Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny are like his paintings, brightly colored patches that are messy but balanced. Why not escape a day from Paris and dive into the nature of these fantastic gardens organized by foundation Giverny Monet.
History of the place
In 1883, middle-aged Claude Monet, his wife Alice, and their eight children settled into this farmhouse, 50 miles west of Paris. Monet, already a famous artist and happiest at home, would spend 40 years in Giverny, traveling less with each passing year. He built a pastoral paradise complete with a Japanese garden and a pond full of floating lilies. Now a lot of gardeners work steadily to keep alive and preserve all the vegetal patrimony. The Giverny Monet foundation have allowed the Claude Monet’s house and gardens to become a fantastic visitable place where you can find a wonderful and peaceful environment, unmissable for tourists travelling Paris and France.
Visiting the Marmotan and/or the Orangerie museums in Paris before your visit here heightens your appreciation of these gardens.
Why to go at Giverny:
THE CLOS NORMAND: Before Monet settled in Giverny, the “clos Nomand” was already a small garden with a path conducing to the house. Monet embellished it transforming the area into a extraordinary location, reproducing some trees and growing new plants. He made it the garden of his dreams.
THE WATER GARDEN: Monet had always attracted by plays of lights. He bought a piece of land close a small body of water which has become the water garden. Thanks the construction of a Japanese bridge and the use of Japanese plants he recreated the oriental atmosphere. Many times Monet has been inspired by this unique place for his paintings.
MONET’S HOUSE: The place where Monet lived, worked, and with his wife brought up 8 children. Visit all the rooms and let yourself imagine their past life.
THE JAPANESE PRINTS: The passion for Japan led Monet to produce a unique collection composed of forty-six prints completely inspired by Japan people and places.
THE WATERLILY STUDIO: It is a shop opened from the 1st of April to the 1st of November, every day from 9:30 am until 6:00 pm. To remember your visit to Giverny Monet foundation you will find many postcards, books, tea, posters, Daum rose vases, and sets of Champagne glasses to the official Monet tableware all based on Claude Monet gardens and works.
How to get to Giverny?
By Car: Drivers can travel to and from Giverny Monet foundation in a half day with ease. The trip is also doable in a half-day by public transportation with a train/bus connections, but because trains are not frequent (and less so on the weekend) be prepared for a full six-hour excursion. The area also features some picnic spaces.
By train: The Vernon station is situated on the main line Paris / Rouen / Le Havre. It starts from the Saint-Lazare Paris station. The fastest trains complete the journey in less than 45 min. In the Metro, take the ‘SNCF – Grandes Lignes’ exit. Buy a ticket to Vernon. The Rouen line departs from the right side of the platform, in the ‘Grandes Lignes’ section.
The Giverny Monet foundation is opened from 25th of March to the 1st of November 2016 from 9.30 a.m. till 6 p.m. – last admission 5.30 p.m. (Pets friends are not allowed).
By shuttle: As shuttle solution from Paris we suggest you the “Private Minivan Trip To Giverny Garden” which gives you of: choosing from several departures throughout the day, free hotel pickup and drop-off. The service lasts four hours, including: Round trip transfers, waiting during visit, refreshments (tour excludes entrance tickets and guide).BOOK NOW
Furthermore the tours displayed below include the shuttle service.
How to plan your visit?
Tour in group – from 81€
BOOK NOWThe price includes: Transport to and from Paris by luxury air-conditioned coach, entrance ticket to: Giverny House and Gardens and Services of our guide. The price does not include: Transfers to and from your accommodation in Paris
Tour in small group – from 109€
BOOK NOW The price includes: Minibus transfers to and from your Paris accommodation, services of our driver-guide, entrance ticket to Giverny, self-guided visit of Monet’s house, tour of gardens, self-guided visit at the Museum of Impressionisms in Giverny.