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Musée des Impressionnismes: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Paris: Giverny and Versailles Palace Guided Day Trip

1. From Paris: Giverny and Versailles Palace Guided Day Trip

Take a guided tour of Monet’s Giverny estate and the Palace of Versailles on this day tour from Paris by air-conditioned coach. Save time with skip-the-line entrance to the Château de Versailles and its elegant garden.  Be picked up from a centrally-located meeting point in Paris and board a spacious coach. Stop at the Monet Foundation for a short introduction to the estate. Take a walk around the lily pad pond and visit the artist’s ivy-clad house. Take a break in town where you can purchase a delicious lunch. Sit back and take in the views on the short drive to Versailles, a perfectly preserved example of French royal extravagance. Breeze past the long lines at Versailles with your fast-tracked entrance. Explore the this famous palace and follow your guide on a tour of the rooms where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette threw lavish soirées. Visit the private royal chambers. Enjoy a short tour of the gardens and then have the freedom to appreciate them further at your leisure. Depending on the day, you may experience the Fountain Show or the Musical Gardens. Hop back on the bus and relax on the transfer back to your meeting point in Paris.

From Paris: Giverny Audio-Guided Tour

2. From Paris: Giverny Audio-Guided Tour

The departure will be at 7:45 AM from a centrally located agency. It will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach the idyllic location, the lovely Norman village of Giverny. Discover the place of inspiration where Claude Monet, master of the Impressionist movement, created his most beautiful works. By visiting the artist's house and gardens, still in its original look, let yourself be carried away by Monet's imagination. Enjoy the vibrant colors as you listen to your audio guide and make your way through the two gardens which are an exceptional work of art in themselves. When crossing the Japanese bridge inside the water garden, you won’t miss the famous water lilies and the majestic weeping willows decorating the charming pond. In the paths of the Clos Normand (the Norman enclosed plot), the flower beds will dazzle your eyes with their endlessly varied colors and will lead you to daydream and romanticize. Stride along the streets of this charming little village, and stroll through the painters' and sculptors' galleries. Complete your day by visiting the museum of impressionism which has one of the most beautiful collections of Impressionist works.

Monet's Garden Bike Tour from Paris

3. Monet's Garden Bike Tour from Paris

Begin this full-day Monet bike tour with a scenic coach journey through the spectacular wheat and sunflower fields of Normandy. Speed by the lazy Seine River, and stop off at the village of Vernon. Here, you will visit the charming farmers' market to buy picnic supplies. Then, hop-on your bike and pedal across the river to a beautiful park along the banks of the Seine. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing 3-mile (5-kilometer) ride down bike paths to the village of Giverny. Cruise past Giverny Church and its cemetery, which contains graves of local citizens dating back to the 17th Century, as well as British soldiers from World War 2, and even Monet himself buried within his family's vault. Pass Hotel Baudy, where Impressionist painters Manet and Renoir used to paint. You will then arrive at the highlight of the day, Monet's Garden. Spend about 90 minutes exploring the gardens and house, including the famous water lily pond where some of his most famous works originated. Additionally, you can explore the village of Giverny, which boasts the American Museum of Art, located across the street from Monet's Gardens, as well as numerous cafés and small streets begging to be discovered.

From Paris: Monet Impressionism Tour to Giverny by Minibus

4. From Paris: Monet Impressionism Tour to Giverny by Minibus

Enjoy this half-day trip to Claude Monet’s home and gardens. Choose between a public tour or a private tour in your preferred language and explore the home and its beautiful surroundings. With your guide, discover the lily pond and its famous Japanese bridge, Monet’s main sources of inspiration at the end of his life. Then visit the flower garden, the house, and the former studio of the great painter. The house of the great master is a unique place where you can see how he lived and worked, from his studio to the kitchens. Discover the beautiful works of Monet which depicted Normandy. After exploring the home, discover the charming village of Giverny. Take some time to stroll through its small streets, before heading back to Paris.

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What people are saying about Musée des Impressionnismes

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 302 reviews

These two venues together, Giverny and Versailles, are a big bite of French culture and delicious to chew. Definitely worth the combo if you only have half a day to spend on each--and frankly, we found that to be enough. Loved Monet's flower gardens and lily pond, and a glimpse into his daily environs! In complete contrast, Versailles' opulence, grandeur, and mere size was breathtaking. Our guide was excellent, and really made the epoch come alive. We would have liked to have heard the music in the gardens but it was sprinkling out (14 Oct 2022) and we really didn't have time. Excellent choice of tours, worth its price.

I was so happy with our Giverny & Versailles tours. Mary M and Carolina were excellent guides. I enjoyed the visits much more with the historical context, stories, and fun facts provided by the guides. The rides on the comfy bus gave much-needed recovery time during a long day. Also, the Versailles fountain show on Sunday was worth it! PS. Read the "where to arrive" instructions carefully. Google maps had me show up a half mile away.

Great day experience with with helpful and knowledgeable guides made this a wonderful experience. We traveled in a very comfortable coach and because of the excellent advice from the guides we knew exactly what to do and where to go. Their guided commentary was spot on and greatly appreciated. Can throughly recommend.

Wonderful experience and I highly recommend this tour. The weather was great, the village was charming but the gardens were spectacular. Our guides were engaging and well-informed. We appreciated the pace of the tours and that we had plenty of free time for a delicious lunch and to wander.

This tour was such a good value, I had a lovely day. The guide Daniela was knowledgeable and gave us a lots of information about the places that we visited. I really enjoyed the day and would highly recommend this tour.