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Ophorus Tours - Giverny Gardens & Versailles Palace including lunch Private Day Trip From Paris

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Giverny Gardens & Versailles Palace including lunch Private Day Trip From Paris

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A private day trip from Paris to visit Monet's House & Gardens in Giverny followed by the visit of Versailles Palace & Gardens

Highlights

  • Visit Monet's House & Gardens in Giverny
  • A delicious 3-course lunch is included
  • Take in the sights of the exquisite the Versailles Palace
  • Enjoy free time to stroll and explore the French style Gardens
  • Local Tour Guide, Giverny & Versailles Expert
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests

Program & Itinerary

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. ...

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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.

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 painters. 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 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 Claude Monet's home, 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, bamboos 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 Monet's gardens all year round.

Lunch in a local restaurant in Giverny

During your full day tour from Paris, you will enjoy a delicious 3 course lunch at the “Moulin de Fourges” restaurant, a 200-year-old mill. The architecture of this listed site, dating back to the 18th century, draws its inspiration from the hamlet of Marie-Antoinette at Versailles. It offers a unique setting with its rural grounds and spacious terrace on the banks of the Epte.

Château de Versailles Palace & Gardens 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 tickets and access to fast-track entry, allowing you to jump the queue. Thanks to your accompanying tour guide, you will also be able to start your visit to Versailles 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.

The Hall of Mirrors

The Hall of Mirrors, the most famous room in the Palace, was built to replace a large terrace designed by the architect Louis Le Vau, which opened onto the garden. The terrace originally stood between the King’s Apartments to the north and the Queen’s to the south, but was awkward and above all exposed to bad weather, and it was not long before the decision was made to demolish it.

Le Vau’s successor, Jules Hardouin-Mansart, produced a more suitable design that replaced the terrace with a large gallery. Work started in 1678 and ended in 1684.

The War Room

Hardouin Mansart started building the War Room in 1678. The decoration, completed by Le Brun in 1686, pays tribute to the military victories which led to the peace treaties of Nijmegen. The walls are covered with marble panels decorated with six trophies and weapons in gilded bronze. The wall adjacent to the Apollo Room bears an oval stucco bas-relief depicting Louis XIV on horseback trampling his enemies.

The Peace Room

The Peace Room is symmetrical to the War Room and contains the same marble panel decoration and chased trophies of arms in gilded bronze. Here, however, Le Brun decorated the cupola and arches on the themes of the benefits of peace brought to Europe by France. From the beginning of Louis XIV’s reign this room was separated from the hall by a movable partition and was considered part of the Queen’s Apartment, constituting the final room after the Queen’s Chamber.

Visit the Gardens

Visitors looking through the central window in the Hall of Mirrors will see the Grand Perspective stretching away towards the horizon from the Water Parterre. This unique east-west perspective originally dates from before the reign of Louis XIV, but it was developed and extended by the gardener André Le Nôtre, who widened the Royal Way and dug the Grand Canal.

Creating the gardens was a monumental task. Large amounts of soil had to be shifted to level the ground, create parterres, build the Orangery and dig out the fountains and Canal in places previously occupied solely by meadows and marshes. Trees were brought in from different regions of France. Thousands of men, sometimes even entire regiments, took part in this immense project.

For all information concerning the musical gardens and musical fountain show, please refer to our good to know section of the trip page. After the visit, return to Paris and end of our services

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  • Pick up at your hotel or accommodation in Paris

  • Visit Claude Monet's House & Gardens in Giverny

  • Enjoy a 3-course meal in a local restaurant near Giverny

  • Visit Versailles Palace & Gardens

  • Return to Paris, drop off at your accommodation

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Ophorus Tours - Giverny Gardens & Versailles Palace including lunch Private Day Trip From Paris
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Ophorus Tours - Giverny Gardens & Versailles Palace including lunch Private Day Trip From Paris
Ophorus Tours - Giverny Gardens & Versailles Palace including lunch Private Day Trip From Paris
Ophorus Tours - Giverny Gardens & Versailles Palace including lunch Private Day Trip From Paris

Know before you book

The "Musical Gardens" show takes place every summer in the Gardens of Versailles Palace. During this period, the access to the gardens will also be included (at no extra-cost) to enjoy the show in the Gardens.

