Giverny & Versailles (9 hours)

Paris, France

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

All Ages

Activity Level

Easy

Description

9.00 am: Be met in the lobby of your hotel in Paris.

 

Go to Giverny where you will visit the home, studio and gardens of Claude Monet, the great impressionist painter. His stunning art immortalized Giverny’s lush flower gardens and the water lilies on his private lake. Inside the house, Monet’s furniture and “décor” remain just as it was when he painted there, with a similar color scheme.

Visit the water garden where you will find the famous Japanese bridge covered with wisterias, other smaller bridges, weeping willows, a bamboo wood and above all the famous nympheas which are in bloom all summer long. Always looking for mist and transparencies, Monet would dedicate himself less to flowers than to reflections in water, a kind of inverted world transfigured by the liquid element.

Lunch at leisure in a typical restaurant suggested by your guide.

 

Then in the afternoon, go to Versailles where you will explore the Château de Versailles with its King’s State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors which was used by Louis XIV as a council room. Discover the gardens which were laid out by the great landscape artist, Le Nôtre, who managed to perfect the model of formal French gardens.

Home to hundreds when the King was in residence, this palace constitutes a veritable city of elegant private rooms and public reception halls, set in a splendid park with fountains, hidden gardens, and a lake for boating. Imagine life in the château as your guide opens doors allowing you to enter the lives of kings and queens. Imagine yourself among the courtiers in a banquet hall illuminated with candelabras reflected in the hall of mirrors.

 

6.00 pm: Return to your hotel.

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