Combined Giverny, Rouen and Honfleur Private Tour will allow you to visit the historical city of Rouen, the artistic village of Giverny and a coastal town Honfleur.
Rouen, capital of the northern French region of Normandy, is a port city on the river Seine. The city was important in the Roman era and Middle Ages. Rouen is known for its Rouen Cathedral. The cathedral’s gothic façade was the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet, some of which are exhibited in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
The Gros Horloge is an astronomical clock dating back to the 14th century. It is located in the Gros Horloge Street.
Other famous structures include Rouen Castle, whose keep is known as the tour Jeanne d’Arc, where Joan of Arc was brought in 1431 to be threatened with torture; the Church of Saint Ouen (12th–15th century); the Palace of Justice, which was once the seat of the Parliament of Normandy; the Gothic Church of St Maclou (15th century); and the Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics which contains a splendid collection of faïence and porcelain for which Rouen was renowned during the 16th to 18th centuries. Rouen is also noted for its surviving half-timbered buildings.
Rouen Private Tour
There are many museums in Rouen: the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, an art museum with pictures of well-known painters such as Claude Monet and Géricault; the Musée maritime fluvial et Portuaire, a museum on the history of the port of Rouen and navigation; Musée des antiquités, an art and history museum with local works from the Bronze Age through the Renaissance, the Musée de la céramique and the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles.
The Jardin des Plantes de Rouen is a notable botanical garden once owned by Scottish banker John Law dated from 1840 in its present form. It was the site of Élisa Garnerin’s parachute jump from a balloon in 1817.
In the centre of the Place du Vieux Marché (the site of Joan of Arc’s pyre) is the modern church of St Joan of Arc. This is a large, modern structure which dominates the square. The form of the building represents an upturned Viking boat and a fish shape.
Rouen has its own palace of Rouen Opera House, whose formal name is Rouen Normandy Opera House – Theatre of Arts.
Arriving at the capital of Normandy you’ll have a private walking tour and an introduction to the Impressionist art movement.
Rouen to Honfleur Private Trip
Get out of Paris for a day in the French countryside you’ll travel to the coast of Normandy to admire the 500-year-old harbor of Honfleur.
Honfleur is a coastal town located in the northern French region of Normandy. It sits on the southern bank of the Seine River where meets the English Channel, just across the water from Le Havre. Honfleur once attracted many Impressionist painters, who would “sit and watch the world go” as they sought inspiration from the colorful shops and boats reflected on the water. The Vieux-Bassin (old harbor), lined with 16th- to 18th-century townhouses, has been a subject for artists including Claude Monet and native son Eugene Boudin.
Learning about the history of the medieval harbor from the tour guide the visitor may take a walk around town, passing by restaurants, stores, and ice cream shops, and see St. Catherine’s Church and its belfry, admire art galleries along the side streets, stroll down cobblestone paths, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, perhaps choosing a seafood dish.
Honfleur to Giverny Guided Tour
It’s an hour drive from Honfleur to Giverny, the former home of Impressionist master Claude Monet. Enjoy the chance to explore his famous gardens where he painted some of his most recognizable works with features like the water-lily pond and Japanese Bridge. This is an easy way to see a bit more of France than just Paris if you have limited time during your stay.
In the village stop by the village church where his tomb lies in the graveyard; see the Hotel Baudy, where artists used to gather; and pass by the barn used as a winter studio for artists. Then head to Monet’s house, where you can explore the rooms he once lived in with his wife and his old studio that’s now the gift shop. Of course, the highlights of his home are the gardens and water-lily pond, which you can wander around and even cross the Japanese Bridge.
When your time in Giverny ends, return to Paris along the picturesque Route des Crêtes and admire views of the Seine Valley, a watchtower from the 10th century, and the village and château of La Roche Guyon. Your last stop, if there’s time, is the village of Vétheuil. Your tour ends with drop-off in Paris.
Please note: The transportation will be waiting for you at the meeting point for your return to Paris.
The price includes:
- Entrance ticket to the Claude Monet Foundation;
- Round Giverny Etretat Day Trip transportation on an air-conditioned coach;
- Giverny map with visit itineraries advice.
You can also enjoy others combined of Giverny Private Tours.
Reviews ( 12 )
An Excellent, Insightful Tour
My wife and I fulfilled a long-held dream of seeing where Monet lived and worked for 43 years. Frederic was a superb guide with informed views on Monet’s career and accomplishments, his family life, and his context in contemporary art history. His commentary helped us fully appreciate the house and gardens of one of our favorite painters.
Best Day of our Trip!
Thank you to Fred and Veronique for the most wonderful day visiting Monet’s Gardens and the charming village of Giverny. Our family of five loved every minute getting to see some French countryside with great commentary provided by our guides. Fred is so knowledgeable not only about Monet, but also about the interesting history of Paris and the Normandy Region of France. Would highly recommend Parismatic Tours. Hope to return soon to beautiful Paris and book another tour with this tour company. Merci Beaucoup Fred and Veronique, it was a day I will never forget.
Delightful afternoon at Giverny
Our tour guide Christian did a terrific job describing Monet’s time at Giverny. But he also displayed a remarkable knowledge of both art history and historical context so as to bring the area to life. An extremely personable and engaging fellow. We would recommend this tour to anyone, regardless of level of study or knowledge.
1-2 persons 1400€
+ 50€ for each person
Giverny; Monet’s house-workshop, the formal enclosed Norman Garden etc.
Claude Monet’s Gardens
Giverny Rouen Honfleur Private Guided Tour
You can modify your tour preferences
up to 24 hours in advance
Giverny closed from November 1 till April 1