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Garden Tours of Giverny

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Claude Monet's garden at Giverny, is one of the most popular destinations for garden tourists in France. The probable reasons for this are (1) the fame of the great impressionist painter who made the garden (2) the relative popularity of French impressionism vis-a-vis other movements in art history (3) Giverny is readily accessible from Paris (4) Giverny is a flower garden, in contrast to the profusion of formal gardens in France. One could add another reason for visiting the Giverny garden: because of Monet's fame, records have been kept and money has been available for the restoration of fine example of a nineteenth century garden: the water lily garden south of the railway was an original creation, given a special value by Monet's Water Lily paintings; the Clos Normand (a walled vegetable garden with flowers) might have been found in many other places.

Brightwater Holidays offers a 3 day tour to Giverny - Monet’s Garden and the Orangerie Museum.

Travel arrangements for Monet's garden at Giverny

A number of English garden tour companies run garden tours which include a visit to Giverny. But travel from Paris to Giverny is easy for the independent traveller. See the maps at Maporama or MapQuest or Map24.

  • By road: Vernon is 70 km from Paris. Take the A13 (towards Rouen) for 55 km until you reach exit 14, then Giverny
  • By train: travel from Paris to Vernon Vernon is on the main line Paris-Rouen-Le Havre railway line, then Giverny
  • Or you can rent a car in Giverny
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Giverny, France

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Monet's garden at Giverny, France

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Monet's house and garden at Giverny, France

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Giverny, France