Giverny and Monet's Garden Tour

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  • 9 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


See Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny on this enchanting, full-day bike tour from Paris. Ride through the scenic wheat and sunflower fields of the French countryside, and cycle through the beautiful town where Monet lived and worked. Tour the painter’s home and the gardens that inspired some of the most ionic works of the Impressionist period, and explore Giverny’s charming streets, cafes, and museums.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch by the River Seine (own expense)
  • Pass the cemetery where Monet is buried in a family vault
  • See the footbridge, ponds, and water lilies that inspired Monet
  • Round-trip transport is included

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Use of bicycle (if you select bike tour option)
  • Use of helmet
  • Roundtrip transfer to and from Paris
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
  • Rain gear is available at a fee of 2EUR paid direct

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 24 Rue Edgar Faure
    24 Rue Edgar Faure, 75015 Paris, France

    All tours depart from the Fat Tire Tours office at 24 rue Edgar Faure, 75015 Paris. The closest metro is the Dupleix station (line 6). Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the tour departure.

Start time

09:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

See the gardens that inspired Claude Monet’s world-famous paintings and the town where he lived for decades. Meet your guide in central Paris, and ride in a comfortable minibus through Normandy’s picturesque fields of sunflowers and wheat.

Disembark at the village of Vernon, where you’ll stock up on picnic supplies such as fresh cheeses, breads, and fruit at the local farmers’ market (own expense). Climb on your bike and cross the Seine for a lovely picnic lunch on the riverbanks.

Continue biking around five kilometers (three miles) along country roads to the postcard-perfect village of Giverny, where Monet lived from 1883 to 1926. Peddle past the village church and its historic cemetery, where Monet is buried in a family vault. Learn about the artistic legacy of the Hotel Baudy, which counts painters Manet and Renior among its illustrious guests, and admire the town’s delightful cafes and lanes.

Arrive at Monet’s beautifully maintained country house, furnished with original decor and artwork for an authentic glimpse into the painter’s daily life. Stroll through Monet’s gardens, bursting with color from a dazzling variety of flowers such hollyhocks, roses, tulips, and poppies. In a Japanese-style section of the garden, see the footbridge, ponds, and water lilies that inspired Monet’s most iconic paintings.

After 1.5 hours visiting the home and gardens, cycle back to Vernon, and relax on the return journey to Paris, where your tour concludes in the evening.

