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Rouen River Cruises

About Rouen

Rouen sits on the River Seine within the French region of Upper Normandy. This ancient city is the picturesque capital of the French region of Upper Normandy and has a long and dramatic history, spanning the plagues of the Middle Ages, the occupation by the English throughout the Hundred Years War and, more recently, the Allied bombing campaigns over northern France during the Second World War. The city is also home to the location where Joan of Arc was tried and burned at the stake in 1431. Despite these historic ordeals, Rouen is now a tranquil haven for visitors and has been painstakingly rebuilt and restored to preserve the region's many historically significant landmarks and monuments.

Exploring Rouen

A great selection of activities and excursions are available to visitors whose river cruise calls at the peaceful and historic city of Rouen. As the city is quite small, most of the area’s sights can be reached on foot, however, there is a local bus service and a railway line to transport people who wish to travel a little further afield.

A stay in Rouen would not be complete without visiting the stunningly beautiful Rouen Cathedral. La Cathédrale de Rouen, as it is known locally, dates back as far as the fourth century and has since adopted a variety of astonishing architectural influences over the centuries. Much of the cathedral’s facade was painted by the world-famous French painter Claude Monet, which increases the building’s historical appeal and charm even more.

Another impressive monument within the city is simply known as the Big Clock. The building has recently been restored and those who climb to the top are rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the city. A fascinating cultural experience can be found at the birthplace of the infamous writer Gustave Flaubert, who was best known for his controversial novel, Madame Bovery. His old house has been turned into a museum of his life and of 19th-century medicine, as his family were mainly doctors. For a more sombre excursion, travellers can visit Aitre St-Maclou, which was used as a mass graveyard during the Black Plague. The area is decorated with alarming relics, such as skulls and bones, sure to send a chill down the spine of sight-seers. Keeping with the sombre theme but also one of pilgrimage for some visitors is Place du Vieux-Marche, the town square where Joan of Arc was martyred and now the home of an architecturally modern church dedicated to her.

Rouen’s natural landscape is also particularly beautiful. Hiking and biking trails can be found along the majestic River Seine and in the surrounding forests. Visitors are encouraged to explore the scenery on offer across the city of Rouen and discover serene locations found all over the region.

Rouen tips

All Rouen's major tourist attractions are located relatively close together, so it's easy to see them all by travelling on foot. At the weekends, Place St Marc is the place to visit if you want to sample the local fare and perhaps pick up a bargain.

Rouen Itineraries

Honfleur

Cruising Seine Plus Versailles, Paris, London

8 sailing dates October 2020 to October 2021
11 Nights From London, United Kingdom to France , Paris
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Les Andelys

Christmas In The Seine Valley

1 sailing date December 2020
4 Nights From Paris, France to Paris
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Roundtrip Paris

19 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2021
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Paris

The Most Beautiful Stopovers In The Seine Valley

10 sailing dates September 2020 to September 2021
5 Nights From Paris, France to Paris
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Paris and Versailles

1 sailing date December 2021
4 Nights From Rouen, to Paris (Saint-Denis)
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Paris

Paris and the Seine Valley to Normandy

3 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
7 Nights From Paris (Saint-Denis), to Paris (Saint-Denis)
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Paris

Paris To Normandy

5 sailing dates July 2020 to July 2021
7 Nights From Paris, France to , Normandy
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Honfleur to Paris

22 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2021
6 Nights From Honfleur, France to Paris
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Paris

A Portrait of Majestic France - Bordeaux to Paris

28 sailing dates March 2021 to October 2021
14 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Paris
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Giverny

An Impression of the Seine

1 sailing date September 2020
6 Nights From Paris, France to Paris
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Rouen

Paris to Honfleur

5 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2020
6 Nights From Paris, France to Honfleur
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Paris

Rendevouz on the Seine

15 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2021
9 Nights From Paris, France to Paris
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Paris

Paris to Honfleur

10 sailing dates July 2020 to September 2021
6 Nights From Paris, France to Honfleur
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Paris

In the Footsteps of the Impressionists

3 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2020
6 Nights From Paris, France to Honfleur
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Vernon

Paris and the Seine Valley to Normandy

2 sailing dates June 2020 to September 2020
7 Nights From Paris (Saint-Denis), to Paris (Saint-Denis)
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Avignon

Ultimate France - Avignon to Bordeaux

7 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2020
21 Nights From Avignon, France to Bordeaux
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Paris

Honfleur to Paris

8 sailing dates July 2020 to September 2021
4 Nights From Honfleur, France to Paris
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Rouen

A Portrait of Majestic France - Paris to Bordeaux

1 sailing date July 2020
14 Nights From Paris, France to Bordeaux

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Les Andelys

Impressions From The Seine : Paris to Normady

8 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Paris, France to Paris
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Vernon

Reflections on the Seine

1 sailing date September 2020
8 Nights From Paris, France to Paris

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