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Guided tour to Giverny Monet's Gardens and Palace of Versailles with Skip-the-Line Access, Lunch included

5 / 5 total 83 reviews
Duration: 10 hours
Product code: 3949
Overview

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.

Menu*:

Green lentils and smoked haddock, salad

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Normandy-style chicken, mashed potatoes

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Traditional apple tart, fresh cream

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1/4 bottle of red wine (white wine on request)
Coffee
Water

Vegetarian Menu*:

Seasonal vegetable Pie with a salad of frisée

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Seasonal raw and cooked vegetables

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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.

Highlights
  • 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
Good to Know
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Shared Tour
  • Languages offered on the Activity / TourLanguages offered on the Activity / Tour: English, German, French, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
  • Duration Duration: 10 hours
  • Available daily April - OctoberAvailable daily April - October
  • Not available on MondaysNot available on Mondays
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    Free 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 Instant Confirmation
Inclusions
  • 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)
Exclusions
  • Transfers to and from your accommodation
  • Guided visit
Meeting Point
Address : PARISCityVISION, 2 rue des Pyramides, 75001, Paris.

You will receive your confirmation and your tour voucher in 2 separate emails. Please print your tour voucher and present it to the PARISCityVISION office on the day of your depart.

Know Before You Go
  • 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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Reviewed by John.P US   September 29, 2018
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Excellent tour. Punctual, lovely lunch location and informative guide.
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Reviewed by H.Gail US   September 12, 2018
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Great tour! We spent 2 hours in both Giverny and Versailles, with lunch in between. Lunch was delicious with plenty of food and drink. The waitress even brought us more wine! If you’ve never been to Versailles and want to see everything, this isn’t the tour for you. We only had time to see the interior and walk to the garden to view the expansive scene. The grounds of Versailles are huge, and you need a lot of time to walk to the Trianons and the hamlet. Altogether a wonderful day from beginning to end.
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Reviewed by P.Ivana US   August 21, 2018
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This was a fantastic tour. Monet's gardens are breathtaking. Lunch was DELICIOUS. Versailles is magnificent. The tour guides are knowledgeable and wonderful to listen to. It was one of my best days in Paris. The only recommendation/wish I'd have is that we were allowed to bring our cafe au lait into the bus when we departed Paris in the morning :)
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Reviewed by F.Jeanine FR   August 11, 2018
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The day was busy but well worth it- the Gardens were amazing, the lunch was lovely and Versailles was spectacular! I would highly recommend this tour
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Reviewed by H.Joe GB   August 06, 2018
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Loved the pen that you could point to a spot on the brochure and here the audio. Lilliana was very kind and helpful. Enjoyed very much the lunch at a beautiful restaurant with a water wheel. Excellent food and wine.
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Reviewed by Bo GB   July 30, 2018
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Excellent tour. However, Versailles was stressful; too many visitors. Difficult to stay with the guide. The concern was to lose the guide on several occasions, but all an all a good day.
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Reviewed by J.Charlotte FR   July 30, 2018
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I loved the setting for lunch! I would like to have had more time to visit the gardens in Versailles. The crowds were, unfortunately, horrible. Versailles needs to put limits on the number of visitors it allows per time periods. It was difficult to be able to move in order to keep up with the guide. Fortunately, we arrived at Giverny before the heavy crowds did, so that was much more pleasant. Exiting Giverny is confusing. Although there is a guide to help participants make the second necessary turn in order to find the way back to the bus, it would have been helpful to 1) specify the distance to the second turn; 2) point out that it will look like participants are headed into town; and/or 3) have ParisCityVision guides wear distinctive clothing to help us recognize them. Other than that, the trip was great--thanks for providing it!
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Reviewed by W.Charles GB   July 24, 2018
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Tour was very well organized and lead by Jean-Louis. It was obvious that he knew the subject very well and was very good at communicating it to the group. He ensured all were well looked after throughout the day and kept the tour on time. Lunch was very good and at a beautiful location, Le Moulin De Forges. The only complaint I had is the air conditioning on the bus did not work well. Many found the bus too warm, especially with the hot summer weather. I would happily consider booking with this agency again.
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Reviewed by R.Ellen US   July 22, 2018
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exactly as described. Everything you will want to see!
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Reviewed by Mary US   July 12, 2018
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This tour is a long day, but privatetour.com does a great job of keeping everyone organized, informed and educated. We truly appreciated how knowledgeable our guide was about Monet's home, art and life. Same goes for Versailles. We learned a lot, but we never felt rushed or overwhelmed by all of the tourists.
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