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 arrangements to create a harmony for each season, and then painted them.


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


Standard duration: 4 hrs to 5 hrs

Price: 350€ (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 Japanese garden, the flowers garden, the house and Monet's life in Giverny

Please note that guided tours are not allowed in Monet's house; even for groups of 2 people, but the house is only a small part of the tour and I prepare an informative document for this part of the visit


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 by public transports or book the services of a private driver for you.


How long is the tour?

The tour itself lasts 2.5 hours, including the visit of Monet's house (10 to 30 minutes). But from the train station, you need to count the time for the bus. If you meet me at the railway station, count 3 hours. Don't forget to calculate your return: the total trip from Paris takes about 5 to 6 hours. 

With the service of a driver, Giverny is a 5 hours trip. This tour can be combined with another visit of the west of Paris (Versailles, Saint-Germain-en-Laye) if you prefer to spend a full day out of the capital.. 


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

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 waterlilies 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 the 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, art galleries, and museums. You can plan to spend your whole day in Giverny if you want.

A hat is always a good idea in summer.