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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

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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide -- Fred --- was great. This tour would be good with anyone but he made it great. Recommended.

Linda E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Amazing. Our guide, Fred, was awesome.

Barry A Johnson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Beautiful day with some rain.

Andrea F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We have visited Paris previously, but this time travelling with our granddaughter a keen art enthusiast so this day trip was perfect! Very well organised day, excellent guide, lovely lunch.

Christine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Totally relaxing and wonderful way to spend a day. Timing was great, the guide was fantastic, and the nature was wonderful after three weeks in NYC and Paris. So nice to relax and not have to make any decisions!

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