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Giverny Tours

Our holistic Giverny tours take you into the enchanting world of Impressionist painter, Claude Monet! The quaint little town is proof that one man can truly make a town. The Monet house and the attached garden represent the main attractions of the picturesque village; and, for good reason! But, you’ll soon find that a sightseeing tour has a whole lot more to offer. For example, the town’s proximity to Versailles allows visitors to take a trip that provides skip-the-line access to Versailles and a Giverny guided tour with lunch, all in a single day. Or, you can combine the Garden of Monet and the American Art Museum for an unforgettable France vacation. Some prefer to explore the French countryside by bicycle on a bike tour. If you don’t mind pedalling a quick 4 miles from Vernon to Monet’s house, then taking the bike tour is one of the most unforgettable things to do!

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Our tips for Giverny

  • Daytripper. If you want to avoid the crowds at Monet’s garden, then try arriving right as the gates open. And, you’ll definitely want to book Giverny guided tour on a weekday.
  • Plan Ahead! Make sure you allow yourself enough time to fully enjoy Monet's garden. It takes a little while to fully explore the garden, but you'll also need time for reflection.
  • Weatherman. Do check the weather forecast before your sightseeing trip. It would be a shame to arrive at Monet’s house in the middle of a torrential downpour!

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Best time to visit

Weather-wise, the best time to book Giverny tours is Summer. You’ll experience clear, sunny days for most of your trip and be assured that all of the top attractions are open to the public. Plus, you can take advantage of optimal lighting for your Monet’s garden photos. However, you should be aware that summer is peak tourist season; so, you'll need to be strategic about when you arrive at the main attraction. The shoulder seasons of April and October offer slight discounts on lodging and airfare, but you'll also be risking a little extra rain. If you can avoid coming in winter, then you might want to try postponing your tour of Giverny until the spring. In winter, only a few of the flowers in the famous garden are in bloom. Plus, many of the most popular points-of-interest close down for a few months. 

Getting there

Getting to Giverny is a snap! First of all, many of the most popular day trips from Paris offer free transportation for the day; so, you don't have to worry about anything except enjoying the beauty of the French countryside. Nothing adds more stress to a sightseeing trip than trying to figure out how to navigate the roads or when to get off the bus. But, if you don't have the luxury of a guided tour, then you will need to use one of the several other options available to you. Those who wish to take a train will need to buy a ticket to nearby Vernon at the ticket window of Gare Saint-Lazare. Then, you can either hop on the clearly-marked buses to your destination or hire a taxi for the 4-mile ride into town. Finally, if you rented a car, then you’ll need to take Highway A13 towards Rouen for 35 miles before hitting the off-ramp at Exit 14 in Bonnières or Exit 16 in Douains. From there, you just follow the road signs to Vernon and then Giverny.

Money saving tips

While Giverny Monet tickets are not all that pricey (considering the surreal experience you enjoy), getting to the town itself can be a bit more expensive. Try not to book tours from Paris although getting a tour operator to make all the arrangements can be tempting. You can get to the town by train. Also, be on the lookout for great deals and saver combos that are always on offer. Making a trip to Versailles and Giverny on the same day is also a great way to get more bang for your buck!

Did you know?

Fun Facts – Impress your tour group with this fascinating Giverny trivia!

  • Based on carbon dating, it appears human beings have lived in Giverny since the tail end of the Stone Age.   
  • The ancient town of Giverny was previously known as Warnacum. This was discovered upon the unearthing of several property documents from antiquity.
  • One of Giverny’s most famous residents, Claude Monet, stumbled upon the village while passing through by train and decided to move there.
  • Monet painted his water lilies around 250 times and as he slowly lost his sight, began to paint his garden from memory.

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