Your private guide will meet you at your Normandy hotel and take you on a scenic drive to the town of Rouen.
Founded at the lowest point where the Seine could be bridged, Rouen has prospered through maritime trade and industrialization to become a rich and cultured city. Despite the severe damage of World War II, the city boasts a wealth of historic sights on its right bank, all within walking distance of the central Cathedrale Notre Dame, frequently painted by Monet. Once a Celtic trading post, Roman garrison, and Viking colony, Rouen became the capital of the Norman Duchy in 911. It was captured by Henry V in 1419 after a siege during the Hundred Years’ War. In 1431 Joan of Arc was burned at the stake here in place du Vieux-Marche.
Spend the day walking through the beautiful streets - from the cathedral, the rue du Gros Horloge runs west under the city’s Great Clock, to the place du Vieux Marche and its post-war Eglise Ste-Jeanne-d’Arc. Rue aux Juifs leads past the 15th-century Gothic Palais de Justice, once Normandy’s parliament, to the fancy stores and cafes around rue des Carmes. Farther east, between the St Maclou and St Ouen churches, are half-timbered houses in the rue Damiette and rue Eau de Robec. To the north, in place General de Gaulle, is the 18th century Hotel de Ville – definitely worth a visit!