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Monet’s Gardens in Giverny

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Discover the unparalleled beauty of the home and gardens of Claude Monet, the father of Impressionism, where he lived and painted for more than 40 years of his life. Visit the interior of his home and then stroll through the two distinctly unique gardens which Monet himself designed and modified throughout his life.

Join our half day trip from Paris and you’ll see a hundred different types of flowers and foliage intertwining to create the living art in Monet’s Clos Normand Flower Garden. Then you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into one of his paintings when you see the little green Japanese bridge that crosses his pond. Seeing the willow trees and lake full of water lilies you’ll understand why Monet used this garden as the inspiration for over 250 of his paintings.

Claude Monet in his garden
Claude Monet in his garden

Monet’s Living Masterpiece

This tour starts when you meet up in Paris with your guide near the Arc de Triomphe and board our luxury van for the 50 minute drive to Giverny. Along the way you’ll see the French countryside and the Seine River winding its way through the valley covered in lush green with small villages here and there. Once you arrive in the charming town of Giverny your guide will take you right onto Claude Monet's property with priority entrance.

Your guide will then give a detailed introduction to the two different types of gardens Claude Monet created: his Clos Normand flower garden and his water garden. You’ll see how he composed his multicolored flower beds in the same manner as he composed his paintings, with forethought and great care. You’ll also learn about some of his most famous paintings and see the inspiration behind them

The water lilies
The water lilies

The Clos Normand and the Water Garden

You will be given free time to wander through both gardens at your leisure. The water garden, with its pond full of water lilies is surrounded by weeping willows and a bamboo forest. There you’ll be able to see the famous little green japanese style bridge that Claude Monet used in so many of his most famous paintings. You are welcome to sit down on a bench next to the pond and admire how the light reflects in it’s mirrored surface and changes the way you perceive the water lilies.

In the Clos Normand you’ll admire thousands of multicolored tulips, bright blue, purple, and white irises, cheerful yellow daffodils, and meek little peonies. You’ll also enjoy seeing the trellaced passageway of climbing nasturtiums that leads to the pink home of Claude Monet, covered in dark green vines. Following the path you’ll be able to visit the inside of his home of more than 40 years.

Monet’s Home and Grave Site

The inside of Claude Monet’s home is just as vibrant as his gardens as it too was decorated by the artist himself. You’ll visit the artist's atelier with its walls covered in paintings that he created of his gardens and family life. Climb the tiy staircase to his private apartments and notice a painting from his good friend Renoir hanging on the wall.

Downstairs you’ll see his vibrant yellow dining room and the bright blue and white tiled kitchen as well as be able to admire his amazing collection of Japanese prints. After you have finished with his home you will be driven to the quaint little church graveyard that Monet chose as his final resting place. You’ll be able to pay your respects to this great man and thank him for adding so much beauty to this world!

Monet’s House
Monet’s House

Good to Know:

  • If you join us for the tour starting at 8am you can plan to be back in Paris around 1pm.
  • If you join us for the tour starting at 2pm you can plan to be back in Paris around 7pm.
  • There is no lunch or dinner stop during this tour.
  • The tour will finish very close to where it started, next to the Avenue of the Champs Elysées.
  • Please feel more than welcome, but not at all pressured, to tip your guide if you think they deserve it!*

Group size

Max. 8 pers. per tour

Language

All of our tours are commented in English

Duration

5hrs

Dates & Times

April to October

Everyday at 8AM or 2PM

What's Included

  • Transportation by luxury A/C minibus
  • All entrance Tickets

Meeting point

6 Avenue de Wagram, Paris

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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

Since we only take small groups to Giverny you should book your spots on this tour at least 3 weeks before the date you want to take the tour.

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 old cannot join this tour as we do NOT have the baby/child seats that are required by European law for children who are in motorized vehicles.
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.

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