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Versailles Palace and Giverny: Skip-the-Line, Guided Tour, Lunch – from Paris

  • When does it run?
    01 Apr - 31 Oct : Daily except Monday
  • Start time
    8:15am
  • Duration
    9.5 hours
Inclusions
  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle from Paris
  • Guided visit to Giverny (gardens and house)
  • Skip-the-line entrance to Versailles (palace and gardens)
  • Audio-guide in the Palace of Versailles
  • Lunch at "Moulin de Fourges"

Key Highlights

  • Tour the magnificent palace and gardens at Versailles
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at a charming restaurant in Giverny
  • Round trip transportation in an air conditioned coach
  • Combined day trip to the enchanting Giverny and magnificent Versailles

Overview

Explore the beautiful and awe-inspiring Palace of Versailles and Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny on this tour.

The Palace of Versailles is a grand palace, world renowned and draws tourists from far and wide to explore its lavish interiors and formal gardens. Built by Louis the XIV, the famous Palace of Versailles was designed to awe with its opulence. The 75 metre long Hall of Mirrors is particularly impressive with 17 huge mirrors and stucco work showing the monarch in various guises.

Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny is where the famous impressionist artist painted the Water Lilies series. The artist has a lovely airy studio, which now houses reproductions of his work. Monet’s garden in Giverny is particularly delightful for its profusion of flowers in different shades and colours. The Japanese bridge covered in purple wisterias and the water pond is picture perfect.

With history, art and culture, this tour of the Palace of Versailles and Monet’s garden will be a memorable experience.

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    01 Apr - 31 Oct : Daily except Monday

  • Duration

    9.5 hours

  • Start time

    8:15am

  • Meeting Point

    The start point for the tour is 2 rue des Pyramides, 75001, Paris.
    The closest metro station is Tuileries (line n°01), Pyramides (line n°14) or Palais Royal (line n°7).
    Please report at the meeting point 30 minutes before the start time for check-in. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

  • Ending Point

    This tour ends at the starting point.

Itinerary

  • Set out at 8:15am, accompanied by an English-speaking guide you will travel in an air conditioned vehicle on the Normandy highway to Giverny. A charming country village, where famous Water Lilies series were painted by the famous artist Claude Monet. He 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, enjoy priority entrance to 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. 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 6:00pm.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle from Paris
  • Guided visit to Giverny (gardens and house)
  • Skip-the-line entrance to Versailles (palace and gardens)
  • Audio-guide in the Palace of Versailles
  • Lunch at "Moulin de Fourges"

Exclusions

  • Live guide in Versailles
  • Gratuities

Please note

Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

Please note that check-in will close 10 minutes before excursion start time.

Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

Guided tours of the interior of Claude Monet's house are not permitted due to the lack of space

Menu is subject to changes without prior notice.

 Queen’s State Apartment will remain closed due to  renovation activity.

Flat shoes are strongly recommended (Versailles has parquet floors in its rooms and cobblestones in its courtyard)

Strollers are not permitted inside the palace

Skip-the-line access is subject to the Versailles Palace procedures: The Vigipirate plan, the security control or an unforeseen crowd can slow down the process.

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.

Customer Reviews

  • Very good tour! Worth every penny
    Gloria Padulla, United Kingdom 08/25/2016
  • Excellent tour
    Margaret Young, Australia 04/19/2016
  • Versailles and Giverny with Lunch at Moulin de Fourges – From Paris
    B WARRENDER, United Kingdom 10/18/2015

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