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Versailles and Giverny Private Tour

Versailles and Giverny Private Tour

9 hours From
AU$1,590 Per couple
 
  • Tour Type
    Private tour Private tour
  • France Region
    Normandy
  • Duration
    9 hours
  • Tour Code
    PTPVERGI
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
  • Operating Days
    Apr to Oct
9 hours From
AU$1,590 Per couple
 
  • Tour Type
    Private tour Private tour
  • France Region
    Normandy
  • Duration
    9 hours
  • Tour Code
    PTPVERGI
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
  • Operating Days
    Apr to Oct
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AdmissionAdmission All entrance fees includedEscorted tourEscorted tour Experienced private English speaking guideTransfersTransfers Transfers from/to your Paris accommodation

Summary

Indulge on a full day tour discovering the magnificent destinations both in Giverny and Versailles. Have a close look at Monet's tomb, charming gardens and other incredible spots. After lunch, embark on a journe  to the splendor and tragedy of the most famous royal residence in the world, Versailles.

This tour is available from April to October.

Meeting Point: From your hotel in Paris

Itinerary

Your private, licensed driver-guide will pick you up at your hotel in a very comfortable, air-conditioned minivan (Mercedes or similar). On the way to Giverny (the drive lasts about 1 hour), he will give you an introduction to Monet’s life and work.

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 café 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..). You will have a look at the barn behind the café that these artists used as a studio in winter. 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 on a piece of land neighboring his property and crossed by a small brook, the Ru  . 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. Monet shaped his subjects in nature there before painting them. He found his inspiration there for more than 20 years.

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. Monet did not like organized nor constrained gardens. He married flowers according to the harmony of their colors and let them grow freely. At the end of the Flower Gardens you will arrive for a visit to Monet’s House (Blue Room, Family Living Room, Monet’s Bedroom, Alice’s Bedroom, Dining Room And Kitchen).

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.

Leaving the magic of Giverny behind, driving along the picturesque “Route des Crêtes”, you will discover on your way to Versailles, 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.

Once you arrive in Versailles it is time for a LUNCH in a typical French bistro (that your guide will recommend you) before catching your breath at the sight of the Sun King’s magnificent and extravagant palace.

Versailles will embark you on a journey that will introduce you to the splendor and tragedy of the most famous and largest royal residence in the world, one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art that stayed the symbol of absolute monarchy for more than a century.

The construction and expansion of the Chateau de Versailles that lasted for over a 50 year period began as Louis XIII ‘s hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV ( the famous Sun King) transformed and expanded it , moving the cour and government of France to Versailles, using the château to demonstrate its political, economic, military and artistic success .

Upon arrival, he will pick up your reservation (that the company has done previously) and tickets (NO LINES) and enter with you through a special entrance to start   your private guided visit that initiates with the Royal Chapel, followed by the visit of the KING’S GRAND APARTMENT. This prestigious seven-room enfilade served as a parade apartment. It was therefore sumptuously decorated and was reserved on 3 evenings a week for the court:

Hercules Salon  (reception and Ball Room), Abondance Salon, Venus Salon (where buffet tables were arranged to display food and drink for the king’s guests),  Diana Salon (that served as a billiard room), Mars Salon (that served as a ballroom),  Mercury Salon  (that served as a gaming (cards) room),  Apollo Salon(that served as a concert or music room).

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,  the Hall Of French History  and the Hall Of Battles.

After the visit of the chateau, your guide will take you for a stroll into the GARDENS todiscover 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.

Back to the car, your guide will drive you through the Park where you will have a close look (outside) at  The Trianons  (Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon) before heading back to Paris where you guide will drop you at your hotel .

Inclusions

  • Pick-up/drop off at your hotel in Paris
  • Private, licensed driver-guide
  • Entrance tickets to Versailles and Monet's house and gardens included

Exclusions

  • Lunch

Important Notes

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.

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