The capital of Upper Normandy, Rouen was one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe, and one of the capitals of the Anglo-Norman dynasties, which ruled both England and large parts of France between the 11th and 15th centuries. Learn about Rouen’s history, from Roman times to today, as you walk around the city.
Admire the exceptional architecture of Rouen Cathedral, crowned by the highest spire in France. Art buffs may recognize the exterior of this Gothic masterpiece: Monet painted the cathedral numerous times at different hours of the day. Step inside to see the narrow and high nave as well as the stained-glass windows that date back to the 13th century.
Take a break for lunch (own expense), and continue with a walk along Rouen's cobbled streets that are flanked by half-timbered houses — some that have barely changed since the Middle Ages and Renaissance times. As you stroll, look out for other Gothic monuments such as the Church of St Ouen, Church of St Maclou and the Hall of Justice.
After viewing the Great Clock (Gros Horloge), an emblem of Rouen, arrive at Rouen’s famous market square, where Joan of Arc was executed in 1431 by the English. Hear the story behind Joan of Arc’s courageous quest through France during the Hundred Years’ War, and end with a visit to the modern church St Joan of Arc, built after World War II.
Hop back in your minivan for your 1-hour journey to the charming country village of Giverny, where Monet and his family lived from the 1800s until the artist's death in 1926. It was here that Monet painted some of his most famous works.
Walk through Monet’s former house to see his collection of Japanese prints, and follow the colorful lanes of his blooming gardens. The centerpiece is the large glossy pond, surrounded by bamboo and willow trees and traversed by an iconic Japanese bridge that overlooks the water lilies.
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 Caen hotel in the evening.
Departure Time: 9:00 AM
Departure Point: Traveler pickup is offered
Pick-up from the train station
:Tour option details are as follows
Option Departure Time: 9:00 AM
- Private tour
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan (maximum 8 people)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Guide's lunch (approximately €20)
- Tickets fees
Change & Refund Policies
- Once this product is successfully booked, it cannot be changed or canceled
How to Use It
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- Your voucher will be sent to your email after your booking is confirmed. Please check the usage instructions on your voucher for more info about how to use it
- Any traveler groups not mentioned in the booking options are not applicable for voucher use.
Adult: Age 0 to 99
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Not wheelchair accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
Most travelers can participate
NST provides you with masks as well as hydroalcoholic gel. Our vehicles are disinfected after each use and the distance is respected.
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
COVID-19 vaccination required for guides