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From Paris: Private Trip to Giverny, Monet's House & Museum

1. From Paris: Private Trip to Giverny, Monet's House & Museum

Your tour will start with a pick-up from your Paris hotel by your private guide for the roughly 1.5-hour drive by minivan to Giverny, where you will walk in the footsteps of Claude Monet.  Upon arrival at Claude Monet's house and gardens, stroll with your guide through the rows of vibrant flowers in front of Monet's pink and green home. Visit the water lily pond and Japanese Bridge (pont Japonais), which you'll recognize from some of the Monet's best-known paintings. Admire the variety of vegetation, including cherry trees, tulips, roses, wisteria, weeping willows and irises. Explore the interior of the house, and see the kitchen, dining room, living space, bedrooms and the painter's collection of Japanese prints. As one of the leaders of the Impressionist movement of the 19th century, Monet introduced more perception, emotion and light into art of his age, and he spent almost 40 years developing his Giverny property. You'll also stop by his workshop.  Afterward, head to the Musée des Impressionnismes (Museum of Impressionism), honoring Impressionist artists around the world. The museum depicts the history of this favorite art genre and features The Garden, designed by landscape painter Mark Rudkin, which offers a colorful nod to the themes dear to the Impressionists. Check out the permanent gallery, Monet Around, to learn about the influence Monet and his contemporaries had on the generations that followed them, and visit the temporary exhibitions. Your tour will end with a return to Paris for hotel drop-off.

Normandy: Mont-Saint-Michel Private Walking Tour

2. Normandy: Mont-Saint-Michel Private Walking Tour

Discover the history of Mont-Saint-Michel, from the Hundred Years' War to the French Revolution, on a fascinating walking adventure. Join your private guide to discover the area and take in the stunning Romanesque architecture perched on top of the cliffs contrasting with the surrounding marshland. Arrive in Normandy and meet your guide outside the castle for a trip back in time as you walk around this outstanding site, dating back to the medieval era. Make the most of your guide's knowledge and expertise to customize your experience to your specific needs. Explore the many wonders of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the option to visit the historic abbey, which served both as a pilgrimage site and a prison back in the day.

From Paris: Giverny and Versailles Private Full-Day Trip

3. From Paris: Giverny and Versailles Private Full-Day Trip

Your tour starts in Paris, where you will be picked from your accommodations and hop aboard a minivan for a one-hour drive to the Palace of Versailles.  Here, you will explore the opulent palace, once home to King Louis XIV, King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. On your tour, you will view the famous Hall of Mirrors, the Grand Apartments and the Queen's Apartments, as your guide helps bring history to life. Enjoy some free time to wander through the expansive gardens behind the palace.  After touring Versailles, take a midday break for lunch and continue your journey to Giverny, the long-time home of Claude Monet. When you arrive at Monet's House and Gardens, take some time to wander through the rows of vibrant flowers and stroll over to the water lily pond and Japanese bridge. You can view his workshop and house, where you can admire Monet's collection of Japanese prints on the walls before heading back to Paris.  

Caen Like a Local: Customized Guided Walking Tour

4. Caen Like a Local: Customized Guided Walking Tour

Skip the usual historical tours and discover the city of Caen through a local's eyes on this customized tour that can run for anything between 2-6 hours. Experience a tour that will transform the way you travel, making it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Meet your guide at your accommodation in Caen to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. Through conversations with your local guide, learn about cultural differences, local events, and what it's truly like to be a Caen local. By the end of the tour, you'll feel comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most out of your stay. Since the local partner's guides are not professional, they provide an experience that's authentic and personal, like a friend showing you around the city. The more notice, the better, as these tours are organized on demand and are completely personalized. Choose between 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6-hour options. With this experience, you won't just be passing through the city, you’ll be part of it.

Welcome to Rouen: Private Walking Tour with a Local

5. Welcome to Rouen: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Experience Rouen like a resident on a private walking tour with a local host. Get tips on what to see and do, learn the best ways to get around and much more. Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Hear where to buy groceries or where the best places to eat can be found. Alternatively, meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Venture beyond the usual tourist sites and discover places you would never read about in the guidebooks. Avail of an itinerary that can be tailored to your interests and specific needs. Ride on the public transportation system, at your own expense, if you prefer. Chat with your guide about life in the city and its many traditions. Feel more confident that you can get around and explore on your own for the rest of your stay in the city.

Normandy: D-Day Beaches Private Tour from Paris

6. Normandy: D-Day Beaches Private Tour from Paris

Start your day with some coffee and croissants and a visit to Pegasus Bridge, the first village and house liberated on D-Day. Then continue onto Juno Beach to learn all about how 12,000 Canadians achieved to take this area in just a few hours during WWII. Next, at Arromanches, discover the scale and the numbers of the Normandy Campaign with actual footage from the battle. Take a break with a gourmet lunch on Omaha Beach facing the monument to the Allies, where your guide will explain in detail how the battle which took place there 77 years ago unfolded. After lunch, head to the Pointe du Hoc where you can see many of the German WWII bunkers taken by the US Second Rangers Battalion. Finally, visit the Normandy American Cemetery and memorial before attending the ceremony of the colors.

