Full-Day Small Group Excursion to Versailles and Giverny - 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.

Entrance of the Palace of Versailles
Entrance of the Palace of Versailles

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

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:

  • 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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  • 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 : 37
Average rating : 4.9 /5
Pamela was an excellent tour guide, knowledgeable, professional and personable. The time spent at both venues was well managed and not rushed. An experience we won't forget for all the right reasons.
See above.Many thanks
Wonderful tour. Our tour guide, was well informed and provided all information needed. The small si ZX E group, made the tour easy to manage and so much nicer.
Our tour guide Fabi was great and the small group of 8 was the perfect size for an intimate tour. The skip the line access at Versailles was fantastic. It was very crowded but Fabi led us through the mobs of people and we went right in. She knew the palace well and led our group away from the crowds to get the best views. The lunch at the mill was so picturesque and serene and the food was delicious. The favorite part of the trip was Giverny. We were so amazed at the gardens and ponds. My artistic teenage daughter brought her sketch book with her all the way to France and was able to sketch the same Monet bridge and water lily pond scene as seen in the museums. It was definitely a day to remember for her. I would highly recommend this excursion. Normandy was breath taking.
Amazing guide full of knowledge with a wonderful sense of humor. Perfect way to see this sites and the lunch location was charming.
The wait for entry was not long. Clearly those who did not purchase their tickets in advance had a much longer wait at Versailles.
This was one of my favorite things I did while staying in Paris. Claudio was fantastic. It was very nice to be picked up and dropped off where I was staying. We didn't wait in any lines with our tickets and the tour was great. The palace was stunning and the guided tour with the headset was great to learn all about the history. We also had time to go to the gardens on our own afterwards. The lunch in Giverny was wonderful- plenty of food and the most beautiful setting for the restaurant. The time we had on our own at Monet's Gardens was perfect as well. Claudio showed us where the museum, Monet's House and burial site was before letting us tour the whole area on our own. Well worth the trip!

Due to the flood of the Seine, lunch and dinner cruises are not operating until January 26 included. We offer the following alternatives: Lunch and dinner at the Eiffel Tower