with Fountain Show & Marie-Antoinette's private village
Small Group Tour
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.
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.
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.
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.
* 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.
Max. 8 pers. per tour
Back in Paris around 6:30PM
All of our tours are commented in English
Dates & Times
April to October
Tues / Sat at 8AM
6 Avenue de Wagram, Paris
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For the Versailles + Giverny 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.
For more than 40 years Claude Monet lived in and personalized every aspect of decoration in his home.
Monet’s flower garden
Wander through the flower garden that provided the inspiration for Monet’s most famous paintings.
The Japanese Footbridge
Cross the lovely green footbridge that is in so many paintings and admire the water lilies in the pond.
Pay your respects to the man behind the paintings when your guide takes you to his humble grave.
The Palace of Versailles
Enjoy special skip the line entrance into the Palace of Versailles and free time inside with an audio-guide!
The Hall of Mirrors!
Walk through the Hall of Mirrors and see the extravagance of King Louis XIV.
Famous French Gardens
See the meticulously planned out French Gardens in Versailles.
Learn about France’s last queen and the scandals leading to the French Revolution.
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.
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.
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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.
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