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Giverny and Monet's Garden Tour

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Overview

See Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny on this enchanting, full-day bike tour from Paris. Ride through the scenic wheat and sunflower fields of the French countryside, and cycle through the beautiful town where Monet lived and worked. Tour the painter’s home and the gardens that inspired some of the most ionic works of the Impressionist period, and explore Giverny’s charming streets, cafes, and museums.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch by the River Seine (own expense)
  • Pass the cemetery where Monet is buried in a family vault
  • See the footbridge, ponds, and water lilies that inspired Monet
  • Round-trip transport is included
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Local guide
Use of bicycle (if you select bike tour option)
Use of helmet
Roundtrip transfer to and from Paris
Gratuities
Hotel pick up and drop off
Food and drinks
Rain gear is available at a fee of 1EUR paid direct which will be refunded if not used

Departure Point

24 Rue Edgar Faure, 75015 Paris, France

Departure Time

8:45 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
See the gardens that inspired Claude Monet’s world-famous paintings and the town where he lived for decades. Meet your guide in central Paris, and ride in a comfortable minibus through Normandy’s picturesque fields of sunflowers and wheat.

Disembark at the village of Vernon, where you’ll stock up on picnic supplies such as fresh cheeses, breads, and fruit at the local farmers’ market (own expense). Climb on your bike and cross the Seine for a lovely picnic lunch on the riverbanks.

Continue biking around five kilometers (three miles) along country roads to the postcard-perfect village of Giverny, where Monet lived from 1883 to 1926. Peddle past the village church and its historic cemetery, where Monet is buried in a family vault. Learn about the artistic legacy of the Hotel Baudy, which counts painters Manet and Renior among its illustrious guests, and admire the town’s delightful cafes and lanes.

Arrive at Monet’s beautifully maintained country house, furnished with original decor and artwork for an authentic glimpse into the painter’s daily life. Stroll through Monet’s gardens, bursting with color from a dazzling variety of flowers such hollyhocks, roses, tulips, and poppies. In a Japanese-style section of the garden, see the footbridge, ponds, and water lilies that inspired Monet’s most iconic paintings.

After 1.5 hours visiting the home and gardens, cycle back to Vernon, and relax on the return journey to Paris, where your tour concludes in the evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Seine River
Once in Vernon visit the charming farmers' market to buy picnic supplies. You'll then hop on your bike and pedal across the river to a beautiful park along the banks of the Seine for lunch. At lunch you can also sample the local's favorite drink: cidre.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fondation Claude Monet
It will then be time for your relaxing 5 kilometer (3 miles) ride down the bike path to the village of Giverny and the world-famous gardens of Claude Monet. Cruise past the Giverny church and its cemetery containing graves of local citizens dating back to the 17th century, British soldiers from World War II and even Monet himself buried within his family's vault. You will pass the Hotel Baudy, where Impressionists Manet and Renoir used to paint. Shortly you will arrive at the highlight of the day - Monet's Garden Spend about 1.5 hours enjoying Monet's gardens, his house and the famous water lily pond where some of his most famous works originated. Be sure to bring your camera and plenty of film! Additionally, the village of Giverny offers you the American Museum of Art (across the street from Monet's Gardens), numerous cafes and small streets begging to be explored.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Maison & Jardins de Claude Monet
Skip-the-line entry into the gardens
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Restaurant Baudy (Ancien Hôtel Baudy)
See the Hotel Baudy from the outside; can stop for a drink
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • There is no age minimum or maximum - this tour is suitable for everyone as long as you can ride a bike!
  • If a children's bike is required, you must advise at time of booking.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Fat Tire Tours - Paris

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Giverny and Monet's Garden Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Giverny and Monet's Garden Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Giverny and Monet's Garden Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Giverny and Monet's Garden Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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  • "Again, Giverny is beautiful and a must-see while in the Paris region, but only do this if you are normal weight, (I am overweight and found the bicycle unable to support me) and a good rider." See review
  • "This is a must - out of the hustle and bustle of Paris - Monet's gardens were brilliant" See review

