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Giverny, Monet's Garden & Versailles Palace Full Day Trip from Paris

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Travel by luxury coach from Paris to Giverny and the Palace of Versailles for an all-day, expertly guided tour of two of France’s most beloved sights. Take in the beautiful architecture of the Sun King's favorite Chateau while also getting to marvel at the quaint and serene gardens of Giverny, the estate of the celebrated artist, Claude Monet!

Highlights

  • Enjoy a tour of the Fondation Claude Monet, where you can wander through Monet’s former home and spot the famous water lilies and Japanese bridge as you stroll through the lush green gardens.
  • Get priority entrance to Versailles and tour of the Hall of Mirrors and the Royal Apartments.
  • Explore the Gardens of Versailles at your own pace.
  • You can choose for an English guided tour with or without lunch, or an audio-guided tour with lunch.
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Why You Shouldn’t Miss This

Giverny and the Palace of Versailles are two must-see destinations near Paris, and this day excursion to both is bound to leave a lasting impression! In Giverny, a village of timeless beauty, you will visit the former home of the famous impressionist painter Claude Monet. Stroll through the famous, meticulously designed gardens that inspired the artist, as well as his studio and home.

The Palace of Versailles, once the epicenter of political power for the Kingdom of France, is one of the most extraordinary achievements of 17th century European art and continues to attract over 10 million visitors each year. Starting your day in Monet’s tranquil gardens and ending it in the impressive Versailles complex provides a unique experience that you don’t want to miss!

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Your Experience

Experience the tranquility of Monet’s world in Giverny

Step aboard an air-conditioned bus and depart from the center of Paris towards Claude Monet’s former estate. If you opt for a guided tour, your guide will give you an introduction once you arrive, after which you are free to explore the area at your leisure.

Explore Claude Monet's pink-plastered house, where he lived and worked (audio-guided and guided tours of the interior are not permitted due to the lack of space). Visit the reading room and the bright yellow dining room and imagine what Monet’s day-to-day life was like as you stroll through the fully restored ivy-clad house.

Make your way to the lush green gardens, one of Monet’s greatest inspirations for his world-famous artworks. If you choose for an audio-guided tour, you can turn on your audio guide to hear commentary as you admire the multicolored flowerbeds and lush water garden, famous for its water lilies and Japanese bridge.

Enjoy a Traditional French Lunch in Giverny

After exploring Monet’s tranquil estate, enjoy a lunch break before embarking on the second half of the day trip. If you choose for a tour that includes lunch, you will go by bus to “Moulin de Fourges,” a 2000-year-old mill and traditional French restaurant just 10 minutes outside of Giverny, where you can indulge in a delicious three-course meal. If you opt for a guided tour without lunch, then you will have the time to go independently to one of the traditional bars or restaurants in Giverny for lunch before leaving to Versailles.

Travel back in time to France’s Golden Age at the Palace of Versailles

At Versailles, your Skip-the-Line tickets will allow you to bypass the long entry line, saving you up to 3 hours of standing in line. Having pre-booked your tickets online also means that you get to avoid the hassle of having to wait in line at the on-site ticket box office (please keep in mind that all visitors, regardless of ticket type or vendor, are still required to pass through security).

Once you have gained entry, you can enjoy a guided or audio-guided tour (depending on your selection during booking) of the royal estate. Explore the King’s and Queen’s State Apartments, the Royal Chapel, and the Hall of Mirrors as you learn more about the French monarchy, including the private lives of the infamous King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette.

After admiring the inside of the Palace, head outdoors to admire the estate’s impressive architecture and explore the beautiful French gardens, decorated with the famous Versailles fountains. At the end of the tour, you can choose to linger at the estate, or hop back on the coach to go back to Paris.

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Inclusions

  • Transport to and from Paris by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance ticket at Giverny for Claude Monet’s house and gardens
  • Priority Access to the Palace of Versailles and its gardens
  • English-speaking tour guide or audio-headsets, available in 10 languages (French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Chinese, Japenese, Russian, Korean).
  • Lunch (if selected during booking)
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Know Before You Go

There are three options you can choose from for this experience: a guided tour with lunch, a guided tour without lunch, or an audio-guided tour with lunch. Please note that the meeting points and departure times are different for each option. Read the information for your preferred choice carefully.

Option 1: Guided Tour with Lunch

The tour begins every day of the week (except Mondays) at 8:30 am. The meeting point is the Paris Trip office, located at 41 avenue de la Bourdonnais, 75007 Paris.

Getting There

Take bus 42, 69 or 86 to the station Rapp - la Bourdonnais and walk for one minute to the Paris Trip office. Alternatively, you can go by Subway to the station École Militaire. It is about a 10 minute walk from the subway station to the Paris Trip office.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start time of your tour.

Option 2: Guided Tour without Lunch

The tour begins at 8:00 am and 8:45 am on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The tour lasts approximately 10 hours. The meeting point is located in front of the main entrance of the Architecture Museum at the Palais de Chaillot, 1 Place du Trocadero et du 11 novembre, 75016 Paris. The building is at the junction of the Place du Trocadero and the Avenue du President Wilson and the entrance faces the road.

Getting There:

Take lines 9 or 6 and get off at the metro stop Trocadero. Take exit number 1 (the brown exit signs to the Eiffel Tower will lead you to the right exit). When you exit the station you will see the Palais de Chaillot directly on your left. Your guide will be waiting outside the metro station holding a sign.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start time of your tour.

Option 3: Audio-Guided tour with Lunch

The tour begins at 8:15 am on every day of the week (except Mondays) and lasts approximately 9:30 hours. The meeting point for your trip is the Paris City Vision office, located near the Louvre at 2 rue des Pyramides in Paris.

Getting There:

The best way to reach the Paris City Vision office is by metro. Take the M1 and get off at Tuileries, or take the M7 or M13 and get off at Pyramides. It is a 3-4 minute walk from both stations.

What to wear

Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. Casual attire is suggested.

Accessibility

Unfortunately, this experience is not wheelchair accessible.

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Super Flexible Cancellation Policy

You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

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Nate Cross
Nate
Reviewed in October, 2018

I know for a fact that most tourists come to Paris and regret not going to see the Versailles Palace, so don't even think twice

Amna Lyon
Amna
Reviewed in October, 2018

My favorite part of this trip was the luxurious coach (LOL). And of course, the Claude Monet estate was a dream come true

Drew Costello
Drew
Reviewed in October, 2018

I don't know if this ticket is such a great idea because a) too expensive b) too much fun for a day and 3) very tiring. Recommend you spread it over a few days

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Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly. On the day of your experience, please show your voucher on your mobile phone, along with a valid photo ID, to your guide. Please make sure to arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

The exact meeting point information will be provided on your confirmation voucher. Please read this information carefully.

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