Your day will begin with a private luxury chauffeur who will pick you up from your hotel and drive you out to the quiet village of Giverny. Here you will have an intimate and inspiring time in the Impressionist Claude Monet’s former home. This is the Norman town where Impressionist Claude Monet drew inspiration for many of his best-known paintings like the Water Lily and Haystacks series.
A few rooms you’ll get to see in your visit include Monet’s bedroom, dining room, and living room. Each of these rooms has been meticulously detailed to look just as it did when Monet and his family lived here. You’ll also get to see Monet’s kitchen where the great artist would cook his favorite food every morning: omelets! The Monet family was so egg-crazy that they had a chicken yard near their home. Don’t be surprised if you spot a few hens frolicking near Monet’s house today.
Throughout Monet’s house, you’re bound to see many canvasses, Japanese woodblock prints, and rare artifacts. After your visit to Monet’s home, it’s time to take a relaxing stroll through his Eastern-inspired garden. As you walk over the romantic Japanese bridge, you will see the exact locations where Monet painted his extensive catalog of Water Lily paintings. Called Nymphéas in French, Monet’s Water Lily series consists of hundreds of paintings depicting Giverny garden at different times. This idea of “serial displays” went on to inspire modern artists like Andy Warhol who also showcased many paintings of the same subject with interesting variations.
At the end, you will have time to visit Monet’s tomb nearby his past residence. Pay attention as you leave his former home and you will see the inspiration for another one of Monet’s celebrated series – haystacks. Like the water lilies, Monet was intrigued at how light affected the haystacks in different weather conditions. Both of these series also highlighted Monet’s preference for painting outdoors.
Giverny is also famous for its cuisine! You will be given time to get lunch before getting back in your luxury chauffeured vehicle for the second part of the day at Versailles!
Your LivTours’ Full Day Giverny & Versailles Experience continues with a trip to Versailles and its famously vast gardens. Upon arrival, you will meet your private local guide guide who will first accompany you on an exploration of the Versailles gardens.
When you are finished exploring the garden grounds, your guide will sweep you inside Versailles Palace with priority entrance tickets, meaning you will not waste a minute in the usual entrance queues that often stretch for hours or more. Your guide will be sure to show you all the highlights, but of all the 2,300 rooms in this palace, the most famous has to be the 240-foot long Hall of Mirrors, complete with 357 mirrors. Imagine what it must have felt like back in the 17th century when visitors saw themselves for the very first time in a full-length mirror! Throughout the centuries, this hall was used for more than just vanity. It has witnessed many prominent historical events, including the signing of the Treaty of Versailles after WWI.
After visiting the marvelous Hall of Mirrors, your top rated private guide will lead you to the 18th century Royal Chapel, which is actually one of five churches on the property. Modeled on both Ancient and Gothic designs, the Royal Chapel is best known for its colorful ceiling paintings and its historic organ. Afterwards, moving from the sacred to the secular, you will visit the sumptuous State Apartment where the king would meet with various dignitaries every day. Finally, you will also have access to the more intimate areas of Versailles, including the king and queen’s former apartments and bed chambers.
At the end of your Versailles adventure, your guide will lead you back to your private chauffeur, who will whisk you back to your hotel in Paris.