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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Giverny and Monet

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.


  • 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 October 2015

Good tour but the gardens are very crowded. Not the fault of the tour company obviously who provided a clean bus with informative guides. All was forgiven tho when you get that first look at the water lily pond, it's breathtaking.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Tour was excellent...maybe could be a little more information on Monet and his life, what kind of person was he, what were some of his struggles, so you get a better picture of Monet not just what he did and when.
Tour was great though!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A must do tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was a highlight of our stay in Paris easy pick up point, good back ground information provided during the leisurely drive through the countryside. Gardens are just beautiful, and the tour allows plenty of time to explore the house, gardens and village. I have used Viator Tours in several countries and they are always good value and great service.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

second time going there with viator, great trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A lovely way to spend the day. Very enjoyable

Sandra F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very organised. Friendly guides. English, Spanish and French languages catered for. Ample time to view Monet's home and garden which were magnificent. I used Viator for tours in 2014 while I was here visiting family and I will always use Viator when I visit Paris and recommend them to my family and friends in Australia.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was an amazing tour!!! I highly recommend it!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A wonderful tour - exceeded all expectations

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

An extraordinary opportunity to visit the gardens and streams that provided such inspiration to Monet.

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