Rouen and Monet’s Gardens – BEST SELLER
Discover Rouen’s Fascinating History!
A firm favourite with Greatdays’ groups, this short break combines the beautiful city of Rouen with Monet’s Garden in Giverny. Staying in Rouen gives you an opportunity to discover more about Normandy’s capital. Known as the “city of a hundred spires”, the medieval buildings and half-timbered houses hint at the city’s rich past. Based at a brand new hotel, enjoy some included excursions as well as some free time to explore at leisure.
Stretching along the Seine, historic Rouen is Normandy’s cultured and vibrant capital. With its soaring Gothic cathedral and well-preserved medieval quarter, it is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Monet’s canvases of the cathedral have made it the best-loved building in town, but many other glories stand out. Explore the excellent museums and in the historic quarter you’ll find tempting shops and restaurants. Marvel at the ‘Gros Horloge’, a great astronomical clock which is one of the city’s most popular sites!
Monet’s Garden: A Floral Paradise
Claude Monet lived in the quaint village of Giverny from 1883 until his death in 1926. Step into his former home and stroll through the world-famous gardens that served as inspiration to the master of Impressionism. Discover the stunning flower gardens and see the famous water lily pond which he painted so often.
Rouen and Monet’s garden in Giverny will charm you with their mix of picturesque beauty and intriguing history. Although it is only a short break, you are sure to go home with a host of amazing memories!
Dates throughout 2023
Suggested itinerary by coach
Bienvenue à Rouen
Arrive in Rouen and check in to your hotel. If time permits, begin to explore the area.
Spend a full day in this fascinating city. After a two hour guided tour to set the scene, enjoy free time to explore. It was Victor Hugo who noted the many spires that give Rouen its distinctive skyline, and standing proud above them all is the magnificent Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Erected in 1876, this example of flamboyant Gothic style has the highest spire in France. See the ‘Gros Horloge’, the famous 14th Century astronomical clock, and the Vieux-Marché square where Joan of Arc was burned in 1431. Today, the Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc church is a modern building in the centre of the square. The Aître Saint-Maclou, a former charnel house, is a quiet, mysterious place of timber-framed buildings decorated with macabre details. There are many attractions to explore and the town itself is beautiful, its streets lined with half-timbered houses.
Today we follow the Seine upstream in the direction of Paris to visit the picturesque village of Giverny. Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked here for over 40 years. The artist’s former home and elaborate gardens, where he produced his famed water lily series, are now the Fondation Claude Monet (guided tours available). During the visit we’ll see Clos Normand, the beautiful flower garden that sits in front of the house, and then take the underground passage to see the contrasting, but no less stunning, Japanese-inspired water garden. Wander through the spacious house and feel the tranquillity and beauty of the place, enhanced by the riot of colour from the multitude of flowers. It is only thanks to generous donors that these beautiful gardens have survived and flourished.
If time allows, enjoy some final sightseeing in Rouen before retracing your route back to the UK.
Suggested hotels – All inspected by Greatdays staff November 2019
Holiday Inn Express Rouen Centre – Rive Gauche ***
This newly-built hotel is located near the historical centre of Rouen, a short walk from Rouen Cathedral. It has 85 spacious air conditioned rooms equipped with all the modern amenities including a flat-screen TV and free unlimited Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities. There is a 24 hour bar and a high tech meeting room. The hotel works with a catering service and can provide group meals only. Two coach parking spaces in front of the hotel which are free of charge.
Ibis Rouen Centre Rive Gauche ***
The Ibis Rouen Centre Rive Gauche St Sever is in the St Sever district, 0.6 miles from the Place Jeanne d’Arc and Rouen Cathedral. Its bar is open 24 hours and free Wi-Fi access is provided throughout the hotel. The modern rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Each has a private bathroom that includes a hairdryer. The hotel works with a catering service and can provide group meals only. Free coach parking at the hotel.
Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale ****
This Mercure isin Rouen, only 200 yards from Notre Dame Cathedral. It offers air-conditioned guest rooms, each with a private bathroom, satellite TV and free WiFi access. Guests can also utilise the fitness facilities, relax in the lounge area or enjoy a drink in the hotel bar. There are many restaurants in the surrounding area and the hotel works with a partner restaurant to provide group meals. As the centre of Rouen is pedestrianised, the coach drop off point is at Place de la Haute Vieille Tour, approximately 600m from the hotel. Porterage is available at a supplement to carry bags from the drop off point.
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