Giverny & Rouen Private Day Tour from Paris
Giverny, the home and inspiration for renowned impressionist painter Claude Monet, offers a serene and enchanting experience. Monet's Gardens and Japanese Pond, located in the village of Giverny in northern France, are a testament to the artist's love for nature and his ability to capture its beauty on canvas. Here's a suggested tour to explore Monet's Gardens and the iconic Japanese Pond:
1. Claude Monet's House: Begin your tour at Claude Monet's house, where the artist lived from 1883 until his death in 1926. Explore the vibrant pink house adorned with green shutters and the charming flower-filled garden. The interior of the house is also open to visitors, allowing you to see Monet's personal living spaces, including his studio.
2. Clos Normand: Adjacent to Monet's house is the Clos Normand, a beautifully landscaped garden featuring a riot of colors and a variety of flowers. Wander through the flowerbeds, crossing arching metal tunnels covered with climbing roses and other blooming plants. This garden is a living palette that inspired many of Monet's masterpieces.
3. Japanese Footbridge: As you explore Clos Normand, make your way to the iconic Japanese Footbridge. This arched wooden bridge spans a water lily pond and was a favorite subject of Monet's paintings. Admire the reflection of the bridge and the surrounding vegetation in the calm waters below.
4. Water Lily Pond: Next, head to Monet's Water Lily Pond, a serene oasis where the artist created his famous Water Lilies series. The pond is surrounded by weeping willows, bamboo, and a profusion of water lilies. Take a moment to sit on one of the benches and appreciate the tranquility that inspired Monet's artistic vision.
5. Wisteria-Covered Path (in May): Explore the wisteria-covered path that leads to the Water Garden. The draped purple blossoms create a magical atmosphere, and the play of light and shadow through the foliage adds to the enchantment.
6. Japanese Pond: Arrive at the Japanese Pond, a peaceful corner of Giverny that showcases Monet's fascination with Japanese aesthetics. The pond is adorned with a wooden Japanese bridge, weeping willows, and water lilies, creating a scene reminiscent of Japanese woodblock prints.
7. Gift Shops and Cafés: Before concluding your tour, visit the gift shops near Monet's house, where you can find souvenirs inspired by the artist's work and the gardens. You might also want to relax at one of the on-site cafés and enjoy the picturesque surroundings.
A visit to Monet's Gardens and Japanese Pond is not only a visual feast but also an immersive experience that allows you to step into the world that inspired one of the greatest painters in art history. Take your time to absorb the beauty and tranquility of this enchanting place.
In the afternoon, you will visit Rouen, a charming city in northern France with a rich history, stunning architecture, and a vibrant cultural scene. Here's a suggested walking tour that will take you through some of the highlights of Rouen (sites to choose from selected by your guide):
1. Start at the Rouen Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen): Begin your walking tour at this masterpiece of Gothic architecture. The cathedral's intricate facade and soaring spires are truly impressive. Take some time to explore the interior, which houses beautiful stained glass windows and the tomb of Richard the Lionheart.
2. Gros-Horloge: Head towards the Gros-Horloge, a famous astronomical clock dating back to the 14th century. This ornate clock is housed in a Renaissance arch, and you can climb to the top for a panoramic view of the city.
3. Place du Vieux-Marché: Walk to the Place du Vieux-Marché, a lively square surrounded by timber-framed houses. This is where Joan of Arc was famously executed. Visit the modern church of Saint Joan of Arc nearby, which has a unique design.
4. Rue du Gros-Horloge: Stroll along Rue du Gros-Horloge, a charming street lined with shops and cafes. Admire the medieval architecture and perhaps stop for a coffee at one of the outdoor cafes.
5. Palais de Justice: Continue to the Palais de Justice, a striking building that once served as the seat of the Parliament of Normandy. The courtyard is worth exploring for its historical significance.
6. Musée des Beaux-Arts: Visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts, located in a former Benedictine monastery. The museum houses an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts, spanning from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
7. Parc des Expositions: Take a leisurely walk to the Parc des Expositions, a lovely park along the Seine River. This is a great spot for a relaxing break, offering beautiful views of the river and the city.
8. Pont Boieldieu: Cross the Pont Boieldieu, one of Rouen's picturesque bridges, to get a different perspective of the city. Enjoy the views of the Seine and the riverside architecture.
9. Saint-Ouen Abbey: Visit the Saint-Ouen Abbey, an impressive Gothic church with stunning architecture. The abbey also hosts various cultural events, so check for any exhibitions or performances during your visit.
10. Rue Eau de Robec: End your walking tour by exploring the charming Rue Eau de Robec, a street lined with half-timbered houses and small shops. It's a delightful place to wander and soak in the medieval atmosphere.
This walking tour will give you a taste of Rouen's rich history, architectural beauty, and cultural offerings. Feel free to adapt the itinerary based on your interests and the time you have available.
• pick up & drop off at your hotel or apartment in Paris (for a pick up outside of the capital, please contact us for a quote)
• transportation in a luxury van with A/C
• meals, gratuity (discretionary)
Our prices are in euros & per vehicle/party (not per person)