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Giverny + Auvers-sur-Oise

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Visit Monet & Van Gogh in One Day

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Walk in the footsteps of two amazing artists: Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh on this small group day trip from Paris. Discover the unparallelled beauty in the Clos Normand and Japanese Water gardens of Claude Monet, in Giverny. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into one of his Impressionist paintings as you walk among the willow trees and cross the little green bridge over his pond of water lilies. Then you’ll explore inside of his colorful family home.

After your visit of Claude Monet’s home and gardens you’ll stop at his tomb to pay your respects to this great man in person. Afterwards, you’ll be off to visit the town of Auvers-sur-Oise where you’ll focus on the troubled life and amazing Post Impressionist art of Vincent Van Gogh. You’ll visit the boarding house where Vincent lived the last 3 months of his life.

Then you’ll explore the little town, and surrounding area which inspired 77 of his paintings. You’ll visit the gothic “Church of Auvers” and walk in the actual “Wheat Field with Crows”. Seeing these places with your own eyes will help you to understand why Vincent Van Gogh found so much inspiration in Auvers-sur-Oise. You’ll also visit Van Gogh’s final resting place; a humble ivy covered grave site.

The Japanese Bridge in Giverny
The Japanese Bridge in Giverny

Monet: The Father of Impressionism

This small group tour meets up close to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The drive from Paris to Giverny will last about 45 minutes and you’ll ride in comfort in our luxury van with leather seats and fresh A/C. You’ll arrive at Monet’s Estate just before it opens. You will then have priority access into the gardens to enjoy them for 30 minutes before the general public is allowed inside.

Your guide will share a great introduction to the life of Claude Monet and his gorgeous estate. You’ll learn about his most famous paintings and find out why people call him the “Father of Impressionism”. Then you’ll have at least 90 minutes of free time to discover the living art in his amazing gardens and visit inside of his colorful family home where he lived with his 8 children.

Giverny was Claude Monet’s home for the last 40 years of his life. It was also his greatest source of inspiration for his paintings. You’ll see why when you explore his gardens. The Clos Normand garden is overflowing with iris’, peonies, daffodils, and nasturtiums that hang off of arched trellis’. The Water Garden is lush and green, with bamboo shoots and huge willow trees. You’ll be able to cross the little green japanese bridge and gaze at the delicate water lilies in the pond.

From Giverny to Auvers-sur-Oise

After you have finished your visit of Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny your guide will take you to the quaint little church where Monet worshipped on Sundays. There in the little parish cemetery you’ll find the final resting place of Claude Monet. You’ll be able to pay your respects to this great man and then you’ll be off on your way to Auvers-sur-Oise.

Auvers-sur-Oise is about an hour away from Giverny and you’ll be driving through the beautiful French Countryside the whole way. When you arrive in the little town of Auvers-sur-Oise you’ll be able to take at least an hour long break. There is a boulangerie with fresh baked goods as well as several little restaurants that serve good local foods at reasonable prices. You can choose to eat in whichever establishment best fits your taste and budget.

After lunch you’ll be given a fully guided visit of the Auberge Ravoux guesthouse where Vincent Van Gogh lived during the last 3 months of his life. In this museum, of sorts, you’ll learn about his final days, see the small bedroom where he died, and watch a short film about his personal life and art. The nail holes of where he nailed his wet canvases to the wall are still present in the Auberge Ravoux.

The flower garden in Giverny
The flower garden in Giverny

The Artists Trail and Vincent Van Gogh’s Grave

Then your guide will take you along the Artists Trail which winds its way through the charming little town and has photo panels standing in the different spots where Vincent placed his easel to paint. Along this trail you’ll be stopping to learn about what inspired Vincent Van Gogh’s final 77 paintings. You’ll even visit the “Church of Auvers” on your way to Vincent’s grave site.

Vincent Van Gogh is laid to rest in a very humble grave covered with ivy next to his brother, and best friend in the world, Theo. You’ll be able to pay your respects to this troubled genius and thank him for all of the color he brought into the world. Then you’ll have a walk through the wheat field that inspired his ominous painting “Wheatfield with Crows”.

This day trip is not just for those who are passionate art historians but for anyone who has seen a painting of Claude Monet or Vincent Van Gogh and wondered more about the man behind the colors. This tour is vibrant and full of simple honest stories of real men who lived, loved, painted and died just outside of Paris. It is an excellent way to see the french countryside and learn more about Impressionism and France in the 1900’s.

The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise
The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise

Good to Know:

  • The drive back into Paris will be about 40 minutes long.
  • Your lunch is not included in our tour price. We suggest bringing about 20€ per person for a good local lunch, but you could spend only 5€ on a sandwich at the bakery if that’s more your style.
  • In France it is customary to give a “pour boire” aka tip to a guide if you feel like their service was good. Our guides never pressure anyone for tips but they do appreciate these signs of gratitude for a job well done.
Giverny tour

Group size

Max. 8 pers. per tour

Language

All of our tours are commented in English

Duration

All day
Back in Paris around 6PM

Dates & Times

April to October

Thursday & Sunday at 8AM

What's Included

  • Transportation by luxury A/C minibus
  • Knowledgeable & friendly guide
  • All entrance tickets

Meeting point

6 Avenue de Wagram, Paris

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Reservation required

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people are in the group?
We keep our group small in order to give you a better service. Only 8 people in the group.
What is the Cancellation Policy?

We allow you to cancel, for any reason, up to 24 hours before the start of your tour. It’s easy to cancel just send us an email then we’ll give you a full refund.

If you fail to email with your cancellation at least 24 hours before the tour starts then we will not be able to provide you with a refund.

How far in advance should I book?
You should book your spots on this tour at least 3 weeks before the date of the tour you want to take.
When is the best time to visit Giverny?

If you think Giverny is only good to visit in the springtime you are mistaken. Giverny is open from the end of March to the end of October and it’s absolutely beautiful throughout this entire time. The gardeners in Giverny do an amazing job caring for and changing out the different flowers from the Springtime all the way through the fall.

So, now when we answer your question it hopefully won’t be too much of a surprise when we believe that a nice sunny day in October is the best of all! There are still plenty of flowers in bloom but there are also fall colors in the trees and a lot less visitors than during the other months. Your taste might be different than our though so we suggest that you look for #giverny pictures on Instagram to get an idea of what Monet's gardens look like at different time of the year.

Can kids join this tour?
We accept children that are at least 7 years old on this tour. While this tour’s content was not planned out with kids in mind we do allow children that are aged at least 7 years old to join it with one of their parents. Kids younger than 7 years cannot join this tour as we do NOT have the suitable baby/child seats for them to ride in that are required by European law.
The tour that I want is full, is there a waiting list?
No, sorry but we do not keep waiting lists. You can always send us an email and see if we can open up another group for you but we can’t promise that any of our guides will be available on the date you want to join.
I have a special dietary restriction (vegan/gluten-free/kosher), what is there for me to eat?
On this tour we stop in the town of Auvers-sur-Oise where you can choose form a bunch of different restaurants, cafés and bakeries. We’re sure you will find something that fits your dietary needs.

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