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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

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.

Travice P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A well constructed enjoyable experience. Our guide was a top bloke, with a wealth of knowledge about art and how our changing history has shaped it. The bikes were good to ride and excellent for the occasional bike rider. Great value

Anne Marie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The guides were very knowledgeable and great storytellers. The bike ride was fun and just long enough. This was a very fun day rich in art and beauty. Thank you!

tschmutter63

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was a highlight of our visit to Paris. Our tour guide Kit knew his stuff. After making our way to Vernon by bus, we bought produce from the local market for a picnic lunch by the nearby river Seine. The ride to Giverny and Monet and #39;s Garden was not difficult and the gardens were beautiful..!!

Connie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great fun. Lots of good info on Monet. The bike ride was good, although it rained almost the whole way there and back. Monet's gardens are fabulous, in full bloom. The house was also spectacular. Johnny, our guide was fun and very knowlegable.

Gael C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I really enjoyed the tour, stopping at the market for picnic lunch and the gardens were amazing. We had plenty of flexibility but not enough to get lost!

Marjorie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Harry J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We have an excellent experience. The transport to Vernon was comfortable and scenic. We enjoyed the visit to the city market to get lunch provisions and we had a delightful picnic at the most scenic spot on the Seine River and our bikes were good and the bike ride was easy. Our guide, Kit, was extremely knowledgeable about the area and particularly about art and architecture. We learned so much from him which was helpful in understanding Monet and his Impressionist colleagues. He was top of the line, superior. It is an experience I will recommend to many.

Carla F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing. Our guide, Nick, was terrific. We enjoyed the biking, we lived stopping in m

Robert H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent adventure. Made the travel to Giverny a no thinking process - just hopped on the bus with an excellent guides Kit from Fat Tire and his associate Malcom--They took such great care of all of us and gave details on what to do in the market when purchasing goodies for lunch -- just an overall enjoyable time on the whole trip including the bikes. We have two children with us and they LOVED it as well.

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