- Be introduced by an expert to two icons of French history and art
- Benefit from our skip-the-line tickets at Versailles and Giverny
- Be amazed by the majestic Sun King’s palace
- Stroll in the gardens that inspired Monet and visit his house
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We admit that this Versailles & Giverny Tour will be a long day but it’s really worth it, as you’ll be introduced to two major French cultural sites. To make this trip enjoyable, we have planned it with a private car (or van if you have more than 2 people). Your chauffeur and guide will pick you up in Paris at the place of your choice. After a 1-hour drive you will arrive at the Palace of Versailles. With our skip-the-line tickets you’ll enter the Sun King’s official apartment and be amazed by its gorgeous decoration.
You will admire the King’s holy chapel, and the “Salons” where the courtiers spent their days waiting for the sovereign to appear. You’ll discover beautiful marble busts as well as portraits of the whole royal family. This will be the best opportunity for your guide to tell you amusing anecdotes about life at the Court. The astonishing Hall of Mirrors with its 357 genuine panels will require a longer stop.
Before leaving Versailles, enjoy a stroll in the gardens with their formal landscapes and perspectives designed for Louis XIV and which are still preserved. You’ll then return to your driver and enjoy a 1-hour drive to Giverny, Normandy. This will be the time for a lunch break (not included) before entering Monet’s property.
The Monet Foundation is comprised of the house in which the painter lived, la Maison du Pressoir (i.e. apple mill house), a flower garden, and the Japanese garden, famous worldwide for its water lily pond.
The house is just as it was when the painter lived there until his death in 1926. The rooms' walls are painted in various bright colors and exhibit a collection of Japanese engravings, which inspired Monet for his own work.
Outside the house, the Clos Normand displays beautiful flowerbeds conceived as “color boxes,” as if Monet had created his palette from within nature. Across the road, you’ll go through a small tunnel to the Water Lily Pond. Covered by floating nymphaea, surrounded by dense willows, and spanned by a Japanese wooden bridge, it will be the highlight of your visit.
Time permitting, you may go for a short stroll through Giverny village, enjoying the winding streets, flowered balconies, and old timber-framed houses. A 2-hour drive (at the most) will take you back to your accommodation or any other point in Paris that you prefer.
And if you would like to just visit Versailles, have a look at our Versailles Vip Tour by luxury van!
There are some excellent restaurants both on the road to Giverny and in Giverny village itself. We may recommend a few addresses which have good reputations and you may choose the one you like the most. The cost of lunch is not included in this Versailles and Giverny tour price.
A full day at Versailles and Giverny could be a great family experience. That’s why we designed a specific tour for children and families, with activity booklets and adapted pace and speeches. To learn more, please click here.
We designed the tour with Versailles in the morning and Giverny in the afternoon, because the Palace of Versailles is usually less crowded earlier in the day. If you’d prefer to go to Giverny first, please let us know and we can change the tour to suit you.
Just advise us in your request form about the number of people in your party, as well as their category (adult or child), so we’ll be able to tell you about the extra fee per additional person for this Versailles and Giverny tour.
Each season is charming in Monet’s Giverny gardens. Spring is the time of the blooming of hyacinths, narcissus, daffodils, tulips, and apple trees. Late May is perfect for poppies and the famous paths of irises. From April to June the Japanese bridge is covered with gorgeous wisterias. June is the month of roses and the first white, pink, and yellow water lily blossoms on the Japanese pond. In early fall, dahlias and gladiolas can be seen, as well as the orange and yellow tinted foliage around the pond.
Oops, we're sorry, but this tour can't be booked for 1 person, please fill up our contact form if you're a solo traveler!