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Ophorus Tours - Small-Group Day Trip to Giverny and Versailles from Paris

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Small-Group Day Trip to Giverny and Versailles from Paris

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Explore the house and stunning gardens of Claude Monet, enjoy lunch at the 'Moulin de Fourges' restaurant, then leave Giverny behind, before gaining fast access at Versailles, for a guided tour of the famous Palace.

Highlights

  • Visit the Stunning House and Gardens of Claude Monet
  • Enjoy lunch at the Moulin de Fourges restaurant
  • Take in the sights of the exquisite the Versailles Palace & Giverny Gardens
  • Guided tour of the Palace of Versailles
  • English speaking Driver Guide

Program & Itinerary

Discover the Palace of Versailles, residence of the ‘Sun King’ and the home of Claude Monet, ‘Prince of the Impressionists’ in just one day. Make your own way to the meeting point, close to the Eiffel Tower, to meet your guide and small group of up to 16 people in time for an 8.30am departure time. After a 1-hour journey to Giverny, Traveling aboard an air-conditioned minibus, you will first visit ...
Discover the Palace of Versailles, residence of the ‘Sun King’ and the home of Claude Monet, ‘Prince of the Impressionists’ in just one day. Make your own way to the meeting point, close to the Eiffel Tower, to meet your guide and small group of up to 16 people in time for an 8.30am departure time. After a 1-hour journey to Giverny, Traveling aboard an air-conditioned minibus, you will first visit the idyllic home of Claude Monet on the edge of Normandy. The leader of the Impressionist School lived here from 1883 to 1926, the colourful décor and pink brick facade are an intimate reminder of its former life. The precious collection of Japanese engravings is displayed in several rooms, hung in the marmer chosen by the master of Giverny himself. Claude Monet’s property at Giverny, left by his son to the Académie des Beaux-arts in 1966, has, after completion of large scale restoration work, become the Claude Monet Foundation, inaugurated in 1980. The huge Nymphéas studio, a stone’s throw from the house, has also been restored and contains the Foundation’s Shop. The gardens have been replanted as they once were and offer visitors the “painting from nature” which Claude Monet’s contemporaries considered to be one of his masterpieces. The rectangular Clos Normand, with archways of climbing plants entwined around brilliantly coloured shrubs, lies before the house and studios, offering from Spring to Autumn the palette of varying colours to the painter-gardner who was “ecstatic about flowers”. Lastly, the Water Garden, formed by a tributary of the Epte, lies further away, shaded by weeping willows. With its famous Japanese Bridge, its wistarias, azaleas and its pond, it has once more become that casket of sky and water which inspired the pictorial universe of the water lilies.

You will enjoy a fabulous 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. In the afternoon, we will take you back to the Golden Age of France with a visit to the Palace of Versailles. The chateau and gardens count among the most prestigious monuments of the world’s artistic heritage, and are certainly the finest and most complete achievement of 17th century French art. Former residence of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV, this sumptuous royal palace was home to three of France’s most illustrious Kings for over 100 years. The audio-guided tour of the palace includes the State Apartments of the King and Queen, Royal Chapel and Hall of Mirrors, a richly decorated gallery which boasts 357 mirrors, french bay windows and crystal chandeliers. At the end of your visit there is free time to discover the famous gardens à la française ; a 2,000 acre park designed by André le Notre with its magnificent groves, statues, and fountains.

Please Note:                                                                   

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.

Highlights:

  • Full-day Giverny and Versailles tour from Paris
  • Visit Claude Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny
  • Lunch at the Moulin de Fourges restaurant
  • Guided tour of the Palace of Versailles
  • Great-value tour includes entrance fees, lunch, and round-trip transport
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience

The price includes:

  • Small-group tour (Groups of 16 or fewer)
  • Entrance fees to Palace of Versailles and gardens (reserved timed entry, priority access)
  • Guided Tour in English inside the Palace of Versailles
  • Entrance fees to the gardens when the Musical Gardens and Fountains are running
  • Lunch with Drinks
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines

The price does not includes:

  • Gratuities (optional)

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  • 08:15 am

    Make your way to the meeting point in Paris

    Enjoy a 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 Paris City center. Meeting point location is close to the Eiffel...
    Enjoy a 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 Paris City center. Meeting point location is close to the Eiffel tower. First, we will meet you at the centrally located agency before the tour begins. You will then meet your guide and board your luxury air conditioned coach or minibus that will take you to Giverny Gardens followed by the Versailles Palace.
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  • 08:30 am

    Departure from Paris

  • 09:30 am

    Visit Monets House & Gardens in Giverny

    In the morning, arrive in Giverny to 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...
    In the morning, arrive in Giverny to 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.
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  • 12:00 pm

    Enjoy a fabulous lunch at "Moulin de Fourges"

    You will enjoy a fabulous 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...
    You will enjoy a fabulous 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.

     After lunch, depart for Versailles.
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  • 03:00 pm

    Visit of the Palace of Versailles

    Château 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...
    Château 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. 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 audio-guided tour of the palace includes the State Apartments of the King and Queen, Royal Chapel and Hall of Mirrors, a richly decorated gallery which boasts 357 mirrors, french bay windows and crystal chandeliers. 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.

    After the visit, return to your departure point in Paris and end of our services.
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  • 05:30 pm

    Drop off at the meeting point in Paris

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Ophorus Tours - Small-Group Day Trip to Giverny and Versailles from Paris
Ophorus Tours - Small-Group Day Trip to Giverny and Versailles from Paris

Know before you book

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  • 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 in English
  • Small group option, maximum 16 persons
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per person
  • Currency is in Euros

PLEASE NOTE ABOUT VERSAILLES
                                                           
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

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Signatory of Caring Attitude, the health commitment charter of the city of Paris

Meeting point

41, Avenue de la Bourdonnais, 75007 Paris

Departure

Pick up is at Paris Travel Agency, 41, avenue de la Bourdonnais, Paris.
Please be ready 15 minutes before tour departure time.
All tours leave on time!

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Included / excluded

Included

  • Small-group tour (Groups of 16 or fewer)
  • Entrance fees to Palace of Versailles and gardens (reserved timed entry, priority access)
  • Guided Tour in English inside the Palace of Versailles
  • Entrance fees to the gardens when the Musical Gardens and Fountains are running
  • 3 Course Lunch with Drinks
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines

Excluded

  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Entrance fees others than mentionned
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Gratuities
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