Set out at 0815h (08:15am), accompanied by an English-speaking guide you will travel in an air conditioned vehicle on the Normandy highway to Giverny. A charming country village, this is where the impressionist artist Claude Monet painted the famous Water Lilies series. Monet was one of the first artists of his time to step out of the studio and experiment with light, shadow and the different effects of sunlight on nature.
See Monet's home, studio and garden on your visit to Giverny. A profusion of flowers in every possible shade and colour makes this garden a must visit. Stroll around and admire the pond and the Japanese bridge covered in purple wisteria.
Stop for lunch in the Moulin de Fourges restaurant. After lunch, visit the enormous Palace of Versailles. Built by Louis the XIV in the mid 17th century, it is the most luxurious palace in France. Visit the Grand Apartments, the King’s Suite and Queen’s Suite and see lavishly decorated rooms with frescoes, marble, gilt, woodwork and symbols from Roman and Greek mythology. The Hall of Mirrors is the most opulent of all. A 75 metre long ballroom, it has 17 huge mirrors on one side and windows overlooking formal gardens on the other. Also visit the apartments of the Dauphin and Dauphine. An audio guide available in eight languages will give you the historical background of the palace.
You can also visit the formal gardens of the palace. Designed to awe, the gardens have geometric terraces, flowerbeds, ponds and bronze and marble statues.
You will arrive at the starting point around 1800h (6:00pm).