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Half-Day Trip to Giverny from Paris

1. Half-Day Trip to Giverny from Paris

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. During the tour, you will 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.

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Giverny: Monet's Garden Half-Day Tour from Paris

2. Giverny: Monet's Garden Half-Day Tour from Paris

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 your 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 getter a better appreciation of why Monet used this garden as the inspiration for over 250 of his paintings.

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From Paris: Monet Impressionism Tour to Giverny by Minibus

3. 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, a private tour of no more than 8, or a private tour of no more than 8, in your preferred language. With your driver-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.   Next, visit the village of Giverny with its stunning Romanesque Radegonde Church and Monet's Grave. Conclude the tour with a tasty drink in a local coffee shop.

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From Paris: Giverny Visit to Monet's Home

4. From Paris: Giverny Visit to Monet's Home

Leave Paris behind for a scenic drive to Normandy with your knowledgeable driver-guide to discover the beautiful home of the "Father of Impressionism" – Claude Monet. Experience the famous gardens that fill Monet's paintings. View the water garden shaded by weeping willows, with the famous Japanese bridge, wisterias, azaleas, and the well-known lily ponds. Enjoy the quaint charm of Monet's home as you admire the precious collection of Japanese engravings on display. Stop at the Nympheas studio, home to the Foundation's Shop, where you can choose to pick up a souvenir. See the Clos Normand with its archways of climbing plants entwined around brilliantly colored shrubs, offering the perfect palette from spring to autumn. Wander around the village that attracted large numbers of American artists between 1883 and 1920. These men and women soon formed an important artist's colony in the village of Giverny.

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What people are saying about Normandy

Wonderful guide! Fabulous outing. It's a must do! Got so much history in a fun and interesting way. Saw the graveyard and the house and garden. Was given perfect amount of time to 'stroll'. Comfortable outing, only had 3 other people.

Lovely trip to Givernay Nice visit to Monet's grave and stroll through his lovely village.

Great half-day tour! Loved seeing Monet’s home and garden.

Beautiful gardens William our tour guide was awesome!

This was a lovely small group tour with a great guide