About Le Havre

With a sweeping beach, thriving shopping centres and attractive docksides to explore, Le Havre has a lot to offer. This bustling French port serves up memorable sights from across the ages. The modern city centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its spectacular post-war reconstruction by Auguste Perret. For more works of art, visit MuMa (the Museum of Modern Art) where Monet's Waterlilies float alongside many Impressionist masterpieces.


For those wishing escape the city centre, take a trip to The Hanging Gardens (Les Jardins Suspendus) where rare plants from across the world now decorate the four bastions of the old fortress. The views across the Seine Estuary are excellent. Graville Abbey lets you step back in time to the 11th century and is a fine example of Romanesque art in Normandy.


Le Havre's position also makes it the perfect gateway to some of Normandy's most picturesque towns and villages, including the pretty harbour of Honfleur and inspirational Etretat - characterised by stylish mansions, sheer white cliffs and soaring waves that crash below.

Capture the life of Claude Monet in nearby Rouen, where you can wander around the graceful gardens of his home. In the town, half-timbered houses, churches and cafés sit alongside the great Cathédrale Notre-Dame, which is well worth a visit. Also nearby is the Old Marketplace where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake in 1431.

Alternatively take in the sights in stylish Paris - the country's capital. Have lunch in one of the cities many cafes, look at the amazing art in The Louvre and meander through Montmartre where you'll find the famed Moulin Rouge. And what better way to admire the views than from the emblematic Eiffel Tower?


Shore excursions in Le Havre

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.

Benedictine Distillery and Etretat

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Embark on a scenic drive along the coast to the charming fishing port of Fecamp, home of the Benedictine liquor.

Back in 1510 a Venetian monk, Bernardo came up with the idea of distilling a mixture of regional plants and spices which later led to Alexandre le Grand creating the famous Benedictine liquor in 1863. Today one of the main highlights of Fecamp is the Benedictine Distillery housed in a unique building designed in a mixture of neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance styles.

Enjoy a guided tour of the distillery and cellars followed by the opportunity to sample some of the different liquors and visit the gift shop.

Continue to the picturesque town of Etretat, whose grand high cliffs and crashing waves are unforgettable whatever the season. Boasting elegant timber-framed houses, a medieval church and a charming wooden covered marketplace housing typical shops; it is hardly surprising that the town has inspired many writers, artists and film directors.

After a brief introduction to the town, you’ll have some free time to explore independently. Perhaps take a stroll along the seafront promenade to view the magnificent cliffs or browse the gift shops for that all important souvenir of your visit.

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1¾ hours of walking required on this tour, some of which is over cobblestoned and uneven ground. Shops are closed on Sundays in the low season.

Deauville and Pays d'Auge Cheese Tasting

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 5½ hours

Stimulate your senses! A tasting of the aromatic Normandy cheese is combined with Normandy’s beautiful Pays d’Auge region.

Deauville is a glamorous seaside resort, which is often frequented by the rich and famous and is well known for the American Film Festival of Deauville.

Upon arrival, enjoy some free time to explore this sophisticated town. The famous 700 yard-long wooden promenade provides an amazing spectacle.

Your excursion continues as you drive through the picturesque Norman countryside of the Pays d’Auge region to a well-known Cheese Factory. During the drive your knowledgeable guide will provide you with information on the intricate cheese making process of soft cheese that Normandy is so well-known for.

As you independently explore the factory, you’ll discover the differences between Camembert, Livarot, Pont l’Eveque and Neufchatel cheeses, which are all made on location and in keeping with local traditions.

After your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to sample the 4 different cheeses, accompanied by bread and Norman cider.

Before returning to Le Havre, you’ll have time to browse the factory shop for souvenirs or delicacies.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 1 hour of walking over gravel and uphill, cobbled surfaces and over 20 steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The tour of the cheese factory is non-guided. This excursion cannot operate in the afternoon as the production line is not working, or on Sundays as the cheese factory is closed. The order of visits may vary.

Introduction to Paris

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Duration: 10½ hours

Paris, a vibrant and sophisticated city simply brimming with legendary sights and famous landmarks.

Hailed as the ‘City of Light’, Paris is a spectacle of never-ending attractions. Discover the city’s famous landmarks during a panoramic drive. Pass by the elegant Champs Elysées, the 164-feet-high Arc de Triomphe and Les Invalides. See the beautiful Place de l’Opera and the famous Pont Neuf en route to the Ile de la Cité. Your guide will point out many more fascinating highlights as you tour the world’s most romantic city.

Not only was Notre Dame Cathedral the inspiration for Victor Hugo’s story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, but it is also one of the city’s most outstanding monuments. The building will be brought to life as your guide shows you the outstanding features of this magnificent Cathedral.

Gaze in wonder at the 990-foot-high Eiffel Tower, France’s most iconic landmark, built by Gustav Eiffel in 1889.

You’ll have some free time close to Notre Dame, to explore independently, grab a bite to eat or head to the shops.

Although it would be impossible to see all of Paris in a day, this tour provides an excellent overview of this chic capital in a limited time.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 1½ hours of walking and standing. It takes 10 - 15 minutes to walk to and from the coach park to Notre Dame Cathedral. The journey to and from Paris is via the Normandy motorway and takes approximately 3 hours each way. Euros and major debit or credit cards are accepted for purchases. The order of the tour may vary, traffic permitting. Some shops are closed on Sunday and Bank Holidays. Many museums are closed on Tuesday. In case of religious events or when it is crowded, guides will give the explanation outside the Cathedral. Modest clothing and covered shoulders are required for the visit to the Cathedral.

Monet's Garden and Giverny

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 8 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.

The first part of the visit will be to 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.

You’ll then have free time in the picturesque village of Giverny for lunch in the numerous restaurants and cafés.

Afterwards, there will be the opportunity of meeting up with your guide for a walking tour of Giverny village or to enjoy extra free time on your own for exploring and shopping independently before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The visit inside Monet’s house in not guided. This tour involves approximately 3 hours of walking over some uneven and cobblestoned surfaces. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. This excursion cannot operate between 1st November and 31st March as Monet's House is closed during this time. 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 6.24kgs CO2 per passenger. This excursion can not operate between 1st November and 31st March as Monet's House is closed during this time.

Paris Discovery

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 10½ hours

Discover the beauty of Paris on a city sightseeing drive, combined with a cruise along the River Seine.

Upon arrival in the vibrant city of Paris, a panoramic drive will introduce you to some of the city’s most famous landmarks, such as the elegant Champs Elysées and the 164-foot-high Arc de Triomphe. As you relax onboard the coach, your knowledgeable guide will point out many other highlights including the beautiful Place de l’Opera and the famous Pont Neuf.

Next, capture the city from a different angle, during a leisurely cruise along the Seine. Have your camera ready to capture some of the architectural wonders such as the Chaillot Palace and Orsay Museum.

After your river cruise, you'll reach the world-famous tree-lined Champs-Elysées, where you’ll enjoy some free time to purchase lunch and perhaps browse the shops and boutiques.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. There is a short walk to board the river cruise boat, as well as 2 steps to negotiate. Further walking is at passenger’s discretion during free time. Flat, non-slip shoes are advised. The river cruise boat is not exclusive to P&O Cruises. The journey to and from Paris is via the Normandy motorway and takes around 3 hours each way. Euros and major debit or credit cards are accepted for purchases. Lunch is not included on the tour. Commentary onboard the river boat will be via individual audio devices. The order of the tour may vary. Some shops are closed on Sunday and Bank Holidays. Many Museums are closed on Tuesday.

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