The "Musical Fountains Show" takes place on Saturdays and Sundays every summer in the Gardens of Versailles Palace. During this period, the access to the gardens will also be included (at no extra-cost) to enjoy the show in the Gardens.

  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • In case minimum numbers are not reached we will offer to reschedule or refund your tour
  • Tour is operated by premium A/C vehicle, maximum 7 guests
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per person
  • Currency is in Euros

COVID-19: Preventive Measures Implemented

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Face masks required for travelers and guides in public areas and vehicles
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Meeting point

Your Hotel or Accommodation in Paris City Centre

Departure

To benefit from the complimentary pick-up at your hotel, AirBnb or private apartment, your accommodation must be centrally located in Paris and have one of the following postal / zip codes: 75001, 75002, 75003, 75004, 75005, 75006, 75007, 75008, 75009, 75015, 75016, 75017

The exact pick-up time will be confirmed by email

Return

Tour returns to original departure point
 

Included / excluded

Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Selected Hotels)
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Travel in premium car or minivan
  • Entrance fees to Giverny Gardens
  • Entrance fees to Palace of Versailles 
  • Guided Tour in English inside the Palace of Versailles
  • Entrance fees to the gardens (Musical Gardens and Fountains)
  • 3 course meal in local restaurant
  • Bottled water in the minivan

Excluded

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

FAQ

  • Do you organize pick up and return at accommodation for your Paris Private Tours?

    Absolutely! We will come and pick you up at any Paris Train Station, Hotel, AirBnB or accommodation in Paris Center.

    To benefit from the complimentary pick-up at your hotel or private apartment, your accommodation must be centrally located in Paris and have one of the following postal / zip codes: 75001, 75002, 75003, 75004, 75005, 75006, 75007, 75008, 75009, 75015, 75016, 75017

    If you arriving in a Paris airport such as Charles de Gaull or Orly, we have also made it possible for you to book your transfer to Paris directly on our website. 

    If you choose the Airport pick up option, we will transfer you to Paris and begin your Private Giverny tour strait away so that you do not loose any time. At the end of the tour, we will drop you off at your accommodation in Paris.
  • What type of vehicles are used during your Day Trips from Paris?

    Our company uses only premium cars & minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows and large leg space.
  • Who conducts your private day trips from Paris?

    We only employ accredited and licensed tour guides that are also the drivers for all tours that need visits to be conducted by certified guides. Good examples are: the visit of museums, guided walking tours in cities, visit of historical monuments and so on. This will be the case for this private tour from Paris to Versailles.
  • How long is the drive from Paris to Giverny?

    Giverny is located at about 75 kilometers (45 miles) from Paris. Under normal traffic conditions, it will take approximately around 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to Giverny. Once there you will have plenty of time to visit as the tour of Monet's House takes about 15 minutes then it will at leisure in the Gardens knowing that the restaurant is located close to the village of Giverny. After lunch, from Giverny to Versailles, the driving time is approximately of 1 hour. This means that you will have a large part of the afternoon to enjoy the visit of Versailles Palace and time at leisure for the gardens.
  • What should I wear on this Day trip from Paris to Giverny & Versailles?

    Wear comfortable shoes and don't hesitate to bring a sweater or long sleeved shirt as it can be windy in the gardens of Giverny and Versailles. You can base yourself on the Paris temperatures knowing that it will always be a bit cooler in Giverny & Versailles.
  • Is the price per person or per group?

    On this private tour to Versailles from Paris, the prices are person. Your small group tour must include at least 2 persons and a maximum of 7 persons can take this private tour.
  • Will we experience the Musical Gardens or Fountains Show in Versailles?

    Yes, absolutely. The "Musical Gardens" show takes place every summer in the Gardens of Versailles Palace. During this period, the access to the gardens will also be included (at no extra-cost) to enjoy the show in the Gardens.

    The "Musical Fountains Show" takes place on Saturdays and Sundays every summer in the Gardens of Versailles Palace. During this period, the access to the gardens will also be included (at no extra-cost) to enjoy the show in the Gardens.
  • Is this Paris full Day Trip only available in English?

    No, our talented, in-house multi lingual guides will be happy to conduct the tour in French, Spanish, German, Italian. You will be asked in which language you would like to take the tour during the booking process. If you do not see your language, don't hesitate to reach out to our team of travel experts for availability.
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