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Shore Excursion: UPPER NORMANDY:  HONFLEUR & ROUEN – 9 Hours


 

PRIVATE TOUR OF ROUEN & HONFLEUR

 

PRIVATE TOURS FROM LE HAVRE OR HONFLEUR

 

HEAR THE HISTORY OF ROUEN ON SEINE RIVER & JOAN OF ARC

 

SEE THE MOST PICTURESQUE SEASIDE TOWN OF HONFLEUR

 

 

 

Tour Inclusions: private transportation, guide service, taxes, tolls and parking.

 

Departure Points: Le Havre or Honfleur

 

 

 

 

 

PRIVATE TOUR OF ROUEN & HONFLEUR

 

Your shore excursion from Le Havre or Honfleur starts with a private tour of Rouen in Upper Normandy. Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy since Roman times, was one of the largest and most prosperous cities in Europe in medieval times. Your tour of Rouen takes you on a stroll through the medieval town to get a close look at the House of the Exchequer, the 15th century Archbishop Palace, and the splendid Renaissance Palace of Justice. You will stop for a photo of Rouen’s most popular monument: the Grosse Horloge, a clock from 1527 with its superb dome-crowned belfry. Your tour of Rouen also takes you to Rouen’s Place du Vieux Marche (Old Market Square), where the martyred Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. Your last stop in Rouen is the Notre Dame de Rouen Cathedral, one of the most beautiful examples of French Gothic, immortalized over 20 times by Claude Monet.

 

Your private tour in Normandy continues in Honfleur, a charming seaside port town. Honfleur’s old dock is full of character, from its old slate-fronted houses to the cafes and art galleries located in converted salt stores. Eugène Boudin and Claude Monet were among the famous impressionist painters who drew inspiration from Honfleur’s port. You will visit a few sights in town like the St. Catherine’s Church, the largest wooden church in France, built by the town’s shipbuilders in the late 15th century. The Eugene Boudin Museum, set in a 19th century chapel, maybe of interest to you. Honfleur’s farmer and flea markets are also fun places to stroll and shop (time permitting), should visit on market day.