ROUEN & GIVERNY WEEKENDER
EXPLORE THE COBBLED MEDIEVAL STREETS OF ROUEN.
VISIT MONET'S HOUSE AND GARDEN AT GIVERNY.
£225 per person in a shared twin or double room
(limited single supplements available for £50 extra per person)
Rouen, the capital of Normandy, is a charming city with a rich history. Cobbled streets and timbered medieval buildings make the pedestrianised old town a joy to explore. It has Gothic churches such as Saint-Maclou and Saint Ouen; and the skyline is dominated by the spires of the Cathedrale Notre-Dame - much painted by Impressionist Claude Monet.
During your tour you will have free time to discover Rouen for yourself. Visit the Cathedral, learn about the famous heroine at Historial Jeanne D'Arc, see great works of art at the Musee Des Beaux-Arts - the city is your oyster! We will stay for two nights at the Ibis Rouen Rive Gauche Hotel, comfortable and conveniently located, it is a 15 minute walk over the River Seine into the heart of old Rouen. Our trip coincides with the magical Cathedral Light Show, a free event which takes place when night falls.
On Sunday we will leave Rouen drive through the French countryside to Giverny. Monet moved to Giverny in 1883 with his family, including his second wife and 8 children, living and painting here until his death in 1926. The village surroundings and the gardens of his house formed a great part of the inspiration and subject matter for his paintings. It was after the move to Giverny that Monet began his famous Séries of paintings, repeatedly rendering haystacks, cathedrals and waterlilies from his garden pond in his own unique Impressionist style. We will visit Monet’s house and gardens, where you can see the famous waterlilly pond and bridge for yourself! Your ticket is included in the cost of the tour.
After checking out of the hotel on Monday you will again have free time to explore Rouen, before we head back to Calais for the ferry home to the UK.
Departure/Drop off point
Option 1) Tower Hill Coach Park
Look for the sign-posted pedestrian entrance on Petty Wales (painted yellow, underneath Wagamama) take the steps on the right and wait in front of the coach bays.
Option 2) Hall Place Car Park, Hall Place, Bourne Rd, Bexley DA5 1PQ
Wait by the coach bays at the far side of the car park.
08.30 – depart Tower Hill
09.30 –depart Hall Place
11.00 – arrive Dover to check-in for Ferry (12.05 crossing)
14.35 – arrive Calais
17.00 – Arrive Ibis Rive Gauche, Rouen
09.30 – depart Hotel
10.45 – arrive Monet’s Gardens, Giverny
16.00 – depart Giverny
17.30 – Arrive Hotel
* Free time in Rouen in the morning*
16.00 – Depart Rouen
18.30 –Arrive Calais to check in for 19.55 ferry
20.35 – Arrive Dover
21.45 – Arrive Hall Place
22.30 – Arrive Tower Hill
Return coach travel from Central London including ferry, 2 nights accommodation & a buffet breakfast in a 3* hotel, entry to Monet's House & Gardens at Giverny, the services of a tour manager
Other food & drink, tickets to other attractions, gratuities
*Timings are approximate and the schedule is subject to change when required. Your tour manager will confirm times to be back at the coach at each stop, the schedule above is a guideline only. See here for full terms & conditions.
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