More famous than the now restored house are the gardens. You can walk through the Clos Normand with archways of climbing plants entwined around brilliantly colored shrubs, lies in front of the house and studios, offering a palette of varying colours from Spring to Autumn. Stroll through the Water Garden, formed by a tributary of the Epte, lies further away, shaded by weeping willows with its famous Japanese bridge surrounded by wisteria and azaleas as you look over the Lily Pond.
Private Tour Daily (except Mondays. Please enquire
Shared: Wed Fri, Sat, Sun 209€pp
Pick Up /Drop Off
Air-Conditioned Minibus (Max 8)
Pre reserved entries & audio guide in Versailles
3 course lunch
Painter Claude Monet indulged in his love of nature, in his art, his garden and his photography. As you drive up to Normandy your guide will introduce to the life and work of Claude Monet. You will have a guided visit Monet's home and gardens and the cemetery to visit Monet's tomb. See his home, studio, collection of Japanese engravings, and the famous water lily-garden.
On your return to Paris as you drive along the Route des Crêtes where you enjoy an exceptional panorama over the Seine valley, see a watchtower of the 9th Century built at the time of the Viking Invasion, the château of La Roche Guyon that became Erwin Rommel's headquarter during World War II, and if time the village of Vetheuil where Monet spent the 3 hardest years of his life.
After your visit to Monet's house, you can enjoy a full day private tour with one of the following combinations
After lunch at the old watermill you will head to Versailles where you will be given a private guided visit by our licensed guide followed by a visit of the magnificent gardens. Daily Except Mondays year round. For more details see here.
Auvers sur Oise
Vincent Van Gogh spent the last 100 days of his life in Auvers sur Oise. He painted approximately 70 works during his time there. After lunch you will visit the house of Doctor Gachet, a passionate art collector and dear friend of Van Gogh, “immortalized” by him several times. Following a walk through the main street of the village, one discovers the Auberge Ravoux, Van Gogh’s last residence. To round of the visit, there is a stop at the famous church of Auvers, before driving to the cemetery to pay a tribute to Vincent and his brother Theo's final resting place.
Impressionist Journey through Normandy
After your visit to Giverny we will drive to Richard the Lionheart's chateau Gaillard for a magnificent panoramic view of the river and entire countryside. From here we we will discover the 2000 year-old city of Rouen with its gothic churches and cathedral immortalized by Monet, who painted it at different times of day. The many beautiful half-timbered houses characteristic of Norman architecture still stand in Rouen's old quarter. It was here that Joan of Arc was convicted of heresy by the French clergy and burnt at the stake in 1431. Have lunch at a local Creperie or the oldest restaurant in France. In the afternoon return to Paris or continue to the Normandy coast to Etretat or Honfleur and a Cider Tasting.
After your visit to Giverny, your driver guide will drop you off for lunch near the Musée d’Orsay which houses world-famous artistic masterpieces from the period 1848-1914. At 2:30pm your licensed guide will meet you and provide a 2hr general view of the permanent collections: from paintings to fine arts. Special attention will be given to the Impressionists : Monet, Renoir and their disciples didn't’t merely reinvent landscapes and urban scenes but also traditional subjects such as portraits and scenes from everyday life.
Cycle through the French countryside sampling local Norman products, drinking cider, picnicking and visiting a magical garden.
You'll take the train from St. Lazare to Vernon where we will pick up our bikes and visit the charming farmers' market to buy food and cider for a picnic. We'll then hop on our bikes and pedal across the river to a beautiful park along the banks of the Seine for lunch. We will then ride to and see the old church and cemetery where Monet is buried. You will have time so visit the house and gardens before tea time at the Museum of Impressionism or Cafe Baudy. If time we'll ride over to a local cider producer. Return around 4:50pm.
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Private Bike Guide
The house and gardens have been restored and maintained as they were during his lifetime with the house decorated in its original color schemes thanks to Daniel Terra. Monets home, a pink and green cottage whose entrance is framed by two large yew trees, leads into the visitors center, which was his studio. The yellow dining room and the blue country kitchen, with its tiled walls, have an charming intimacy where you can imagine him getting together for large family meals or entertaining his fellow artists.. The house contains reproductions of his works and his collection of 18th-19th century Japanese prints. The huge studio where he painted the famous Water Lilies is not far from the house and now houses the Claude Monet Foundations shop. The house and garden, which inspired him were left to the Academie des Beaux Arts in 1966 by his son.
When he moved there in 1883, many American and European artists settled down in the village until World War II and formed an important colony of impressionist painters. This colony of artists developed itself around painters like Theodore Robinson, Lilla Cabot Perry, Frederick MacMonnies, Frederick Carl Frieseke.
He loved flowers and the magnificent gardens slope gently down to the River Epte. The gardens also comprise the walled garden, planted according to Monets own design, and the Water Garden, shaded by weeping willows, with its famous Japanese Bridge, its wisterias, azaleas and its pond with water-lilies.
Monet's garden is incredibly beautiful from April to October. Flower varieties bloom one after another so that the garden changes gradually with the seasons while keeping its colors and brightness. The peak period is May-June. In summer you can enjoy the beauty of all the annual flowers and of the famous Nympheas (Water-lilies). In September and October the gardens is a feast of giant flowers of splendid colors.
Giverny is a key venue for an impressionist journey to the Seine River valley, and it also plays an essential role in the development from impressionism to twentieth-century art. Its location, on the borders of the Ile-de-France region and Normandy and halfway between Paris and Rouen, make Giverny an ideal and important stop for an impressionist tour.
Museum of Impressionism
Daniel Terra, inventor of a revolutionary printing technique, acquired works of art as early as 1937 and,slowly built up a collection of American art from the colonial period to the middle of the 20th century. His passion for the American cultural heritage materialized in the creation of a foundation, the Terra Foundation for the Arts, and of its two affiliated museums, the Terra Museum of American Art in Chicago and the Museum of Impressionism in Giverny to show examples of the Giverny colony and the Seine River valley artists in their birthplace and commemorate the inter-relationship of French and American Art.
Terra first bought a property situated next to Claude Monet's house, where several American painters lived. At first he planned to exhibit paintings made by American impressionists. However, the space in the house was lacking and he chose to have a new museum built, set it on the hillside, on the natural slope of the land, revealing only part of its Norman limestone walls crowned by planted terraces and which blended with the surrounding landscape.
On the occasion of the Festival Normandie Impressionniste in 2010, the museum organized a magnificent exhibition entitled 'Impressionism on the Seine'. Approximately fifty paintings produced along the banks of the Seine will present the changing seasons, the economic activities surrounding the river, the beginning of leisure activities, and the places chosen by numerous artists who settled and vacationed along the river for short or long periods. The selection included masterpieces by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, Georges Seurat and will also re-evaluate paintings by less famous artists, in particular Armand Guillaumin, Henri Rouart and Maximilien Luce.
“We were picked exactly on time - always a great sign - by our very knowledgeable drive Mikael and headed off west to Giverny. The trip took about 45 minutes and in that time I learned more about Monet, his wife, mistress, family and friends than I ever gleaned from a book. This information was peppered with delightful vignettes of French history during the 19th century. "