Village of Giverny
Fans of French Impressionism don’t want to miss this half-day trip by luxury coach to the village of Giverny, where Claude Monet and other artists lived and painted. Enjoy priority access to Monet’s exquisite 19th-century home, just 1.5 hours outside of Paris. Then, with an art historian as your guide, tour the flowerbeds, Japanese bridge, and water lily pond that served as inspiration for Monet’s paintings, including the Nymphéas series.
When Monet and his family settled in Giverny in 1883 the piece of land sloping gently down from the house to the road was planted with an orchard and enclosed by high stone walls. A central alley bordered with pines separated it into two parts. The central alley is covered over by iron arches on which climbing roses grow. Other rose trees cover the house. Monet had the pines cut down, keeping only the two yews closest to the house to please Alice. About one hectare, Monet made a garden full of perspectives, symmetries and colors. Monet mixed the simplest flowers (daisies and poppies) with the rarest varieties. Claude Monet did not like organized nor constrained gardens. He married flowers according to their colors and left them to grow rather freely. With the passing years he developed a passion for botany, exchanging plants with his friends. Always on the look-out for rare varieties, he bought young plants at great expense. “All my money goes into my garden,” he said. But also: “I am in raptures.”
In 1893, ten years after his arrival at Giverny, Monet bought the piece of land neighboring his property. Soon Monet had the first small pond dug. Later on the pond would be enlarged to its present day size. The water garden is full of asymmetries and curves. It is inspired by the Japanese gardens that Monet knew from the prints he collected. In this water garden you will find the famous Japanese bridge covered with wisterias, other smaller bridges, weeping willows, a bamboo wood and above all the famous nympheas which bloom all summer long. The pond and the surrounding vegetation form an enclosure separated from the surrounding countryside.
Claude Monet's Art
Never before had a painter so shaped his subjects in nature before painting them. And so he created his works twice. Monet would find his inspiration in this water garden for more than twenty years. After the Japanese bridge series, he would devote himself to the giant decorations of the Orangery.
Always looking for mist and transparencies, Monet would dedicate himself less to flowers than to reflections in water, a kind of inverted world transfigured by the liquid element.
500 000 visitors discover Monet’s gardens each year during the seven months that it is open. To prevent people from treading on the plants, and thus retain the garden’s beauty, the inner alleys are closed to the public. Visitors walk on the side alleys and can walk all around the garden to admire all its perspectives.
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.