Rouen - France
Situated in Normandy, 75 miles up the River Seine from its entrance on the English Channel the city of Rouen is, perhaps, best-known as the site of the trial of Joan of Arc. In the Place du Vieux-Marche, the French have marked the pavement to indicate the place where she was burnt as a witch on May 30, 1431. Rouen has been called the "city of a hundred spires" and it boasts a treasury of Gothic architecture, including the magnificent Cathedrale Notre Dame and the Eglise St. Maclou, which contains some of the finest woodcarving in France. This medieval church, encircled by streets of a similar age, and the Grosse Horloge, arching above an ancient street, emphasize the historic dimension of Rouen. Rouen, although far from the sea, was France's main seaport in the 16th century, but it was surpassed by Le Havre in the 19th century. It is a pleasure to sail up the Seine from the sea to Rouen surrounded by varied, beautiful scenery punctuated by cliffs, forest, chateaux, abbeys and other points of interest. Upstream from the city is Giverny, the Normandy village where Monet spent the last years of his life and 100 miles further on is Paris if there is time for an excursion. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.