Monet's Gardens in Giverny: the Painter's Masterpiece

Monet only had two passions in his life: painting and gardening. His house in Giverny was his home and his source of inspiration. Indeed he painted the flowers he planted himself or the japanese bridge he ordered. He created this exceptional garden as an entire masterpiece, making floral arrangement to create a harmony for each season, and then painted it.

 

Still today, the garden of Claude Monet Fondation is a three-dimensional art work and invites you to discover the painter, his life, his artistic links with Japan and with his guests...

 

Standard duration: 4h to 5h

Price: 300€ (up to 10 people)                                                Quote on request for larger groups.

Flat price. Tickets and transports not included.                     Please contact me for an estimate.

 

We will see together: the different gardens of Monet (flowers garden and japanese garden) and his life in Giverny

Please note Monet's house cannot be visited with a group but just by yourselves (it is true for every groups from 2 people, the house is only a small part of the tour and I prepare a paper guide to help you enjoy this moment)

 

Other tours in this region: Palace of Versailles, Saint-Germain-en-Laye


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From what age is the tour recommended?

This tour focus on the personnality of Monet and his passion for flowers. The tour can easily be followed by children from 6 years old.

 

How can we go to Giverny?

Giverny is a small town of Normandy accessible from the railway station of a bigger town nearby: Vernon. A regular service of bus connects Vernon and Giverny. It is possible to meet me at the train station of Vernon-Giverny. Otherwise I can pick you up anywhere in Paris to help you get tickets and accompany you in public transports or book the services of a private driver for you.

 

How long is the tour?

The tour itself lasts 2h30, including the visit of Monet's house (10 to 30 min). But from the train station, you need to count the time for the bus. If you meet me at the railway station, count 3h to 3h30. Don't forget to calculate your return (the total trip from Paris takes about 5h30-6h).

With the service of a driver, Giverny is a 5h trip. This tour can be combined with another visit of the west of Paris (Versailles, Saint-Germain-en-Laye).

 

Is there a day we cannot visit the gardens? When is the best time to see the water lilies?

The gardens are open every day from the end of March to the end of October. During this period, the garden is always worthy to see, thanks to the impressive work of the gardeners and a precise flowering calendar. The water lilies are visible from June to September, sometimes until October.

 

When is the best time to avoid the crowd?

Unfortunately, Monet's gardens in Giverny is a touristic site opened only during the busy season. Though the beginning (April) and the end of this season (October) are fine. However and due to the distance to Paris, the site is never a nightmare. 

 

Is this visit wheelchair accesible ?

The entire gardens are wheelchair accessible. Considering Monet's house, there are steps you can't avoid. If your disability allow you to walk few steps, you'll be able to see it. 

 

Good to know

The service of transports is good to Vernon and Giverny. There are many restaurants in Giverny and also art shops, galleries, and a museum. You can plan to spend your whole day in Giverny if you want.

A hat is always a good idea in summer.