9.00 am: Be met in the lobby of your hotel.
Let's go to Rouen. The city, also known as the ‘Ville aux cent clochers’ dear to Victor Hugo, has preserved much of its historical center, which is now largely composed of pedestrian streets. As you walk through the historical center, past half timbered houses, discover architectural treasures, for example Gothic monuments like the Notre Dame Cathedral, St Ouen Abbey, Saint Maclou Church and the Palais de Justice, or Renaissance style monuments like the Gros-Horloge, Saint Maclou Ossuary and the Bourgtheroulde Mansion. You will follow in the steps of Richard the Lion Heart, Joan of Arc, Pierre Corneille and Gustave Flaubert, some of the many characters who have been part of Rouen’s history. Lunch is at leisure in Rouen: we suggest la Couronne, a superbly- preserved, 14th century house which is France's oldest inn. What about a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts*? The museum’s collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and art objects - one of the finest in provincial France - covers all the schools from the 16th to the 20th century. The 17th century is well represented with works by Caravaggio, Velàsquez and Poussin, and a significant number of religious paintings from the French school. The collection of French 19th- century paintings is particularly complete, with works by Géricault, Ingres and Delacroix, and is the largest group of Impressionist paintings outside Paris (Monet, Renoir, Sisley...).You may prefer antiques hunting or window-shopping in the local faience (the glazed pottery famous in the region since the 14th century), Rouen is your paradise.
6.00 pm: Drive back to Paris at the end of the day.