Paris: Giverny & Versailles Small Group or Private Tour

7. Paris: Giverny & Versailles Small Group or Private Tour

Visit Claude Monet’s house and its magnificent gardens in Giverny. Be dazzled by the beautiful flowerbeds and see the famous water lilies and weeping willows in the water garden. Afterwards, explore the quaint village that attracted several Impressionist painters. Visiting Sainte-Radegonde Church where the artist is buried, and stop for a drink in a local coffee shop. Continue on to Versailles Palace visit the Sun King’s home – one of the most important French artistic achievements of the 17th century. A captivating guided tour will reveal the history behind this majestic Palace of Versailles. Here you will witness classic and baroque architectural styles. Explore King Louis XIV’s court and get lost within the magical Hall of Mirrors. Visit the outstanding designs at Grands Apartments and the beauty of the French gardens designed by Le Nôtre. Everything in Versailles inspires elegance, perfection and harmony: a genuine 17th century masterpiece and symbol of the Sun King’s absolute power.

From Paris: Monet’s Garden Guided Tour with Fast-Track Entry

8. From Paris: Monet’s Garden Guided Tour with Fast-Track Entry

After being picked up at your hotel or apartment in Paris in the morning (or if you prefer, in the afternoon) your licensed tour guide will drive you to Giverny, a charming village in Normandy of 500 inhabitants, 50 miles away north west from Paris. You will first see the water-lily pond, the Japanese bridge, then you will visit Monet's garden and go into his house. Our tour guides are not allowed to speak inside Monet's house, therefore all the explanations regarding the house will be given to you before you enter the house. Inside Monet’s home, you will be able to dive in the past and see among others the reading room (blue salon), the impressive collection of the artist’s original Japanese prints, the larder (epicerie) the living room/workshop, Monet’s bedchamber, Alice Hoschede’s bedchamber, Blanche’s recently restored room, the yellow dining room and the blue ceramic kitchen. On the way out from the house we will give you some time if you wish to purchase some souvenirs in the former workshop where Monet painted the big water lilies serie at the end of his life

From Paris: Monet Impressionism Tour to Giverny by Minibus

9. From Paris: Monet Impressionism Tour to Giverny by Minibus

Enjoy this half-day trip to Claude Monet’s home and gardens. Choose between a public tour or a private tour in your preferred language and explore the home and its beautiful surroundings. With your guide, discover the lily pond and its famous Japanese bridge, Monet’s main sources of inspiration at the end of his life. Then visit the flower garden, the house, and the former studio of the great painter. The house of the great master is a unique place where you can see how he lived and worked, from his studio to the kitchens. Discover the beautiful works of Monet which depicted Normandy. After exploring the home, discover the charming village of Giverny. Take some time to stroll through its small streets, before heading back to Paris.

From Paris: Private Day Trip to Giverny and Auvers sur Oise

10. From Paris: Private Day Trip to Giverny and Auvers sur Oise

After being picked up from your hotel, you will depart in a luxury vehicle for your one hour drive to Giverny, where you enjoy Claude Monet's home and gardens.  You arrive early at Claude Monet's House and Gardens, a Norman orchard that Monet turned into a lavish property full of colorful flowers and other vegetation, including cherry trees, tulips, roses, wisteria, weeping willows, and irises. This attraction includes the following: Monet’s Home: visit the painter's house where he lived with his big family. The yellow dining room, his first workshop, and the kitchen are especially memorable.The Flower Garden: every season and every month, flower beds change, as do tulips, hyacinths, iris, nasturtiums. At any time of the year, find the flower landscapes dear to the impressionist master.The Water Garden: the main subject of painting at the end of his life, Monet liked to spend time there and observe the variations of light and the reflections of his garden on the pond, famous for its water lilies.The Japanese Bridge: see the famous little green bridge crossing his pond with your own eyes. Your guide will then suggest several different options for a nice lunch in the charming village of Giverny.  In the afternoon, head to the town of Auvers-sur-Oise, where Vincent van Gogh spent the final days of his life. See the wheat fields and church that he painted, and visit his room at Auberge Ravoux, where he died. You'll also see the twin graves of van Gogh and his brother, before you head back to Paris

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What people are saying about Normandy

Phillipe was a wonderful guide that not only told us about the history of Monet and Giverny, but also took us to see his gravesite and surrounding villages as well. He was attentive, courteous, and very pleasant. Husband mentioned he had an interest in Normandy and the war, which turned out that Phillipe was also an expert in. He gave us insight to Monet and Normandy, and took us to see various other sights along the way back to our apartment in Paris. He definitely went above and beyond our expectations.

Wow! Loved this private tour of Giverny. Our guide and driver were so professional, prompt, and kind. They picked us up early at our apartment and brought us back right in time for lunch. My young family and I were able to navigate the crowds with expert guidance from our guide and enjoyed every minute. I’m so glad we came to see Giverny and so thankful we found this service for a smooth, worry-free transfer and delightful experience!

Claire is a fantastic guide, enthusiastically introducing us to the histories - the better and less known - of Mont Saint Michel. Her friendliness and deep knowledge of the subject matter really made our trip special. Highly recommend and will look forward to using you on other tours Claire.

Bukky showed us the old town in less time and gave us many impressions. It was an impressive morning. Thank you Bucky

Kiely was a warm enthusiastic guide and knowledgeable within the area.We really enjoyed our tour with her.