GIVERNY MONET’S HOUSE & GARDEN and CHATEAU MARTAINVILLE

Full day 10 hours
From Le Havre, Rouen, Caen, Honfleur

Description

Departure is from your port of call with your driver and your requested language speaking guide to Giverny by freeway.

The inspiration for Claude Monet's impressionist genius began here in Normandy, in the tiny village of Giverny. You will be dropped on the bus parking lot, just few hundred yards away from the village center, and then your guide will lead you to Monet’s house to discover the lily ponds, the footbridge, the winding paths and the immaculately-tended, landscaped garden's of the artist's home and studio.
Inside the house, you will see pastel-colored rooms and rustic furniture, as well as the Japanese engravings which Monet himself hung on the colorful walls. After the tour, you will have approximately 1..30 hour to shop, explore and have lunch on your own.

We highly recommend the museum of impressionism visit, where the works of famous American impressionists are on display, a little further away is the church where Monet’s family is buried.
There are a lot of places available for lunch right in the village.

From Giverny, you will drive to Chateau Martainville: that houses the museum, located 15 km north-east of Rouen, was built in 1485 by a Flemish architect for Jacques Le Pelletier, Seigneur of Martainville. It is a fine example of early Renaissance architecture, which still has its original layout and annexes: dovecote, wagon shed, baker’s oven, and half-timbered well.
The museum, founded in 1965 by the Seine Maritime Departmental Council, displays an exceptional collection of furniture from Upper Normandy which traces the evolution of styles from the 15th to the 19th century. The ethnography of the regions of Upper Normandy is presented in the form of reconstructed farmhouses featuring furniture and everyday objects from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The top floor of the château is devoted to the history of textile and costume in Normandy, with an exhibition of 19th-century paintings and regional headdresses and jewellery. Visitors can also admire a rich agricultural collection in the outbuildings.

Note

Monet House and Martainville château admission fee are included. American Art Museum admission fee is not included such as the lunch. This tour can be reduced to 9 hours under conditions, such as the Port of call.