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Afternoon at Monet’s Garden, Giverny – From Paris12 Reviews

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  • Where: Paris, France
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  • Duration: Approx 5 hours
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Why book this tour
  • Visit the garden that inspired Claude Monet′s genius
  • See the lovingly restored home of a great Impressionist painter
  • Admire the water-lily pond featured in so many Monet paintings
  • Get insights into the artist′s creative and family life
  • Fast Pass to skip the long lines at Giverny
  • Travel in a de luxe coach with bi-lingual hostess to assist
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While you are in Paris don’t miss the chance to slip out of town to visit Monet’s charming house and inspirational garden.

This delightful afternoon tour whisks you away to the village of Giverny where the green-fingered Impressionist master created the glorious gardens he wanted to paint.

Admire Monet’s house with its famous pink façade and green-painted shutters, the flower beds full of exuberant color, the pergolas laden with climbing plants, the wisteria-covered Japanese foot-bridge and the famous lily pond.

Learn how Monet’s passion for color was expressed not only in the gardens he adored but also in the interior of his home. Visit the blue living room and the sunny yellow dining room; see the lovely tiled kitchen and the stunning collection of Japanese engravings.

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When does it run?

17 Mar - 31 Oct: Daily except Monday & Sunday

Duration

Approx 5 hours

Start time

1330h (1:30pm)

Meeting point

Please make your way to 11 avenue de l'Opéra 75001 Paris.
Please reach the meeting point 15 minutes earlier for pre departure briefing.

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Ending point

The tour ends at the starting point

  • Tour information
  • Activity schedule
  • Itinerary

To join your Afternoon at Giverny tour from Paris you should make your way to 11 avenue de l'Opéra 75001 Paris. Here, you will board a comfortable air-conditioned coach for the journey to the village of Giverny and the house of the artist Claude Monet. A bilingual hostess (English and French-speaking) will accompany you in the coach. Please hand your booking voucher to her on boarding.

The tour departs at 1330h (1:30pm) and the journey takes around 1 hour 40 minutes. On arrival at Giverny, your hostess will go to the entrance to collect your admission ticket allowing you to skip the queues at this popular attraction.

Claude Monet, one of the founders of the Impressionist movement, was a passionate gardener who once remarked that flowers were possibly the reason he became a painter.

Monet spent almost 43 years in Giverny where he first rented and then actually bought a house and the land around it. He then set about creating the horticultural masterpiece we see today. He not only constructed paths and pergolas and planted a huge variety of flowers and shrubs, but also diverted a stream, made a pond, filled it with water lilies and built a Japanese-style footbridge.

Stroll through Monet’s delightful gardens and find out how his genius enabled him to paint with flowers as well as oil paints. Visit the water-lily pond, the subject of so many of his paintings. Enjoy the satisfying shapes of the water-lily leaves, the colors of the lilies (if in bloom) the drooping leaves of the willow trees and the lovely reflections in the water.

On entering the house, you will find the original vibrant color schemes that Monet favored. See the blue living room and the sunny yellow dining room, so different from the dark heavy interiors of a typical late 19th century home. You can visit Monet’s bedroom with its beautiful views over the gardens he loved, admire the gorgeous blue and white Rouen tiles of the kitchen and enjoy the marvellous collection of Japanese engravings the artist acquired over the years.

At the end of the day you will board your coach for the journey back to Paris. The tour ends back at 11 Avenue de l'Opéra around 1800h (6:00pm).

Customer reviews
Dannia L Hall

I was particularly excited about this excursion and it lived up to every expectation I had. Our tour guide was fun and informative and it was wonderful to get out of the bustling city and see a little bit of the countryside on the way there. The gardens themselves were breathtaking - I think every single flower was in bloom! I enjoyed walking through the house and looking upon the gardens just as Monet did, it was lovely. The only down side was that it was only an hour or so and just wasn't enough time. I could have spent all day there!

Robert Hart

Despite having to make a stop at Versailles to drop off a group who were visiting the palace, I enjoyed the drive through the countryside. Unfortunately we only had 75 minutes to visit everything because we had to return to Versailles to pick up the group again. This made me feel somewhat like a second class citizen. In spite of all of this, I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Monet's house and gardens

vipul v patel

Excellent guide Paulina - good driver and the staff. It would be nice to have at least 2-3 hours at the place to really enjoy the garden and the estate.

MRS JACQUELINE D MC KIE

The long walk from where the bus is parked is pretty daunting in the extreme heat that we endured! But I understand the logistics make it impossible to get closer to the house and garden. Overall, it was a lovely experience, one that my cousin and I have longed to do for years! So, many, many thanks!

nili beeri

wonderful tour, very nice guid

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Inclusions
  • Transportation by de luxe, air-conditioned coach
  • French and English-speaking hostess to assist you
  • Fast track entrance to Giverny
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  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Meals
What happens after I book

  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance

Please note

  • Upon arrival in Paris, please call the number on your voucher at least 48 hours in advance to confirm your departure time and location. Please have your printed voucher in hand to present to the guide upon boarding.
  • Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

Additional Info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

Do's & Don’ts

Wear comfortable shoes for walking. Dress for the weather and don’t forget the camera to capture the glorious photo opportunities!

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