Day 1

Jumièges and Rouen

Arrival in Seine-Maritime at your own expense

Jumièges abbey : this site was burnt to ground by the Vikings in 841, rebuilt, and then looted in the 16th century by the Huguenots.  Sold to the revolution and finally become state property in 1947, its essential parts were saved and protected. Enjoy a 3D visit of the abbey (best award-winning app by WSA), Writer Victor Hugo described Jumièges Abbey as ‘the most beautiful ruin in France’. The application helps visitors visualise what the ruins when they were in use.

Multimedia discovery of the Abbey Church, Saint Pierre Church, the cloister, the gardens, the large 18th century dormitory.

Free lunch

Rouen : visit of Aître St Maclou, listed as a Historic Monument since 1862. Medieval cemetery for plague victims with macabre carvings. This is one of the last medieval European necropolises located in a city center. The history of this strange and exceptional place dates back to the Great Black Plague of 1348, which killed three-quarters of the inhabitants of the district.

Dinner and overnight in Rouen or in the surrounding area

Day 2

Rouen

Breakfast at the accommodation

Rouen : named “city of a hundred spiers” (just like the city of Caen) is famous for its history linked to the holy warrior. Visit of the Joan of Arc Historial which draws you into the 15th century History: projections, sound effects, 3D maps and reconstructions make this visit an unforgettable experience.

Lunch at the restaurant

Then, guided tour in the city on the theme of Joan of Arc or according to your preference, audio tour, tourist rally or treasure hunt.

Discovery of the Gros Horloge (The big clock), emblematic monument of the city: Within the building, you will visit the clock face room and in the belfry you can see the fourteenth century machinery and the earliest town bells. The location also gives you an exceptional panoramic view of the town.

Visit of the cathedral: there are in the ambulatory some burials of the former dukes of Normandy (Rollon, founder of the duchy, Richard the Lionheart who had his heart placed in the crypt after his death)

Dinner and overnight in Rouen or in the surrounding area

Day 3

Mortemer and Les Andelys

Breakfast at the accommodation

Mortemer : guided tour of the abbey of Mortemer. Built at the beginning of the 12th century at the request of the Duke of Normandy (Henri 1st Beauclerc, king of England and 4th son of William the Conqueror). You will discover the basements of the Abbey with its Ghost and legends museum. You will see the tools, the bread oven, a monastic cell, as well as the small fountain. A sound and light system allows a staging of the many tales and legends of the region.

Lunch at the restaurant

You will continue towards Les Andelys :360° multimedia visit of Chateau Gaillard and its village. Built in 1196 by Richard the Lionheart (King of England and Duke of Normandy) it barred the river Seine before Rouen to protect the Duchy of Normandy. Perched on the heights of a cliff, Chateau Gaillard was a privileged spectator during the one hundred years war and it ruins are listed Historical Monument since 1862.

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Guided tour of Aître St Maclou on Saturdays and Sundays : 6€ pp

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