Le Havre (Paris), France
City Tour,Local Sightseeing,All
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Approximately 5½ Hours
Meals not included
Flamboyant architecture and a tumultuous history beckon the visitor to Rouen -- capital of Upper Normandy. This age-old city is a historic enclave located approximately 1.5 hours from the port.
The central part of Rouen is a living tribute to the will of the people and the power of restoration, having been faithfully rebuilt and lovingly maintained after several World War II bombings. Reserved for pedestrian traffic only, this core area is where you'll find the highlights of your visit.
Begin with a visit to the Gothic cathedral -- its imposing and striking architecture dates back to 1201 and has been completely immortalized by Monet and his fellow impressionists.
Strolling the unmistakably French cobblestone lanes, you will pass the elegant, arched Gros Horloge clock tower -- a landmark symbol for Rouen.
15th- and 16th-century timbered houses line the streets leading to the Vieux Marché (Old Market), and you will see the very spot where Joan of Arc was sentenced to death and burned at the stake in 1431.
Head back to the motorcoach by way of the 15th-century Saint Maclou Church, where you will complete your walking tour and have some free time before returning to the ship.
The Rouen Cathedral is closed on Mondays; an outside visit is substituted. Guides are not allowed to provide commentary inside the Rouen Cathedral. An introduction will be given outside, and you will view the inside on your own. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.