MEDIEVAL DAY ROUEN AND NORMAN’S ABBEYS

full day 10 hours
from Le Havre, Caen, Honfleur

Description

Departure is from your port of call with your driver and an English speaking guide to Rouen by freeway.

Upon your arrival in the Capital of upper Normandy, you will start by a walking tour from St Maclou Church and Saint Maclou’s Aître, a central square enclosure which was originally a cemetery tracing back to 1348 during the black plague period. The bus will stop close by at La Halle aux Toiles, 5 minutes walking distance and, also where bathrooms are available. Later, it has been use as an ossuary and now day it is use by the school of architecture.
From that amazing site, you will walk to the Cathedral, via rue St Romain sided by local antique shops. Your guide will lead you inside the Gothic cathedral built from 12th to 16th century, where some of the Dukes of Normandy are buried. This monument has been immortalized by Monet and his fellow impressionists.
Passing along the Tourist office square to Jeanne d’Arc church via the Gros Horloge (big clock tower) you will discover William’s Palace and court.
Walking on old cobblestone requires good and comfortable shoes. Arriving in Joan of Arc square, your guide will take you to the stake where she was sentence to death and burned in 1931, and then you will have 1.30 hour free time for souvenir shopping and lunch on your own before gathering together to board the bus and drive to Saint Georges de Bosherville.

Now this is the beginning of the scenic drive along the river Seine Valley. Saint Georges de Boscherville is 20 minutes away from Rouen, this prestigious abbey edge the forest of Roumare and will give you the opportunity to walk through 2000 years of Norman History.
Your guide will takes you inside the abbey for a 30 minutes guided tour and if you are interested in Gardens and the capitulary room discovery, you will have another 30 minutes if you are not interested, you can spend that time in the souvenir shop.   About one hour stop then onto Jumiège Abbey founded in 654 (admission fee included). Today the site is a very impressive ruin with an amazing background that the guide will share with you. The medieval immersion ends with Caudebec en Caux church visit, and its renaissance style stained glasses, it is one of the numerous places in Normandy having names which are clearly derived from Scandinavian language "Cold River". 

Note

This is a quite physical visit with a lot of walking. (About 3 miles, 4.5 km in total). This tour is available as 2 half days, Rouen only and Norman Abbey Tour.  Boscherville Abbey is included but garden and capitulary room are not. This tour can be reduced to 9 hours under conditions, such as the Port of call.