Experience two of Normandy’s highlights while in port in Le Havre on this full-day private shore excursion to Honfleur and the Pays d'Auge. See the lovely old port in Honfleur that Monet and other famous Impressionist painters captured, and visit one of France's biggest wooden churches, St Catherine's Church. Then taste your way through the Pays d'Auge region, renowned for its Camembert cheese, calvados brandy and apple cider. Here you’ll spend time in the picturesque villages of Beaumont-en-Auge, Pierrefitte-en-Auge and Beuvron-en-Auge, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
When your cruise ship docks at the Le Havre port, you’ll be picked up by your guide for a full-day private shore excursion to Honfleur and the Pays d’Auge region. As this is a private tour, you can customize your itinerary depending on what you’d like to do and see, and your guide will provide commentary along the way.After a 30-minute drive, arrive in the port town of Honfleur, whose picturesque harbor has inspired many artists over the years. In fact, Honfleur was regarded as the cradle of the Impressionist movement. See where Claude Monet, Eugene Boudin, Johan Jongkind and other famous painters sat to capture the lovely setting: boats bobbing on the water and colorful timbered houses stacked along the shore. Following your guide, stroll down the cobblestone streets to St Catherine's Church, touted as France’s largest wooden cathedral, built by Honfleur’s ship-builders after the Hundred Years' War. Your tour continues to the nearby Pays d'Auge, an agricultural region straddling the departments of Calvados and Orne that's known for a range of culinary delights — most notably its apple and dairy products. The Pays d'Auge is designated as an AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée) for its apple cider and calvados, an apple brandy.Here you’ll visit the lovely villages of Beaumont-en-Auge, Pierrefitte-en-Auge and Beuvron-en-Auge, which is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Beuvron was a former stronghold of the House of Harcourt family and lies on the Cider Route in the heart of the countryside.Your guide will take you to some of their favorite places to taste a few regional specialties: calvados — a favorite among locals — and cider, made from fermented apple juice, which for a long time remained the second-most popular beverage in France (after wine, of course). Grab a fresh baguette to pair with Camembert, a soft, creamy cow’s cheese, first made in the 18th century in Normandy.After your time in the Pays d’Auge, your guide will take you back to Le Havre to conclude your tour.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Le Havre port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.