Welcome to Rouen


The city has endured a turbulent history. It was devastated by fire and plague several times during the Middle Ages, and was occupied by the English during the Hundred Years War. The young French heroine Joan of Arc (Jeanne d’Arc) was tried for heresy and burned at the stake in the central square in 1431. And during WWII, Allied bombing raids laid waste to large parts of the city, especially south of the cathedral.


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$697.63 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Normandy, St-Malo, Mont St-Michel, and Loire Valley from Paris

Begin with a visit to the delightful town of Rouen and explore the medieval Old Town with your guide, then head onward to the beautiful port of Honfleur. Discover the famous Omaha Beach — site of the Normandy landings in WWII — and visit the American Cemetery of Saint-Laurent and Arromanches. Take a guided tour of Saint-Malo then continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mont Saint-Michel and visit the ancient abbey. Head deep into the French countryside and marvel at the plush interior and stately beauty of the medieval Château de Langeais. Conclude your tour in the Loire Valley with a tour of the Château de Chenonceau — widely considered one of the finest châteaux in France — then travel back to Paris where your tour will come to an end.

$127.81 Shore Excursions

Giverny, Rouen, Honfleur Private Tour from Le Havre Port

When your ship docks at the Le Havre port, your guide will pick you up from the cruise terminal and take you on your full-day private shore excursion to Giverny, Rouen and Honfleur. Choose any two of these three at the time of booking! Drive 1.5 hours through Normandy to the village of Giverny, where Monet and his family lived until the artist's death in 1926. It was here that Monet painted some of his most famous artworks, including the water lily series. You’ll feel as if you’ve entered an Impressionist painting as you wander Monet’s vibrant gardens filled with flowers, bamboo trees and willows surrounding a large glassy pond. Follow your garden stroll with a visit to the artist's former house and see his collection of Japanese prints. Leaving Giverny behind, drive an hour north to the historic city of Rouen, one of the most significant and prosperous cities of medieval Europe. Here you’ll visit Rouen Cathedral, a remarkable Gothic church topped by the tallest spire in France. Monet painted this cathedral many times, highlighting its exceptional beauty at different times of day. Inside, you'll see stained-glass windows that date back to the 13th century. Look out for other Gothic monuments as you walk along Rouen's cobblestone streets lined with old half-timbered houses — some that have barely changed since medieval times. See the Great Clock (Gros Horloge), an emblem of Rouen, and visit the square where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431. Your guide will explain the story behind Joan of Arc’s heroic expedition through France during the Hundred Years’ War against England. Continue driving an hour west to your last stop, Honfleur, an authentic town with a long and fascinating past. Learn about Honfleur’s Viking invasions, 16th-century seafarers and Impressionist art movement as you walk through town to the beautiful old port, captured by numerous artists including Impressionist painters Claude Monet, Eugene Boudin and Johan Jongkind. See remnants of the medieval ramparts at Porte de Caen (Caen Gate) and St Catherine's Church, touted as the largest wooden church in France, built after the Hundred Years' War by Honfleur’s ship-builders. Finish with a walk up Côte de Grâce, a 10th-century pilgrimage site, for a great view of Honfleur and the notable Normandy Bridge. Le Havre is just a quick 30-minute drive away. Your guide will drop you back off at the port. Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Le Havre port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$98.95 Cultural & Theme Tours

