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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

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

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.

Betsy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was perfect for someone sightseeing alone. You really can't beat the ease of jumping on an air conditioned comfortable bus and arriving with no hassle to Giverny. Monet's house was adorable. His gardens were beautiful. We had the best weather in late morning light. I could not take a bad photograph. Highly recommended!

Cindy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very good way to get to Giverny from Paris, with a knowledgeable guide and plenty of time to explore the house and gardens. I would take this tour again.

sue

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Terrific bus trip and wonderful guide. Learned lots about Paris and Giverney as well. We mention Paris because we loved coming back in the evening along the Seine and passing right by the Eiffel Tower. Giverney was terrific. All the flowers were blooming and the house was amazing to see. Terrific guide. Enthusiastic about sharing Giverney with us!

June E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amazing worth every penny also loved the gift shop. 10

Lynn F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The guide was very knowledgeable. Wish we'd had more time, but Friday afternoon traffic leaving Paris was heavy. We had enough time to tour the house and gardens and take LOTS of pictures. Just wish we'd had an hour to tour the little town. It was all so beautiful.

Mrs Jocelyn M S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

My family and I had a great afternoon at Giverny. Your English speaking guide was first rate and went out of her way to be extremely helpful and friendly at all times. We loved it. This was my second Paris excursion with Viator and I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone visiting Paris who wishes to venture beyond the city limits.

Rellim001 Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Relatively simple tour but well done. A lovely half day out.

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