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

5/5 (47 reviews)
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Spend the day discovering two unmissable sights near Paris: Giverny and the Palace of Versailles. Giverny, a village of timeless beauty that was once home to Claude Monet impressionism, is an iconic spot. Visit the famous gardens that inspired the artist, as well as his studio and home. Then discover the majestic Palace of Versailles, royal residence of the Kings of France, Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI and their courts from 1682 to 1789. Accompanied by your guide, learn about its history and imposing architecture on a tour that includes the famous Hall of Mirrors. Finally, take advantage of the opportunity to delight in Versailles's captivating French-style gardens.

Set off at 8:15 a.m. from our agency in Central Paris. The journey to Giverny by luxury air-conditioned coach will take approximately one hour and 30 minutes. Soak up the world of the painter, Claude Monet, famous for painting different corners of his garden, such as the "Water Lilies" or the "Japanese Bridge." The painter Claude Monet lived at Giverny with his wife and eight children for 43 years, from 1883 until his death in 1926. Passionate about gardening and nature's changing colors, he designed his flower and water gardens as if they were works of art. During your visit of Monet's garden at Giverny, admire the multicolored flower beds, the Clos Normand Flower Garden with its many Eastern plants, and the lush water garden, famous for its water lilies and Japanese bridge. 

Claude Monet Giverny gardens
Claude Monet Giverny gardens

Then take advantage of your free time to visit Claude Monet's pink-plastered house, where he lived and worked (guided tours of the interior are not permitted due to the lack of space). Explore the reading room, leading into the larder and the artist's studio. In addition to those of his private apartments, these rooms have been reconstructed with Monet's original furniture. Visit the bright yellow dining room, which has been reconstructed down to the very last detail, with earthenware dishes and a blue-tiled kitchen. In the dining room, marvel at one of the world's most important collections of Japanese prints. At the end of your visit, explore the village and treat yourself to some souvenir shopping in the gift and book shop, which was once used as a studio for Monet's Water Lilies; it offers a wide range of products inspired by the artist's work.

After visiting Giverny, enjoy a tasty lunch at the Moulin de Fourges restaurant just ten minutes away, where you can sample local food with a twist.

Menu*:

Green lentils and smoked haddock, salad
**
Normandy-style chicken, mashed potatoes
**
Traditional apple tart, fresh cream
**
1/4 bottle of red wine (white wine on request)
Coffee
Water

Vegetarian Menu*:

Seasonal vegetable Pie with salad of frisée
 **
Seasonal raw and cooked vegetables
**
Apple pie (ice cream or fresh cream°

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

 

In the afternoon, explore the Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Covering more than 721,000 square feet, the Palace has over 700 rooms. Follow your guide to the front of the line to see the most impressive rooms: the King's Apartments, with seven salons each dedicated to a different god, and the Queen's Apartments. Also visit the majestic Hall of Mirrors, a reception room in which to see and be seen, dreamt up by the famous architect, Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Almost 240 feet-long, it was designed to astonish visitors of the Sun King Louis XIV; it is lit by 17 windows and 350 mirrors, and overlooks the palace's splendid gardens, the second part of your visit. Explore the Gardens of Versailles at your own pace and marvel at its many works of art, fountains, ponds, flower beds and groves of trees. 

King Versailles Apartment
King's Apartment of Versailles

Return to Paris scheduled for around 5:45 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 inside the palace
  • 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
  • On-site visit duration: 6h15

The price includes:

  • Transport to and from Paris by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Priority access ticket for the Palace of Versailles and its gardens 
  • Entrance ticket at Giverny for Claude Monet's house and gardens
  • Lunch at the Moulin de Fourges restaurant
  • Services of a tour guide 

The price does not include:

  • Transfers to and from your accommodation

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 PARISCityVISION office on the day of your depart

  • Duration 9:30 hour(s)
  • Tour language
  • Highlights
  • Full-day excursion to Giverny and the Palace of Versailles from the centre of Paris by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the lush gardens at Giverny, including the Clos Normand Flower Garden and the Japanese Water Garden
  • Free time to visit Monet's studio and house, his home for more than 40 years
  • Includes a delicious country lunch in a rural setting
  • Priority entrance to Versailles, including a guided tour of the Hall of Mirrors and the Royal Apartments with one of our guides
  • Explore the Gardens of Versailles, designed by André Le Nôtre, at your own pace.

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2 rue des Pyramides 75001 Paris
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Metro: Tuileries , Pyramides

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  • Customer reviews
Number of reviews : 47
Average rating : 4.6 /5
5/5
Experienced guide knew how to navigate the crowds while providing local insights and background to these fabulous sites
4/5
The guides were wonderful. Francisca and Nat really made our tour very interesting. As a small point, it would be a lot better if there were more time at Versailles Gardens.
5/5
Excellent tour day - wish there was a little more time at Versailles to walk the gardens. Probably truly need 1 more hour
5/5
The guide was marvelous, pace was good and the place where stopped for lunch was simply beautiful.
5/5
Good mix of guided tour and free time and very knowledgeable guide.
5/5
This was an excellent tour. We had lots of free time at Monet's Garden and even though I understand this was tied into the included lunch, it did mean we were a bit short on free time at Versailles and you could not venture very far into the gardens. However, the lunch was excellent and the setting stunning! All up, it was an excellent excursion and with so many things to do in Paris, it was great being able to combine two such terrific attractions on the one day.
4/5
Great lunch, great service. Maybe a tad overpriced, but I have zero complaints. We had a wonderful day.