Cruise passengers come to Rouen for the pleasure of strolling in the heart of a magnificently preserved medieval city filled with Gothic buildings dating from the 12- 15th centuries, and its attractive shops. Impressionist paintings abound, often by Monet, in his own house at Giverny and the neighbouring American Museum, and in Rouen’s Musée des Beaux Arts. Paris is little more than one hour by road or rail.
Rouen is six hours steaming from the open sea. Ships follow the route of the Vikings, who came to Normandy in the 9th century, and berth at the spot where Robert Fulton conceived and built the first submarine, Nautilus, in 1798. On departure, they follow the route taken by Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty on its journey to New York in 1855. The passage includes views of cliffs, forests, manors, abbeys and chateaux.
Rouen offers cruise passengers a wide range of facilities. A privileged cruise berth in the heart of the city, next to the William the Conqueror bridge, from where passengers can enjoy a panoramic view of the whole of Rouen set in a natural amphitheatre. The city centre is only a 10-minute walk away.
There are numerous and varied tours (half or full day) to meet every taste: a la carte afternoon tea in a manor house, a round of golf on the edge of a forest or how to make baguettes and croissants. Travel through mystical Normandy with its medieval abbeys along the route of the abbeys (St. Ouen, St. Martin de Boscherville, Jumieges, St. Wandrille); revisit the sources of Impressionism in Rouen (Fine Art Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Giverny, Monet’s home, the American Museum), meditate among the buildings and relics of Europe’s oldest existing Hebrew university. The Normandy Invasion can be recalled while strolling along the beaches. Try your luck in Deauville’s casino or eat in Honfleur, a picturesque harbour on the Seine, from where Champlain left to found Quebec.
Every year, Rouen offers many festivals: Joan of Arc, music, drama and cinema. The city is renowned for its gastronomy. Cruise passengers come to Rouen for the pleasure of strolling in the heart of a magnificently preserved medieval city filled with Gothic buildings dating from the 12-15th centuries, and its attractive shops.
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