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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Learn all about Impressionism – the contemporary art movement that started in Paris – on this exciting full-day art tour to Giverny, Chatou and Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris. Led by a guide, the tour showcases the lives of the Impressionist trend setters, like Claude Monet and Pierre-August Renoir, who blazed a trail in the 19th-century art world with revolutionary portrayals of light in their paintings. Visit the House of Claude Monet in Giverny, enjoy lunch at Chatou’s Île des Impressionnistes before finishing your day with a tour of Musée de l'Orangerie.

Highlights

  • Full-day art tour of Paris, Giverny and Île des Impressionnistes
  • Visit the House of Claude Monet in Giverny and see the pond that inspired Monet’s Water Lilies
  • Enjoy lunch in La Maison Fournaise on Chatou’s Île des Impressionnistes – an island in the Seine River
  • Learn about the life of Renoir while admiring his Luncheon of the Boating Party painting
  • Explore Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris with an audio guide

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What You Can Expect

Impressionist Art Tour: Giverny, Chatou and Musée de l'Orangerie

Musee de l'Orangerie

Hop inside your luxury minivan in central Paris and travel northwest to the little Norman town of Giverny, just over an hour away. Having attracted many of the Impressionist greats of the 19th century, Giverny is awash with sites linked to artists like Renoir and Monet, and you’ll see the best of them on your tour.

Start with a visit to the House of Claude Monet to walk around Monet’s gardens, and learn all about the revered painter from your guide. Hear about his life in the town, and see the pond that prompted Monet to paint his iconic Decorations des Nymphéas (or Water Lilies, as it is perhaps better known). Walk in his footsteps, admiring the wisteria-draped Japanese Bridge that he built, and then head into his house itself to explore, seeing numerous artifacts and sources of inspiration.

Return to your minivan and travel the short journey to Île des Impressionnistes – an island in the Seine, just west of Paris. Also known as the Island of Chatou or Island of Impressionists, the rocky piece of land takes its name from the many 19th-century artists who favored it. Head inside the island’s popular restaurant-museum – La Maison Fournaise – and hear tales of its famous ex-patron, Renoir, while eating lunch. See the legendary Luncheon of the Boating Party by the artist, and then head back to your minivan.

After lunch travel back to Paris and make your way to Tuileries Gardens to visit Musée de l'Orangerie – a museum with a vast collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artwork. See Monet’s Water Lilies, among other notable works, and learn about other incredible 19th-century artists like Cézanne, Renoir, Picasso, Rousseau, Matisse and Modigliani as you walk around with an audio guide. This 45-minute tour is a fitting end to your Impressionist day.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Great trip with a great guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Celine was fabulous, so knowledgeable and very personable! It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the boat ride and our guide on the boat was wonderful as well. It was a peaceful day and we could see why Monet spent his days painting in the beautiful Giverny.

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