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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.

Highlights

  • Bicycle tour to Giverny from Paris
  • Picnic lunch by the River Seine
  • 1.5 hours at Monet's house and garden at Giverny
  • Roundtrip transportation
  • Bicycle and helmet provided

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What You Can Expect

Giverny and Monet's Garden Bike Tour

Giverny and Monet's Garden Bike Tour

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 like 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 5 kilometers (3 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 illustrous guests, and admire the town’s delightful cafes and lanes.
Arrive at Monet’s beautifully maintained country house, furnished with original décor 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 like 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.

Customer Reviews

symon.thompson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a bucket list experience for us. Such a fantastic day.

Margaret H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Really informative and interesting guide. Beautiful bike ride. Loved it!

Judith S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

What a fun day and a great way to see Monet's home.

nancy z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fantastic! Well organized. Our tour guide was super. A

virginia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A wonderful way to tour a beautiful garden.

Cynthia L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a day I'd like to repeat like the movie, Groundhog Day, for about a year. It was that perfect.

Jasmine C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was probably the best part of my entire trip to Paris. Nothing better than riding through charming towns and stopping at a cute market to compile our own picnic lunches. Giverny has always been on my must-do list when I got to France, and it was everything I hoped for.

Jasmine C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was probably the best part of my entire trip to Paris. Nothing better than riding through charming towns and stopping at a cute market to compile our own picnic lunches. Giverny has always been on my must-do list when I got to France, and it was everything I hoped for.

Debbie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Easy bike ride, fun way to see a bit of the French countryside. The gardens are beautiful.

Heather S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fat Tire Tours was absolutely my favorite tour of my two week European vacation. Our guide, Nick, was hilarious and gave us great info about the sites along the way. I was pleasantly surprised about how much we saw besides the Garden itself. On the way there we stopped in a small town called Vernon where we bought a picnic lunch from local artisan shops. We enjoyed it by the river and then continued on by bike to Giverny and the Garden. The biking distance was actually very short, but through a beautiful area. I thought that this company was professional, entertaining, and well-organized. I would definitely book with them again.

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