Fat Tire Tours

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Fondation Claude Monet

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • There is no age minimum or maximum - this tour is suitable for everyone as long as you can ride a bike!
  • If a children's bike is required, you must advise at time of booking.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Featured review
This was a great tour - no surprises. We enjoyed all aspects - market, lunch by the river, biking & mostly the gardens & lily pond.
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Good tour but poor planning
smunaza, Jul 2022
Tour was good, however planning was poor. The cost included bike tour of Giverny but on arriving there we were told they couldn’t arrange for enough bikes for everyone so around 8 people were left without them and had to take bus instead. The cost of trip was much more than regular bus tour so they should not take bookings if they can’t deliver
This was a great tour -...
ksmith262100, May 2022
This was a great tour - no surprises. We enjoyed all aspects - market, lunch by the river, biking & mostly the gardens & lily pond.
Great garden and museum--bad bike ride
janae374, Nov 2019
The bike ride was too difficult for me and it was pouring rain and there was no alternate plan for arrival to Giverny. The guide was excellent and the gardens are a must-see. But be aware that if you are not a skilled rider, and able to climb hills just take an ordinary tour. This tour consists of stopping in a village near Giverny to purchase your own picnic lunch, riding to a park to eat your lunch, and then riding 2 miles to Giverny, where you walk through the gardens and museum/house, then ride back. Again, Giverny is beautiful and a must-see while in the Paris region, but only do this if you are normal weight, (I am overweight and found the bicycle unable to support me) and a good rider. I only gave them 4 stars since it was pouring rain and we were still expected to ride bicycles with no contingency plan.
A must do!
sjlombard892, Oct 2019
This bike tour was amazing! We took an hour long bus tour to Vernon. In Vernon, we shopped for lunch and visited an old church. We felt like Parisians shopping in the village for our lunch. We had a wonderful picnic lunch along the river. The bike ride was fabulous and all ages and levels can do it. I found it to be very organized and felt that we had adequate time in Monet's gardens. This tour was one of the highlights of our trip!
Fun and interesting
Jacqueline J, Jul 2019
Thomas was a terrific guide! He was informative, funny and seemed to care about everyone having a good experience. It was a hot day but that was not your fault.
Great day!
Gina F, Jun 2019
Enjoyed getting out of the city for a day. Very scenic and Easy bike ride. Guide very informative. Had a Fun day!!
Bicycle trip to Giverny June 1, 2019
Susan_M, Jun 2019
Giverny is, of course, a wonderful, beautiful place. However, it was SO crowded that our visit was not very enjoyable. Perhaps they need to limit the number of visitors? There also needs to be better (MUCH better) signage. We had no idea where we were going most of the visit
Wonderful visit
angela_s, Apr 2019
We enjoyed the trip very much and Nick our guide terrific. Well organized and very helpful Thank you
Bucket list ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Nichole_O, Oct 2018
A bucket list item ticked off. What s great day and informal but fun way to do it......a bus drive to Vernon with a visit to the market for goodies for lunch; a bike ride through Vernon with a picnic lunch by the river @ the Old Mill followed by a wonder through Monet’s garden and manor. Serreal!!!!
A special way to see Ginervy
Ruth_E, Jul 2018
My adult daughter and I took this tour so we could bike through the countryside and see where Monet lived and worked. This was a great choice. Phil was an excellent guide, the biking was just right and of course Giverny is beautiful. Highly recommended
THE Best!
Sheryl_C, Jul 2018
Loved this Fat Tire Bike Tour. I will do it again and bring members of my family. Our leader and guide, Bianca, was AMAZING. Thanks, all.
We were kind of disappointed by this...
AdrienneRivett_J, May 2018
We were kind of disappointed by this tour. I didn't realize how small Monet's estate actually was, and I think I assumed we'd be biking around his gardens. That's not what this is at all. The actual biking part of the tour was just on a trail from Vernon to Giverny, and not a very compelling one. I suppose if you're only visiting Paris and want the feeling of a smaller French town, maybe this morning visit to Vernon would satisfy that, but we had already visited Provence and Burgundy, so Vernon and it's market weren't all that interesting. That part of the day just kind of dragged it out. Monet's garden is obviously amazing, but if I had this to do over again, I would skip the bike tour and just take a train/bus/car out to his garden first thing in the morning to beat the crowds and have good light for photos, visit for a couple hours, and either head back to Paris or out to Rouen for the rest of the day. We usually love bike tours, but ultimately, I just don't think a visit to Giverny is a good fit for one.
This is a must - out of the hustle and...
Jane M, Jan 2018
This is a must - out of the hustle and bustle of Paris - Monet's gardens were brilliant
France is beautiful and it's...
Lisa B, Oct 2017
France is beautiful and it's wonderful riding bikes through this! Definitely an easy ride. A couple small hills but very doable. My mom is very out of shape and had a hard time with the hills so she walked the bike a little. Our guide also gave us some art history during the drive there and picnic, which I love.
Kit was an amazing tour guide! Very...
Josephine Q, Oct 2017
Kit was an amazing tour guide! Very knowledgeable! The bike tour was beautiful and offered a different perspective to the typical Parisian experience. This tour is highly recommended!
Unfortunately, this tour is...
Lisa L, Oct 2017
Unfortunately, this tour is stretching the definition of "bike tour". Started off by 40 minutes waiting and wandering trying to find our bus. 1 hr Bus ride, 1 hr walking self-service markets, 1 hr. lunch break at a park. Only 2 hours of bike riding. No additional guide or new info on Monet. Skip it.
unique experience. hope to have more...
unique experience. hope to have more time but a day only have that many hours :
I have done this tour twice now and...
JUDY S, Sep 2017
I have done this tour twice now and would really recommend it to anyone visiting Paris. It's a lovely bike, very easy, and the gardens and house are absolutely captivating. You'll leave wishing your were Monet!
My kids and I loved this tour! Our...
Kathryn G, Sep 2017
My kids and I loved this tour! Our artist guide was interesting and informative. We enjoyed shopping in the market in Vernon and biking down the beautiful path to Monet's garden. The gardens were incredibly beautiful. Our group entry tickets meant we didn't have to wait in any lines. I highly recommend this tour!
Great combination of bus and bicycle...
Janice_C, Sep 2017
Great combination of bus and bicycle and seeing Monet's garden was superb.