Train journey through the idyllic countryside to Giverny
Priority access to Monet's picturesque house & gardens
Gardens that inspired the French Impressionist painter
Vibrant & brightly colored interior of Monet's house
Chance to explore the quiet area of Giverny at your leisure
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Admission to Monet's house and gardens in Giverny
Roundtrip train tickets between Paris and Vernon
Shuttle from Vernon to Giverny
Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions other than those specified in the program
Food / drink
What you can expect
Discover Claud Monet's cherished country home with a day trip by train to Giverny. Over the course of your day, roam the streets of the village and stroll through his painstakingly perfect gardens, as you gain new depth to your understanding of the French Impressionist.
Collect your tickets from your hotel's front desk and head to Gare Saint-Lazare to catch the 9 AM train to Vernon. In Vernon, you can take another, shorter train ride to Giverny. It was on just such a train ride that the Impressionist artist, Monet, first saw this village that was to become his muse. So spellbound by the tranquil setting, Monet packed up his belongings and moved to Giverny in 1883.
The Water Lilies series that you can view in the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris or at the MoMA in New York were based on the water garden found behind his cottage. His skills with a trowel and his dedication to cultivating a quiet place to reflect, as well as his defiance of the local ordinance that forbade the planting of water lilies, resulted in a blooming scene that he tried time and again to capture with the precise strokes of his paintbrush.
As you wander through these gardens, which are still lovingly cared for, imagine the painter on his knees quietly tending to his beloved lilies. Across the flower-dotted pond, you can see a Japenese-style bridge that Monet built with his own hands. The elegant arch of this simple structure was treasured by Monet and appears in a minimum of 17 of his paintings.
Leave the gardens behind and stroll around the village where the Impressionist lived and worked for over 30 years. With a better appreciation for the man behind the art, catch the train back to Vernon and then continue on to Paris.