After picking you up at
the doorstep of your downtown hotel in Paris, our guide will take you for a
wonderful day outside of Paris.
This day will lead you first
to the edge of Normandy, where you will visit Claude Monet's home, the
"Father of Impressionism". There you will discover the famous gardens
created by the impressionist painter, and the well known Japanese bridge
in the midst of its flowered paths and wather-lily ponds.
"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 house, with its pink crushed brick façade, where the
leader of the Impressionist School lived from 1883 to 1926, once again has its
colourful décor and intimate charin of former times. The precious collection
of Japanese engravings is displayed in several rooms, hung in the marmer
chosen by the master of Giverny himself.
The huge Nymphéas studio,
a stone's throw from the house, has also been restored. It contains the Foundation's
Shop. The gardens have been replanted as they once were and offer for the admiration
of visitors the "painting from nature" which Claude Monet's contemporaries considered
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 have lunch at the lovely
"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 its spacious terrace on the banks of the Epte.
In the afternoon, you will
be driven to Versailles Palace, residence of the Sun King, Louis XIV. There,
you will visit on your own Louis XIV's suite, the Hall of Mirrors... An audio
guide (included) is available in eight languages (French, English, German, Spanish,
Italian, Japanese, Russian and Chinese-Mandarin). You will also have some remaining
time to discover the famous "A la Francaise" gardens.
THIS TOUR WILL NOT BE CONDUCTED ON MAY 1ST
Season: From April 1st 2013 to November 1st 2013
Scheduled Day: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Departures: From 8:30 am
Duration: Approximately 9 hours
Pick up point: From your accommodation in Paris
Return point: To your accomodation in Paris
| Feedback on 1/17/2013 from Petra|
A fabulous guided tour from beginning to end. Our tour guide was a wealth of knowledge and her sparkling personality was an absolute delight. Would highly recommend.
| Feedback on 11/10/2012 from Phyllis|
Excellent day! Loved Giverny. Guide was very knowledgeable! Versailles was very grand! Highly recommend.
| Feedback on 10/17/2012 from Ka Chun|
The tour guide pick us up at the hotel on time. Very friendly and professional service.
| Feedback on 10/1/2012 from Edward|
Don''t miss out on this trip. Giverny is a must. We had great weather, and the gardens were outstanding. Both Versailles and Giverny were unguided, but the advance information from our guide was excellent. It was like having Monet in the tour van with us. Take this tour. And we had a fantastic lunch at an old mill several miles from Giverny. What a nice touch.
| Feedback on 8/8/2012 9 from David|
Excellent trip. Fabriche our guide did an excellent job. His commentary was well informed and he did a good in keeping us on time.
| Feedback on 7/13/2012 from Rae miller|
We did the Sunday morning half day tour to Monets Garden. This was the perfect time to visit. Our guide picked us up from our apartment and we were first in line as the gates opened. We were able to see the garden ahead of the crowds which was wonderful.
The garden was everything I''d imagined it to be and more and to see it with uninterrupted views was an absolute bonus.
| Feedback on 6/12/2012 from Amy|
It was a great trip. The pick up was right on time. The van very comfortable. Our guide extremely knowledgeable & both sites we visited very interesting. Would certainly recommend.
| Feedback on 6/4/2012 6 from JudithAnn|
I loved this tour! So happy that I booked the mini bus with a small group. We had a nice driver that was informative and on time to pick us up.
Lunch was lovely as well.
| Feedback on 5/18/2012 from Frances|
Our trip to Giverny and Versailles was excellent. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. Lunch at Moulin de Fourges was very good as well as relaxing. We had just the right amount of time for each activity. We would highly recommend this trip.
| Feedback on 10/26/2011 from CID|
Excelente passeio, principalmente guiado pelo Sr. Frank. Aconselho a todos que viajarem à Paris usar esta firma
| Feedback on 6/18/2011 from Connie|
Tour guide was excellent. Loved the small group concept so much more than large tour bus. We arrived at Giverny just before the crowds arrived so timing was perfect.
| Feedback on 5/30/2011 from Lia|
Versailles and Giverny
Excellent tour and very well organised. The guide kept us informed and entertained. Monet''s garden was a joy and Palace Versailles was awesome. Lunch at the Mill Restaurant was an added bonus.
| Feedback on 5/6/2011 1 from Katie|
We absolutely loved our tour to Giverny & Versailles with Laurent. He was fantastic & gave us tons of great advice in addition to the wonderful tour.
Lunch was delicious but not as fabulous as the drive through the countryside. The beauty was astounding and we cannot express our gratitude enough.
We will absolutely book our next Paris tour with you!
| Feedback on 4/11/2011 from Tiago|
Dear Paris Trip,
I can say that my family and I had a very happy time in Paris during the trip to Giverny and Versales.
