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Giverny: Monet's House and Gardens Guided Tour

1. Giverny: Monet's House and Gardens Guided Tour

Escape the busy city and visit the enchanting home and gardens of the famous impressionist painter Claude Monet. Stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens with your knowledgeable guide and learn more about the flora as well as the importance of the gardens in Monet's paintings.  Meet with your small group and your guide before entering the gardens. First, visit the water garden with the water lilies that inspired many of his paintings and then the 'Clos Normand'. Your guide will point out different species of flowers and features of the garden. As you wander through the gardens and visit Monet's house also learn more about Claude Monet's life, and why he became the master of impressionism.  At the end of the tour, you can stay longer to stroll on your own or take a look in the big gift shop before you exit. From early spring till the first days of November, Monet's gardens are a fairy of colors and fragrances. Feel free to ask your guide about the picturesque village of Giverny and what more there is to see.

Bayeux: American D-Day Sites in Normandy Full-Day Tour

2. Bayeux: American D-Day Sites in Normandy Full-Day Tour

Meet your guide at Place de Québec and then begin your D-Day exploration adventure, retracing history as you uncover the day of June 6, 1944. The first stop is at the village of Sainte-Mère-Eglise, the heart of the jump zone for the 82nd Airborne U.S. forces. Listen to stories of how paratroopers rained on the village, and how one of them famously got caught in the tower of the church. Visit Utah beach, the second location where American troops landed on D-Day. Pay a visit to the Utah Beach Museum and learn more about the fascinating history. Then, continue to Pointe du Hoc, a breathtaking cliff offering lunar landscapes and a magnificent viewpoint over the English Channel.  The site was built as a key point of the Atlantic Wall by the Germans because it was the highest point between the Omaha and Utah beaches and provided a great observation spot to notice any arrivals from the sea. Head to Omaha beach, where the deadliest landings of the day took place. From your guide, learn about the landings here and the soldiers who risked their lives. Your D-Day sightseeing tour of Normandy ends with a visit to the US military cemetery where you will have the chance to pay your respects and honor the soldiers of World War ll. 

From Paris: Giverny Day Trip with Audio Guide or Live Guide

3. From Paris: Giverny Day Trip with Audio Guide or Live Guide

Enjoy a half-day trip to the former home of Claude Monet, one of the most famous painters of French Impressionism. Located in the tiny hamlet of Giverny on the banks of the River Seine, 50 miles west of Paris, the house and gardens were bequeathed to the Académie des Beaux-Arts by his son in 1966. They were opened as a public museum in 1980 following large-scale restoration work. Depending on the option you choose, your tour will either be guided, audio-guided or at your own leisure.  Depart Paris and travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach. As there is no direct public transport to Giverny, this is the ideal way to get there. You will drive via the western districts of Paris and take the Normandy motorway as far as Bonnières. After crossing the River Seine at Vernon, continue to Giverny through the wooded plateaus of Eure. Giverny attracted several Impressionist painters in the 19th-Century, most following the lead of the movement’s founder, Claude Monet, who lived there for 43 years. Visit the Master’s house, where the spectacular colors and enchanting garden were designed like a work of art. Be dazzled by the flowerbeds and plants and get a sense of the artist’s feelings and inspirations as you stand in front of the famous water lilies and weeping willows in the delightful water garden.

From Paris: Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Full-Day Tour

4. From Paris: Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Full-Day Tour

Enjoy an unforgettable day trip from Paris, and visit the Normandy Landing Beaches, where the outcome of changed World War II and the future of Europe forever. Learn about the dramatic events of 6 June 1944, with round-trip minibus transfers from Paris. Drive through the Normandy countryside to discover some of the most significant sites of the campaign. During the day, go to Omaha Beach, see the German Bunkers, visit Operation Overlord Museum, and travel to Pointe du Hoc. Gaze in wonder at more than 10,000 white crosses that mark the fallen soldiers in the American Cemetery. Listen as your guide brings the battlefields to life, telling unique stories of the soldiers who fought and died to put an end to Hitler’s plans for Europe and the world.

From Paris: Giverny and Versailles Palace Guided Day Trip

5. 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: Guided Day Trip to Monet's Garden in Giverny

6. From Paris: Guided Day Trip to Monet's Garden in Giverny

Explore the beautiful village and home in Upper Normandy where the Impressionist artists, Claude Monet spent the last 40 years of his life. Visit the charming village of Giverny, and discover why it proved such a source of inspiration for Impressionist artists. Following your transfer from Paris, look inside the house where Monet lived and worked. Set within an exquisite valley of the River Seine, the gardens and surroundings formed a great part of the subject matter for his paintings after he moved there in 1883. Once you have seen the rooms where the artist lived with his family, stroll through 2 unique gardens that Monet designed and modified throughout his life. See more than 100 different types of flowers, and intertwined foliage in Monet’s Flower Garden. Then, feel as if you have stepped into one of his paintings in the Japanese Garden. Go to the lake full of water lilies, and get a better appreciation of why Monet used this garden as the inspiration for over 250 of his paintings.

