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Impressionist art fans don’t want to miss this Monet Giverny tour, which takes you to the artist’s home in the French countryside. With an informative guide, you’ll travel 1.5 hours outside of Paris to Giverny, where Claude Monet lived and painted for many years. See his extensive gardens, tour the house and visit the water lily pond and Japanese bridge you’ll recognize from many paintings.

Highlights

  • Half-day trip to Monet’s gardens in Giverny from Paris
  • Explore the gardens that inspired French Impressionist painter Claude Monet
  • Admire the real water lily pond and Japanese bridge as seen in Monet’s famous masterpieces
  • Visit Monet’s home and studio on your own to discover his collections
  • Enjoy informative commentary from your guide
  • Choose a morning or afternoon tour

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What You Can Expect

Giverny and Monet Half-Day Trip

See where Monet lived on your trip to Giverny

Claude Monet, the father of the Impressionist art movement of the late 1800s, lived and worked just 1.5 hours outside of Paris in Giverny, where he spent his days indulging in his love of botany and gardening. On this half-day tour from Paris, you’ll visit his charming home, which sits on a large property made up of colorful gardens and, of course, the legendary lily pond.

Your tour starts with departure by coach in either the morning or afternoon (depending on option selected when booking) from the city center. When you arrive at Giverny, take a walk with your guide through the gardens in front of the house. Depending on the time of year, you’ll see an impressive array of vibrant blooms, as well as orchards. Then stroll over to the pond, dotted with the water lilies that so inspired Monet. Walk across the Japanese bridge made famous by his paintings, and enjoy the tranquil environment created by weeping willows and bamboo trees.

Then head to the house, where your guide will leave you to explore on your own. Donated by Monet’s son to the French Academy of Fine Arts in the ‘60s, the home was restored to its interior from the time when Monet lived there. As you walk through the kitchen, bedrooms and other spaces, you’ll see some of the art that he collected, including Japanese garden prints. Then head to his studio and check out the large souvenir shop, where you can purchase reproductions of his paintings, pottery, flower seeds and more.

Your tour ends with the drive back to Paris.

Customer Reviews

crystal.bolano

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was amazing!

Rachel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great guide, very informative. I nice brief tour but enough time for me.

Adam K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was one of the major highlights of my trip. Loved it! The tour guide was great and just to sit in Monet's gardens was something else. Excellent tour for appreciators of art and/or gardens.

Dinah V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great guidewonderful narration. Comfy bus with wifi!!! Beautiful flowers and gardens. Great tour!

Gilda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was a nice tour but we feel we didn't have enough time to see the grounds.

Didre G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The Giverny Tour was the highlight of my Trip to Paris!

Peter F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The bus was comfortable, the personnel friendly and courteous. The gardens are beautiful, the museum well-maintained and interesting. We had a full two hours on site, and no-one threatened us we'd be left behind if we didn't make it back to the bus on time. In fact, one straggler was a few minutes late not only did the driver wait, but our guide set off to look for her and escort her to the bus. And lastly, but certainly not leastly, I have to mention Claire, our guide. Yes, she was extremely well-informed about Monet and the period - but not just well-informed: she was passionate about the subject, and clearly took great pleasure in sharing her passion with us. More than a tour guide, she was a born teacher, she was funny and engaging, and I consider myself fortunate to have shared a bus ride with her that afternoon.

Thomas M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The coach ride was comfortable, our guide knowledgeable and the Monet property fabulous.

Julia F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We mostly wandered within Paris so this was a lovely opportunity to see the countryside as well as visit Giverny and feel connected to Monet. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sherry M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Guides were very knowledgeable and helpful.

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