Small Group Tour
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.
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 via the special entrance reserved for guides 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.
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.
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.
Max. 8 pers. per tour
Back in Paris around 6PM
All of our tours are commented in English
Dates & Times
April to October
Thursday & Sunday at 8AM
6 Avenue de Wagram, Paris
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For the D-Day Beaches of Normandy Day Trip from Paris you will meet with your driver-guide outside of 6 Avenue de Wagram in Paris, it's located 300ft from the Arc de Triomphe.
Monet’s Water Lilies
See the beautiful pond full of water lilies and cross the little green, Japanese style, bridge that are featured in thousands of Monet’s paintings.
Monet’s Flower Garden
Wander through the lovely Clos Normand flower garden where a hundred different flowers are in bloom.
Enjoy free time to visit Monet’s home of more than 40 years where he raised his 8 children and put the final touches on his paintings.
Visit the final resting place of Claude Monet that is hidden away in a little church’s graveyard.
Van Gogh’s room
Discover how Vincent Van Gogh’s lived and spent his last days in the boarding house: Auberge Ravoux.
Walk in Van Gogh’s footsteps
Follow the Artists trail that leads from “The Stairs in Auvers” to the “Wheat Field with Crows”, stopping along the way to see “The Church in Auvers” and many more of the sites that inspired his final paintings.
Van Gogh’s Tomb
Pay your respects to Vincent Van Gogh at his humble gravesite that is covered in ivy.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
We are committed to giving you the best experience possible, in case the tour you took with us didn’t meet your expectation we are happy to give a full refund as long as you participated in the entire tour and tell your guide at the end of the tour.
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Discount only apply when booking 2, 3 or 4 tours on different dates.
We understand that unexpected events can change your travel plans; for this reason Blue Fox Travel offers a full refund, for any reason, if you cancel more than 24hrs before your reserved tour is scheduled to start.
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These are the Terms & Conditions that apply to any tour run by BLUE FOX TRAVEL in France under the brands BLUE BIKE TOURS or BLUE FOX TRAVEL.
In this document, BLUE BIKE TOURS might be abbreviated as BBT and BLUE FOX TRAVEL as BFT.
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Because BLUE FOX TRAVEL is a registered French company, and all of our tours take place in France, only the French Law will apply in the case of any conflict.
Last updated : January 2019.
Valid until : the end of the world.
I - Cancellation Policy
BFT offers a 100% refund if a reservation is cancelled more than 24 hours before the scheduled start of the tour. The notification must be made by email. No refunds are given for ANY reason once within the 24 hrs prior to the scheduled tour.
All of our tours run Rain or Shine. We do not issue refunds if you choose to skip your tour because the weather doesn’t suit you. You can always wait until the last minute to book your tour to ensure the weather suits you that day. BFT reserves the right to cancel any of its tours last minute in case of an Act of God or crazy act from a large group of people. Flooding, hail, dangerous weather conditions, riots, etc. In such instances full refunds will be given to anyone who had their tour cancelled.
II - Satisfaction Guarantee Policy
If the tour you took with us didn’t live up to what we promised you on our website and failed to meet your expectations, we will be heartbroken. We will also give you a 100% refund so long as you do all of these things:
You remember that we we are in no way responsible for the weather and that our guides actually have to give 110% of themselves to you on days when the weather is not as nice in order to help you enjoy the tour.
You participate in the entire tour from: being on time at the meeting point until the “goodbyes” at the very end of the tour. You can’t leave a tour half-way and ask for your money back.
At the end of the tour you tell your guide, in person, that you were not satisfied with the tour you took.
You provide your tour guide with the reasons you were not satisfied with the tour itself.
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A valid credit card is required to secure your booking. All reservations must be prepaid online prior to the tour. We accept Visa, Mastercard. None of your personal credit card or billing information is stored by BFT.
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V - Child Policy
All reservations made for children under the age of 18 years old must be made by an adult and we must be informed at the time of booking exactly how many children are in your party and their ages. This is vital information as it allows our guide to prepare the proper child sized equipments for the bike tours and the booster seats for all day trips/excursions that use one of our vans.
All reservations made for a minor under the age of 18 years old must also include the reservation for an adult who will be 100% solely responsible for the safety and well being of the child while on the tour.
Every child, under the age of 12 years old, partaking in a bicycle tour will be required to wear a helmet and a reflective vest as per French Law.
The adult who accompanies the child agrees to the responsibility of choosing a properly sized helmet, adjusting the helmet, and keeping the helmet on the head of the child during the whole tour. Blue Fox Travel has helmets in multiple sizes for you to choose from at no cost.
Don't forget: Children who will be riding in a baby/child seat, on a tandem attachment bike, or in a booster seat in one of our vans absolutely MUST have their seat reserved beforehand. We NEED to know exactly what your child will need before they show up. Please make it clear in the “Special Requirements” section of our booking form.
VI- Child Bike Policy
Children who will be riding on their own may be subject to a very short test run before the tour starts in which they will be expected to demonstrate: that they are well suited for their bike’s size and settings, that they know how to brake properly and that they are, in general, good cyclists who can be trusted to follow their tour guide in a safe manner.
We own 20” and 24” kids bikes (size of the wheel). Adult bikes are 26”. If the guide, or manager, finds that the child is not, for any reason, a good enough cyclist then the guide, or manager, has the right to refuse to let the child follow the tour on a personal bike.
This means they will either be asked to ride on one of our ‘tandem attachments’ which is attached to the back of a parents bike OR asked to ride in a child seat attached to the back of a parents bike. If the child refuses the change, then the guide or manager has the right to cancel the reservation, and not allow you and your child on the bike tour.
Refunds will not be issued if your reservation is cancelled because of your child not being able to cycle and their refusal to ride attached to you. Baby seats are for kids that are between the ages of 1 and 3 years old (max weight 22 kg (48 lbs)).
We also have some cool Burley™ tandem attachment bikes that are suitable for little kids who are too big for the baby seat but too small to cycle on their own (max weight 38 kg (85 lbs) - max height 137 cm (4 ft 6 in)).
VII - Damages to Blue Fox Travel Property
If you or anyone in your party damages a vehicle, a Blue Bike™, a vehicle, a child's bike, a helmet, a baby/child seat, a tandem attachment bike, any bike attachments, or a booster seat in such a way that it becomes badly disfigured, broken, or unusable, then BFT reserves the right to claim a fee of up to the cost of repair of the damaged bike/vehicle or object.
VIII - MiscellaneousYou and everyone in your party will be kind and respectful of your guide. You and everyone in your party will do their best to follow the safety instructions given orally by the guide before the start of the tour and during the tour.