CGJO - GIVERNY MONET'S GARDEN FROM PARIS - 12H - $178.50 (Child $161.00)
26 March - 31 October
Daily from central Paris 07.45
An all-inclusive outing to tour Giverny at your leisure. You will discover Monet's house, the gardens at Giverny, the village and the Museum of Impressionism.
Central Paris departure for a bright and colourful excursion. You will make your way through Paris and the gorgeous landscapes of the Normandy countryside aboard our air conditioned coach. You will arrive in Giverny after about 1.5 hours of driving and your guide will escort you to the entrance of the estate. He will explain how the day is organised and will give you an audio guide for use outdoors only.
You may choose to start your day by touring Claude Monet's house. This residence nestled in the Giverny gardens is where the impressionist master lived for the last 40 years of his life. The inside of this two-story home boasts a magnificent decor. You can immerse yourself in Monet's world as you gaze upon the many paintings on display in the rooms of the house.
Your visit continues with a walk through the Giverny gardens, which have been preserved in their original state, as you listen to the commentary on your audio guide. Stroll through the Clos Normand and its stunning paths and flower beds bursting with a thousand colours. Lose yourself in the imagination of Claude Monet as you discover the water garden surrounded by majestic weeping willows. You cannot help but take amazing photos of the Japanese bridge spanning the waterlily pond, which was immortalized so many times in the artist's canvases. As you meander, you will understand the extent to which this garden inspired Monet's impressionist works.
You will then be invited to lunch ( Starter/Main course or Main course/Dessert, drinks excluded) at Les Nymphéas (from noon to 14:00. The restaurant is next to the Monet Foundation and across from Monet's house and serves traditional Norman cuisine featuring recipes from the days of Claude Monet. After lunch you can linger a bit longer in the world of the impressionist painter.
Begin your afternoon with a trip to the Museum of Impressionism. Here you will learn about the origins of the movement launched by Claude Monet, its different schools and its influence in the art world. You can also enjoy its garden, which is just as flower-packed as Monet's gardens with colourful beds, aromatic plants, rose bushes and a breathtaking poppy field.
Take time to walk through the village and stop in the handful of painting and sculpture galleries dotted throughout the charming streets. Your day will conclude at Au Coin du Pain’tre, an artisanal bakery near Sainte Radegonde Church and Monet's tomb. Indulge in a gourmet treat, which is served from 15:30 and showcases Normandy specialties, before hitting the road to return to Paris.
You will board the coach around 17:15 and arrive back in Paris our office around 18:45