Our guide Filipe was very kind and explaned everything very good. We''d to say thank you very much Felipe. Here in Brazil the next time that some friend go to Paris I will indicate Paris Trip and Filipe to them.
| Feedback on 2/2/2011 7 from Paul Ricketts|
After getting engaged to my girlfriend in the afternoon we celebrated by going on a lovely tour on the river siene, and then a performance at the Moulin Rouge. The driver was very friendly and punctual, they dropped us off with plenty of time for photos! We had a great night overall and then we was taken back to our hotel. Great value for money. I would recommend to everyone to book with this company.
| Feedback on 10/2/2012 from Pat|
Great trip small size made for a good experience Very knowledgeable multilingual tour guide , that at times was slight problem as we were ''t always ready for his change in language & therefore missed some of his commentary Would have liked longer at Versailles as hard to see everything with number of tourists there Lunch very good, lovely setting. Giverney amazing Overall a wonderful day
| Feedback on 9/23/2012 from Karen|
Lovely day with a good guide. Restaurant was also very nice and food was delicious. Audio tour was good, but it didn''t seem to work in every room. Would recommend this as a good way to see Versailles and Giverny. Thank you!
| Feedback on 9/10/2012 from Elina|
It was a very nice trip that was organized well. The driver was were nice and gave a lot of information about different things. The only thing that was a little disappointing was the lunch. The food tasted ok, but it was rushed to you. The first course was on the table before we had even managed to sit down.
| Feedback on 7/6/2012 9 from Edward|
Great experience. Our driver was prompt, polite and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend
| Feedback on 7/6/2012 7 from Kathleen|
Great tour and lots of information about what we were about to see before arriving. Safe driver and given adequate time at each site given the contraints of the tour time. Should state how amny hours at each site since a return at 7pm would be dependant on traffic and we actually got home much earlier and could have stated longer at last stop...but who knew traffic would be light.
|Management response :|
Thank you for your note and for the advice. Paul
| Feedback on 6/5/2012 5 from William|
We were very pleased with the tour. Our driver, Bertrund, was punctual, very knowledgeable, and made the trip quite enjoyable. Thank you!
| Feedback on 5/21/2012 from Peter Klatzow|
This was an absolutely memorable and happy excursion. It turned out to be Ascension Day (a public holiday in France) which meant that all the Citoyens took off to visit the famous places. Giverny in the Spring is an absolute vision and it is very morning to visit the great man''s atelier and see where he created his monumental Waterlilies. After a good lunch (part of the trip) we moved on to Versailles - another piece of luck: the fountains were in full display with some rather good sounds from Lully coming from various hedges. However, the Chateau was jam-packed with people and we squeezed through rather painfully. However, do not miss this. See where the infamous Treaty of Versailles was signed and gawk at Marie-Antoinette''s bed chamber.
| Feedback on 5/2/2012 1 from Gregory|
We had a wonderful time. Our guide was excellent. His knowledge was thorough and his commentary entertaining and informative. I have recommended this tour to friends and will continue to do so.
| Feedback on 11/10/2011 from Ross|
Well timed trip - adequate time at each location. Driver''s English was somewhat difficult to understand. Not a guided tour at the two sites - only guiding was on the drive. Very nice lunch. I felt the driver could have done more to make the whole experience more personable by helping the group get acquanted.
| Feedback on 11/3/2011 from Judith|
Thank you for accomodating me regarding car sickness
if I had to ride in the back of the minivan.
| Feedback on 5/4/2012 4 from Helen |
The commentary by the guide whilst in the van was excellent. However, would have appreciated a guided tour of the interiors of Versailles.
| Feedback on 11/10/2011 from Elisabeth|
My boyfriend and I enjoyed the intimacy of the small tour. Our guide was prompt with pick up and delivery. My only comment would be we thought he was going on the tour with us and would expand our knowledge during the individual tours not just drop us off. thanks
| Feedback on 8/7/2011 1 from Carolyn|
I took this double tour because I didn''t want two days out of Paris but only wanted to go to Versailles because I wanted to see Marie Antoinette''s Palace. Unfortunately when we got to Versailles weren''t able to go down to Marie Antoinette''s. Some people I travelled with had already been to Versailles and didn''t want to go back. It is the sort of place I wouldn''t re-visit.
As for Giverny I absolutely loved it. It was JUST enough time so perhaps a little more time is needed as we had to rush through the shop. Time taken on queue to house.
Restaurant and meal for lunch was fabulous.
| Feedback on 11/5/2011 from Elisabeth|
our guide was very good but we wished he would have come into the different places with us especially Versailles. We would have liked a little more information there that maybe the tour guide would or would not have known but it felt like a disconnect to be dropped off at the respective places and picked up. Our tour guide was more a taxi service than a guide. Thanks.
| Feedback on 4/29/2011 from Carol|
Givergny & lunch was great. Versailles a great disappointment---Not your fault, but Versailles''s. Too crowded, not enough time, additional ticket costs for M-A garden,etc. Too bad.
|Management response :|
Thank you very much for sharing and for beeing so understanding. You're right, the experience that most people have had of Versailles during Easter Week-End has been a "Nightmare". Excellent weather conditions + holidays have contributed to it. I must say that this was quite exceptional. As far as the additional cost for the garden, we were not aware of it. Other than that, I am happy to read that you enjoyed the lunch at Moulin de Fourges and your visit at Giverny. I hope we'll have the opportunity to serve you again on your next visit to Paris. Paul
| Feedback on 5/13/2011 from Todd and Diane Knight|
A disappointing ''tour''. Our Guide, Julien, said very little...most comments were in response to questions. He had many miles of driving where he could have been providing information and he did not. he did not even introduce himself to us or the other guests...we had to ASK his name! Very disappointing.
|Management response :|
Bonjour Todd, Bonjour Diane,
Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience with our guide. I hope though that you did have a good time in Giverny visiting Claude Monet's Home, as well as with your lunch at the Moulin de Fourges and the afternoon in Versailles. You may rest assure that we've shared your feedback with Julien. I am really sorry that you had a bad experience and I wish you'll give us a chance to serve you again on your next trip to Paris. Paul
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