Giverny & Versailles Guided Tour with Lunch
See some of France’s most iconic art and architecture attractions on this full-day tour from Paris that includes visits to both the Palace of Versailles and Monet’s Garden (Fondation Monet) with a professional driver-guide by luxury minivan. This is a fascinating discovery of two different sites: Giverny, the village Claude Monet resided, and Versailles tour, the great palace of Louis XIV.
This tour is available from April to November ; except Mondays
Pick-up/drop-off at your residence ; additional charge may apply for pick-up and/or a drop-off outside Paris
Expert art historian guide
Skip-the-line tickets to both sites
Lunch not included ; recommendations available upon request
100% free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Versailles and Monet’s Garden Skip-the-Line Tickets
Your guide will pick you up from your residence for an amazing journey to the home of Claude Monet, through the picturesque landscapes of the French countryside that inspired one of the world’s great Impressionist painters.
On this paris private tour, you will get priority access with skip-the-line tickets so you do not have to wait in the public admission queue to get in. This will help you avoid crowds and enjoy more time at both locations, with the added bonus of arriving 30 minutes before Monet’s House and Garden opens to the public.
What to Expect at Monet’s Garden and Versailles
Your guide will pick you up from your residence for an amazing journey to the home of Claude Monet, with a picturesque drive through the French countryside. Your guide will point out areas that inspired one of the world’s great Impressionist painters along the way.
See Monet’s Garden before it opens to the public
See where the “Founder of the Impressionism” spent the second half of his life. For 43 years, Monet spent time here creating some of his most recognizable works of art. One of the best highlights of this tour is that you receive priority access to attraction before the general public. During your visit, you get to see his studio, stroll through the beautiful gardens, and admire the Japanese bridge that inspired his Water Lilies series, among other paintings.
Relax with free time on your own in Giverny
You will have time to walk in the village of Giverny to admire flowered houses, art galleries, and cafes. The lunch is not included in the price but your guide can suggest a restaurant for lunch, and even assist in securing you a table.
Explore Versailles in the afternoon
After lunch, hop back in your Mercedes-Benz Class-V, and your guide will drive you to Versailles through the picturesque Normand countryside.
There, with our skip the line tickets, you will start your private guided visit of the main palace with your passionate guide who shares interesting facts and stories about the Louis XIV’s State Apartment as well as the breathtaking Hall of Mirrors.
After exploring the interior of the Palace of Versailles, you will have free time to discover the beautiful French-style gardens before heading back to Paris in the late afternoon.
When to Go for the Fountain Shows of Versailles
From April through November, you can enjoy the majestic fountain shows across the gardens. During this time, all of our Versailles tours allow time to visit the gardens and see the fountains, but booking in the spring or summer ensures more musical events and the opportunity to see the fountains turned on.
Typically the musical fountain shows in the Versailles gardens run every Saturday and Sunday, with special dates including every Tuesday from early April to mid May, and again from late June to late October.
Check the official schedule of the Musical Fountains Show for additional information. Please note these dates are subject to change.
About Our Tour Guides and Transportation
Parismatic founder, Frederic Khlghatian—a certified, Paris-based tour guide for more than 23 years—is often the licensed driver and guide of this Versailles and Monet’s Garden tour. Learn more about our experienced tour guides here, and please check out our Tripadvisor reviews. On this tour, expect plenty of art history from your passionate guide.
We want your trip to be memorable, and comfortable transportation is a priority. Expect to be picked up in a Mercedes-Benz V-Class, which is equipped with Wi-Fi.
Safety and Accessibility for Giverny to Versailles tour
We strive to take the stress out of planning your visit to these popular destinations. Our tour guides are constantly in communication with the Palace of Versailles and Monet’s Garden to ensure we have up-to-date information regarding reopenings and closures, as well as health and safety guidelines.
On our tours, expect readily available face masks and hand sanitizer in our vehicles, and expert guides can ensure that every stop has been vetted for the safety of your health.
