Monet's Garden & Giverny Walking Tour

Monet's Garden & Giverny Walking Tour

Claude Monet is the founder of French impressionism and a revered icon among generations of artists and art-lovers.  We’ll have the opportunity to explore his homestead and local village, rendered impossibly beautiful in many of his famous paintings.  

We’ll begin the day in Paris at our office located near the Eiffel Tower.  We’ve organized a private transport for the 45 minute journey to the quaint town of Vernon.  Aboard the bus, your guide will take the opportunity to familiarize you with the principles of impressionism and give you some background on Claude Monet, highlighting how he was perceived by other artists of his era.  This ride winds through the Normandy countryside, offering you views of the river Seine as it cuts through farm fields and continues north.  

We’ll stop in Vernon, just a few minutes from Monet's home, in order to take advantage of the local open-air market.  France privileges fresh produce, and there’s no better way to experience it than by interacting with the vendors who sell it!  We’ll give everyone some time (and helpful hints) to visit the market to collect items for a picnic lunch near the river. This is a great opportunity to try Normandy cider as well as a host of delicious, seasonal products! With our picnics in hand, we’ll hop back on the bus for a short ride across the river towards the Old Windmill, which was the source of several Monet works.  Here, we’ll stop for lunch and have the opportunity to learn more about the town and Monet’s inspiration for living here.

Following lunch, we’ll use the bus one more time to make the transfer to Giverny, the small village where Claude Monet called home.  Our guide will facilitate your skip-the-line access into the grounds where you can then enjoy the famous Japanese bridge, visit his home, and pose for pictures among rows of vibrant flowers.   Afterwards, enjoy a stroll through various artists’ ateliers, take the opportunity to see where Claude Monet is buried, or, should you choose, relax with a drink at the Hotel Baudy, a café inspired by the growing population of American artists choosing to live and paint near Monet’s homestead.  We’ll enjoy a relaxing bus ride back to Paris at days’ end. 

We also have a biking tour of Monet’s gardens; should you be travelling with others who prefer to visit this site by bike, know that many parts of your day will overlap, such as the market, lunch, and walking through Monet’s house and gardens.  We highly recommend families sign up for both excursions should there be any doubt or hesitation about cycling ability!

Tour Highlights

  • Monet's Gardens
  • Japanese Bridge
  • Monet's House
  • Monet's Gravesite
  • Hotel Baudy
  • Picnic lunch along the Seine
  • Artists' Ateliers
    • Roundtrip transportation from Paris to Giverny
    • Live Guide
    • Access to Monet's Gardens
    • Access to Monet's House
    • Access to Monet's Gravesite
    • Stop for meal (cost not included)
    • Items purchased for picnic lunch
  • Adults €79.00
    Children (4-11) €79.00
    Infants €0.00
  • Your tour meets at our office located at 24 rue Edgar Faure, 75015 Paris. The closest Metro station is Dupleix (line 6) but this station will be closed in July and August 2020. Please use the station La Motte Picquet Grenelle (lines 8 & 10).

  • English
    • Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
    • We'll make a quick stop in Vernon to visit the local open-air market to collect items for a picnic lunch. Cost of picnic supplies is not included.
    • This tour runs concurrent with our Monet Gardens Bike Tour, so if you have friends or family who would rather ride bikes, you can share parts of your day (bus ride, picnic, gardens) with them.
    • Roundtrip transportation from Paris to Giverny
    • Live Guide
    • Access to Monet's Gardens
    • Access to Monet's House
    • Access to Monet's Gravesite
    • Stop for meal (cost not included)
    • Items purchased for picnic lunch
  • Adults €79.00
    Children (4-11) €79.00
    Infants €0.00
    • Monet's Gardens

    • Japanese Bridge

    • Monet's House

    • Monet's Gravesite

    • Hotel Baudy

    • Picnic Along The Seine

  • Your tour meets at our office located at 24 rue Edgar Faure, 75015 Paris. The closest Metro station is Dupleix (line 6) but this station will be closed in July and August 2020. Please use the station La Motte Picquet Grenelle (lines 8 & 10).

  • English
    • Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
    • We'll make a quick stop in Vernon to visit the local open-air market to collect items for a picnic lunch. Cost of picnic supplies is not included.
    • This tour runs concurrent with our Monet Gardens Bike Tour, so if you have friends or family who would rather ride bikes, you can share parts of your day (bus ride, picnic, gardens) with them.

FAQ

  • Expand/Collapse Where is the meeting point?

    Your tour meets at our office located at 24 rue Edgar Faure, 75015 Paris. The closest Metro station is Dupleix (line 6) but this station will be closed in July and August 2020. Please use the station La Motte Picquet Grenelle (lines 8 & 10). 

  • Expand/Collapse How long will we get to explore the Gardens and Monet's house?

    You will have approximately 2 hours to explore on your own.

  • Expand/Collapse Is lunch included in the tour price?

    No, lunch is not included in the cost of this tour. You will have the chance to buy picnic supplies at the market. Some vendors may accept credit cards, however it is best to have cash in euros available.

     

  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour appropriate for children?

    Yes! Our Monet's Garden & Giverny Walking Tour is a wonderful way for children to discover the countryside of Normandy.

  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour offered in any other languages, or only in English?

    All scheduled tours are in English, but private tours may be able to be scheduled in other languages.

  • Expand/Collapse Can I leave the tour early?

    Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate special requests like this on our public tours.  Once the tour begins we ask that you stay with the guide and the group until the end. If you're interested in something shorter, please inquire about a private tour.

  • Expand/Collapse What is your cancellation policy?

    Fat Tire Tours is happy to offer 100% refunds if the reservation is cancelled more than 72 hours (3 days) before the scheduled tour. We do not issue refunds for tours cancelled within 72 hours of the scheduled tour. 

    Rescheduling Policy: Reservations may be rescheduled subject to availability and tour guidelines.

     

  • Expand/Collapse What is your weather policy?

    Our tours run rain or shine, and we have rain ponchos available for purchase in our office for anyone that needs them. We will gladly buy the ponchos back if they are not used during your tour. We encourage all guests to consult the weather forecast and to dress accordingly.

  • Expand/Collapse What is the number to call if I am lost and trying to find the meeting point?

    If you are having difficulty finding the meeting location for your tour, please call us at +33.1.82.88.80.96 and our staff will be happy to help you find your way.

  • Expand/Collapse My group size is larger than the dropdown menu allows, how can I book?

    If you would like to book a larger group, please contact our Private Tours team at [email protected].

  • Expand/Collapse How big will my group be?

    This tour operates in groups of 20 people maximum.

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