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Versailles and Giverny – Tour from Paris

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Highlights

  • Be amazed at the opulence of Louis XIV′s magnificent palace
  • See Versailles at your own pace with an audio-guide in 10 languages
  • Enjoy the exuberant beauty of Claude Monet′s gardens
  • See the water-lily pond featured in so many Monet paintings
  • Fast Pass to skip the long lines at the attractions
  • Travel in a de luxe coach with bi-lingual hostess to assist

Overview

For a feast of visual delights board a de luxe coach for an enchanting day-trip to the Palace of Versailles and Monet’s garden at Giverny.

First stop is Versailles, the world’s most opulent Château. Created in the 17th century byLouis XIV, the Roi Soleil (Sun King), the scale and grandeur of the Palace and grounds defies belief.

This tour includes FREE access to the gardens during the musical fountains season (Saturdays and Sundays from April – October), which you normally have to pay a supplement for.

This convenient package gives you fast-track entry to the Sun King’s extravagant creation. An audio-guide (in 10 languages) explains what you see as you tour the Hall of Mirrors, the Royal Opera, Marble Staircase, Mars Drawing Room, Venus and Diana Drawing Rooms, and the Royal Chapel.

In the afternoon, step into the world of the Impressionist master Claude Monet at Giverny. The riot of natural beauty you find here will be in marked contrast to the formality and grandeur of Versailles.

Stroll in the gardens created by Monet, see the famous lily pond and Japanese-style footbridge that inspired so many of the artist’s paintings and enjoy the colorful interiors of his delightful house.

Itinerary

For your Versailles and Giverny Full-Day Tour from Paris you should make your way to 11 avenue de l'Opéra 75001 Paris. Here, you will board a comfortable air-conditioned coach for the journey to Versailles. A bilingual hostess (English and French-speaking) will accompany you in the coach. Please hand your booking voucher to her on boarding.

On arrival at Versailles, your hostess will go with you to the entrance of the Palace of Versailles to collect the tickets and audio-guides. This will enable you to skip the queues for this ever-popular attraction. The tour is self-guided with an audio-guide in a choice of 10 languages (French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Korean).

Versailles was created by Louis XIV (The Sun King) in the mid-17th century when he moved his court from Paris. Most visitors focus on the Château, with its stunning array of attractions. Every moulding, cornice, ceiling and door of the interior is embellished with frescos, marble, gilt and woodcarvings.

Make sure to see the State Apartments (both King and Queen's), Opera House and the Chapel Royal. Don't miss the beautiful Hall of Mirrors, a 75m-long ballroom with 17 huge mirrors on one side and, on the other, an equal number of windows looking out over the gardens.

Do try to leave time to visit the exquisitely landscaped grounds with their fountains, sculptures, and beautiful gardens.

Your package also includes entrance to the Grandes Eaux Musicales show (available on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 01 April to 31 Oct) in which the beautiful ornamental fountains play in time to music.

At 1430h (2:30pm) you will meet up again with your hostess and board the coach for departure to Giverny and the home of the celebrated Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Again your hostess will collect your tickets at the entrance and allow you to skip the queues at this popular attraction.

One of the founders of the Impressionist movement, Claude Monet spent almost 43 years in Giverny finding inspiration in the gardens around his house. He diverted a stream, made a pond, filled it with water lilies and built a Japanese-style footbridge.

You will see Monet’s beautiful garden with the water-lily pond, the subject of so many of his paintings, and his house, in which the original color schemes have been retained. Monet had a passion for color which was at odds with the fashion of the day.

At the end of the day you will board your coach for the journey back to Paris. The tour ends back at 11 Avenue de l'Opéra around 1800h (6:00pm).

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Reviews

we enjoyed our day trip to Versailles and giverny very much. my particular favourite was monet's garden at giverny. I could have spent all day there it was so beautiful. best... Beth May

It was great to be able to see Versailes and Giverny on the same day. Initially I hesitated because I was afraid that we would not have enough time for versailes, However 4 hrs... Nathalie Faber

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

01 Apr - 31 Oct: Daily except Sunday & Monday

Duration

Approx 10 hours

Start time

Start time: 0830h (8:30am)
Duration: Approx 10 hours

Meeting point

The start point for the tour is 11 Avenue De L'Opéra 75001 Paris. the nearest metro station is Pyramides (line n°14 and 7).
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

The tour concludes at the original point of departure

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Inclusions

  • Transportation by de luxe, air-conditioned coach
  • French and English-speaking hostess to assist you
  • Fast pass entrance to Versailles Palace, gardens and Grandes Eaux Musicales show (when available)
  • Versailles audio-guide in 10 languages (French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Korean)
  • Fast pass entrance to Giverny

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Meals

Do/Dont's

Wear comfortable shoes for walking. Dress for the weather and don’t forget the camera to capture the glorious photo opportunities!

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Please note

Upon arrival in Paris, please call the number on your voucher at least 48 hours in advance to confirm your departure time and location. Please have your printed voucher in hand to present to the guide upon boarding.

Grandes Eaux Musicales show is usually available on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 01 April to 31 Oct.

Versailles is in the middle of a renovation program and you may find certain parts of the complex are temporarily closed.

Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Be sure to research Versailles before you go, as it contains many treasures that you might miss if not prepared.
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  • "best thing i saw in paris" we enjoyed our day trip to Versailles and giverny very much. my particular favourite was monet's garden at giverny. I could have spent all day there it was so beautiful. best...
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