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.

Menu*:

Mackerel bread with vegetables and white wine, herbed cream and salad
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Roasted chicken fillet, mushrooms sauce, mashed potatoes with salted butter
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Apple pie à la normande, vanilla iced cream
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Red and white wine or local produced cider (on demand)
Coffee or tea

* 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:

  • 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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2 rue des Pyramides 75001 Paris
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Metro: Tuileries , Pyramides

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  • Customer reviews
Number of reviews : 82
Average rating : 4.6 /5
4/5
Beautiful sites but very crowded and disapointed that our guide could not take us into Monet’s house
5/5
I never thought I would enjoy a guided tour, well I was very impressed with Paris City Vision. Our guide was incredible and extremely knowledgeable. The lunch restaurant they took us to was just fantastic, amazing river view location with great food. I would definitely use them again.
5/5
Brilliant tour, well organised & a great tour leader.
3/5
Overall: 3/5 1) Schedule - 3/5: the locations on our tour (Giverny & Versailles) were both must-see when visiting Paris. The tour provided lunch in a very nice restaurant on a small river bank. The locations are 5/5. The short coming is that Versailles is limited to only about 2 hours from drop-off to pick-up and it takes roughly 20 minutes to actually get into the palace for the tour. The tour is somewhat rushed to give time in the gardens. Were I to do this again, I would definitely want to do a trip to Versailles that gave me 5+ hours, to go slower through the palace and to really explore the vast gardens. 2) Guide - 5/5: Our guide, Monica, was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and showed a general love of her job. She helped make the tour interesting and provide a great energy throughout the day. 3) Transport - 2/5: The pickup is hectic. The buses are assigned about 2 minutes before the pickup time by a staff member and you have to ask if you want to find your bus. The bus itself smelled of cigarette smoke which for me personally, is nauseating. It made for a very long ~3 hours total on the bus.
5/5
We thoroughly enjoyed the day tour to Giverny and Versailles. Monet's house and surrounding area is quintessential French. The included lunch was delicious and the setting was straight out of a Monet painting. So glad we had the access pass to Versailles. One of our favorite tours during our stay in Paris.
5/5
Greatly timed and beautiful lunch.
4/5
Excellent tour of Monet's house and Garden's, there was enough time to have a good look around on your own. The lunch was very good (although we didn't get a choice for the food, it was just brought out to the tables, we had fish terrine for the starter, chicken with mashed potato for the main & Tarte Tatan for the dessert, if you need a special diet, contact the company in advance). The tour of Versailles was ok, but there was far too many people there for me (it was a Sunday afternoon), I felt that there was not enough free time there to explore the gardens at the end, but it was a good 'taste of Versailles '