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. Inside the house, Monet’s furniture and “décor” remain just as it was when he painted there, with a similar color scheme. The rooms are filled with Monet‘s collection of Japanase engravings. We begin with a walk through the romantic nymphea pond gardens and continue towards Claude Monet's house through the flower bed paths. The flower beds are exquisite, absolutely perfect color combinations that only a fine artist could conceive. Here Claude Monet began his well-known "Séries" which later made him famous. 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. The pond and the surrounding vegetation form an enclosure separated from the surrounding countryside. Lunch at leisure in a typical restaurant suggested by your guide. Continue to Auvers-sur-Oise for a brief visit of the house where Van Gogh settled after he came back from Provence and stayed (from May 20th 1890 until his death on July 29th 1890). Although the site has become very popular because of all the tourists, it remains a special place which is important in Van Gogh history. You will see Van Gogh’s bedroom which has been miraculously preserved and the well conserved Auberge Ravoux where the artist used to eat.
6:00 pm:Return to Paris at the end of the afternoon.