Bayeux to Rouen and Giverny Private Guided Day Trip

Start with a pickup from your Bayeux hotel in the morning and meet your private guide. Aboard your private minivan, sit back and enjoy the Normandy scenery on your 1.5-hour journey west to Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy.Listen to a historical introduction to Rouen, one of medieval Europe’s largest and most prosperous cities. Hear how it was one of the capitals of the Anglo-Norman dynasties, which ruled both England and large parts of France between the 11th and 15th centuries.Walk to Rouen Cathedral, an exceptional Gothic church topped by the highest spire in France. Art lovers may recognize the cathedral’s exterior from Monet’s series of paintings that highlight the Gothic façade at different times of day and in various lights. Inside, see the narrow and high nave and look up to see stained-glass windows that date back to the 13th century.After a break for lunch (own expense), follow your guide on a stroll along Rouen's cobblestone streets lined with old half-timbered houses — some that have scarcely changed since the Middle Ages. Look out for other Gothic monuments such as the Church of St Ouen, Church of St Maclou and the Hall of Justice as you walk.See the Great Clock (Gros Horloge), a symbol of Rouen, before arriving at the city’s famous market square, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431. Hear the story behind Joan of Arc’s heroic quest through France during the Hundred Years’ War against England. Finish with a visit to the modern church St Joan of Arc, constructed after World War II.Later in the afternoon, leave Rouen behind and travel to the lovely country village of Giverny, where Monet and his family lived until the artist's death in 1926. It was here that Monet painted some of his most beloved masterpieces. Amble around the colorful lanes of Monet’s gardens and you’ll feel as if you’ve entered an Impressionist painting. Blooming flowers, bamboo trees and weeping willows surround a large glassy pond. Admire the tranquil water lilies and spot the iconic Japanese bridge seen in so many of Monet's paintings. Follow your garden stroll with a visit to the artist's former house to see Monet’s collection of Japanese prints. Depending on the time left available, either pay a visit to Giverny Museum of Impressionisms with your guide or enjoy some free time to explore the village, perhaps seeing the church and cemetery where Monet is buried. Your tour then finishes with a drop-off at your Bayeux hotel in the evening.

$650 Day Trips & Excursions

Paris to Giverny with Admission Ticket and Transport

Have your own private driver pick you up from your Paris apartment or hotel and take you one and a half hours away to the little town of Giverny, inspiration of the impressionists, where Claude Monet lived for 43 years, from 1883 to 1926. He had a passion for gardening and colors and thus conceived his gardens as works of art.Not to be missed, his house with brightly colored rooms, his great yellow dining room and blue Rouen ceramic tiled kitchen, exquisitely preserved, and, of course, his light-filled studio and his bedroom overlooking his beautiful garden.You will love the Japanese-inspired atmosphere with the “estampes” on the walls, and the Japanese bridge overlooking his famous lily pond, inspiration for many of his paintings and his water lily series.After your visit, you may want to visit Claude Monet’s grave at the cemetery, or visit the Musée des Impressionnismes with paintings reflecting Monet’s influence on art.Visit at your own pace and stay around two hours. Choose to go in the morning or in the afternoon.

$715.96 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Rouen, Bayeux, and Falaise Day Trip from Bayeux

Start your tour with a 9am pickup at your accommodation or the local train station in Bayeux, then follow your private guide on a walking tour through the medieval city. Discover top attractions including Bayeaux Cathedral, the UNESCO–listed Bayeaux Tapestry, and the Tree of Liberty — planted during the French Revolution. Along the way, listen as your private guide sheds light on centuries of French history.After lunch in a Bayeux restaurant (own expense), head onward to Rouen. Take in key sites of interest such as the Church of Saint-Maclou, 11th-century Rouen Cathedral, and the place where Joan of Arc was killed. Explore the historic Old Town, and soak up the atmosphere in the bustling market square. In the afternoon, continue onward to Caen and discover famous landmarks like the Abbaye aux Hommes, the castle of William the Conqueror, and Caen Cathedral. Time permitting, visit the last castle of William the Conqueror in Falaise, then return to your starting point in Bayeux to conclude your tour. Please note: this private tour does not include entrance fees.

$715.96 Cultural & Theme Tours

D-Day Beaches Private Tour from Rouen

Meet your private guide during a 9am pickup at your accommodation or the local train station in Rouen, then take a seat in your air-conditioned minivan and head onward to the beaches of Normandy — where so much of the violent fighting of WWII took place.During your 8-hour tour, visit the port at Arromanches — constructed by British forces to help land the Allied troops in June 1944. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (own expense) and admire panoramic views over the famous beaches.Visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer with your private guide and learn of the many Allied soldiers who laid down their lives in battle. Next, head to Longues-sur-Mer to see the batteries the Germans used to protect the coast from the Allies.Head onward to the Pointe du Hoc and listen as your private guide explains how the how the U.S soldiers climbed the cliffs to disarm the German defence. Time permitting, perhaps visit Sainte-Mère-Église — where the first Allied paratroopers of WWII landed — and learn of the fighting that took place here those years ago.When your tour comes to an end, return in comfort to your hotel or the train station in Rouen at approximately 6pm.