The best way to visit Giverny is on a day trip from Paris. All tours cover Monet's home (Maison et Jardins de Claude Monet)—a pastel-pink house flanked by gardens filled with flowers and a famous Japanese bridge—and the Museum of Impressionisms (Musee des Impressionnismes), dedicated to various forms of impressionist painting.
Other tours combine Giverny and Monet’s house with a visit to the Palace of Versailles or Auvers-sur-Oise, the village in which Vincent van Gogh spent his final days. Garden bike tours are another option for active travelers.
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Things to Know Before You Go
A Giverny tour is ideal for art enthusiasts, especially impressionism fams.
The journey to Giverny, along the banks of the Seine River and through the sunflower fields of Normandy, is almost as good as the destination.
There are no ATMs or currency exchange bureaus in the village, so be sure to bring cash.
Although accommodations are available, the village's small size means availability is limited; book in advance if you plan on staying overnight.
Giverny and Monet's Garden are partly accessible for wheelchair users although Monet's House is not.
How to Get There
Giverny is about 45 miles (75 kilometers) from Paris by road. To get there by train, catch the SNCF from the Saint-Lazare Paris train station to Vernon on the Paris-Rouen-Le Havre line. From Vernon you can catch a local bus, or hire a taxi or bicycle. However, the majority of tours include round-trip transportation from Paris.
When to Get There
Between November and Easter weekend, Monet's house and the majority of Giverny's restaurants and guesthouses are closed to the public. Although very busy in the summer months, large tour groups fail to make the hamlet any less beautiful. Arrive early for the best experience.
Claude Monet, Giverny's Most Famous Resident
Claude Monet—known for La Grenouillère, the Water Lilies series, and Impressionism, soleil levant—lived in Giverny between 1883 and his death in 1926. He was also the founder of impressionism, with the movement's name deriving from one of his paintings. Fans of his work shouldn't miss the chance to visit his well-preserved house in Giverny.
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