Audio Guided Tour of Giverny Monet's Gardens and the Palace of Versailles, Lunch included

5/5 (10 reviews)
  • Description

Experience two quintessential sites from the Paris area, from both the impressionist and baroque eras: Giverny and the Palace of Versailles

Take your seat aboard an air-conditioned tour bus departing at 8:15 a.m. from our office located in the center of Paris. You’ll be driven to the Fondation Claude Monet, where you can visit the garden at Giverny and Monet’s home at your own leisure. See Giverny at your own pace, starting with Monet’s home. There, you will learn about the life of the artist, who lived there until his death at the age of 43. You can appreciate the reading room, also called the “blue room,” the sunflower-yellow dining room adorned with Japanese prints, and the private apartments. Continue your visit in Monet’s studio, today a gift shop where you can find a variety of souvenirs. Next, turn on your audio guide for commentary as you visit Monet’s garden. Amble through flower-lined paths that inspired the artist’s impressionist paintings. Revel in the lavish, multicolored flower beds. Step into the Clos-Normand, home to many Far Eastern plants and vegetation. Cross the water garden by the Japanese bridge. Peer over the edge to see its famous water lilies, found in the celebrated painting of the same name. Take your time as you experience Monet’s universe in an exotic, ethereal atmosphere.

Next, climb aboard your bus. It will take you to the Moulin de Fourges restaurant 10 minutes from Giverny, where you will be served a lunch that includes traditional Normand fare.

Menu*:

Abondance de lentilles et haddock fumé, salade
**
Moelleux de volaille, pomme purée
**
Tarte aux pommes maison, crème fraîche
**
1/4 bottle of red wine (while wine on request)
Coffee
Water

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)

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

After the meal, it’s off to the Palace of Versailles. Priority access lets you get the most out of your Versailles visit. Your audio guide will point you in the right direction as you discover the King’s chambers. You will enter seven rooms, each decorated in the style of a God. Next, enter the magnificent Hall of Mirrors, where guests were invited during celebrations. The hall overlooks Versailles gardens. Admire the emblem of the Sun King, Louis XIV, one of the most ornate symbols to represent 17th century French art. If it is not the season for the Musical Fountains Show and Musical Gardens, you can take time to explore the gardens, where statues, sculptures, fountains, flowerbeds, coppices and reflecting pools are all aligned. Under Louis XIV, André le Nôtre designed the Palace’s gardens, endowing them with unique, grandiose proportions.

You will depart Versailles around 5:00 p.m., reaching our office in Paris at about 5:45 p.m.

Please note:

  • Audio guides may not be used inside the Monet House and in the studio, as the rooms are very narrow
  • Audio guides should be picked up at our office before departure
  • Download our tour leaflet by clicking HERE
  • Important: Closing of the Queen’s State Apartment for renovation works
  • Between April and October 2018, an entrance fee is payable to access the gardens (fee not included - to pay on site) on the following dates:
    On the dates of the MUSICAL FOUNTAIN SHOW: Saturdays and Sundays from March 31 until October 28, 2018 + Tuesdays from May 22 until June 26, 2018 + Friday March 30, 2018 
    On the dates of the MUSICAL GARDENS: Tuesdays from March 27 until May 15, 2018 and from July 3 until October 30, 2018
    Bank holidays and exceptional dates (May 1, May 8, May 10, August 15)
  • We strongly advise against high-heeled shoes (parquet flooring in the rooms and cobblestones in the courtyard)
  • Strollers are not permitted inside the palace
  • Access to the palace is challenging for those with reduced mobility
  • Photography without flash is 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: 7h

    The price includes:

      • Audio guide available in 10 languages: French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Chinese, Japenese, Russian, Korean
      • Entrance ticket to Giverny Claude Monet house and garden
      • Skip the line entrance ticket to the Palace of Versailles and the gardens (except during Musical Foutains and Gardens)

      The price does not include:

      • Transfers to and from your accommodation
      • Guided visit

      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
      • Tour the gardens in Giverny with audio guide commentary
      • Learn about the live of Claude Monet, a founding father of impressionism
      • See the Palace of Versailles at your own pace
      • Audio guides are available in a variety of languages

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      Audio Guided Tour of Giverny Monet's Gardens and the Palace of Versailles, Lunch included

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      • Customer reviews
      Number of reviews : 10
      Average rating : 4.5 /5
      4/5
      The audio guided tour was good. We expected it to be a guide who spoke into the audio, but it was a scripted pre recorded audio . I liked the coach transportation. The location of lunch was fabulous, but the tables should be of maximum 6 people. 10 per round table is like a wedding and it’s too hard to talk to anyone other than who is besides you. Versailles was nice, but since we had the audio guided tour we had to wait a long time to enter whereas the rest of our bus went in ahead of us. The tour guides were nice and spoke English. Will use this service again.
      4/5
      A most enjoyable tour. It was a lot to take in on one day and both venues were very busy however the bus was on time and the tour guide was attentive and provided us with all the information we needed. The lunch venue was excellent.
      5/5
      Excellent experience. Would definitely recommend!
      5/5
      Great day
      5/5
      The tour guide at the Monet Garden at Giverny was lovely and very cheerful we did not go around with her but went around on our own as we did not pay for the guided tour the gardens were out of this world you just could not fault them. The Palace of Versailles was over rated the gardens were nothing to look at just vast! We did not pay for the guided tour here either but went around on our own, the palace was so crowded it was very hard to get near enough to see the rooms. parts of the Palace were very nice The Hall of Mirrors was also very nice but that was all. I really wished that I could have stayed at Giverny all day it was so peaceful and much,much nicer.
      4/5
      Good and knowledgeable staff. Speaks good english.
      5/5
      Very easy to use and informative