The contemplative art of the Impressionists. The Baroque excess of Versailles. Travelling by comfortable private bus, sample both these very different sides of French architecture on this day trip. From Paris, you’ll visit the Impressionist Claude Monet’s Giverny estate, then Skip-the-Line at the extravagant Palace and Gardens of Versailles.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Fondation Claude Monet, Giverny, Eure, Haute-Normandie, NormandyBegin your day by boarding your comfortable, air-conditioned private bus in central Paris. Once inside, you’ll meet your tour co-ordinator, a local expert who’ll accompany you throughout your trip to provide you with insights and stories about the sites you’ll visit. Your first stop is the Fondation Claude Monet in the village of Giverny. After a brief but fact-packed orientation tour, you’ll be free to explore the Impressionist master’s estate at your leisure. The house has been restored to how it was when Monet himself lived and worked there, and many features of the estate are familiar from his great works – like the ponds carpeted in luscious water lilies.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Palace of Versailles, Versailles, Yvelines, Ile-de-FranceThen it’s a short bus ride from Giverny to Versailles, where an official palace guide will escort you past the line, directly into the Sun King’s opulent seat of power. With over 700 rooms and 2,000 acres of gardens, Versailles is magnificent inside and out. You’ll see highlights like the Hall of Mirrors and Salon of Abundance, fountains and secret garden groves, and an art collection to rival the finest museums. In keeping with the surroundings, the royals and courtiers who populated Versailles at its height were larger than life; your guide will share some of the wildest moments of the palace’s history. Depending on the day, your tour may also include the Musical Fountain Show (where water dances in perfect time to classical music) or Musical Gardens (where music accompanies a tour through idyllic glades).On the ride back to Paris, perhaps you’ll find yourself wondering: which historical lifestyle would you have preferred, Monet’s or Louis XIV’s?Duration: 2 hours