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About Cherbourg

Now officially known as Cherbourg-Octeville, having formed a union with the smaller city in 2000, Cherbourg has long been a gateway between Britain and France. Well worth a visit is Cherbourg's aquarium, allowing visitors to explore the many facets of underwater exploration. Another must see is the Gothic-style Benedictine Abbey Mont St Michel, perched on a rocky islet near the port. Alternatively simply sit at a traditional French cafe and enjoy a drink while watching the boats as they come and go from the harbour.

 

Shore excursions in Cherbourg

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 of the famous tapestry depicting the Norman Conquest of England.

A scenic drive takes you through the heart of the Cotentin Peninsula, renowned for its lush green pastures and apple orchards where Calvados, the fine apple brandy, is made.

Upon arrival into Bayeux, enjoy audioguided 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, before the return drive to Cherbourg.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot. The journey time to Bayeux City is approximately 1½ hours. This tour involves around 2½ hours of walking over relatively flat surfaces. Comfortable, flat shoes are recommended. Audioguides for children are available at the Bayeaux Tapestry Museum. Photography of the Bayeux Tapestry is not permitted.

Coastal Hike and Free Time in Barfleur

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

An active way to enjoy the beautiful coast and some of its famous monuments.

Stretch your legs and enjoy a guided hike along the picturesque Norman coast.

Relax on the drive through peaceful countryside to the famous Gatteville lighthouse. Gaze up at the mesmerising 247-foot-high structure, which has proudly protected ships since 1834, and watch the waves crashing over the expansive rocks from various angles.

Lace up your boots and follow your hiking-specialist guide and their translator for an energising walk along the coast. Breathe in the sea air, hear stories about the region’s past and pause to admire various types of native flora and fauna.

When you reach Barfleur, enjoy a little free time to explore at your own pace. Stroll around the historic harbour, admire the ancient stone houses and the pretty church, or simply sit down outside a café and treat yourself to a refreshing drink as you watch the locals go about their day.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. A cereal bar and bottle of bottle of water will be provided.

Cotentin D Day Landing Beaches

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 5½ hours

Learn about one of the most important battles of World War II, Operation Overlord. Visit Utah Beach, a German Bunker and the Normandy Tank Museum.

Operation Overlord was a huge logistical exercise, which had been 10 months in its planning. The 6th of June 1944, was just the beginning of a campaign which was to last until 25th August 1944 and leave its scars all over the Normandy countryside. The soldiers’ bravery lives on in the collective memories of the Norman people to this day and is commemorated in the military cemeteries, battlefields and museums of Normandy.
Begin with a drive through the scenic Normandy countryside to Azeville, where you’ll visit the German bunker fortification, of which all 4 of the original blockhouses remain intact. Learn about the daily life of 170 men stationed at the site by exploring these narrow corridors.
At Utah Beach, you’ll have the opportunity to take a few pictures and stand where soldiers once stormed the beaches 70 years ago.
Before returning to Cherbourg, stop briefly at Sainte Mère Eglise, where paratrooper John Steele’s parachute caught on the spire of the town church. He was suspended for 2 hours, pretending to be dead, before he was taken prisoner by the Germans. A mannequin hangs from the steeple as a reminder. The incident was portrayed in the movie ‘The Longest Day’.
Visit the town’s excellent Airborne Museum which is built in the shape of an opened parachute. Exhibits include a C-47 troop carrier, a Waco glider, displays, photographs, and memorabilia.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot and involves approximately 2½ hours of walking, including cobbled streets at Saint Mère Eglise and gravel and sand at Utah Beach. Flat, comfortable 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 or French overseas territories, 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 3.00kgs CO2 per passenger.

Fascinator Masterclass

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 2½ hours

Create your own special fascinator under the guidance of a world-class milliner.

If you’re fascinated by fascinators, or mad about millinery, this experience is simply unmissable.

Meet Patricia de Verdière, a famous milliner who trained under Virginie de Broc and has worked for designers including Dior, Givenchy and Chanel. Travel together to Patricia’s studio and admire the elegant headwear that discerning Parisian fashionistas flock here to buy.

Pick a design and choose from a selection of fabrics then, via her translator, Patricia will guide you in crafting your very own fascinator, step by step. Pause for a drink and a biscuit as your creation comes to life and feel free to ask questions at any time.

Once your work is complete, take your fascinator home in a box for the ultimate souvenir of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Or, perhaps, wear it on Gala Evening?

Essential information

This excursion will operate by car and on foot. Guests must be a minimum of 18 years old to participate. The maximum group size is 6 guests.

Fascinator Masterclass

Little Train and Cité de la Mer

Activity mediumFamily

Duration: 3½ hours

See the sights above and below the surface of the sea.

Soak up the sights on a relaxing ride through Cherbourg and explore a fascinating museum of all things aquatic.

Trundle through the prettiest parts of the city on a charming train ride. Hear stories and facts about the vast ports, the characterful buildings in the centre of town and the lush Emmanuel Liais Park as you glide past.

Delve into the worlds of the deepest seas at the Cité de la Mer. Discover various spellbinding exhibits at your own pace, including the Ocean of the Future which boasts three floors of engrossing multimedia displays and 17 vibrant aquariums.

Step inside the Le Redoutable submarine – the largest sub in the world that’s open to the public – and wander through the engine room, control centre, cabins and the torpedo room. Then, lose yourself in the intriguing and delicate Titanic exhibition with its reconstructions of rooms from the ship and poignant interactive displays.

Essential information

This tour will operate by little train and on foot. The visit to the Cité de la Mer will be unguided and so guests will be free to explore independently. Entrance tickets and maps will be issued to guests at the end of the trolley train ride. An audio guide is included during the tour of the submarine. Audio guides for children are also available.

 

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