A visit to the Monet gardens and Chateau de Versailles on the same day is a great combination!
This morning after breakfast, your private guide and chauffeur will meet you at your Paris hotel and you will drive up to Giverny first to discover the splendid Monet gardens. When Monet and his family settled in Giverny in 1883, the piece of land sloping gently down from the house to the road was planted with an orchard and enclosed by high stone walls. A central alley bordered with pines separated it into two parts. Monet had the pines cut down, keeping only the two yews closest to the house to please Alice. From this Clos Normand of about one hectare, Monet made a garden full of perspectives, symmetries and colors.
For lunch, your guide will give you a few suggestions in the area.
After lunch, you will drive to Versailles where you will discover the infamous Chateau de Versailles.
Louis XIV spared no expense in renovating this once modest hunting lodge and, in 1682, the Chateau became the official residence of the king and his court. In the palace itself hundreds of rooms, glittering with gold, crystal and mirrors beg exploration and you can discover the State Apartments of the king and queen at your own pace. A fascinating tour of the King’s Chamber lends intriguing insight, and the Hall of Mirrors reflects an unrivaled era of opulence.
The formal Le Notre gardens are reason enough to come here—acres of meticulous landscaping, dazzling fountains embellished with mythical creatures and a tram encircles the park, showcasing off the vast grounds.
You will be back to your hotel or apartment around 5:30pm
- On January 5, 2016 most of the Queen's Apartments that are accessible for the regular public touring were closed for restoration until sometime in 2018. To make up for this, three other spaces in this part of the palace were opened for view. These include:- The Antechamber of the Grand Couvert, where the Kings and Queens (from Louis XIV to Louis XVI) ate their dinner “in public,” watched by numerous other royal family members
• The Queens’ Guard Room, once the chamber where guards came and went throughout their 24 watch
• The Mesdames Apartments, built in the mid-1700s for Louis XV’s five daughters.