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About Honfleur

With its narrow cobbled streets and colourful window boxes of tumbling flowers, the picture-postcard Honfleur cruise port has been enchanting visitors for centuries. Artists, writers and musicians have all fallen under the spell of this medieval maritime town, taking inspiration from its pretty harbour bordered by narrow granite houses.
For those art enthusiasts, Honfleur cruises deliver a rich cultural experience. Works by Monet and Jongkind are on show at the Eugène Boudin Museum, named after Honfleur's most famous painter, whilst Maisons Satie offers a quirky tribute to the composer, Erik Satie. The town is steeped in seafaring history and was the starting point for many great maritime expeditions.

Embark on one of our cruises to Honfleur and take a voyage of discovery through streets lined with galleries and craft shops, stopping off at interesting sights such as the Lieutenancy, old salt stores and maritime museum.

 

Shore excursions in Honfleur

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Bayeux Tapestry

Activity highShopping

Duration: 5½ hours

Visit one of Normandy’s great medieval centres, Bayeux, home to the famous tapestry depicting the Norman Conquest of England.

Enjoy a scenic drive along the Normandy motorway to the former capital of the Bessin. Bayeux was the first French town to be liberated on June 7th, 1944 and was fortunate not to have been bombed during the war.

Upon arrival into Bayeux, enjoy a visit to the Bayeux Tapestry Museum. The Bayeux or Queen Mathilda Tapestry is approximately 219 feet long and recounts the Norman Conquest of England. Its 58 scenes portray a wealth of details – from court life to the actual invasion, culminating in William’s decisive victory at Hastings. The work is considered as the most accurate and lively document to survive from the middle ages, and provides detailed information on clothes, ships, arms and general lifestyle of the period.

Discover the town of Bayeux, William the Conqueror’s favourite city, on a guided walking tour. Captured by allied forces on D-Day, the town escaped significant war damage. View well preserved Medieval and Renaissance buildings and visit the massive Norman Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame, completed in 1077. There will also be some limited free time to explore independently and shop in the attractive city centre, before the return drive to Honfleur.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey time to Bayeux is approximately 1½ hours. This tour involves around 2½ hours of walking over relatively flat surfaces. Comfortable, flat shoes are recommended. Since October 2013 French decree no. 2011-1336 requires that providers of transport services, where the journey starts or ends in France, are required to provide passengers with the carbon footprint for such services. We are pleased to be able to communicate the carbon footprint for our French tours. These have been calculated for us by our local operators. Each carbon footprint assumes that there will be 40 passengers on a coach,so your carbon footprint may vary from that published according to actual passenger numbers. The carbon footprint for this excursion has been calculated as 4.42kgs CO2 per passenger.

Caen Memorial Museum

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 5½ hours

Explore the must-see award winning WWII and Cold War Memorial Museum in the UNESCO ‘City of Peace’, Caen.

Departing from the pier, you’ll drive along the Normandy motorway to reach Caen. Relax whilst your knowledgeable guide points out the places of interest along the way.

The Norman city of Caen suffered heavy bombings during the summer of 1944 and as a result much of the city was destroyed. As a commitment to peace, the city built a Memorial Museum. This peace project earned the city of Caen the UNESCO ‘City of Peace’ award in 1999.

Upon arrival to Caen, you’ll visit the museum and discover the story of the Second World War and Cold War. You’ll be captured by an emotional exhibition of pictures and displays, sounds and light as you march your way through the battles of time.

Your visit ends with the film ‘Hope ‘, a moving cry for help by the French director Jacques Perrin. Following your guided visit of the Museum’s various exhibits, free time will be given to browse the souvenir shop, which includes an interesting selection of WWII memorabilia.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 3 hours walking, over flat surfaces. Since October 2013 French decree no. 2011-1336 requires that providers of transport services, where the journey starts or ends in France, are required to provide passengers with the carbon footprint for such services. We are pleased to be able to communicate the carbon footprint for our French tours. These have been calculated for us by our local operators. Each carbon footprint assumes that there will be 40 passengers on a coach,so your carbon footprint may vary from that published according to actual passenger numbers. The carbon footprint for this excursion has been calculated as 3.17kgs CO2 per passenger.