Other Ways to Explore Giverny and Versailles
If you want to spend more time at Versailles, you can take a full-day trip to Versailles from Paris, with a fully customizable lunch included.
For more private tour options to Giverny, check out additional itineraries here.
Reviews ( 9 )
Wonderful tour guide (Fred) & Beautiful palace tour
Frederick was a wonderful tour guide and he was so knowledgeable. He talked a lot about the history behind the palace of Versailles on our way there and when we arrived We skipped the line and went straight into the palace. He explained each room’s architecture & paintings. It was probably a little too much for my 17-year-old granddaughter (not into history as much as me) and he realized that and gave us the highlights. I would definitely recommend it.
Giverny and Versailles
Amazing day – I have already recommended this tour to friends and family. Fred was so incredibly knowledgeable we learned so mich.
Fred and Versailles and Giverny
Fred was absolutely the best and most knowledge guide ever. He was humble, kind and extremely in-depth. At times it might have been a bit too much info for me as I was most interested in photography … However for those who want to learn, Fred is your guy. A wonderful day. Couldn’t thank him enough.
A Day with Fred was a great one!
We booked this tour for convenience and did not expect how absolutely amazing Fred made our day. Called us the night before to confirm and picked us up on the button. The Van was comfortable and clean. As we departed Fred gave us a blow by blow of everything we passed in Paris and had a wonderful demeanor. We got off the freeway and went the scenic route to Giverny. When we arrived…no lines and again Fred knew everything we needed to know and more about Monet and the beautiful gardens and home. He did leave us to enjoy things on our own and then chose a wonderful place in town for an amazing lunch. Again we took the scenic route to Versailles and Fred pointes out places Monet chose to paint landscapes and it brought everything we had seen in Giverny to life. At Versailles parking was a breeze…no line for tickets, flew through security and Fred pointed out all of the amazing detail of Versailles through the eyes of Louis XIV. The day ended all too quickly and I will say that if you want an amazing non-touristy tour…book and excursion with Fred. You will be glad you did!
Parismatic Tour was Excellent
Fred was unbelievably knowledgeable. We have been on several guided tours, and this one was best. Fred is professional, punctual, knowledgeable and accommodating. His transport van is modern and comfortable, which add to the enjoyment of the day trip.
If you are looking for the best tour, book with Parismatic Fred.
Wonderful Tour with Fred!
Our tour guide with Parismatic was Fred. He was on time and friendly from the start. He was extremely knowledgeable and was able to provide information on everything as we left Paris (even when it wasn’t related to the tour itself). His vehicle was clean, comfortable, and high tech. It was obvious as we approached Giverny and later Versailles that Fred had scheduled our time well. We avoided the large crowds at both locations and had a lovely visit (this was a contrast to the last time we went to Versailles that was so crowded you couldn’t stop to take pictures). Fred reserved our lunch spot for us while we walked around Giverny and we had a coveted umbrella spot outside on the patio to view the flowers. This was a wonderful experience and I would most definitely do it again! Everything was taken care of, he picked us up and dropped us off, the tour was private and filled with all the knowledge you need, and there was plenty of time to just enjoy yourself in the gardens of both places. This was crafted to be the best experience one could have!
Versailles & Giverny Private Guided Tour
Our wonderful guide Fred (Viator Co.) picked us up at our hotel and gave us the best tour ever. He was a walking encyclopedia! He had so much enthusiasm and made our tour so enjoyable. We were able skip lines and save the time to see everything. Versailles is a must on your trip and the only way is a private tour.
Perfection outside of Paris
Our full day guided tour of Versailles and Giverny was a great value.
Fred, our guide from Prismatic Tours, was professional, well-informed, energetic and witty. The best day tour you can get. Within 50 meters of our hotel he began educating the four of us and didn’t stop until we returned. Both sites were unique and special.
We loved our trip to Giverny & Versailles! Our Guide Fred, with Parismatic, was awesome! He was extremely knowledgeable and attentive. The Monet Gardens was absolutely worth the time and money and Versailles was very impressive. Highly recommend this trip!