Guided Tour to Giverny Monet's Gardens and Palace of Versailles with Skip-the-Line Access in a Small Group, Lunch included

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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.

View of the Versailles Palace from the garden
View of the Versailles Palace from the garden

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**:

Seasonal vegetable pie and salad / cooked Farandole and raw vegetables / apple pie (with ice cream or cream)


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

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

Colorful Gardens of Giverny
Colorful Gardens of Giverny

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.

Starting on April 1 2018, the return trip to Paris goes via Route des Crêtes to Vétheuil. You can therefore enjoy the exceptional panorama over the Seine, as well as the authentic and picturesque countryside passing before your eyes. You will pass by extremely beautiful villages hewn out of the rock, such as La Roche-Guyon, and you'll be stunned by the breathtaking views this route affords you.

Please note:

  • The tour changes from April 1st :
    - The tour lasts 10 hours.
  • 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 10 hour(s)
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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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  • Customer reviews
Number of reviews : 67
Average rating : 4.9 /5
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We enjoyed our day riding around the beautiful countryside to Giverny and Versailles very much. Our guide Joel was very personable and knowledgeable.
The excellent we were anticipating was a simple “ good” review The reasoning: Our information stated to be in the lobby front door by 8:00 Am... at 8:15 the Concierge called on our behalf and was informed the car would be there at 8:30am...The extra 30 minutes would have been appreciated! Jet lag was an issue! The driver got to the hotel, passengers were in the van... there were no introductions... the drivers conversation was limited to those in front. Getting to Giverny was a nice drive. Having a private guide was worth the expense! We walked right into the Palace... avoiding the masses waiting to get into the Palace. Our guide gave us a good presentation via the headsets provided. We left the Palace and headed to Giverny by way of lunch. The location was lovely. The food was nicely presented. Masses are hard to please. This location provided good service, good food , clean bathrooms. Giverny was seeing Monets painting in real life. The guide gave us a tour of the garden and directions to see the home and additional museum There wasn’t any more to add... the village, places for coffee, shopping opportunities... The best part:The driver was not a “Le Mans” raceway participant. For the private / small group (5)... water would have been a nice touch, maybe fruit or a French Maccaron to complete the day.... We were dropped off... And that was that.
Our was great as well as our guide, Walter. Great lunch place at a old mill in the countryside.
Floure was an excellent guide and was a pleasure to have all day long!
Versailles and Giverny were fabulous destinations, and our small group tour was a great way to go. Our guide, Clemence made it even better. She was very knowledgeable about the sites and a delightful young lady (not to mention that she drove her van with more expertise than most cab drivers I have experienced).
Wonderful tour, excellent guide. Liked the small group. The trip through the countryside and all at Giverny were really great.