Private tour

Rouen: Castles and Abbeys Private Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: igor rosen

Rouen: Castles and Abbeys Private Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: igor rosen

From US$ 686.07 per group up to 6

Discover Normandy’s abbeys, medieval castles, and other hidden gems on this full-day guided trip from Rouen. Visit the Gros-Horloge, Rouen Cathedral, Jumièges Abbey, Chateau Gaillard, and more.

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Duration 8 - 9 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
English, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish
Audio guide included
Pickup included
Your driver-guide will be wearing a black NormandyTour cap. They will be at your hotel lobby 15 minutes before the scheduled pickup time, holding a sign with your name on it.
Private group


  • Delve into the memorable past of Normandy's medieval castles and abbeys
  • Embark on a comprehensive, multi-stop tour through the streets of Rouen
  • Discover Rouen Cathedral, Gros-Horloge, the Joan of Arc legacy, and more
  • Visit a true crusader castle and the last castle of Richard the Lion Heart
  • Immerse yourself in gothic architecture and the 12th-century monastic life
Full description

Embark on a day tour of Rouen and its surrounding sites to discover the medieval past of Normandy, the so-called land of North Men, home of William the Conqueror and Richard the Lion Heart. Historic abbeys and medieval castles will open their doors to you on this trip.

After pickup, you'll head first to Rouen's historical center. During the ride, there will be digital resources provided so you can get some content about the places visited throughout the day.

For the first stop, enjoy an extensive visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, then stop at Rue du Gros Horloge to see the Gros Horloge, the first clock of France, built in 1389.

Having ancestors who fought in the crusades, the history of Richard the Lion Heart and his Chateau Gaillard is the next focus of the tour. See his story come to life during a visit to the Chateau Gaillard overlooking the River Seine.

After having lunch below Chateau Gaillard (costs not included), continue the trip to Jumièges Abbey, the first Abbey of Normandy, destroyed by the Vikings in 845 A.D. In Jumièges Abbey, see the marks of destructions led by the Vikings.

Normandy wouldn’t be Normandy without the Vikings and their heir, William the Conqueror. You’ll get to explore two significant abbeys that William built and see where he married Mathilda of Flanders, the woman he loved so much.

Next on the itinerary is the Abbey of Saint-Georges, Boscherville, the most preserved abbey in Normandy. Before heading back to Rouen to conclude the tour, admire the walls of the church of the abbey that still have the original paintings and sculptures from the 11th century.

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • All entry fees
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • PA audio system to hear the guide in the van
  • Digital resources during the drive
  • Light snack (in the van)
  • Water (in the van)
  • Lunch costs
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Some light walking is involved at Chateau Gaillard and in Jumièges (500 meters)
  • This tour will take place rain or shine

Product ID: 396279