Fantastic fun – Wonderful! everyone should experience it because there is no words to explain &our guide was very good educative fun co-operative.
MONET'S GIVERNY HOUSE AND GARDENS HALF DAY TRIP FROM PARIS
Visit Monet's Giverny House And Gardens
Take in the sights of the exquisite Monet's Giverny House & Gardens
Free time for Photo Opportunities
Conducted by Expert Guides
English speaking driver/guide
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80€ per person
4 Hours (approx.)
Shared half-day sightseeing tour
Minimum 2 people, maximum 18
Larger groups please contact us
Pick-up and drop-off at Paris City center
Exact location will be given at time of booking
- Sites as mentioned in the itinerary
- English-speaking qualified guide/driver
- Travel in recent, fully equipped minivans
- Small group option – maximum 8 passengers per group
- Free WiFi access on board
- Bottled water in the vehicles
- Entrance fees or tasting fees unless mentioned
- Personal insurance & expenses
- Meals & drinks
- Gratuities for the driver/guide
Welcome to Claude Monet’s House and Gardens at Giverny.
Enjoy a half day small group day trip (limited to 18 participants) to Claude Monet’s house and garden in Giverny with pick up and drop off from Paris City center. Meeting point location is close to the Eiffel tower. At first, we will meet you at the centrally located agency before the guided tour begins. You will then meet your guide and board your A/C minibus that will take you to Giverny.
After a drive out of Paris of just over 1 hour 1/2, arrive in Giverny to visit the stunning home and gardens of Claude Monet one of the most famous 19th century impressionist French Painter. Even though the term ‘impressionism’ already existed, one of Monet’s paintings – impression, sunrise – perfectly summarized the style and start of this painting movement.
Upon arrival you will be taken by your guide to the entrance where your visit of the Gardens and House of Claude Monet will begin. There are several things to see on site:
Claude Monet’s House:
The painter arrives in Giverny in 1883 aged 43 years old. Thanks to the selling of a number of paintings to art merchant Durand-Ruel, he is able to acquire this house where he believes he will be able to ameliorate his work on light and color. During more than 40 years, Monet will transform, develop and enlarge the house. As you enter, you will first discover the reading room or ‘little blue sitting room’ followed by the artist’s first studio where he worked until 1899. You will then proceed to the first floor where the private apartments are located. These include Monet’s bedroom where objects and artwork from Monet’s time are exhibited. There are also reproductions of paintings made by his friends: Cézanne, Renoir, Signac or Caillebote. Then, move on to Alice’s bedroom – Claude Monet’s wife – and end the tour of the upper floor with the last room which was Blanche Monet’s bedroom. You will then return to the ground floor to visit the dining room and kitchen. Here, you will admire Monet’s famous collection of Japanese prints.
The ‘Clos Normand’ Garden:
Monet’s love for gardens came as he visited the gardens of friends as well as with the one he took care of in his previous house of Argenteuil. In Giverny, the artist will model his garden so as to better paint it. In front of the house, his creates the Clos Normand. He starts by removing a number of trees, to Alice’s great despair, then reorganizes the flower beds playing with the colors for his paintings. The flower garden is composed of daffodils, tulips, narcissus, iris, oriental poppies, peonies while the central path is lined with nasturtiums, fragrant roses, cherry and Japanese apricot trees.
The water garden:
By diverting a small river, Monet completely created this water garden. He will contemplate nature for hours especially fond of the reflections of the sky that occur on the water. Deeply inspired by ‘Japonism’ – influence of Japanese art on French Artists and writers – he creates a unique world. A Japanese bridge is built and oriental plants are introduced such as maple trees, Japanese peonies, white lilies, bamboos and Ginkgos Biloba. In 1897, Monet begins to paint the “Nymphéas” series inspired by the water lilies pond, achieving one of his most famous artwork reaching the limit of abstraction.
Today, ten gardeners take care of Giverny gardens all year round.
Good to Know
- English speaking tour
- Minimum number of 2 participants applies
- Prices are per person
- Tour is not wheelchair accessible
- Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour
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