Guided tour to Giverny Monet's Gardens and Palace of Versailles with Skip-the-Line Access, Lunch included
Experience two quintessential sites from the Paris area, from both the impressionist and baroque eras: Giverny and the Palace of Versailles!
Spend the day discovering two unmissable sights near Paris: Giverny and the Palace of Versailles. Giverny, a village of timeless beauty that was once home to Claude Monet impressionism, is an iconic spot. Visit the famous gardens that inspired the artist, as well as his studio and home.
Then discover the majestic Palace of Versailles, the royal residence of the Kings of France, Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI and their courts from 1682 to 1789. Accompanied by your guide, learn about its history and imposing architecture on a tour that includes the famous Hall of Mirrors. Finally, take advantage of the opportunity to delight in Versailles's captivating French-style gardens.
Set off at 8:15 a.m. from our agency in Central Paris. The journey to Giverny by luxury air-conditioned coach will take approximately one hour and 30 minutes. Soak up the world of the painter, Claude Monet, famous for painting different corners of his garden, such as the "Water Lilies" or the "Japanese Bridge." The painter Claude Monet lived at Giverny with his wife and eight children for 43 years, from 1883 until his death in 1926. Passionate about gardening and nature's changing colours, he designed his flower and water gardens as if they were works of art.
During your visit of Monet's garden at Giverny, admire the multicoloured flower beds, the Clos Normand Flower Garden with its many Eastern plants, and the lush water garden, famous for its water lilies and Japanese bridge.
Then take advantage of your free time to visit Claude Monet's pink-plastered house, where he lived and worked (guided tours of the interior are not permitted due to the lack of space). Explore the reading room, leading into the larder and the artist's studio. In addition to those of his private apartments, these rooms have been reconstructed with Monet's original furniture.
Visit the bright yellow dining room, which has been reconstructed down to the very last detail, with earthenware dishes and a blue-tiled kitchen. In the dining room, marvel at one of the world's most important collections of Japanese prints. At the end of your visit, explore the village and treat yourself to some souvenir shopping in the gift and bookshop, which was once used as a studio for Monet's Water Lilies; it offers a wide range of products inspired by the artist's work.
After visiting Giverny, enjoy a tasty lunch at the Moulin de Fourges restaurant just ten minutes away, where you can sample local food with a twist.
Green lentils and smoked haddock, salad
Normandy-style chicken, mashed potatoes
Traditional apple tart, fresh cream
1/4 bottle of red wine (white wine on request)
Seasonal vegetable Pie with a salad of frisée
Seasonal raw and cooked vegetables
Apple pie (ice cream or fresh cream)
* Example of the menu, subject to modification
In the afternoon, explore the Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Covering more than 721,000 square feet, the Palace has over 700 rooms. Follow your guide to the front of the line to see the most impressive rooms: the King's Apartments, with seven salons each dedicated to a different god, and the Queen's Apartments.
Also visit the majestic Hall of Mirrors, a reception room in which to see and be seen, dreamt up by the famous architect, Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Almost 240 feet long, it was designed to astonish visitors of the Sun King Louis XIV; it is lit by 17 windows and 350 mirrors and overlooks the palace's splendid gardens, the second part of your visit. Explore the Gardens of Versailles at your own pace and marvel at its many works of art, fountains, ponds, flower beds and groves of trees.
- Full-day excursion to Giverny and the Palace of Versailles from the centre of Paris by luxury air-conditioned coach
- Enjoy a guided tour of the lush gardens at Giverny, including the Clos Normand Flower Garden and the Japanese Water Garden
- Free time to visit Monet's studio and house, his home for more than 40 years
- Includes a delicious country lunch in a rural setting
- Priority entrance to Versailles, including a guided tour of the Hall of Mirrors and the Royal Apartments with one of our guides
- Explore the Gardens of Versailles, designed by André Le Nôtre, at your own pace
- Scheduling: Shared Tour
- Languages offered on the Activity / Tour: English, German, French, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
- Duration: 10 hours
- Available daily April - October
- Not available on Mondays
- Easy CancellationFree cancellation up to 3 calendar days before departure (Central European Time). Beyond that period, the following fees apply: 2 calendar days prior service: 50% of tour price (Central European Time) 1 calendar day prior service: 100% of tour price (Central European Time)
- Instant Confirmation
- Audio guide available in 10 languages: French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Chinese, Japenese, Russian, Korean
- Entrance ticket to Giverny Claude Monet house and garden
- Skip the line entrance ticket to the Palace of Versailles and the gardens (except during Musical Fountains and Gardens)
- Transfers to and from your accommodation
- Guided visit
- Strollers are not permitted inside the palace.
- Access to the palace is challenging for those with reduced mobility.
- Photography without flash is permitted inside the palace.
- The skip-the-line access is subject to the Versailles Palace procedures: The Vigipirate plan, the security control or an unforeseen crowd can slow down the entrance.
- We strongly advise against high-heeled shoes (parquet flooring in the rooms and cobblestones in the courtyard)
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