Cherbourg cruises

Cherbourg is a town steeped in seafaring history. Located in Normandy, there's a rich past for you to explore, as well as some fantastic restaurants and cafes to relax in while you sample the views of the beautiful and dramatic coastline. 

Excursions

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.

  • The American or British Landing Beaches - Private

    A private minivan is the perfect option for guests who wish to tour together with freedom to choose the D-Day sites and museums to visit.

    The American or British Landing Beaches - Private

    General Dwight D. Eisenhower said on the eve of D-Day : "Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you."

    How about setting your eye on the sites established in memory of their bravery. A guided drive will take you to the D Day Landing sites and Museums of your choice.

    You will have the flexibility of a private minivan for up to 8 people; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of guests to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and driver/guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment.



    This excursion operates by minivan. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended for visiting the sites. Entrance fees to sites and museums are not included and are determined by your chosen itinerary, these charges will be added to your account. For flexibility, luncheon is not included on this tour. The tour fare is per vehicle only and only one person in the party should book a ticket. The cost of the vehicle and will be charged to that persons on board account and cannot be divided between the party. Once on board, you'll receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour.

    Please refer to the brochure description for landing beaches tours for suggestions of a suitable itinerary and please confirm your itinerary choice with the on board tours team.

    Tour code

    CHE_020

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Bayeux Tapestry

    Visit one of Normandy's great medieval centres, Bayeux, home of the famous tapestry depicting the Norman Conquest of England.

    Bayeux Tapestry

    A scenic drive takes you through the heart of the Cotentin Peninsula, renowned for its lush green pastures and apple orchards where Calvados, the fine apple brandy, is made.

    Upon arrival into Bayeux, enjoy a visit to the Bayeux Tapestry Museum. The Bayeux or Queen Mathilda Tapestry is approximately 219 feet long and recounts the Norman Conquest of England. Its 58 scenes portray a wealth of details from court life to the actual invasion, culminating in Williams decisive victory at Hastings. The work is considered as the most accurate and lively document to survive from the middle ages, and provides detailed information on clothes, ships, arms and general lifestyle of the period.

    Discover the town of Bayeux, William the Conqueror's favourite city, on a guided walking tour. Captured by allied forces on D-Day, the town escaped significant war damage. View well preserved medieval and Renaissance buildings and visit the massive Norman Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame, completed in 1077.

    There will also be some limited free time to explore independently, before the return drive to Cherbourg.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot. The journey time to Bayeux City is approximately 1½ hours. This tour involves around 2½ hours of walking over relatively flat surfaces. Comfortable, flat 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 4.46kgs CO2 per passenger.

    Tour code

    CHE_003

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Normandy Traditions

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

    Normandy Traditions

    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.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot and involves approximately one hour of walking over gravel and inclines. Flat, comfortable 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 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 1.63 kgs CO2 per passenger.

    Tour code

    CHE_021

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • The Saire Valley

    A scenic journey takes you to pretty villages and harbours, which typify Normandy, where you will have free time to explore.

    The Saire Valley

    Travel along the picturesque Normandy country roads, passing by the pretty village of Le Vast, before arrving into La Pernelle. A short stop will be made to admire a breathtaking panoramic view, overlooking the east coast of the Cotentin Peninsula.

    Your scenic drive continues to the fishing port, major oyster farming centre and popular marina of St Vaast La Hougue. Follow your guide to discover this charming little town: its fortifications which protect the harbour date back to the 17th century, after the French defeat at the naval battle of La Hougue. Some free time will be given for you to explore at leisure, to perhaps browse the local shops or relax in one of the local cafes.

    Enjoy a visit to the historic harbour of Barfleur, which played an important part in the association between England and France, right back to the time of the Conquest. After a pleasant walking tour, you will have some free time to further explore this charming little town, before the return drive to Cherbourg.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot and involves approximately 1½ hours of walking over relatively flat surfaces. Walking during free time is at guests own discretion. 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 1.80kgs CO2 per passenger.

    Tour code

    CHE_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Cotentin D Day Landing Beaches

    Learn about one of the most important battles of World War II, Operation Overlord. Visit Utah Beach, a German Bunker and the Normandy Tank Museum.

    Cotentin D Day Landing Beaches

    Operation Overlord was a huge logistical exercise, which had been ten months in its planning. The 6th of June 1944, was just the beginning of a campaign which was to last until 25th August 1944 and leave its scars all over the Normandy countryside. The soldiers’ bravery lives on in the collective memories of the Norman people to this day and is commemorated in the military cemeteries, battlefields and museums of Normandy.
    Begin with a drive through the scenic Normandy countryside to Azeville, where you’ll visit the German bunker fortification, of which all four of the original blockhouses remain intact. Learn about the daily life of 170 men stationed at the site by exploring these narrow corridors.
    At Utah Beach, you’ll have the opportunity to take a few pictures and stand where soldiers once stormed the beaches 70 years ago.
    Before returning to Cherbourg, stop briefly at Sainte Mère Eglise, where paratrooper John Steele’s parachute caught on the spire of the town church. He was suspended for 2 hours, pretending to be dead, before he was taken prisoner by the Germans. A mannequin hangs from the steeple as a reminder. The incident was portrayed in the movie ‘The Longest Day’.
    Visit the town’s excellent Airborne Museum which is built in the shape of an opened parachute. Exhibits include a C-47 troop carrier, a Waco glider, displays, photographs, and memorabilia.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot and involves approximately 2½ hours of walking, including cobbled streets at Saint Mère Eglise and gravel and sand at Utah Beach. Flat, comfortable 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 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 3.00kgs CO2 per passenger.

    Tour code

    CHE_024

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • The American Landing Beaches

    This tour allows you to relive the events of D-Day, visiting the sites that played such an important part in history.

    The American Landing Beaches

    Your scenic journey takes you along the Cotentin Peninsula to Ste Mère Eglise and the Normandy invasion sites.

    Ste Mère Eglise fell to American airborne troops in the early hours of D-Day. Visit the town’s excellent Airborne Museum which is built in the shape of an opened parachute. This interesting museum exhibits include a C-47 troop carrier, a Waco glider, displays, photographs, and memorabilia.

    Afterwards, visit The American Cemetery, which occupies a plateau overlooking Omaha Beach, and is the final resting place for 10,000 American soldiers. Walk between the rows of stark white headstones that cover the greensward. The Visitor Centre presents exhibitions on Operation Overlord and focuses on three major themes: the competence, the courage and the sacrifice of Allied Forces. A memorial and a chapel flank the sea of graves.

    There will be an opportunity, during your tour, to photograph Utah Beach, where the American 4th Infantry Division landed. You will also see the Pointe Du Hoc, where Rangers scaled the 100-feet –high cliffs to seize its German observation post, and Arromanches, the artificial harbour where thousands of troops and their supplies came ashore.

    A traditional Normandy luncheon, accompanied by wine, will be served at a local restaurant.


    Note: This tour involves approximately two hours of walking. Flat, comfortable 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 5.40kgs CO2 per passenger.

    Tour code

    CHE_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    9 hours

  • Mont Saint Michel

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

    Mont Saint Michel

    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.


    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.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.

    Tour code

    CHE_022

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    9 hours