Le Havre is rapidly becoming a key port of call for many cruise break itineraries sailing from Southampton and Dover. This welcoming French port provides a beautiful array of sights upon arrival set in a picturesque backdrop with a charming ambience. Sights here include Granville Abbey as well as the Adresse Fort and the majestic Seine Estuary.
This superb destination boasts a fabulous array of beauty itself but it often better known for being the perfect gateway to Normandy’s most sublime highlights. Etretat is extremely close by to Le Havre and portrays a stunningly chic atmosphere of mansion homes and crashing waves forever flowing into the visually impeccable white cliffs. This is a special place for relaxing and experiencing a traditional Normandy way of life, and such characteristics are echoed at the pretty location of Honfleur, famous for its delightful harbour. Rouen also lies close by and by undertaking just a short journey passengers can find themselves here to explore the life of the famous Claude Monet. Meander the enchanting gardens of his home before heading into the town centre to enjoy the many café’s that line the streets for a taste of scintillating French cuisine. Rouen is also the location for the world renowned Cathédrale Notre-Dame; a fantastic attraction to visit and a wonderful opportunity for a photograph. This area is even further enhanced by the tourist attraction of the Old Marketplace, made famous in 1431 due to being the location were Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake.
Although the nearby magnetisms are extremely interesting, the majority of passengers when visiting Le Havre aboard a cruise use this port of call as a gateway to the country’s capital; Paris. This abundantly stylish city oozes finesse and ultimate flair. Enjoy lavish French cuisine at one of the many magnificent restaurants or cafes before you head off on your travels to witness the majestic highlights of the city. A best-selling excursion here is always to take in the city’s attractions and often sells out incredibly quick. If this is your choice, be advised that an earlier booking is best so as not to miss out. Such tours begin with an entrance to the city past the captivating Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe and Les Invalides before continuing onwards. Considered the world’s most romantic city, this really is the place to relax and enjoy a day soaking up the scenery with a loved one. Paris exudes elegance and is often referred to as the ‘City of Light’ due to its glamorous spectacle. Sightseeing opportunities continue at the Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the city’s most magnificent highlights and tour guides will be on hand to point out the most illustrious features of the entrancing structure. Perhaps take a break before visiting the awe inspiring art museum of The Louvre as well as taking in the famed sights of Montmarte, home of the Moulin Rouge. To top this fantastic day off, a trip to Paris would not be the same without a visit to the emblematic Eiffel Tower. At 990 feet high, this sensational sight is quite literally breath taking and Paris’s most glamorous landmark that continues to dominate the skyline.
Along with the allure of Paris, there is also the opportunity to take in another iconic location close by in the form of historical sites of D-Day. Ranville is close by and a total of 2,154 British soldiers are laid to rest here. The Museum of Landing Day resides at the location of Arromanches-les-bains. This amazing place provides the chance to gain greater insight into the heroism of Allied forces in ‘Operation Overlord’. There are many other sights to behold nearby including the The Battery of Longues and the Pegasus Bridge at Benouville.
Le Havre is a fabulous port of call with so much to offer. This welcoming town provides the opportunity to head further afield or stay close by depending on individual preference but the main consistent factor is that whatever the choice, a tremendous day lies ahead.