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Palace of Versailles Tour & Giverny in one day

with Fountain Show & Marie-Antoinette's private village

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Two iconic homes & gardens in one day

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Discover two of the most iconic homes and gardens in France on this small group day trip from Paris! In Versailles you’ll visit King Louis’ opulent Palace, see the Musical Fountain Show in the French Gardens, and explore the private Hamlet of Queen Marie-Antoinette. In Giverny you’ll discover for yourself the inspiration Claude Monet found in his flower filled Clos Normand garden, his Japanese styled Water garden and colorful home of more than 40 years.

Giverny and Versailles are less than a 1 hour drive west of Paris, so combining them both into a one day trip is easy and relaxed. This tour starts with the calm and almost otherworldly beauty of Claude Monet’s Home and Gardens in Giverny. Learn about the famous Impressionist artist and then enjoy free time to explore inside his vibrantly colored home, stroll along the charming paths of his flower garden, and admire the water garden with the lake full of his famous water lilies.

In the afternoon the guide will share the scandals surrounding the French Revolution and Marie-Antoinette during your visit to her private farm village (hamlet) and explore the famous French Gardens while the spectacular Musical Fountains Show is running. You’ll then have free time to explore the Palace itself seeing the stunning Hall of Mirrors and so much more at your leisure.

Monet’s garden
Monet’s garden

Only minutes from Paris!

Start your day of exploration with a short 45 minute drive through the countryside from Paris to Monet’s Home and Gardens in Giverny. You’ll be one of the first to visit the estate in the morning allowing you to appreciate the calm and artistic aspects of the gardens before the crowds are allowed entrance.*

Inside the gardens our guide will share interesting stories about Claude Monet’s life and give details about some of the paintings inspired by his home and gardens in Giverny. Then you’ll enjoy 90 minutes of free time to explore the interior of Monet’s brightly colored home and stroll through his gardens at your leisure.

Inside his home, of more than 40 years, you’ll see his personal rooms as well as the artistic studio where he put the finishing touches on thousands of his works. There are also many pieces from other great artist friends, such as Renoir and Pissarro, and a large collection of Japanese block prints in blue to admire on the walls of Monet’s home.

The water lilies
The water lilies

Monet’s Gardens and Final Resting Place

Outside of the house you’ll marvel at the lovely gardens designed by Claude Monet himself. You’ll admire the thousands of beautiful flowers in the Clos Normand garden and you’ll feel as though you’re walking in one of Monet’s famous Nymphea paintings in his Japanese styled garden where the colorful water lilies fill the lake with delicate charm.

lived in them. As such this tour makes a special stop at the charming little church of Sainte Radegonde where Claude Monet worshipped on Sundays. There, hidden in the little graveyard, you’ll see the humble gravesite of Claude Monet and have a chance to pay your respects in person.

Afterwards you’ll have a 30 minute drive through the lush green countryside to the town of Versailles for a very different adventure in a gilded Palace with a stunning French Garden full of statues, perfectly trimmed hedges, and fountains that dance to music.

Versailles: the Magnificent

In Versailles you’ll have a 1 hour lunch break at a trendy French creperie near the Palace. They have dozens of great options for all types of diets and everything on their menu is very reasonably priced between 5€ and 15€. After lunch the guide will take you to Marie-Antoinette's Private Hamlet and share her life story with you as you walk among the adorable thatched roof buildings and farm yard full of cute ducks, sheep, and donkeys.

Then you’ll tour the famous French Gardens together enjoying the Musical Fountain Show and perfectly trimmed topiaries. As you explore the French Gardens you’ll learn about what really happened during the French Revolution and why Marie-Antoinette lost her head to the guillotine.

Last but not least you’ll visit the Palace itself where you’ll be able to visit at your own pace with an audio-guide. The glittering gold and luxurious decorations are sure to impress you and you’ll marvel at the elegance in the famous Hall of Mirrors. At the end of your visit to the Palace you will be brought back to Paris in comfort in our luxury van.

Hall of Mirrors
Hall of Mirrors

Good to Know:

* Every morning priority access is granted to our 9am group allowing about 45 minutes of perfect calm inside of Monet’s gardens before the general public is admitted.

  • This tour starts and finishes in Paris next to the Arc de Triomphe. The exact meeting point details will be given in your confirmation email after booking.
  • Food and drinks are not included in our tour price. There are many great options, all with very reasonable prices, for you to choose from at the creperie where we stop for lunch in Versailles. All dietary restrictions can be met for vegetarians and people who require gluten free food.
  • There will be opportunities to go to the restroom, several times, during this tour.
  • At the end of the tour if you want to show some gratitude to your guide please know that they do appreciate tips.
Versailles + Giverny in one day

Group size

Max. 8 pers. per tour

Language

All of our tours are commented in English

Duration

9hrs
Back in Paris around 6:30PM

Dates & Times

April to October

Tues / Sat at 8AM

What's Included

  • Transportation by luxury A/C minibus
  • Friendly & Knowledgeable guide
  • Versailles Palace ticketss
  • Monet’s Home & Gardens tickets

Meeting point

6 Avenue de Wagram, Paris

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Reservation required

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 groups small in order to give you a better service. Only 8 people are allowed 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?

Our small groups fill up very quickly. You should book your spots on this tour about 3 weeks before the date of the tour you want to take.

Can kids join this tour?
We allow children who are aged at least 7 years old and accompanied by a parent onto this tour. Please do keep in mind that this tour’s content was not planned out for kids so they might get a bit bored. Kids younger than 7 years old cannot join this tour as we do NOT have the suitable baby/child car seats for them to ride in our van. We cannot allow younger children to ride unrestrained in our vansas per European law.
The tour that I want is full, is there a waiting list?
No, sorry. We do not keep waiting lists. You can always send us an email and see if we can open up another group for you on the date you need. We can’t promise that any of our guides will be available though so it really is best to book ahead to get your spots.
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. Your guide can point out different places on the day of the tour to help you out.

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