Full-Day Small Group Excursion to Giverny and Versailles - Skip the line access

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Excursion available in a small group or on private basis

Two unmissable Paris sights in one day: Giverny and the Palace of Versailles. Giverny, France, is a timelessly beautiful village and an iconic place that was home to Claude Monet, the Impressionist painter. Visit the famous gardens that inspired the artist, as well as his house and studio. Discover the magnificent Palace of Versailles, the residence of Kings Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI of France and their courts from 1682 to the French Revolution in 1789. As you listen to your guide, admire the palace's architecture and its beautiful rooms, such as the famous Hall of Mirrors. Enjoy free time in its stunning French-style gardens.

Pick up at your Paris accommodation at 8:15 a.m.. The number of participants is limited to eight to allow you to enjoy a personalised excursion with your driver-guide. 

Start the day trip by discovering the Palace and Gardens of Versailles for about 2 hours. Your guide will take you to the palace entrance. Skip the line to visit the most beautiful rooms with a guided tour: these include the King's Apartments, with seven salons each decorated on the theme of a different god, and the Queen's Apartments. Stroll along the sparkling Hall of Mirrors, imagined by the architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart as a place for parading and being seen. Designed to dazzle the Sun King's visitors, this huge hall with marble and gilded bronze decoration was somewhere to stroll and meet.  Once your guide has told you about the different parts of the palace, spend time exploring the Gardens of Versailles while you admire their magnificent sculptures (marble statues, busts and vases), fountains and ponds.

After your two-hour visit, enjoy a delicious lunch at a restaurant, ten minutes from Giverny (local food with a twist).

Menus in small group tours*:

Green lentils and smoked haddock, salad / Normandy-style chicken, fricassee of vegetables / Traditional apple tart, vanilla ice cream

Menus** in private basis tours*:

Starter at choice: Tomato and fresh goat's cheese with basil or Smoked salmon, salmon rillettes and guacamole
Main course at choice: Bar fillet fennel with caramel of orange Or Chicken supreme with spinach, eggplant purée
Dessert at choice: Lemon pie Or Tonka bean dessert

Child Menu**:
Œuf mayonnaise Or Salade de tomates / Blanc de Poulet Or Poisson avec frites ou légumes / 2 boules de glace

Vegetarian Menu**:

Tarte de légumes de saison et bouquet de salade frisée / Farandole cuite et crue de légumes du moment / Tarte aux pommes (crème glacée ou crème)

Drinks:

1/4 bottle of red wine (white wine on request)
Coffee
Water

* Example of menu, subject to modification
** The menu is not available in english

In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the world of Claude Monet, famous for his many paintings of different views of his garden.  The artist Claude Monet lived in Giverny for more than 40 years, from 1883 until his death. Your driver-guide will take you to the gardens. Spend time wandering around the Clos Normand Flower Garden, home to a number of plants of Eastern origins, the multicolored flower beds, and the stunning water garden, so famous for its water lilies and Japanese bridge. 
Visit Claude Monet's house, where he lived and worked, at your own pace. Explore the reading room that leads into the larder and the artist's studio. As well as those of his private apartments, these rooms have been reconstructed with Monet's original furniture. Visit the dining room, home to Monet's collection of Japanese prints (one of the largest in the world), as well as the blue-tiled Kitchen. At the end of your tour, take the opportunity to visit the Impressionists Museum and the lovely gift and book shop housed in what was once the Water Lilies studio.

Your return to your Paris accommodation is scheduled for approximately 5:15 p.m.

Please note:

  • Important: Closing of the Queen’s State Apartment for renovation works
  • Flat shoes are strongly recommended (Versailles has parquet floors in its rooms and cobblestones in its courtyard)
  • Strollers are not permitted in the palace
  • The itinerary and schedule are subject to change depending on traffic or site schedule changes
  • The skip-the-line access is subject to the Versailles Palace procedures: The Vigipirate plan, the security control or an unforeseen crowd can slow down the entrance

The price includes:

  • Minibus transfers to and from your Paris accommodation
  • Services of our driver tour guide
  • Priority access ticket for the Palace of Versailles and its gardens (with the exception of the Trianons de Versailles)
  • Entrance ticket at Giverny for Claude Monet's house and gardens and the Impressionists Museum 
  • Lunch

Further information on your confirmation voucher:

You will receive your confirmation and your tour voucher in 2 separate emails. Please print your tour voucher and present it to the driver-guide on the day of your departure.

  • Duration 9 hour(s)
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  • Full-day small group excursion to Giverny and the Palace of Versailles (maximum eight people) with a driver-guide
  • Transfers to and from your Paris accommodation by air-conditioned minibus
  • Priority access to Versailles including a guided tour of the Hall of Mirrors and the Royal Apartments
  • Free time to visit the Gardens of Versailles designed by André Le Nôtre and the lush gardens at Giverny
  • Explore Monet's studio and house, as well as the Impressionists Museum in Giverny
  • Enjoy a tasty country lunch in a rural setting

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April 1 - October 31, 2017
Adult: 241 € / Child (3-17 years old): 167 €

Every day except Monday and special events
Departure: 08.00 AM from your hotel or apartment in Paris

April 1 - October 31, 2017
Tour on Private basis:

Every day except Monday and special events
1-4 people group: 1050 €
5-8 people group: 1340 € 

Departures Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
08.00am
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Address : From your hotel or apartment in Paris
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9 hour(s)

