Giverny and Etretat Combined Tour
Travel west of Paris to see the wonderful house and gardens of the leader of the impressionist Claude Monet in the village of Giverny, and then continue to Etretat which is famous with its breathtaking and magnificent cliffs on the Channel.
Arriving at the Claude Monet Foundation in Giverny you will start your tour by walking in the Claude Monet’s gardens, one of the painter’s sources of inspiration. You’ll gaze at the wide variety of Oriental flowers, the wonderful paths, and the flower beds beautifully flowered with a thousand of colors. You will stroll through the water garden with its famous Japanese bridge, sheltering the lily ponds that inspired Claude Monet for one of its most famous paintings, the “Nymphéas” (Water Lilies).
You will then discover Claude Monet’s house, in which he lived with his family for 43 years. You will immerse yourself in the artist’s daily life by crossing the blue sitting room, the dining room and his studio, that were completely refurbished.
Commune of Etretat
Under the impression of the picturesque gardens with its beautiful and colorful flowers you will continue to the commune of Etretat.
Étretat is a seaside, small farming town on the north coast of France, a very popular tourist destination. It is home of Elephant Rock, which gets its name due to its resemblance to the large land. Etretat is known for the striking rock formations carved out of its white cliffs, including the Porte d’Aval arch and L’Aiguille (the Needle), a pillar rising up from the sea. To the north, the Cliffside Chapel Notre-Dame de la Garde has dramatic views. Le Vieux Marché is a market hall in town.
The cliffs steal the show at Etretat, thanks to their exceptional natural drama and aided by the fact that famous Impressionists painted them so memorably. Erosion has created extraordinary arches in the chalk either side of the resort. There’s also an amazing needle-like structure, known in French as an Aiguille.
There is more to Etretat than the cliff formations and the thick pebble beach, though. The small resort behind is full of charm. Back with the cliffs, you can go for some stunning walks along the cliff tops, where further surprises await, including a breath-taking golf course. Return to the famous cliff formations on the beach at night and you can see them magically lit up.
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 trip transportation on an air-conditioned coach;
- Giverny map with visit itineraries advice.