet’s restored home to see where the artist lived and worked.

Highlights

  • Half-day trip to Monet’s gardens in Giverny from Paris
  • Explore the gardens that inspired French Impressionist painter Claude Monet
  • Admire the real water lily pond and Japanese bridge as seen in Monet’s famous masterpieces
  • Visit Monet’s home and studio on your own to discover his collections
  • Enjoy informative commentary from your guide
  • Choose a morning or afternoon tour

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What You Can Expect

Giverny and Monet

See where Monet lived on your trip to Giverny

Your morning or afternoon half-day tour departs from Pyramides in central Paris. Traveling by comfortable coach, ride 1.5 hours through the Normandy countryside to the village of Giverny, where renowned French Impressionist painter Claude Monet and his family settled in 1883.

It was here that the artist indulged his love of nature, gardening and botany, and he worked for several years to cultivate this piece of land. The scenery in Monet's gardens is (literally) straight out of a painting: bright orchards, a serene pond draped with weeping willows and bamboo trees, and water lilies in bloom all summer long. During a guided walk around the exquisite gardens, you’ll see first-hand the water lilies (nymphéas) and Japanese bridge that was featured in many of Monet's masterpieces.

You'll then visit Monet’s house at your own pace. Given by Monet’s son Michel to the French Academy of Fine Arts in 1966, the house has been restored to reflect the original interior. Monet's gardens were inspired by traditional Japanese gardens that he knew from the prints he avidly collected, and inside his house, you'll see a sample of his precious collection of Japanese prints adorning the walls. Outside is his large studio, where he painted the famous Water Lilies series.

Before you leave, be sure to check out the excellent souvenir shop featuring a range of reproductions of Monet's paintings, crockery, table sets and even a range of flower seeds. Then, reconvene with your guide and relax on the drive back to Paris.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

the trip was comfortable, punctual and the guides were very good. It was a very worthwhile experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Well organised tour. The garden is just as he painted. Self guided and easy to get around and just the right amount of time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Lovely trip - things went off without a hitch. I liked that information and guidance was provided but the tour guides mainly left us alone to explore.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about Monet and the area. I would highly recommend this tour to other travelers who are interested in Monet. A few days later I went to the Marmottan Museum in Paris which has other Monet paintings. It was an excellent follow up to the Giverny tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic the gardens are amazing and colourful

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Always wanted to go, and wasn't disappointed. Spectacular gardens, not too far from Paris, plenty of free time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was brilliant, great tour guide, wonderful garden and the bus trip there and back was comfortable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very professional. Excellent service.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Gorgeous. The gardens were simply beautiful, plucked straight out of Monet's paintings or vice versa. Lovely little cafes around for lunch and/or afternoon tea although not a lot of time for this because gardens so beautiful to spend time in. Very busy the day we went- a gorgeous, warm sunny day, so expected. Great souvenir shop- very busy.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Tour is unforgettable even in the beggining of April. What a surprise to see blooming flowers in this season and the views are like from the painter's works. Recommended to all! Only joy and positive emotions

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