• Versailles + Giverny (9 hours) Description

    Your private, licensed driver-guide will pick you up at your hotel (or apartment). On the way to Versailles (the drive lasts about 30 minutes), he will give you an introduction to the history of the palace and the century of the Sun King.
    VERSAILLES, one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art that stayed the symbol of absolute monarchy for more than a century.

    Upon arrival, he will pick up your reservation (that the company has done previously) and tickets and enter with you through a special entrance to start your private guided visit.
    The visit initiates with the ROYAL CHAPEL, followed by the visit of the KING’S GRAND APARTMENT, with its sumptuously decorated rooms (Hercules Salon, Abondance Salon, Venus, etc).

    The visit of the King’s Grand Apartment will lead you to the magnificent HALL OF MIRRORS (La Grande Galerie des Glaces as it was called in the 17th C, that served daily as a passageway and a waiting and meeting place frequented by courtiers and visiting public) , the WAR ROOM, the QUEEN’S GRAND APARTMENT (GUARD’S ROOM, SALON DES NOBLES - when not used for audiences it was used as antechamber to the queen’s bedroom , QUEEN’S BEDCHAMBER – birthplace of the Royal children in front of the court-), the PEACE ROOM and the HALL OF FRENCH HISTORY.

    After the visit of the Palace, your guide will take you for a stroll into the GARDENS to discover the planted architectural patterns and the groves and where you will look down on the grand perspective that leads the gaze from the Water Parterre along the Grand Canal to the horizon.

    LUNCH in a typical French bistro (that your guide will recommend you) in Versailles or in Giverny.

    GIVERNY is classified by the French as part of the “plus beaux villages de France” (most beautiful villages in France). Indeed, you get caught by its charm as soon as you put your foot in it. The fact that Monet lived and worked there half of his life adds to its magic. In fact, it is because of its beauty and picturesque location that he settled there, bringing it forever out of the shadow into the light.

    Upon your arrival in GIVERNY, you will stop at the local CHURCH (that Monet painted several times) that leads to the village graveyard where you will have a close look at MONET’S TOMB. A little later, your guide will stop at the former CAFE BAUDY, the residence of many American Impressionists (Whistler, Metcalf, Robinson, Mary Cassatt…) and friends of Monet that stayed there when they visited him (Renoir, Rodin, Cezanne..). Further down the street, you will pass the Museum of Impressionism that houses excellent temporary exhibitions before arriving to Monet’s house and garden.

    Your guide will enter with you on the side entrance (no lines) and start your visit at the WATER GARDEN that Monet created 10 years after settling in Giverny. It is inspired by the Japanese gardens that Monet knew from the prints that he collected avidly. You will find the famous JAPANESE BRIDGE covered with wisteria, weeping willows, a bamboo wood and above all the famous NYMPHEAS that bloom all summer long.

    Leaving the water garden, you will arrive to the FLOWER GARDEN (called Le Clos Normand) full of perspectives, symmetries and colors. It is divided into flowerbeds where flower clumps of different heights create volume.
    At the end of the Flower Gardens you will arrive for a visit to MONET’S HOUSE.

    After leaving Monet’s house, you will finish your visit at his last STUDIO (that he had built especially to paint the large Water-Lilies Paintings that are at the Orangerie Museum in Paris)  that houses now a gift shop before heading back to Paris.

    If time, leaving the magic of Giverny behind, driving along the picturesque “Route des Crêtes”, you will discover on your way to Paris, the exceptional panorama of the Seine Valley, an ancient watch tower of the 10th century (that was built during the Viking invasion), the château of La Roche Guyon (that became the headquarter of general Rommel during WWII) and make a last short stop in the village of Vetheuil where Monet lived for 3 years before discovering Giverny.

    This tour is available from April to October.

    (Entrance tickets to Versailles and Monet's house and gardens included).

    The security measures are reinforced in Versailles. The security control may take more time than usual, especially during the high season. The first security check is outside Versailles ground.
    Moreover due to the closure in the Palace (works) of the Queen’s bedroom and its four adjoining salons, the route of your guided tours of the Grand Apartments will be modified. It will lead you to explore the salon du Grand Couvert and the salle des gardes du Roi, open to the public and refurbished for the occasion.
    Then, you can continue your visit to the Mesdames' apartments, recently restored and refurnished.

    Lunch not included
    Extra charge for a pick up and/or a drop off outside Paris

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