Great Day Trips from Paris-Monet’s Gardens at Giverny

If you’re going to be in Paris more than a few days, take advantage of the great public transportation system and venture out to see some of the glorious sights nearby.  I’ll be highlighting 3 of my favorite day trips from Paris in the next few weeks.   You can do all 3 of these excursions via organized tour companies…..but if you like scheduling your own day, and saving money, don’t be afraid to venture out on your own.  Let’s start with Claude Monet’s glorious home and gardens at Giverny. 
 
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Monet’s gardens are one of the most visited attractions, and no wonder why.  This famous leader of the Impressionist movement retired to Giverny and made his home here from 1883 until the time of his death in 1926.  He spent many years planning and planting his famous gardens.  You have seen pictures of them many times…..even if you have never been there.  Monet created his beloved water lily paintings here….dredging the pond, building the Japanese footbridge, framed by weeping willows and wisteria, and planting a riot of colorful blooms, designed to flower all through the growing season.  Rose arbors, delphiniums, spring bulbs.  But Monet was captivated by the water lilies, capturing them in different lights and changing seasons, from many perspectives….close up to far away.
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Entrance fee to Monet’s house and gardens is 6 euros for adults, discounts for children and seniors.  http://www.fondation-monet.com/uk/  Open April 1 – Oct. 31. 

Flowering calendar http://giverny.org/gardens/fcm/calendar.htm explains what’s in bloom every month.

 

 

Getting There

Take an early train from Paris Gare St. Lazare to Vernon.  Cost is approx 24 Euro round trip, and direct trains make the trip in about 45 minutes.  Here is the English website for France SNCF train schedules:   http://www.tgv-europe.com/en/home/?rfrr=Basket_header_Home

 

Public buses depart Vernon train station about 15 minutes after the train arrives.  The short bus ride from Vernon to Giverny is about 2.5 miles, and costs about 3 Euros round trip.     

Try to arrive early, before the hoards of tour buses disgorge their day-trippers. 

 

Organized bus or mini-van tours are available from Paris through Paris Visions, ranging from 70-89 Euros.  http://en.parisvision.com/15,226-visit-giverny-monet-house-and-gardens.htm

 

For something delightfully different, try Fat Tire Bike Tours.  For 65 Euros, you receive round trip train transportation Paris to Vernon, a guided bike tour from Vernon to Giverny, picnic lunch along the Seine, entrance to Monet’s house and gardens, and a visit to his gravesite.  It’s an easy 6.5 mile round trip bike ride.  http://fattirebiketours.com/paris/tours/monet-bike

Be sure your camera is fully charged and has plenty of storage memory, as you’ll need the space to capture the beautiful surroundings.   

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Great Day Trips from Paris-Monet’s Gardens at Giverny

  1. marina villatoro

    I’ve been to Paris 3 times, and never visited here! It’s gorgeous, now I have to go back.
    My side trips were to versailles, of course:) and Jim Morrison’s grave. I was very young when I was there:) However, I would probably return, it was such a scene.

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  2. Heather

    I remember the first time i saw the paintings of the sunflowers in Monet’s garden – i refused to believe they were based on an actual landscape. On the next stop in Paris, i am definitely going to visit for myself now that i know how easy it is to get there.

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  4. sha

    Where would be the best place to stay if visiting Monet’s Gardens in Vernon. I’m unfamiliar with the area. It could be a B&B or hotel. Also, where is the train station according the the location as well?
    If I stay in Paris, where is a hotel that isn’t so expensive? Is there a place off of the train route that is the better option?

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