Monet's Garden

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 6 hours

Visit the house and gardens of Claude Monet located on the banks of the River Seine in the picturesque village of Giverny

Giverny is internationally renowned for Claude Monet’s house. The world famous impressionist lived in this house from 1883 until his death in 1926. Between 1886 and 1890, a colony of painters joined him in order to take advantage of the ‘garden art’ form.

Start your visit at a part of the gardens where the arches of flowers are surrounded by amazing flower beds which provide a palette of varying colours from spring to autumn. Take time to wander through the various parts of the famous gardens which include weeping willows and the famous Japanese bridge. You will also see Wisterias, Azaleas, and the pond which inspired Monet in his work.

Continue inside the pink and green house standing at the top of the gardens. You’ll view the blue salon, bedroom, old studio, the yellow dining room with its delightful painted wooden furniture and the tiled kitchen. Reproductions of Monet’s works and his collection of 18th and 19th century Japanese prints can been seen in the different rooms. You will have free time to look around the gift shop which offers numerous reproductions of the painter’s work and souvenirs, before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 3 hours of walking over some uneven and cobblestoned surfaces. There is a walk of approximately 800 metres from the coach drop off point to Monet’s house. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The drive to Giverny is approximately 1¾ hours. The visit inside Monet’s House in non-guided. This tour operates over lunch; with no opportunity to purchase refreshments, therefore a hearty breakfast is recommended. Since October 2013 French decree no. 2011-1336 requires that providers of transport services, where the journey starts or ends in France, are required to provide passengers with the carbon footprint for such services. We are pleased to be able to communicate the carbon footprint for our French tours. These have been calculated for us by our local operators. Each carbon footprint assumes that there will be 40 passengers on a coach,so your carbon footprint may vary from that published according to actual passenger numbers. The carbon footprint for this excursion has been calculated as 6.14kgs CO2 per passenger.

Rouen On Your Own

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 5½ hours

The perfect option for those who wish to discover the historic capital city of Normandy independently.

Take advantage of your free time in Rouen to shop for regional specialities, such as the famous Rouen ceramics. Alternatively you may like to visit the city’s well known attractions or explore the ancient streets and interesting architecture at your own pace, before relaxing in a typical French pavement café.

The time is yours to do as you please. Your escort will advise you of the meeting point and time for the return journey to Honfluer.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The walking portion of this tour is at passenger’s discretion and is over cobblestoned streets. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Euros and major debit or credit cards are accepted for purchases. This excursion is non-guided and exclusive of lunch and entrance fees. The transfer time to Rouen is approximately 1½ hours. Since October 2013 French decree no. 2011-1336 requires that providers of transport services, where the journey starts or ends in France, are required to provide passengers with the carbon footprint for such services. We are pleased to be able to communicate the carbon footprint for our French tours. These have been calculated for us by our local operators. Each carbon footprint assumes that there will be 40 passengers on a coach,so your carbon footprint may vary from that published according to actual passenger numbers. The carbon footprint for this excursion has been calculated as 4.27kgs CO2 per passenger.

Taste of Normandy

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Savour some Normandy specialities at Distillery Busnel and Anée, followed by a visit to the picture-perfect seaside town of Honfleur.

Take a drive through the heart of the Normandy countryside to the village of Cormeilles. Here, you’ll find the traditional distillery of Busnel and Anée.

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the distillery housed in ancient traditional half-timbered cellars where you will discover the whole process of Calvados elaboration. The fermented juice of fine Normandy apples is distilled twice, and then slowly aged in oak casks to produce the wonderful Calvados brandy.

You’ll be invited to a special tasting of famous Normandy products such as Calvados, Pommeau and crème de Calvados together with delicious Normandy cheeses: Camembert; Pont Leveque; and Livarot, served with classic French bread.

After the tasty delights of Normandy fare, you can experience the charm of Honfleur: a tiny, perfectly preserved 13th century fishing village. Enjoy an introduction to the town, featuring cobbled streets lined with typical old timber framed houses. Honfleur is considered the birthplace of the impressionist and romantic art movement, and is brimming with many small shops and galleries displaying the paintings of this beautiful town by its talented artists. You’ll have some free time to walk through the quaint streets and browse in the interesting shops and art galleries.

Essential information

This tour involves approximately 2 hours of walking over some uneven and cobblestoned surfaces. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

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