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Number of reviews : 22
Average rating : 4.9 /5
3/5
This tour is too much to do in the time alloted. It says that we have time exploring the palace gardens, however that is not true and that was disappointing. Our tour guide was excellent and we loved her, however the lunch was mediocre at best. We spent too long there waiting for our meal and when it came the chicken was cold. I would suggest at least 2 choices. Monet's garden was beautiful. This ended up being an average excursion for us. Money could be better spent.
5/5
Excellent - Our Guide Fabby (Fabiana) in our small group of 5 was amazingly bright and engaged with current events as well as able to give us historical context of Paris and the reign of Kings through 1789. Additionallly, Fabby offered us information on the countryside and towns of Normandie and Giverny. She was personable, quick to answer any question, and quite knowledgeable about our destinations as well as the sights we were passing by through Paris with suggestions for us as well. Importantly, Fabby was a GREAT DRIVER - and in this case, that was essential through morning and evening rush hour traffic in, out and through the inner city of Paris. Although a few hours at Versailles is never enough, Fabby was pro at dividing the time up perfectly to allow us to see a bit of the interior of Versailles as well as about 30 minutes in the exterior gardens. We arrived on time for lunch, and again at Giverny. Not enough time at Giverny, but allotted time was perfectly managed by Fabby. I really appreciated the historical backgrounds and the current discussion of the politics - as we were 2 days since the election, and just days away from the Inauguration of the new French President and had all just begun to experience the Trump Presidency. It was obvious that Fabby was a professional tour guide who loved her job. Paris City Vision has a reall asset in Fabby - and I hope they already know this for certain.I will return to Paris....Thank you Paris City Vision. Thank you Fabiana.Kimberly from New Hampshire / Thursday May 11, 2017
5/5
Eric was the perfect guide ... knowledgeable, patient, gentlemanly.
5/5
This tour is an excellent introduction to the two sites.Our guide, Sylvain, was friendly, approachable, and extremely knowledgeable. I learned a lot, and enjoyed the stories that he told to explain the history of each site.The restaurant that was selected for our lunch was beautiful. Even the drive to and from Paris was enjoyable.All in all, a wonderful day; well worth the time and money.
5/5
Our only concern is not with the company or our wonderful guide, Yvonne. Both were terrific. Lunch was especially good. We are concerned that tourism authority allows in such a crushing number of people at the same time, with no attention to traffic flow. Did not feel safe to us.
5/5
The very best way to see Giverney and Versailles as well as the French countryside of Normandy. Our guide was amazing and really knew a lot about the history and culture of France! Can't recommend this tour enough. Highlight of our time in France!!
5/5
Best part of our trip so far.
5/5
Great tour. Small group with hotel pickup is the way to go. Our guide, Honores, was on time, very personable, professional and highly knowledgeable!
5/5
Our driver/guide was courteous and informative. He took us to see a few historical things that were enroute, but not listed. Lunch was at a picturesque location with very attentive staff.
5/5
Excellent day, guide was very pleasant, well informed, polite and helpful. Small group tour is the way to go, enjoyed meeting others and sharing lunch together, pick up was on time, journey very comfortable, lunch yummy. Paris country side so beautiful during autumn! Enjoyed free time to wander at own pace at each stop.
5/5
Our guide ,Magnus,brought Versailles to life for us. His knowledge of French history and his enthusaism was exactly what we hoped for. He brought our group to the perfect setting for a much enjoyed lunch before we headed to Giverny . Adequate time for both Versailles and Giverny..We were both very happy and pleased with entire day ..Highly recommend this tour when in Paris.
5/5
Our driver Jean Francois can have 10 out of 10. He is knowledgeable however doesn't talk all the time giving time to absorb what we were seeing. Also loved his sense of humour. Versailles was nice but too crowded, probably wouldn't go there again. Giverny was just beautiful and would certainly go there again. The whole day was perfectly complimented by the other people on the tour and a thoroughly enjoyable lunch at the most beautiful venue possible. Merci beaucoup!
5/5
We had a fantastic experience on this tour. We were grouped with 5 Australian travelers (we're from the US) First, one cannot beat the "skip the line" advantage. After we meandered through the Versailles gardens at our leisure, we came back out to the front of The palace and the lines were LONG! Our tour guide took us through Versailles and he was a fountain of knowledge. Lunch was included and terrific...even included a bottle of wine for the seven of us to share. Monet's home and garden were just magical. We all agreed that we'd made some great memories!
5/5
Excellent guide - interesting without being overpowering. Lunch was pleasant,not too rushed and in a nice location. Versailles audio well presented and most informative.Thank you Jean.
5/5
Very well organized and right amount of time at each place. Francis was an excellent guide. I would do another tour with this company.
5/5
Christofe was incredible. Very knowledgable guide and super fun personality. The lunch was lovely and we really enjoyed the day all around.
5/5
Great day. Would have liked more time in the garden at Versailles. A very Hot day but definitely worth it.
5/5
Our tour guide, Sandrine had phenomenal information and a great sense of humor to make the tour a real highlight.
5/5
2 great points of interest and Walter was an excellent driver and tour guide.
5/5
Wonderful choice of restaurant as well...food was excellent
4/5
Very good tour, exactly as advertised.
5/5
Friendly, informative driver. Arrived on time. Safe, secure driving. Helpful information.. One of the best days of our holiday. Happy memories! Thank you. Would definitely use again!!