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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.
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
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.
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!
Max. 8 pers. per tour
All of our tours are commented in English
Dates & Times
April to October
Everyday at 8AM or 2PM
6 Avenue de Wagram, Paris
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For the Monet's Gardens in Giverny Half-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.
Visit the interior of Monet’s house and see the brightly colored rooms and admire dozens of works that were gifted to him by his famous artist friends.
The Water Lilies
See and learn all about the, once rare, colorful water lilies which Monet chose for his pond and used as his main inspiration for so many of his paintings.
Planted with more than 100 different types of flowers which bloom for different seasons this garden is breathtakingly beautiful at all times of the year.
This is where Monet spent most of his time painting the ever changing aspects of the waterlilies in his pond.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 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.
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.
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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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In this document, BLUE BIKE TOURS might be abbreviated as BBT and BLUE FOX TRAVEL as BFT.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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)).
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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.