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)


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

* 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)
  • Hotel Pick up and Drop off  
  • Skip-the-line ticket  
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  • Highlights
  • 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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  • Schedule and Pricing

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.
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Organized by ParisCityVision

Code : GV


Address : From your hotel or apartment in Paris
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  • Travelers reviews
Number of reviews : 26
Average rating : 4.9 /5
I would absolutely recommend Paris City Vision tours! The guide turned up on time when they said they would, were very knowledgable and exceeded all expectations. We had an amazing trip to Giverny and fulfilled a life long dream - a perfect day. Thank you!
This was the best day out...Dario our hosr was brilliant and together with his knowledge and sense of humour made it a very memorable day. We were so lucky to have perfect host, perfect weather and a perfect tour. Thanks to all and especially Dario. Highly recommended!!!Kaye, Chris and Joan.
Good experience, great guide, lunch was wonderful. Wish we had more time at both sites, but there is only so much you can cram into one day.
The Versailles and Monet Gardens tours were outstanding. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, amicable and most helpful. However, the communications devices used in the Versailles tour were inadequate.
Frances was our driver & tour guide. He was intelligent, knowledgeable about the excursion sites, polite, ensured we were all satisfied & created a lively & fun atmosphere.
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
Eric was the perfect guide ... knowledgeable, patient, gentlemanly.