Monet’s House and Palace of Versailles Day Trip
Trade Paris' bustling streets for the tranquil village of Giverny and the Palace of Versailles
Are you yearning to discover the serene world of Impressionist master Claude Monet and wander the magnificent Palace of Versailles but don't have time to arrange transport, tours, and entry tickets yourself? That's why we've crafted this day trip from Paris, complete with skip-the-line access, so you can enjoy the grandeur of each without worrying about the finer details. Plus, our knowledgeable guides will enrich your journey with fascinating stories of the past.
- Enjoy a fully guided day out of Paris!
- Start your day in Giverny
- Fondation Claude Monet
- Monet's Garden
- The Palace of Versailles
- The Hall of Mirrors
- Gardens of Versailles
Your adventure begins in the heart of Paris, at the Palais de Chaillot, where you'll meet up with your guide and fellow group members and hit the road to Giverny. After an hour drive, you'll find yourself at the Fondation Claude Monet, roaming the estate's fabulous garden and touring Monet's house.
Next, sit down for lunch at one of the many cozy eateries in Giverny before continuing to the Palace of Versailles. Between a guided tour of the magnificent palace and gardens and time to explore on your own, you'll board the bus feeling thoroughly introduced to the history, artistry, and natural splendors that exist just a short journey outside of Paris.
Please note that this trip operates with a larger group than you'll find on most of our tours!
Monet’s House and Palace of Versailles Day Trip Description
Your 10-hour tour includes:
Entrance tickets and reservation fees for the Château de Versailles and Gardens
Entrance fee to Monet's house and gardens
Headsets, when required, to better hear your guide
Time to explore Giverny at your leisure
Transport in an air-conditioned coach
Expert, English-speaking tour guide
Pick up and drop off in Paris
Meet at Palais de Chaillot and Transfer to Giverny
Your enchanting day trip begins early in the morning at the Palais de Chaillot, located in the heart of Paris. Meet your expert guide and fellow explorers for the day, and take a moment to soak in the sweeping views of the Eiffel Tower before boarding a comfortable, air-conditioned coach. As Paris wakes around you, you'll leave the city behind and enjoy a scenic hour's drive to the quaint country village of Giverny. Along the way, listen as your guide provides an insightful introduction to the day's itinerary.
Explore Fondation Claude Monet
Soon, you'll arrive at the lush Fondation Claude Monet, nestled in the heart of Giverny. You'll immediately be whisked back to the 17th century while enjoying an informative introduction to the estate that was once the home and studio of the Impressionist master Monet, and still houses his personal belongings to this day.
After the guided tour, you'll have free time to discover the estate at your own pace. See for yourself the famous lily pad-peppered ponds that were featured in Monet's own masterpieces, meander through the grounds alive with colorful blooms, and imagine the day-to-day life of Monet as you explore the ivy-clad house.
When your stomach begins to grumble from all the exploring, you'll know it's time to head to one of the many local eateries dotted around Giverny. Delight in a delicious lunch with incredible views to match before meeting back up with your group to continue the journey.
Tour Palace of Versailles
Your next destination is the magnificent Palace of Versailles, and with your pre-booked group entrance and skip-the-line access, you'll waste no time heading inside. An official Palace of Versailles tour guide will then take over, leading you through the luxurious interior, pointing out the King and Queen's apartments, the Chapel, the Coronation Room, the Hall of Mirrors, and the Salon of Abundance. During the tour, you'll also be told fascinating stories of Louis XVI, the Sun King, and Marie Antoinette, and art fanatics will be blown away by the array of magnificent art pieces dotted around the palace.
Roam the Gardens of Versailles
Just when you think the tour cannot get any more grand, your expert guide will lead the way to the stunning manicured gardens of Versailles. Spread over more than 1,800 acres, it's nearly impossible to know where to start. So, your friendly guide will give you a well-rounded introduction before sending you to explore at your leisure.
Then, depending on the day and time of year, you may even have a chance to catch the delightful Versailles Fountain Show (April to October on Saturdays and Sundays) or the Musical Garden Show (April to October from Tuesday to Friday), where classical music complements the beautiful surroundings.
When you've wandered to your heart's content, you'll meet back up with your group and board the bus for a relaxing journey home. Soon, you'll be back in Paris, carrying with you the memories of a day filled with history, art, and natural beauty.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What to bring?
Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?
No, this tour is operated by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Paris.
What should I bring?
It's always smart to wear comfortable shoes since you'll be on your feet for a good portion of the tour. A good camera and a water bottle are also recommended.
Where does this tour end?
This tour ends at Palais de Chaillot in Paris. Our guides are happy to point you in the direction of public transport or arrange a taxi if required.
Is lunch or dinner included in the price of the tour?
No, but you’ll have time to find delicious food in Giverny, and our guides are always happy to point you in the right direction.
What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?
If you have any doubts about your mobility, please let us know beforehand. This tour includes walking on uneven terrain and navigating sometimes steep staircases.