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From Paris: Guided Day Trip to Monet's Garden in Giverny

1. From Paris: Guided Day Trip to Monet's Garden in Giverny

Explore the beautiful village and home in Upper Normandy where the Impressionist artists, Claude Monet spent the last 40 years of his life. Visit the charming village of Giverny, and discover why it proved such a source of inspiration for Impressionist artists. Following your transfer from Paris, look inside the house where Monet lived and worked. Set within an exquisite valley of the River Seine, the gardens and surroundings formed a great part of the subject matter for his paintings after he moved there in 1883. Once you have seen the rooms where the artist lived with his family, stroll through 2 unique gardens that Monet designed and modified throughout his life. See more than 100 different types of flowers, and intertwined foliage in Monet’s Flower Garden. Then, feel as if you have stepped into one of his paintings in the Japanese Garden. Go to the lake full of water lilies, and get a better appreciation of why Monet used this garden as the inspiration for over 250 of his paintings.

Normandy: Jardins d'Etretat Self-Guided Visit

2. Normandy: Jardins d'Etretat Self-Guided Visit

Visit the Les Jardins d’Etretat which combines classical gardening methods with neo-futuristic architectural vision. Discover a complex of seven gardens, each of them with their own character, purpose, atmosphere, range of plants, and sculptures. Appreciate the natural beauty of Normandy embodied in plants of different forms and shapes representing the waves of the English Channel, oyster farms, rock formations, and arches of the Alabaster coast. Les Jardins d'Étretat is also an open-air museum of contemporary art, which features a unique collection of objects. In addition to the permanent collection, explore the various temporary exhibitions of contemporary sculpture. The modern art collections are in the architectural core of the garden and represent its artistic integrity. Step out on the main terrace of Les Jardins d'Étretatwhich provides a panoramic view of the ocean and Etretat Cliffs. Iconic artist Claude Monet spent many long hours at this place working on his series of paintings. Explore the garden at your own pace. At the entrance, you will receive an information plan which will help you to discover each part of this wonderful site.

From Le Havre: Paris Guided Day Trip Shore Excursion

3. From Le Havre: Paris Guided Day Trip Shore Excursion

Make the most of your cruise ship's stop at Le Havre Port and embark on a day trip to Paris. Enjoy a convenient bus ride to the city and join a guide on a panoramic tour of the city's major landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysees, Notre Dame, and many more. You will be greeted outside the cruise ship terminal and board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus to set out on a journey through the beautiful Norman countryside. The drive to Paris takes about 3 hours. Upon arrival in Paris, your first stop is the world's most famous monument: the Eiffel Tower! Here, you'll meet your passionate local tour guide who will bring the city to life with their captivating stories and historical insights. Next, embark on a spectacular panoramic bus tour of the City of Lights. See the majestic Les Invalides, a sacred military site that houses Napoleon's grave. Glide alongside the Seine River, as your guide points out the Place de la Concorde, one of the most important sites of the French Revolution. Admire the façade of the Louvre Museum (unfortunately, the pyramid cannot be seen from the bus), and drive into the historic center of Paris. Enter the Latin Quarter, a vibrant and colorful neighbourhood known for its narrow alleyways and quaint cafes. Once the haunt of Ernest Hemingway, to this day the Latin Quarter houses bookshops, publishing houses, and the historic Sorbonne University. Soon you'll reach the Pantheon, where France commemorates its greatest heroes: buried here are Marie Curie, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, and many others. See the double towers of the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, which suffered a catastrophic fire in 2019 but stands today as a monument to the will of the French people. Finish your tour by driving up the Champs-Élysées, the most famous avenue in the world for high-end fashion. At the top is the Arc de Triomphe, where you'll descend for a photo and, time-permitting, a break to grab a bite and do some quick shopping at the Champs-Élysées. As the tour comes to an end, your guide will bid you farewell, and you will be transported back to the Le Havre cruise ship port. As Paris is far from the port, there is limited time for exploration. This tour offers a fully guided tour with a licensed local guide and a brief lunch break, but please note there won't be time for extensive shopping or a sit-down meal. If you are interested in a tour with more free time, we recommend our other Paris shore excursion: "Shop & Dine", including a brief panoramic tour, and more free time for exploration around the Champs Elysees. Due to the limited time in port, it is unfortunately impossible to combine shopping, a sit-down meal, and sightseeing. Enjoy a tour adjusted to your ship's schedule, ensuring that you have plenty of time to enjoy the day without worrying about making it back to the ship on time. Be picked up directly at the port and dropped off with plenty of time to spare, so you can relax and enjoy your day.

