Guided tour to Giverny Monet's Gardens and Palace of Versailles with Skip-the-Line Access, Lunch included

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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.


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)

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)
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  • 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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  • Customer reviews
Number of reviews : 62
Average rating : 4.6 /5
The morning in Giverny at Monet's garden was lovely as well as the sit down lunch. The afternoon at Versailles was hectic! We went on a Tuesday which is particularly busy at Versailles apparently because the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. Despite the group entrance being quicker than the normal entrance it was still quite a wait. Once inside, each room was packed with people making it very slow going to get through the palace. We chose to ditch our tour group half way through the tour of the palace so that we could move faster and get out to the gardens. Even then we only had 40mins in the gardens before having to met back at the bus. The return trip then took 2.5 hours instead of 1h to return to Paris due to traffic. I'm sure a train would have been much faster. Our guides were nice but all in all, I didn't feel like I learnt that much from them about the two locations that I didn't already know.
Very well organized. Office staff friendly and helpful. Our guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
This tour is a long day, but ParisCityVision does a great job of keeping everyone organized, informed and educated. We truly appreciated how knowledgeable our guide was about Monet's home, art and life. Same goes for Versailles. We learned a lot, but we never felt rushed or overwhelmed by all of the tourists.
The day was wonderful Pedro was my guide and he gave excellent commentaries throughout. He has excellent knowledge I learned a lot from him and really enjoyed an excellent day Your guides are a credit to your company as is your driver who was excellent
Excursion was excellent. Tour guide was knowledgeable & informative. Lunch was enjoyable.
The day was busy but well worth it- the Gardens were amazing, the lunch was lovely and Versailles was spectacular! I would highly recommend this tour 👍
The information the guides gave us was knowledgeable and interesting. I enjoyed not having to stand in the very long bus ride was very comfortable. The lunch was excellent and included wine! Giverny was a must see!! And the Versailles palace is the largest and most extravagant in the world! Also a must see! Only regretted not having a lot of time to tour the gardens at the palace. Otherwise a wonderful day trip!