Rouen, the Capital of Normandy
The capital city of the French region of Upper Normandy, Rouen is a port city on the Seine that rose to prominence during the Roman and Middle Ages. Spend the day visiting this heart of Normandy as you learn about its eclectic history.
Enjoy an approximately 1-hour comfortable and scenic from the port of Le Havre in a van that is made for your small group. Once in Rouen, your professional guide will take you on a walking tour along cobblestone streets and past medieval half-timbered houses while sharing his or her knowledge and passion for this city with you. Your group is kept to a maximum of no more than seven guests so individual attention and quality time with your guide are guaranteed.
Gaze up at the twin towers of Rouen Cathedral, a 12th century Early Gothic church built on the grounds of congregations meeting here since the 4th century. Legend has it Claude Monet, the father of Impressionism, rented an apartment across from the cathedral to capture the changing light in his series of 28 Rouen Cathedral paintings during different times of the day.
Continue to the Antique Dealers District whose atmosphere inspired Picasso's Urban series. Over at the rue du Gros Horloge you will find a unique double-faced clock fashioned in true Renaissance style. Visit the Courthouse and stand in the ancient market square where Joan of Arc was burned alive at the stake for heresy in 1431 and where today the Church of Saint Joan of Arc stands in her memory. Look for Le Bouchet, a small garden on the premises that marks the exact spot where she perished.
Take some free time to enjoy a delicious lunch (at your own expense), then make your way over to Musee des Beaux Arts of Rouen (optional), a fine arts museum containing an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures and drawing dating from the end of middle ages up until the present day. You will find works from the Masters, including Veronese, Caravaggio, Rubens, Poussin, Fragonard, Ingres, Monet, Sisley, Pissaro, Caillebotte and Renoir.
Conclude your tour with a scenic minibus ride back to La Havre. This 9-hour tour is perfect for history and arts buffs! Reserve your spot today and get ready to dive into the history and culture of Rouen.