After dropping anchor in the picturesque port of Le Havre, greet your private guide and board an air-conditioned minivan destined for Bayeux, a charming Roman village shrouded in rich historical heritage. Enjoy the picturesque scenery as you approach the village and head first to Bayeux Cathedral, an impressive 11th-century structure commissioned by the Earl of Kent.
Continue onto the Bayeux Tapestry Museum to marvel at the renowned Bayeux Tapestry and listen to insightful information regarding the impressive piece of art. Set out to explore Bayeux's ambient tangle of streets, opting to visit lace makers working in the Conservatoire de la Dentelle, or to admire the works of art within Baron Gérard Fine Arts museum.
Revitalize with a traditional French lunch in a rustic restaurant (own expense) and then pay tribute to fallen soldiers at the Bayeux War Cemetery before travelling to Caen, a vibrant city strongly associated with William the Conqueror. Get acquainted with the area’s complex history and cruise past legendary monuments like the Abbey of St-Etienne, a structure considered one of Normandy’s most impressive Romanesque structures.
Head next to a rocky outcrop to admire unrivalled city views from Château de Caen (Caen Castle), home to the archaeological remains of Vieux Palais (Old Palace), an opulent complex belonging to William the Conquereror. Conclude your explorative tour with a stop at Abbey of Ste-Trinité (Women’s Abbey), the counterpart to the Men’s Abbey; hear of the building’s controversial legacy and then relax during the short and scenic drive back to the port in Le Havre.
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.