- Updated: 29.01.2024
Day trip from Paris to Giverny - Everything You Should Know
A day trip from Paris to Giverny is a delightful way to explore the charming countryside and immerse yourself in the beauty that inspired Claude Monet's famous paintings. Giverny is a picturesque village in northern France, renowned for its natural beauty and association with the famous impressionist painter Claude Monet. Monet lived in Giverny for over 40 years until his death in 1926 and found immense inspiration in the landscape, particularly his garden.
The main attractions in Giverny include Monet's house and gardens, which are open to the public. The garden is divided into two parts: a flower garden called Clos Normand in front of the house and a Japanese-inspired water garden across the road. The water garden features the iconic Japanese bridge and water lilies, which were the subjects of many of Monet's paintings.
Visitors can explore the house where Monet lived, which has been preserved to reflect the artist's life. The interiors showcase Monet's collections, including Japanese prints that influenced his work, and offer a glimpse into the daily life of the painter. Giverny remains a popular tourist destination, attracting art enthusiasts, nature lovers, and tourists interested in experiencing Monet's legacy and the stunning landscapes that inspired some of his most famous works.
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• NOTE - Claude Monet’s House and Gardens - Giverny are open every day from March 29th 2024 to November 1st 2024. Official website for the tickets.
• Departure from Paris:
• Start early to make the most of your day. Trains from Gare Saint-Lazare in Paris (situated in Paris 8) take you to Vernon, the nearest town to Giverny. The journey takes around 45-50 minutes, purchase tickets online through the official SNCF website, the price from 9€ (one way).
• Arrive in Vernon - upon arriving in Vernon, from Vernon station to Monet's House (4 miles/6,5 km), thhere are 4 options: bus, taxi,
bike or on foot. The quickest and cheapest way is to take the bus, there can be some waiting, some prefer to rent bicycles to enjoy a picturesque ride through the French countryside.
• Visit Claude Monet's House:: Explore Monet's house, which has been preserved much as it was when he lived there. Wander through the charming rooms filled with Japanese prints, and see his collection of Japanese woodblock prints that influenced his art.
• Explore Monet's Gardens: Spend time strolling through the enchanting gardens that inspired his iconic water lily paintings. Admire the famous Japanese bridge, the water garden, and the colorful array of flowers that change with the seasons.
• Optional Visits: If time permits, consider visiting the Museum of Impressionisms in Giverny, which showcases Impressionist works and often hosts temporary exhibitions.
Return to Paris:
• Head Back to Paris: Head back to Vernon to catch your train back to Paris. Enjoy the scenic journey back and reminisce about your day in Giverny.
Remember, Giverny can get crowded, especially during peak seasons. Consider booking tickets in advance to avoid long queues, and plan your transportation to and from Vernon accordingly to make the most of your day trip.