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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.

Mont Saint Michel

Activity highShopping

Duration: 9 hours

Be amazed by the enchanting history and architecture of Mont Saint Michel, this must see UNESCO World Heritage site.

Sit back and relax for a scenic 2½ hour journey through the attractive Normandy countryside to Mont Saint Michel, also called “The wonder of the West”. During any season of the year it leaves an indelible impression owing to its island setting, rich history and the beauty of its architecture.

Once in Mont Saint Michel, you’ll ascend through the twisted cobblestoned walkways, passing old houses, restaurants and tiny boutiques. It has been said that there are 365 steps from the bottom to the top of the Mont. In summer it is lively and crowded with the stalls of souvenir merchants, just as it was in the middle ages at the height of the most fervent pilgrimages.

The Abbey is a masterpiece of Normandy architecture. Inside you'll discover the ways of the monks by visiting their famous dining hall, and the beautiful gothic cloister, which appears to be suspended between sky and sea. You’ll visit the ramparts, a sentry walk which offers a fine view of the bay, and the Abbey's gardens.

In this medieval town, men and women uphold the tradition of the shopkeepers who, for over a thousand years, have looked after visitors and pilgrims in search of a memento of their stay at this unique site. You will find a wide variety of goods including copperware, pottery, chinaware as well as butter cookies and other Normandy specialities. You’ll be given some free time to browse for souvenirs and to purchase a spot of lunch.

Essential information

This tour operates by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 2 hours of walking over gravel and uphill, cobbled surfaces and over 400 steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Lunch is not included on this tour. 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 7.68 kgs CO2 per passenger.

Normandy Cider & Buttery Biscuits

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Capture the charm and sample some of the delicious local specialities of Normandy.

Normandy is an area of rich culinary tradition based on fine local products of butter, cream, world famous cheeses and apples from which the brandy Calvados, the aperitif Pommeau and delicious cider are made.

After a pleasant drive through the green Normandy countryside, you’ll arrive at the Théo Capelle Distillery, which first produced cider in 1981. This distillery specialises in cider and Calvados. After a short visit you will be invited to taste some of the famous Normandy drinks such as Calvados, Cider, and Pommeau.

Your next stop is the village of Sortosville-en-Beaumont, where the popular La Maison du Biscuit is located. This family run business started in 1903 with a traditional bakery and grew in popularity over the years due to the quality of the produce and the well kept secrets of the various homemade recipes.

Following this success, La Maison du Biscuit was launched in the 1980’s and extended in 2010. During your time here enjoy a tea, coffee or hot chocolate with homemade biscuits, before some free time to browse the various parts of the shop.

The return drive to Cherbourg will take you through the picturesque Normandy countryside.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot and involves approximately 1 hour of walking over gravel and inclines. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

The British Landing Beaches

Activity mediumMeal includedShopping

Duration: 9 hours

Discover some of the sites of D-Day that played such an important part in history.

Enjoy a scenic drive from Cherbourg to Benouville where you will see Pegasus Bridge. The original Bridge, built in 1933, was removed from the canal in 1993. It was the first bridge to be liberated in continental France and was stored on waste ground for 6 years. Today, it is exhibited in the park of the ‘Memorial Pegasus’.

Located in the small village of Arromanches-les-Bains, is the Museum of the Landing Day. The Museum commemorates the D-Day landings. A short film will be shown depicting the monumental exploits and heroic sacrifices of Allied forces in ‘Operation Overlord’.

During your tour, you will see The Battery of Longues, the German artillery battery which attacked the allied ships on the morning of 6th June. Longues is the only coastal battery to have kept its guns, giving an impressive picture of what an Atlantic wall gun placement was really like.

A delicious local-style lunch, will be served during your tour.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot. The drive between Cherbourg and the Landing Beaches is approximately 2 hours. This tour involves approximately 2 hours’ walking over relatively flat ground. Comfortable, flat walking 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 6.65kgs CO2 per passenger.

 

A selection of cruises to Cherbourg

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