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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

Rellim001 Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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

Vicki M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour guide really friendly, and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend.A tour not to missed.

jeanette s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a great way to get to Monet's garden. The tour directors were well organized and most pleasant. There was a nice balance with narratives and free time. It would be nice to have bottled water available on the bus even with a charge.

Timothy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A comfortable ride and well-informed guide to Monet's lovely property at Giverny. The gardens, including the famous water lilies, are beautiful. The house is interesting. And I was overwhelmed in the dining room, just thinking who probably dined there - Picasso, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne and on and on. This trip, at a fair price, was a highlight of our trip to Paris. Highly recommended.

Nigel F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A wonderful place to visit. Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke very good English and gave us a fantastic history and understanding of Monet and his times. We met around 8am at the tour bus which was very comfortable and after about an hour or so we arrived. Obviously there were several tours going on at the same time so there were quite a lot of people there but not too crowded. We arrived back in Paris around 1:30pm so that gave us time to do other things in Paris the same day.

sonia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was amazingly wonderful! Even though after the departure, the bus had to return to the tour office location to pick up a couple that had missed the bus, we had a great time. The ride was smooth and the tour guide was outstanding! We will most definitely book another tour with you!

Dr Robert J C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Relaxed pace, very informative - went through both the house and the gardens, then visited the gift shop afterwards. Just the right amount of time.

Roman Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour. Very informative.

Denise M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent. Loved it.

Joseph P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour with CityVision Paris and beautiful location.

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