From Le Havre Port: Round-Trip Transfer to Paris by Bus

4. From Le Havre Port: Round-Trip Transfer to Paris by Bus

Our Round Trip Transfer to Paris from Le Havre offers you a unique and comfortable experience, providing a seamless and personalized service from start to finish. Enjoy the convenience of a direct pick-up and drop-off next to your cruise ship. Upon arrival at the port, our representatives will be waiting for you and will lead you to your modern, air-conditioned bus. The drive to Paris lasts about 3 hours including a bathroom break shortly before arriving. You will be dropped off near the iconic Eiffel Tower, starting your day at one of the most renowned landmarks in the world. This central location provides easy access to numerous attractions, allowing you to create your own itinerary and explore Paris at your own pace. You will have 4-5 hours of free time to spend however you'd like. Go up the Eiffel Tower, hop on a river cruise, or check out one of Paris's many renowned museums. Paris is all yours to explore! The bus will depart from the Arc de Triomphe. This makes it easy for you to locate our designated meeting point and ensures a hassle-free departure from the city. Please make sure you coordinate with the host in Paris on the exact meeting point and time of departure, and ask for directions on how to get there if necessary. Although this round trip will usually drop off at the Eiffel Tower and pick up at the Arc de Triomphe, please be aware that this may change due to road closures and other events. In the event of any changes, your greeter will coordinate upon arrival in Paris. This Round Trip Transfer offers you a combination of convenience and exceptional service, to make your visit to Paris as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

From Le Havre: Shopping and Dining Shore Excursion to Paris

5. From Le Havre: Shopping and Dining Shore Excursion to Paris

This fascinating Paris shore excursion commences at the Le Havre cruise ship port. Our tours are tailored to the ships' docking times, ensuring a prompt start and punctual return with plenty of time to spare before your departure. After you come out of the cruise terminal, head out of the security gate. It is about a 3 minute walk, 1000 feet / 300 meters. Our greeters will be waiting just outside the gate with "Vexperio" signs. They will escort you onto your bus. Sit back and relax for the 3-hour drive to Paris. Your first stop will be the Eiffel Tower. Get off the bus, stretch your legs, and take in the view of one of the most famous monuments in the world! Here you will meet your professional tour guide, who will animate the city's history with their fascinating stories and insightful commentary, making your tour an unforgettable experience. From here you will embark on a journey to explore the most renowned landmarks of the city. See Les Invalides, a sacred military hospital which is the site of Napoleon's tomb. Marvel at the grandeur of Place de la Concorde, one of the most important sites of the French Revolution. Next, arrive at the legendary Champs-Élysées, with the iconic Arc de Triomphe. You will have plenty of free time in this exciting area that draws millions of visitors every year. As you stroll along the avenue, you'll be surrounded by a dazzling array of cafes, luxury shops, and boutiques, offering everything from high-end fashion and designer jewelry to unique and charming souvenirs. Make a stop at the famous Galleries Lafayette, a mecca for fashion lovers and trendsetters alike. With its lively cafes and gourmet restaurants, this avenue is a foodie's paradise. Indulge in the exquisite local cuisine and enjoy the finest French wines and cheeses. After a full day of Francophile delights, you will be whisked back to your ship on our comfortable coach bus, brimming with new memories to last a lifetime! Please note as the French capital is far from the port, you have limited time for exploration. This shore excursion offers a panoramic tour of significant sights, followed by free time for shopping and dining around the Champs-Élysées. If you are interested in more extensive sightseeing, we recommend our other Parisian shore excursion, "From Le Havre: Paris Guided Day Trip". Due to the limited time in port, it is impossible to combine shopping, a sit-down meal, and extensive sightseeing. Decide which option suits you best, and we'll ensure unforgettable memories. Whichever of the two versions of this tour you choose: have trust in our decade-long experience in organizing shore excursions and explore the shores with us in comfort, with peace of mind. Booking a tour during your cruise can be stressful, but not with us! Our tours are adjusted to your ship's schedule, ensuring that you have plenty of time to enjoy the day without worrying about making it back to the ship on time.