Mont Saint-Michel: 3 Museums Entry Pass

7. Mont Saint-Michel: 3 Museums Entry Pass

A visit to the three museums of Mont Saint-Michel lift the veil on the great men, mysteries, secrets and legends of this unique place. Discover the mysterious story of Mont Saint-Michel through visiting its 3 museums.  The first, the Maritime Museum where you can discover the biggest tides in the world and the Mont Saint-Michel major environmental project. After, you will visit the Historical Museum Sound and Light. Here, you will learn about the monks who built the Abbey and the prisons of Mont Saint-Michel. You can visit the special exhibits such as the collection of ancient weapons, medieval instruments of torture, the body sucked down into the quicksand, louis XI's iron cage and the oubliettes. Then, you will visit the historic house of Bertrand Du Guesclin, a Breton knight and French military commander during the 14th century, and his wife, Tiphaine de Raguenel, a famous astrologist who used to read the destiny of the world in the stars. Here, you can visit special exhibits viewing period furniture, a bridal chamber, a medieval chastity belt, armor worn by Bertrand du Guesclin and Tiphaine de Raguenel's study. These museums will perfectly complete your visit of Mont Saint-Michel.

Normandy: D-Day Beaches Private Tour from Le Havre

8. Normandy: D-Day Beaches Private Tour from Le Havre

In this full-day tour from Le Havre port -town you will be picked up and dropped off at your convenient time with fresh coffee and croissants. You'll spend a full-day on the Normandy WWII sites. First, you'll be in Ste Mère Eglise, the iconic village of the US Airborne, to understand how 14000 paratroopers played a crucial role in preparing the success of this day. You'll visit the Airborne Museum where your guide will explain you in the utmost details the exhibit. Then, you'll head for the hedgerow country where you'll see these terribles natural fences where so many German soldiers could hide and kill during the battle of Normandy. On Utah beach, your guide will explain you why this beach could be so quickly and successfully taken. You'll then enjoy a gourmet lunch on Omaha Beach facing the monument to the Allies, where your guide will explain you in details the battle which took place there 77 years ago. After lunch you'll head for the Pointe du Hoc where you'll see many of the German WWII bunkers taken by the US 2nd Rangers Battalion. Finally, at the Normandy American Cemetery, you'll have to time to visit the site and the Memorial before attending the ceremony of the colors. If time allows you'll also see the Longues sur Mer battery, the last WWII German battery, whose big 150mm guns where shooting on D-Day. You'll be back at your pier at the time that fits your ship's schedule. ( the itinerary will be adapted to your timing of course )

From Paris: Day Trip to Giverny & Versailles

9. From Paris: Day Trip to Giverny & Versailles

Take a fascinating excursion to 2 of the most impressive symbols of French culture, and discover the complex and rich history behind their walls. Start your excursion from Paris to Giverny with an audio guide or a guide (depending on option selected), a quaint village in Normandy that attracted several impressionist painters throughout the 19th century. See the home of Claude Monet, and be inspired by the touch of color and charm that influenced his work. Explore the colorful garden whose lilies, weeping willows, and flowerbeds are a vivid reminder of his masterful works. You will then enjoy a traditional lunch before visiting the stunning site of the Palace of Versailles. You will discover the masterful combination of classic and baroque architectural styles. Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens, walk by the hall of mirrors, and visit the Grands Appartements to get a sense of the grandeur that surrounded King Louis XIV. You will return back to Paris at around 6.00 pm.

Giverny: Monet’s House and Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

10. Giverny: Monet’s House and Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

Stroll the streets of the charming village of Giverny and discover the grave of Claude Monet in the churchyard. Then, skip the long lines to Monet's house and gardens to hear the story of the artist's life and how he led the Impressionist movement from the village between 1883 and 1926. Learn how artists such as John Singer Sargent, Paul Cézanne and Mary Cassatt joined him in the sleepy village to form an unofficial artists’ colony. Be enchanted by the ponds and gardens that inspired his paintings, and see the Japanese bridge and lilies of the Oriental water garden. Savor the scent of flowers in season, such as wild roses, hollyhocks, poppies and honeysuckle.  Admire the water lilies and weeping willows, instantly recognizable from his classic paintings and look inside the thatched roof house to find the cheerful kitchen and his collection of 18th and 19th century Japanese prints.

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Great tour. You spend more time at monuments than on the road which is nice, however in January, many of the sites are closed. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Wish we had more time for the museums that were open and that there was a souvenir stop available.

It was Phenomenal! A must! A tremendous tour guide, who engulfs you with knowledge and allows you to be free with your time on the tour!

This tour was great! Our guide Jonathan was very knowledgeable and I would recommend this tour with this company.

jonathan was an excellent guide and the tour was very good.

The guide was excellent and the small group was very nice.