A bucket list item ticked off. What s great day and informal but fun way to do it......a bus drive to Vernon with a visit to the market for goodies for lunch; a bike ride through Vernon with a picnic lunch by the river @ the Old Mill followed by a wonder through Monet’s garden and manor. Serreal!!!!
My adult daughter and I took this tour so we could bike through the countryside and see where Monet lived and worked. This was a great choice. Phil was an excellent guide, the biking was just right and of course Giverny is beautiful. Highly recommended
We were kind of disappointed by this tour. I didn't realize how small Monet's estate actually was, and I think I assumed we'd be biking around his gardens. That's not what this is at all. The actual biking part of the tour was just on a trail from Vernon to Giverny, and not a very compelling one. I suppose if you're only visiting Paris and want the feeling of a smaller French town, maybe this morning visit to Vernon would satisfy that, but we had already visited Provence and Burgundy, so Vernon and it's market weren't all that interesting. That part of the day just kind of dragged it out.
Monet's garden is obviously amazing, but if I had this to do over again, I would skip the bike tour and just take a train/bus/car out to his garden first thing in the morning to beat the crowds and have good light for photos, visit for a couple hours, and either head back to Paris or out to Rouen for the rest of the day. We usually love bike tours, but ultimately, I just don't think a visit to Giverny is a good fit for one.
France is beautiful and it's wonderful riding bikes through this! Definitely an easy ride. A couple small hills but very doable. My mom is very out of shape and had a hard time with the hills so she walked the bike a little. Our guide also gave us some art history during the drive there and picnic, which I love.
Unfortunately, this tour is stretching the definition of "bike tour". Started off by 40 minutes waiting and wandering trying to find our bus. 1 hr Bus ride, 1 hr walking self-service markets, 1 hr. lunch break at a park. Only 2 hours of bike riding. No additional guide or new info on Monet. Skip it.
I have done this tour twice now and would really recommend it to anyone visiting Paris. It's a lovely bike, very easy, and the gardens and house are absolutely captivating. You'll leave wishing your were Monet!
My kids and I loved this tour! Our artist guide was interesting and informative. We enjoyed shopping in the market in Vernon and biking down the beautiful path to Monet's garden.
The gardens were incredibly beautiful. Our group entry tickets meant we didn't have to wait in any lines.
I highly recommend this tour!