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From Paris: Full-Day Small Group Trip To Rouen

1. From Paris: Full-Day Small Group Trip To Rouen

Following a morning pick-up from your hotel in Paris, meet your guide and take a seat on-board a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Head towards the Normandy countryside en route to Rouen, which is widely considered among the region’s most beautiful cities. After your tour, enjoy the impressive views of the city and the Seine Valley before returning to Paris by minibus. Discover the authentic Norman city of Rouen. This is where Claude Monet painted the Rouen Cathedral series. Just try to resist the charm of this city in the heart of Normandy with its courthouse, Rouen Cathedral and Joan of Arc Square. Your guide will lead you through this captivating place to discover its many facets. Stroll through the antique dealer's district among the stunning half-timbered houses. This atmosphere inspired Pissaro in his famous urban series. Walk down the famous rue du Gros Horloge with its unique double-faced Renaissance clock. Enjoy a delicious lunch before discovering the Museum of Fine Arts in Rouen. Visit one of the most impressive collections in the region with paintings, sculptures and drawings dating from the end of the Middle Ages up to the present day from Veronese, Caravaggio, Rubens, Poussin, Fragonard and Ingres. Admire the famous paintings of the Impressionist masters such as Monet, Sisley, Pissaro, Caillebotte and Renoir.

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From Paris: Small Group Day Trip to Rouen and Giverny

2. From Paris: Small Group Day Trip to Rouen and Giverny

Combine your visits to Giverny and Rouen into one relaxing day trip just 2 hours outside of Paris. Your tour starts in the authentic Norman city of Rouen, where Claude Monet painted the Cathedral series, inspired by the Notre Dame Cathedral of Rouen. Your walking tour through the streets of Rouen will bring centuries of history to life and give you the chance to discover sights, such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Renaissance Parliament of Normandy, the magnificent Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, the St. Joan of Arc church and the old marketplace. Enjoy a fascinating walk through the architectural styles of the last 800 years in this beautiful town full of history. In the afternoon, your guide will share the calm and almost otherworldly beauty of Claude Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny. Learn about the famous Impressionist artist and before exploring his vibrantly colored home, stroll along the charming paths of his flower garden and admire the water garden with the little green bridge and lake full of his famous water lilies before returning back to Paris.

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Welcome to Rouen: Private Walking Tour with a Local

3. Welcome to Rouen: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Experience Rouen like a resident on a private walking tour with a local host. Get tips on what to see and do, learn the best ways to get around and much more. Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Hear where to buy groceries or where the best places to eat can be found. Alternatively, meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Venture beyond the usual tourist sites and discover places you would never read about in the guidebooks. Avail of an itinerary that can be tailored to your interests and specific needs. Ride on the public transportation system, at your own expense, if you prefer. Chat with your guide about life in the city and its many traditions. Feel more confident that you can get around and explore on your own for the rest of your stay in the city.

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From Rouen: Normandy D-Day Beaches Private Full-Day Tour

4. From Rouen: Normandy D-Day Beaches Private Full-Day Tour

Visit the beaches of Normandy that keep the memory of fallen heroes alive. Depart on a full-day tour from the port town of Rouen. Learn about the events that took place in Normandy, from the D-Day landings to the Battle of Normandy, from an expert guide. Make your first stop at Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the village of the US Airborne Division. Understand how 14000 paratroopers played a crucial role in the town's liberation. The site still bears traces of the Battle of Normandy. Visit the Airborne Museum where your guide will explain the details of the exhibit. Then, head for the hedgerows to see the natural fences where many German soldiers hid to accomplish their mission. Next, see one of the two American landing zones in Normandy, Utah Beach. Learn how this beach was so quickly and successfully taken on D-Day of the invasion. Stop for a gourmet lunch on Omaha Beach facing the monument to the Allies. Listen to the details of the deadly 1944 battle which took place at this spot. After lunch, head to the Pointe du Hoc. See the many German bunkers and machine-gun posts that were taken by the US 2nd Rangers Battalion. Finally, visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, honoring American troops who died in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. Attend the ceremony of the colors to remember those who lost their lives while bringing World War II to an end. If time allows, you'll also see the Longues-sur-Mer battery, the last WWII German artillery battery, whose 150-mm guns were operational on D-Day. Benefit from round-trip hotel transfers at a time that's convenient for you. Enjoy refreshments like fresh coffee and croissants. You'll be dropped back at your pier-hotel at the end of the tour. The itinerary will be adapted to fit your schedule.

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What people are saying about Rouen

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Melody was a SUPER tour guide and knew the history and trivia well.

We were more than pleased with this day trip. Every aspect was very enjoyable and interesting. Melody took us to Monet garden and lily pond before it got crowded. She gave us excellent points of information about Monet and his life, and pointed out specific views that Monet painted in his paintings. Rouen was very interesting and fun. Hit all the right spots of historical significance.

Great introduction to the city of Rouen. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history as well as the beat local sights to visit. He was on time and flexible with our last Minite schedule change. Rouen is a great city to visit and this tour was a perfect introduction.

Worth the drive

Our guide was from the city of Rouen and gave us a lot of information. The Joan of Arc experience was informative and in an historic setting. Eating at La Couronne, where Julia Child had her first French meal, was a highlight.

Great orientation to the city.

Agalic did z great job showing me around her city. She had passion for the city and orientated me ffg or further investigation. She has lived in an English speaking country so very clear English.

Despite being a rainy day, the activity was very helpful, all accompanied by an excellent guide ...