The magnificent Palace of Versailles is one of France's most famous monuments, and Giverny is renowned as the birthplace of Impressionism and the home of artist Claude Monet. Both sights make popular day trip destinations from Paris, but to save time and money, you can visit both on one tour. Here are your options.
Maximize your time with skip-the-line tickets and comfortable round-trip transport from Paris. Tour Monet's house and gardens in Giverny, then follow in the footsteps of Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette on a Versailles tour that includes highlights such as the Hall of Mirrors, the Queen's apartment, and Louis XIV's suite. For a more personalized experience, opt for a small-group tour with numbers limited to 15 people or fewer.
Private tours offer a tailor-made experience so you can benefit from a flexible itinerary and the undivided attention of a tour guide and driver. In addition to touring Giverny and Versailles, you'll have plenty of free time to admire the water lilies in Monet's Garden or stroll around the Gardens of Versailles and watch the famous Musical Fountain Show.
Things to Know
- Versailles is located in the Ile-de-France region, 14 miles (23 kilometers) southwest of Paris (about 40 minutes away by road) and 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of Giverny.
- Giverny is located in Normandy, 47 miles (75 kilometers) northwest of Paris (about 75 minutes away by road) and 40 miles (65 kilometers) northwest of Versailles.
- Day tours from Paris typically last between 10 and 13 hours, so prepare for a long day.
- Be sure to bring your camera, wear comfortable walking shoes, and dress according to the weather—parts of the tour will be outdoors.
- Most full-day tours include hotel pickup, lunch, and skip-the-line entrance.