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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.

  • 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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Key details
  • Hotel Pick up and Drop off
  • Skip-the-line ticket
  • Guide
  • 9 hour(s)

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Travelers reviews

Number of reviews : 13
Average rating : 4.9 /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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Very well organized and right amount of time at each place. Francis was an excellent guide. I would do another tour with this company.
Christofe was incredible. Very knowledgable guide and super fun personality. The lunch was lovely and we really enjoyed the day all around.
Great day. Would have liked more time in the garden at Versailles. A very Hot day but definitely worth it.
Our tour guide, Sandrine had phenomenal information and a great sense of humor to make the tour a real highlight.
2 great points of interest and Walter was an excellent driver and tour guide.
Wonderful choice of restaurant as well...food was excellent
Very good tour, exactly as advertised.
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!!