Reviews

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star-4
Great garden and museum--bad bike ride
janae374
, Nov 2019
The bike ride was too difficult for me and it was pouring rain and there was no alternate plan for arrival to Giverny. The guide was excellent and the gardens are a must-see. But be aware that if you are not a skilled rider, and able to climb hills just take an ordinary tour. This tour consists of stopping in a village near Giverny to purchase your own picnic lunch, riding to a park to eat your lunch, and then riding 2 miles to Giverny, where you walk through the gardens and museum/house, then ride back. Again, Giverny is beautiful and a must-see while in the Paris region, but only do this if you are normal weight, (I am overweight and found the bicycle unable to support me) and a good rider. I only gave them 4 stars since it was pouring rain and we were still expected to ride bicycles with no contingency plan.
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star-5
A must do!
sjlombard892
, Oct 2019
This bike tour was amazing! We took an hour long bus tour to Vernon. In Vernon, we shopped for lunch and visited an old church. We felt like Parisians shopping in the village for our lunch. We had a wonderful picnic lunch along the river. The bike ride was fabulous and all ages and levels can do it. I found it to be very organized and felt that we had adequate time in Monet's gardens. This tour was one of the highlights of our trip!
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Fun and interesting
Jacqueline J
, Jul 2019
Thomas was a terrific guide! He was informative, funny and seemed to care about everyone having a good experience. It was a hot day but that was not your fault.
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Great day!
Gina F
, Jun 2019
Enjoyed getting out of the city for a day. Very scenic and Easy bike ride. Guide very informative. Had a Fun day!!
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Bicycle trip to Giverny June 1, 2019
SusanMilewski
, Jun 2019
Giverny is, of course, a wonderful, beautiful place. However, it was SO crowded that our visit was not very enjoyable. Perhaps they need to limit the number of visitors? There also needs to be better (MUCH better) signage. We had no idea where we were going most of the visit
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star-5
Wonderful visit
Companion41540712349
, Apr 2019
We enjoyed the trip very much and Nick our guide terrific. Well organized and very helpful Thank you
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Bucket list ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
nicholeorwin
, Oct 2018
A bucket list item ticked off. What s great day and informal but fun way to do it......a bus drive to Vernon with a visit to the market for goodies for lunch; a bike ride through Vernon with a picnic lunch by the river @ the Old Mill followed by a wonder through Monet’s garden and manor. Serreal!!!!
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A special way to see Ginervy
rte1020
, Jul 2018
My adult daughter and I took this tour so we could bike through the countryside and see where Monet lived and worked. This was a great choice. Phil was an excellent guide, the biking was just right and of course Giverny is beautiful. Highly recommended
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THE Best!
, Jul 2018
Loved this Fat Tire Bike Tour. I will do it again and bring members of my family. Our leader and guide, Bianca, was AMAZING. Thanks, all.
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We were kind of disappointed by this...
Adrienne Rivett J
, May 2018
We were kind of disappointed by this tour. I didn't realize how small Monet's estate actually was, and I think I assumed we'd be biking around his gardens. That's not what this is at all. The actual biking part of the tour was just on a trail from Vernon to Giverny, and not a very compelling one. I suppose if you're only visiting Paris and want the feeling of a smaller French town, maybe this morning visit to Vernon would satisfy that, but we had already visited Provence and Burgundy, so Vernon and it's market weren't all that interesting. That part of the day just kind of dragged it out. Monet's garden is obviously amazing, but if I had this to do over again, I would skip the bike tour and just take a train/bus/car out to his garden first thing in the morning to beat the crowds and have good light for photos, visit for a couple hours, and either head back to Paris or out to Rouen for the rest of the day. We usually love bike tours, but ultimately, I just don't think a visit to Giverny is a good fit for one.
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