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Explore the Normandy of Claude Monet during a shore excursion from Le Havre to Giverny, Rouen and Honfleur (choose any two out of these three). For example, visit Monet's former home and beautiful gardens, the Gothic cathedral of Rouen and the historic port of Honfleur, all of which Monet painted in his famous Impressionist style. Along the way, pass other notable attractions like the Rouen square in which Joan of Arc was executed and Honfleur's St Catherine's Church, the largest wooden church in the country.

Highlights

  • Private Le Havre shore excursion to Giverny, Rouen and Honfleur
  • Walk in the footsteps of Impressionist master Claude Monet as you visit places that inspired his paintings
  • Explore Monet's beautiful gardens and house in Giverny
  • Visit Gothic-era Rouen Cathedral and see where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake
  • Admire Honfleur’s old port and St Catherine’s Church
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Le Havre Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Giverny, Rouen and Honfleur

See Rouen's Gothic cathedral on your day tour of Giverny, Rouen and Honfleur

Meet your guide at the cruise terminal of Le Havre, where you'll begin your full-day private tour of Giverny, Rouen and Honfleur (choose any two out of these three) to see Normandy through the lens of Claude Monet.
Start at Monet's family home and garden in Giverny, approximately 1.5 hours away from Le Havre. The artist and his family lived in this house until he died in 1926, and you'll no doubt recognize some of his most famous painting scenes from the garden – including the Japanese bridge and water lily pond.
Walk through Monet's expansive gardens, imagining the great master at his easel, and then venture inside his former home (now a museum) to see the Japanese prints he collected.
Continue to Rouen, an important city in Medieval Europe. The Gothic Rouen Cathedral has the tallest spire in the country, and features in several Monet paintings as he sought to capture the changing light and shadow at different times of day. Inside the cathedral, don't miss the 13th-century stained glass windows.
Elsewhere in Rouen, see the town's symbolic Great Clock (Gros Horloge) and the square in which Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431. Learn about her heroic voyage across France when the country was in the midst of the Hundred Years' War with England as you walk with your guide through the cobbled streets of the historic town.
Honfleur is your final stop, where you'll see the Medieval fortifications of the Caen Gate (Porte de Caen) and St Catherine's Church, reported to be the biggest wooden church in the whole country. Honfleur was an important port city of ship builders, who built St Catherine's Church after the Hundred Years' War. Walk up to the Côte de Grâce, pilgrimage site dating from the 10th century, for impressive views over Honfleur and the Normandy Bridge.
Monet was one of many Impressionist artists to depict historic Honfleur; others included Johan Jongkind and Eugene Boudin.
At the conclusion of your visit to Honfleur, return to Le Havre – just 30 minutes away by car – where your guide will drop you off back at the port.
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.

Customer Reviews

Pamila United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was one of the highlights of our trip. David was amazing -- knowing just where and when to take us to avoid crowds. Our trip to Giverny in Early October was stunning -- a special memory I'll hold forever!

JAMES B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent guide Gwen, who included much historical info and allowed us to meet our friends in Rouen. A wonderful trip.

Carole A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was one of the best tours I've ever taken! Adrian our driver and guide was very knowledgeable and explained everything. The gardens were at their peak! We also went to Honfleur and that was so pretty.
This tour was the best!!

BDAULL12

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide was excellent! It was a memorable day!

kathy.nelson4

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Everything went exactly as we planned. Excellent guide and driver. Very knowledgeable about the area with lots of history and antedotes. Could not have wanted anything better. Rose was terrific.

William K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was a beautiful experience. Our guide, Adrean, made the whole trip so perfect. He is a wonderful, knowledgeable guide who shared many unknown and unusual facts with us about the three destinations. We loved the trip, but Adrean made it perfect! Please let him know that we won't forget him. Nona and Bill Kramer and Susan and Mike Hoke.

Harry B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Driver arrived right on time, was very knowledgeable, pleasant and accommodating. He provided us with an extraordinary experience.

Lesley L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Our trip was excellent. The guide, David, was very professional, knowledgeable, and personable. He came with a great binder of information and pictures for us which really helped put the sites we saw into perspective. I would highly recommend this trip to see Monet's garden (simply stunning). Honfleur was also not to be missed - a very picturesque and charming place.

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