Rouen: Walking Tour of the Historic Center

6. Rouen: Walking Tour of the Historic Center

Experience Rouen, the historic capital city of Normandy, through the eyes of a local guide on a walking tour. Stroll through the cobblestoned center, exploring iconic monuments such as the Gros-Horloge, Rouen Cathedral, and Saint-Maclou Church, and get a deeper insight into the city’s history. Meet your guide at Place de la Pucelle to embark on our journey through the ages. Head to the Place du Vieux Marché and discover the last moments of Joan of Arc's life. Admire a charming mix of old and new in this storied square pulsating with history. Continue to the pride and jewel of this medieval city, the 14th-century astronomical clock of Le Gros-Horloge. Learn all about this Renaissance building set amidst half-timbered houses. Next, stop in front of the magnificent Courthouse of Rouen. A short distance away is the Rouen Cathedral and its 3 three towers, each in a different style of architecture. Marvel at the spire circles up into the air to a staggering height of over 150m. Get a glimpse of 2 parts of history – the Middle Ages and 19th-century Impressionism. Finally, end the tour in the heart of the Martainville district to immerse yourself in the living conditions of the Middle Ages. On the way, discover the legend of the abbey of Saint-Ouen, and the Saint-Maclou Church, one of the best examples of the Flamboyant style of Gothic architecture in France.

Welcome to Rouen: Private Walking Tour with a Local

7. Welcome to Rouen: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Experience Rouen like a resident on a private walking tour with a local host. Get tips on what to see and do, learn the best ways to get around and much more. Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Hear where to buy groceries or where the best places to eat can be found. Alternatively, meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Venture beyond the usual tourist sites and discover places you would never read about in the guidebooks. Avail of an itinerary that can be tailored to your interests and specific needs. Ride on the public transportation system, at your own expense, if you prefer. Chat with your guide about life in the city and its many traditions. Feel more confident that you can get around and explore on your own for the rest of your stay in the city.

Mont Saint-Michel & Chateaux Country 3-Day Tour from Paris

8. Mont Saint-Michel & Chateaux Country 3-Day Tour from Paris

Drive through the beautiful French countryside to discover Middle Age and Gothic-inspired architecture, and learn the intriguing history of Normandy and France from an expert guide. Cross to the tidal island of Mont Saint-Michel, and soak up the refinement of prestigious Loire Valley castles, such as the vast royal Château de Chambord. Day 1 (Friday): Traveling by luxury air-conditioned coach, depart Paris via the western districts and take the Normandy motorway as far as Mont Saint-Michel. Arriving at approximately midday, stop for lunch at the 4-star Relais Saint Michel, offering fantastic views across to the island. After lunch, ascend to the Abbey on the summit of the mount for a guided visit of its Gothic and Romanesque interior. Enjoy some time at leisure exploring the narrow, hilly streets before your departure for Angers, cradle of the Plantagenet dynasty, where you will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the Hotel Mercure Lac de Maine (or similar accommodation). Day 2 (Saturday): After a hearty breakfast, drive to Langeais, passing Cunault and Saumur en route. Driving by vineyards, enjoy views of romantic castles on the horizon. Arrive at Château de Langeais to explore one of the best-known examples of late medieval architecture. Continue with a guided visit of Clos-Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci's last dwelling place. Stroll through the stunnning gardens of Villandry, and visit the old historic district of Tours on the lower reaches of the Loire. An evening meal will be served at your overnight stop in Tours at the Hotel Mercure. Day 3 (Sunday): Take a guide tour of the Château de Chenonceau, built on the site of an old mill across the River Cher. Continue to the decorative Château de Cheverny, used by Tintin creator, Hergé as the inspiration for his fictional Château de Moulinsart. After lunch at the Hotel Saint-Hubert, go to the Château de Chambord to explore the largest and most imposing castle in the Loire Valley. Admire the distinctive French Renaissance architecture, which blends impressively with traditional medieval forms.

