• Location: Paris, France
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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On this art history day trip from Paris, see sites related to two of Europe’s most famous 19th-century painters, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. Head first to Monet’s home in Giverny, where he worked on some of his iconic Impressionist pieces. See his blooming garden and his famous lily pond, and learn about this favorite period of art at the Musée des Impressionnismes. Then move on to Vincent van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, a village where the artist spent his last days. This small-group tour is limited to just eight people and includes lunch.

Highlights

  • Combined small-group tour focusing on Vincent van Gogh's final days in Auvers-sur-Oise and Claude Monet's home and gardens at Giverny
  • Lunch with drinks at the Moulin de Fourges
  • Walk through Monet's inspirational garden and home
  • Commentary from your expert guide
  • Smaller number of tour members ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Auvers-sur-Oise and Giverny Small-Group Day Trip from Paris

Auvers sur Oise

Your Monet and van Gogh day trip starts with hotel pickup in Paris by minivan for the 1.5-hour drive with your guide to Claude Monet’s colorful home and gardens at Giverny. The ‘father of Impressionism’ lived here from 1883 to 1926 and painted several of his best-known works, including the Water Lilies series.

When you arrive, your guide will let you explore on your own. Tour the charmingly restored house, where you can see works of art that Monet collected, wander through the jungle of flowers in the garden, and walk across the Japanese bridge over the lily pond that you’ll recognize from his paintings. Then continue your Impressionist education at the Musée des Impressionnismes, home to many works from this beloved era of art, which began in France in the 19th century.

Next, enjoy lunch at Le Moulin de Fourges, a restaurant inside a 200-year-old mill, before continuing your day trip with the 1-hour drive to Auvers-sur-Oise. Walk through the village with your guide, learning about Vincent van Gogh’s days here before he died in 1890. Hear a bit about his life, post-Impressionist works and mental illness, and then visit Auberge Ravoux, where he spent his final days.

Your day trip ends with the drive back to Paris for hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Elmer S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great tour if you are a fan of Monet and Van Gogh. Lunch was delight.

Leann D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was amazing!

Alfred S R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Our tour began outside our hotel at the appointed time. Our guide and van driver for the day, Manuel, was punctual, courteous, and amazingly informative. Even though we had been to Paris several times over the years, my only regret as we wound through the busy city traffic and out through the countryside en route to Giverny, was that I had not brought pen and paper to take notes, so interesting was Manuel's commentary. Monet's house and gardens, the village and the museum were well worth the visit. Then it was on to a country inn for lunch which was excellent. Then after a short walk around the inn after lunch, we drove to Auvers sur Oise, the village where van Gogh made his last paintings and also visited the house where he lived his last few very productive months. It was a day well spent and Manual was a superb guide in all respects and his efforts made the day most memorable.

Nancy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Giverny and Auvers dur Oise have been on my Bucket List for a long time. This trip did not disappoint...it was excellent!! Celine, our guide, picked us up at the hotel exactly as planned on time. She was an wonderful host and her passion for the artists made the trip out to our first stop at Giverny go quickly as we talked about the lives of Van Gogh and Monet. The route to Giverny is through some beautiful French countryside which was a nice change from the noise and energy of Paris. After our visit to Giverny and lunch at the postcard-scenic Moulin de Fourges, we made the short drive to Auvers sur Oise. The village and the Auberge Rouvx with Van Gogh's room seemed like we stepped back into the 1890's. It was so nice to see that the area respects Van Gogh's life here but it has not become a tourist mecca of souvenirs shops and postcards. We loved this tour and could easily do it again on a future trip.

Cathy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was a fabulous day in the french countryside. My favorite tour! Excellent guide.

Maureen G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Totally amazing day with Gregory our guide..... Not only was Gregory full of great information and wit, he was also a very wonderful and experienced driver....This day trip was one of the highlights of our 3 week stay in Paris.....we highly recommend it!! We learned much about the lives of Van Gogh and Monet and it was exciting to see the very places they lived and painted....

Karen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Herbert, our tour guide for the day, was great! He was very knowledgeable, personable, in charge, and had a great sense of humor. It was fascinating to stand in the places where some of the world's great Impressionist paintings were painted.

Vitali S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

This is a great though expensive tour. We were lucky to get a very good guide, Andre. He managed to tell lots of tiny details of life and work of the artists that are difficult to find in literature. Thank you Andre for a wonderful day!

Sol R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very organized, small group, and friendly service.

Carol S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Gregory the guide had so much information to share, this made the trip so much more interesting.

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