We're looking to hire a driver for a full-day in May to take us to Versailles in the morning and Giverny in the afternoon. We don't need a tour guide - just a driver. There are a few companies online whose rates range from 950-1200EUR (which seems crazy) and we've found a couple for 600EUR, but we're concerned about their legitimacy (not supplying insurance proof, large deposit required). Does anyone have any experience with a reputable private driver? Thanks!
I've never heard of anyone trying to do both those things in the same day. That's not because they are so far apart (about 65 km, 50 minute drive). It's because each takes a long time to see, requires lots of walking and involves lots of visual stimulation/overload which can be exhausting.
If you want to save time by avoiding public transportation, you might save some money by taking 3 taxis: hotel-->Versailles, Versailles-->Giverny and Giverny--> hotel. According to Rome2rio, the biggest time saving would be for the Versailles-->Giverny and Giverny-->hotel stretches. But there is no guarantee about any of them.
Try Rome2rio for the options available. It appears you could cut that $600 price almost in half by taking 3 taxis.
I don't have any experience with private drivers between towns. There are pretty cheap trains running almost hourly from Versailles-Chantiers station to Vernon with one connection at Mantes la Jolie. These depart at :15 after the hour, but not at 14:15. Or trains leaving from Versaille-Rive Droite station connect at Paris St. Lazare. Either way is under two hours.
Thank you for the tips - I think taxi's will be the way to go as one in our group has a fear of trains!
I agree with Lo to consider the overload of seeing both these places in one day. They are both wonderful, but it just seems like too much to do them back to back. I DO realize this is in no way part of your inquiry, but I just don't think you will do them both justice.