From Le Havre: D-Day Beaches Shore Excursion Day Trip by Bus

9. From Le Havre: D-Day Beaches Shore Excursion Day Trip by Bus

Immerse yourself in the indelible history of World War II with a full-day journey tour that is a profound tribute to the courage, sacrifice, and unyielding spirit of those who shaped the course of history on the beaches of Normandy. Discover important sites like Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach. Be picked up from the cruise terminal in Le Havre and hop aboard a comfortable bus for the journey to Pointe du Hoc, where the U.S. Army Rangers' heroic climb up the fortified cliffs rewrote the annals of bravery. Stand atop these rugged heights and witness the impact of the battle scars and the fortified German positions that once stood here are a testament to the extraordinary valor that led to their capture. Continue to Omaha Beach, the bloodiest battle site of the D-Day Landings. Stroll along the serene shoreline, where the echoes of the past mingle with the tranquility of the present. Feel the weight of history in every step as you immerse yourself in the stories of the soldiers who landed here amid the chaos and uncertainty of battle. Throughout the excursion, listen as your guide weaves the stories of heroism, strategy, and sacrifice that unfolded on these shores. Finish at the poignant American Cemetery, a place of reverence and reflection. The sight of row upon row of white crosses and Stars of David is a humbling reminder of the immense sacrifices made for freedom. Take in the serenity of the surroundings which belies the profound impact of the events that unfolded here. Walk among the graves and be reminded of the profound price of liberty. Amidst the backdrop of picturesque landscapes, gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced and the triumphs achieved during Operation Overlord. Return to the port with a deeper understanding of history at the end of the tour.

Paris City Tour : Private Non-Guided Tour from Le Havre

10. Paris City Tour : Private Non-Guided Tour from Le Havre

Make the most of your time in France with a shore excursion to the City of Lights. After getting picked up from your cruise ship terminal, begin the journey to Paris in the company of a private driver. Admire breathtaking views of the French countryside during the 2-hour drive. Your first stop will be at the Eiffel Tower where you will have some free time to take photos and sightsee. Then, head to the elegant Champs Elysées for a spot of shopping and the chance to see the iconic Arc de Triomphe. You will also be able to grab a bite to eat from one of the many bistros and cafes in the area. Continue your tour with a visit to the Louvre and have your photo taken with the iconic pyramid before beginning the journey back to Le Havre or Honfleur in time for your cruise ship departure. 

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Really wonderful to see Monet’s house and garden. Guide was very knowledgeable, and an excellent driver. Definitely worth doing, if you enjoy Monet’s artwork.

Got there a little before the crowds so we could take some good photos. Our guide Jonathan was terrific. Learned a lot about Monet from him.

Really good guide. Bit long on the speech about Monet. Wanted to walk and had to stand for about 15mins. Should be a lot shorter

Wonderful trip, well organized and very interesting. Excellent tour guide (Leona) and driver (Ibrahim). Highly recommended

Everyone was on time - the guide was knowledgeable and small group of 8 was ideal