Pick up and drop off at Rouen Cruise Port

Drive to the Gardens of Giverny and Visit Monet's House and Gardens

Tour Conducted by English speaking driver

Trip Details


560€ per group of 2 to 7 persons.

  • If you want to share your tour with others, you can put it on Cruise Critic. Most of the time this gives good results. You must do this yourself as we are not accepted on their site as a professional business.
  • Internal PA system with live commentaries and descriptions during driving time. Audible for everyone, wherever you are seated.


Departure time will depend on Cruise Ship timing – TBC at time of booking


5 Hours (approx.)

Trip Style:

Hlaf Day Shore Excursion from Rouen.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8. Larger groups please contact us.

Meeting Point:

Pick up and drop off at Ship – Rouen Cruise Port

  • Services of English speaking driver
  • Small Group Private tour limited to 8 persons
  • Itinerary can be customized
  • Transportation in A/C vehicle
  • Bottled water

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

Please note that it will be possible for you to book the desired Giverny Gardens & House entrance fees adapted to this tour during the booking process.

Embark on a vibrant Private Shore Excursion from Rouen Port of Call to the famous Gardens of Giverny!

Departing from Rouen Cruise Port, this Normandy full day shared shore excursion will take you to the breathtaking village of Giverny where the house and Gardens of famous painter Claude Monet are located.

Pick up at your ship in Rouen Cruise Terminal

First we will come and pick you up at your Cruise Ship in Rouen Port. Meet your guide who will be waiting for you outside the terminal with a sign bearing lead passenger name. Your driver guide will also go over the itinerary and program of this full day private tour with you. Then, you will be taken to your A/C minivan and it will be time to begin your drive to Monet House and Gardens.

Reach the village of Giverny

Your drive to the village of Giverny from Rouen port of call is about 1.5 hours. The village is one of the most famous in France as it features Monet’s house, one of the most famous 19th century impressionist painters of France. Upon arrival you will be taken by your guide to the entrance where your visit to the Gardens and House of Claude Monet will begin.

Visit Monet’s House & Gardens

Even though the term ‘impressionism’ already existed, one of Monet’s paintings – impression, sunrise – perfectly summarized the style and start of impressionist art and this painting movement. Upon arrival you will be taken by your guide to the entrance where your visit to the Gardens and House of Claude Monet will begin. There are several things to see on site:

Claude Monet’s House:

The painter arrived 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 Caillebotte. 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, he 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, bamboo and Ginkgos Biloba. In 1897, Monet began 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 we will drive back to Rouen Cruise Port and drop you off at your ship. This private tour can accommodate a maximum of 8 persons per minivan.

Our other Rouen Shore Excursions

We organise a number of private shore excursions and walking tours departing from Rouen. Our guided walking tour of Rouen includes the Rouen Cathedral, the Gros Horloge, square where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431. It is also possible for us to combine different destinations such as Giverny, Rouen and Honfleur village.

Good to Know

  • English speaking tour.
  • Minimum number of 2 participants applies.
  • Prices are per group of 2 to 7 persons.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.

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