- Discover Monet’s exquisite Giverny estate
- See where Monet lived and worked for 43 years
- Enjoy skip-the-line access to Versailles
- Visit Versailles Palace and its Gardens
This tour combines trips to two of the most notable attractions within driving distance of Paris: Claude Monet’s bloom-bursting estate at Giverny and the famously extravagant Palace of Versailles.
In the morning, you'll drive for one hour to reach the village of Giverny. You'll first stop at the Fondation Claude Monet, where you’ll be treated to a short introduction to the estate. After the orientation tour, you are free to explore at your leisure, stroll slowly around the lily pad-peppered ponds of the garden or make your way around the artist’s ivy-clad house, which has been restored to show how it would have appeared during the painter’s lifetime. You might even want to get lunch in one of the town’s tranquil bars or restaurants, which exude provincial charm.
After lunch, we'll head to Versailles where a majestic European castle serves as a perfectly preserved example of the reckless extravagance of the French monarchy. Your guide will take you for 2-hour tour of the house and gardens. You'll skip the line and visit the King and Queen’s apartments, the Chapel, the Coronation Room, the Hall of Mirrors and the Salon of Abundance, where the king would show off all his most precious items, including silverware, vases and medals, to distinguished guests.
After exploring the castle, you’ll step out into its 1,800 acres manicured gardens. Depending on what day you visit, you may also catch the famous Versailles Fountain Show or Musical Gardens (tickets are included in tour price on show days). The Fountain Shows sees Versailles’ famous water features spray and spurt to life, while the Musical Gardens event allows you to enjoy the garden against a soundtrack of classical music. After ambling around the gardens, you can hop back on board the return coach to Paris or, depending on your travel itinerary, you may prefer to stick around Versailles and make your own way onto your next destination.
- Round trip transfer from Paris in a comfortable air-conditioned coach
- Entrance fee to Monet’s house and gardens
- Entrance to the Château de Versailles and its gardens
- Hotel pick-up/drop-off
- Infants (0-1 year old): free
Architecture Museum, 1 Place du Trocadero et du 11 novembre, 75016 Paris.
Meet us 15 minutes before departure in front of the main entrance to the Architecture Museum at the Palais de Chaillot. The building is at the junction of the Place du Trocadero and the Avenue du President Wilson. Our coordinator will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets.
- We are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance
- This tour is not accessible to strollers or baby carriages
- This service ends at the Palace of Versailles. A bus transfer will then be provided to Paris
- Musical Gardens and Fountain show may be subject to last minute schedule changes that are not under our control
- Tour with NO Show at Versailles Gardens
01/04/2018 - 31/10/2018 - Thursday
Meeting Time: 8:30am
Departure Time: 8:45am
- Tour with Fountain Show at Versailles Gardens
01/04/2018 - 31/10/2018 - Saturday
Meeting Time: 8:30am
Departure Time: 8:45am
- Tour with Garden Show at Versailles
01/04/2018 - 31/10/2018 - Tuesday
Meeting Time: 7:45am
Departure Time: 8:00am
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