Join us on this 4-day trip to France, staying in the vibrant historic city of Rouen and visiting the picturesque port of Honfleur, Plus, a trip to Claude Monet’s celebrated gardens at Giverny.
We certainly pack a lot into this short break – you’ll have plenty of time to explore beautiful Rouen, famous for its Gothic cathedral, excellent museums and vibrant cultural life, as well as spending an afternoon in pretty Honfleur, with its enchanting harbour filled with yachts.
Added to this, there’s a day trip to Giverny, where you can stroll through Monet’s lovely gardens and spot the locations he painted.
It’s a French adventure you won’t forget in a hurry...
Your 4-day itinerary:
Day 1: Join our coach for the drive to the south coast, where we catch an afternoon Eurotunnel to Calais. We carry on to our hotel in the magnificent city of Rouen, where we will be staying for 3 nights.
Day 2: After breakfast we will be treated to a guided tour of Rouen, which includes entrance into the beautiful cathedral and some free time to explore the city.
This afternoon we head to the historic port of Honfleur, with its picturesque harbour. We’ll have some time to explore this lovely seaside town before heading back to our hotel.
Day 3: On day 3 we have a trip to Monet’s Garden in the town of Giverny, where you can see the celebrated Impressionist artist’s home and the gardens he created – and which inspired many of his most famous paintings.
Day 4: We leave for home after breakfast, taking a lunchtime Le Shuttle back to England and arriving home in the evening.
Hotel Litteraire Gustave Flaubert, Rouen
Our hotel for this holiday is the Hotel Litteraire Gustave Flaubert, ideally located right in the heart of the historic centre of Rouen, so convenient for all the sights.
The hotel’s comfortable guest rooms have TV, en-suite bath/shower, tea and coffee-making facilities and free wi-fi.
The hotel boasts a gym and a bar/lounge, so you can relax with a drink after your busy day out.
Breakfast is included in your stay (not evening meal) as it would be a shame for you not to sample some of the famous French cooking in one of the 150 restaurants in town offering something for every taste and budget.
Nestled on the banks of the River Seine, lovely Rouen is the capital of Normandy and boasts a host of things to do and see.
To help you get your bearings we include a guided tour of the city, complete with entrance to the celebrated Gothic cathedral, with an informative commentary so you can discover its history.
The oldest part of the city is a pleasant place to stroll – look out for the elaborate 14th century Gros-Horloge (Great Clock), installed in a Renaissance arch across the street of the same name.
You may also want to visit the Church of Saint Joan of Arc, built in the ancient market square where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for heresy in 1431.
If your interests lie in shopping rather than history, you’ll not be disappointed – much of the city centre is pedestrianised, so it’s easy to stroll around and browse the numerous little shops looking for souvenirs or a nice boulangerie to buy lunch from.
And you’ll be spoilt for choice when looking for somewhere to eat in the evening – our hotel has cafes, restaurants and other eateries nearby, whatever your tastes. You may want to try to the Rouen speciality, pressed duck. Bon appetit!
Ports don’t come any prettier than Honfleur, on the River Seine’s estuary about an hour’s drive from Rouen.
Packed with cultural sights, Honfleur has a wealth of attractions to delight its many visitors. Down at the harbour, glorious multi-storey historic houses jostle for position on the quayside with galleries and restaurants.
At the heart of the port lies the Vieux Bassin, where wealthy families built high-rise houses in times when a front-row home overlooking the harbour was a distinct privilege. Nowadays, instead of receiving commercial ships or fishing boats, the old harbour is filled with visiting yachts.
Shops fight for space behind the quays in this extraordinarily picturesque setting, while restaurants stretch their terraces across the cobbles – it’s an enchanting place which has been painted by many an artist over the centuries, including Monet.
Monet’s Garden, Giverny
The founder of French Impressionist painting, Claude Monet lived from 1840 to 1926 and is one of the world’s most celebrated artists. His works are on display in many of the most important galleries across the globe.
Monet moved to the village of Giverny in 1883, where he began a vast landscaping project which included creating gardens and lily ponds which would become the subjects of his best-known works.
At Monet’s Garden you can stroll among these paintings, including the famous ponds and Japanese bridge, which he depicted numerous times.
The garden is in two parts - a flower garden called Clos Normand in front of the house, and a Japanese-inspired water garden on the other side of the road. You’ll have time to explore the gardens, which are beautiful in their own right.
Monet lived in Giverny until he died, aged 86, and is buried in the village churchyard.
Price includes: Coach, Eurotunnel, 3 nights B/B basis plus excursions as shown.
Points to note;
- All passengers are required to have travel insurance* cover for this holiday full details of the cover we offer can be seen on our website or feel free to arrange cover independently
- Some European destinations impose a modest tourist tax to be paid directly to the hotel by all guests
- Overnight hotels on the outward and return journeys are often motel-style (they might be a lower star-rating than the main hotel) and may not have a lift
- Please be aware holidays that include walking & guided tours may often involve uneven ground (cobbled streets, etc.) and steps, and therefore are not suitable for persons with mobility issues.
- Terms and conditions apply – see website or main brochure for details