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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.


  • 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-interpreter
  • Smaller number of tour members ensures a more personalized experience

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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

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.

William H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The day began with us making our way to Giverny to visit the home and gardens of Monet. From there it was on to Fourges where we enjoyed a delicious lunch at Moulin de Fourges. After lunch we continued on to Auvers-sur- Oise. In Auvers we visited Auberge Ravoux, the inn where Van Gogh died. We walked the footsteps Van Gogh walked, visiting the sites of some of his works. We saw the gravesite that is his final resting place, next to his brother. Our day ended with our guide, Abib driving us back to Paris. Abib was courteous and friendly. He was able to provide excellent commentary to help us make the most of our trip. Definitely a highlight of our visit!


Rhona K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Gregory was an excellent driver of our tour van and knowledgeable tour guide! He was Lots of fun and gave us all the information and history of Claude Monet's family and life and his home in Giverny and the Japanese gardens. He didn't rush us through -he let us take our time and enjoy the gardens. We had a delicious lunch at Moulins de Fourges -nestled beside the stream and beautiful flower gardens. Then we drove to Auvers-sur-Oise to see where Vincent Van Gogh spent the last few months of his life and the cemetary where he and his brother Theo are buried together. It was an amazing tour- and very well done! So thrilled that we were a part of this tour. It was a dream come true. Thank you Gregory! Pick up and drop off at the apartment we stayed at was easy and much appreciated! What a wonderful day! I would recommend this tour to everyone

Tracy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

One of our favourite days in Paris. If you love Monet and Van Gogh's art, then this is a must.
Tracy and Carol

Robert F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We really enjoyed our small group tour. Our group was only the 4 of us so we had our own private guide who was excellent. The pace of the trip was good, the instruction from our guide was interesting and easy to understand, the food was good, and the overall experience of our day was excellent.

Rhonda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

As the mom in our family, it and #39;s not often that I have the luxury of leaving trip details to someone else! We were picked up by our courteous driver who relayed important information about our destination in perfect English and delivered us safely to our doorstep at the end of our tour A real treat!

Zeena B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Mark D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Awesome tour and our guide was pleasant and knowledgeable. We would recommend thus tour to anyone


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide, Jean, did an outstanding job of pointing out important sights and not being as verbose as most tour guides can be. Nice man with years of experience. Highly recommend.

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