Giverny And Monet - Paris

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Overview

Step into a real-life Impressionist painting at Monet’s gardens in Giverny. On this morning or afternoon half-day trip from Paris by coach, visit the beautiful home and lush gardens of Claude Monet, the master of Impressionism. Your guide will show you the iconic water lily pond and Japanese bridge featured in many of Monet's masterpieces, and you'll visit Monet’s restored home to see where the artist lived and worked.
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Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • All entrance fees included
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Your morning or afternoon half-day tour departs from Pyramides in central Paris. Traveling by comfortable coach, ride 1.5 hours through the Normandy countryside to the village of Giverny, where renowned French Impressionist painter Claude Monet and his family settled in 1883.

It was here that the artist indulged his love of nature, gardening and botany, and he worked for several years to cultivate this piece of land. The scenery in Monet's gardens is (literally) straight out of a painting: bright orchards, a serene pond draped with weeping willows and bamboo trees, and water lilies in bloom all summer long. During a guided walk around the exquisite gardens, you’ll see first-hand the water lilies (nymphéas) and Japanese bridge that was featured in many of Monet's masterpieces.

You'll then visit Monet’s house at your own pace. Given by Monet’s son Michel to the French Academy of Fine Arts in 1966, the house has been restored to reflect the original interior. Monet's gardens were inspired by traditional Japanese gardens that he knew from the prints he avidly collected, and inside his house, you'll see a sample of his precious collection of Japanese prints adorning the walls. Outside is his large studio, where he painted the famous Water Lilies series.

Before you leave, be sure to check out the excellent souvenir shop featuring a range of reproductions of Monet's paintings, crockery, table sets and even a range of flower seeds. Then, reconvene with your guide and relax on the drive back to Paris.
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Inclusions for Giverny And Monet

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

  • Entrance fees

  • Professional guide

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Exclusions for Giverny And Monet

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Gratuities (optional)

  • Food and drinks, unless specified

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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Coaches do not have specific mobility places and can only accommodate a folding wheelchair which will be stored in the bus hold.

In the gardens, there will be a larger number of flowers in bloom during the summer months than at other times

Please note: the guide will not accompany you into Monet's house

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Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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811 reviews by the users

  • A wonderful visit. Time to see everything but it was in a tight timeframe.

  • A total waste of time and money. This trip was over-priced and mightily over-subscribed. What a disappointment! There were so many people there no crowd control - they just kept packing them all in that you were unable to see anything. Getting past the ginormous crowds was an absolute nightmare, to which many people simply gave up and went back outside. No chance for decent photo opportunities, as all you got was everyone's head in your frame. We couldn't get anywhere near the lily pond due to the volume of people. Why don't these tour companies book a time slot that allows a maximum number of people in at any given time? Although the guides told us to be back at the bus for departure at a specific time, a group of very arrogant people on our tour decided they needed longer and eventually the guide had to go looking for them. They were eventually found around half an hour later they got back on the bus without any apology for holding us all up with smug looks on their faces. This review allows me to post a picture of the day if I require - however, all you would see is someone's head, so why bother. A perfect end to a perfect day. Would I recommend this place? - not likely! Save your hard-earned cash and go elsewhere.

  • Giverny is magnificent a must-see for Monet lovers and fans of impressionism. I was disappointed in this tour, however. First of all, they told us to arrive at 1:30 for a 1:45 departure, but we didn't even begin boarding the bus until 1:45 and we didn't leave until 2:00. The whole bus loading area was confusing and stressful, as the desk clerk told us to line up for Bus 1, but the buses were not labeled and everyone was confused. They advertise air conditioned buses but neglect to mention that you will first sit for 15 minutes in a stifling bus it was over 90 degrees in Paris the day we went. The tour guide was friendly and helpful and her English was excellent. The narration along the way was terrific and I learned a lot, but once we got to Giverny it was rush-rush-rush. Between the late start, the bus ride, the long walk from the parking lot, and the line to get in tour groups don't get a special entrance, we ended up with only about 90 minutes to see everything. There was yet another line to get into the house, so we decided to skip that in order to concentrate our time in the gardens there are two: the Normandie Garden in front of the house and the Japanese Garden across the street, which includes the famous waterlilies. My advice would be don't try to do Giverny as a half-day tour.

  • Pay and join the tour so you don't have to worry about waiting in line for the entrance tkt or driiving out to the countryside. It is all done smoothly and you are back before lunch and have enough time and energy for more of Paris. The tour guide wasn't particularly brilliant in my case, but I did get basic story out of her.

  • Love this tour! The gardens are beautiful and a sight to be seen.

  • I tried to book a small group tour to Giverny in a van but all were sold out, so I had to settle for this double-decker bus transport to Giverny with two other language groups. We were delayed in departing Paris by about 15-20 minutes, and not all of the guests adhered to the request to keep their same seats for the return trip, causing me to have to move a stubborn family took my seat. If I return to Giverny, I would rather pay more for a small-group or even private trip.

    The English guided tour portion of the trip was relatively good.

  • The good: well organized and easy to find terminal to leave in center of Paris. The trip bus was comfortable but had no facilities or snacks. bring your own. also no wifi or charging ports. Took almost an hour and a half with scenery pretty average until you get there. Tour guide was good although her English was not always very clear due to her accent and the technology used. The tour was not really a tour it was an intro to Monets life and history. Once you were on the grounds you were entirely on your own which is good and bad. Finding the bus after leaving was the most difficult and confusing part as you had to walk 15 minutes bac from a different direction with little signage for help. The garden and home along with the lily ponds were as you would expect. Crowds were heavy but not overwhelming. The small home of monet was very crowed and difficult to walk and take pictures but eventually we got all the pics we wanted before strolling outside in the gardens and the lily ponds area. You end up in the souvignier store which was reasonably priced and had various options. Overall even with a large crowd we had a great time and managed to get enough pics with the help of other tourists. Overall it was comparable to any good tour and I recommend it if you have 5 hours and want a well planned and on time tour for some top notch art history.

  • We loved this tour. On the ride out we got all of the information on sites we were passing as well as facts about Monet and his life. When we got there, our guide gave us great directions and then left us to stroll alone. This was so much nicer to experience the beautiful grounds this way, rather than have someone buzzing in your ear while walking around. It was much easier to feel the peaceful beauty of the place and to do it at our own pace was wonderful. I would highly recommend this trip. It was really great.

  • You can never have enough time or take enough photos while visiting this magical place. If you're a gardener extraordinaire or a person
    who just like flowers, this is a must see. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

  • Totally enjoyed the trip to Giverny during my recent travels to France. I would highly recommend. The gardens are beautiful. The Monet's house was interesting. The drive from Paris was pleasant. The only issue was that it was very crowded. I highly recommend this tour of Giverny.

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