VERSAILLES PALACE & GIVERNY GARDENS PRIVATE TOUR

Visit the Most Beautiful Versailles Palace & Gardens

Take in the sights of the exquisite the Versailles Palace

Enjoy free time to stroll and explore the French style Gardens

Pick up from Paris city center meeting point

English speaking driver/guide

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Trip Details

Price:

From 880€ per group of 2 to 8 passengers maximum


When:

All year round, on request


Duration:

10 Hours (approx.)


Trip style:

Private full-day sightseeing tour
Minimum 2 people, maximum 8
Larger groups please contact us


Meeting point:

Pick-up and drop-off at your accommodation in Paris City center

 


Inclusions:
  • Sites as mentioned in the itinerary
  • English-speaking qualified guide/driver
  • Travel in recent, fully equipped minivans
  • Bottled water in the vehicles

Exclusions:
  • Entrance fees or tasting fees unless mentioned
  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Meals & drinks
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

Enjoy a private small group full day trip that includes guided tours, the visit of the Palace of Versailles combined with the visit of the House & Gardens of Claude Monet in Giverny with pick up and drop off from your accommodation in Paris City center. Meet your guide and board your luxury air conditioned vehicle that will take you to Versailles Palace followed by the House & Gardens of Giverny. Please note that the visits can be switched around depending on weather conditions or traffic conditions. Your guide will adapt the tour as best as possible.

CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES PALACE VISIT
Chateau de Versailles is without a doubt one of the most unique Chateau visits of France. This 3 star rated Michelin travel guide historical site is considered to be the symbol of perfection when it comes to Classical Architecture. The largest known Palace in the world was, from the late 17th century until the French Revolution, a permanent construction site. The Chateau is also a symbol of the power of Royalty from Sun King Louis XIV to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Today, the Chateau as well as the whole domain are gradually regaining their original splendor thanks to immense restoration works.

Here, you will have skip the line access to fast-track entry, allowing you to jump the queue. Thanks to your accompanying licensed guide, you will also be able to start your tour rapidly. At last it will be time to begin your tour of the Palace and hear about the History of the Palace & the many stories that have made Versailles Palace what it is. The visit will take you through the State apartments and beautiful rooms of the King and Queen, the Royal Chapel and Hall of Mirrors and so much more. Outside, you will also have free time to visit and explore the French style Gardens designed by André Le Nôtre. The gardens of Versailles are considered to be the best example of French Style formal Gardens.

Please Note:

The “Musical Gardens” show takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays from April 2nd 2019 through to October 29th 2019, EXCEPT on Friday April 19th 2019 as well as Tuesdays From May 21st through June 25th 2019. During this period, the access to the gardens will also be included to enjoy the show.

The “Musical Fountains” show takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from April 6th 2019 through October 27 2019, as well as Public Holidays (April 19th, May 8th, 30th, and August 15 2019) + Tuesdays From May 21st through June 25th 2019. During this period, the access to the gardens will also be included to see the fountains and groves spring to life to the rhythm of the music.

Then, depart for Giverny. Upon arrival, it will be time for lunch so your guide will suggest an appropriate restaurant depending on your wishes and budget.

MONET’S HOUSE & GARDENS IN GIVERNY

In the afternoon, visit the stunning House 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.

After the visit, return to Paris and end of our services

Good to Know

  • English speaking tour
  • Minimum number of 2 participants applies
  • Prices are per group
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour

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