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Useful information for shore excursions in and around Le Havre
Below you will find information about the cruise port, some of the most beautiful sights and useful tips for a shore excursion in and around Le Havre.
The most beautiful sights in Le Havre
Le Havre is a city in northwestern France on the English Channel and is located in beautiful Normandy. Within a few hours you can reach Paris, but Le Havre itself has a lot of interesting sights to offer.
The city center of Le Havre
The city center was largely destroyed during World War II. The years after the war it was rebuilt according to the plans of Auguste Perret. As a city ensemble it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in July 2005.
Perret’s other masterpiece is the church of St. Joseph. It has a 351-ft high concrete tower and is also the memorial to the victims of the liberation of France in 1944.
Perret has also designed the Town Hall, also called Hotel de Ville. It is located on the largest town square in Europe. The Cathédrale Notre-Dame also stands in the city center. A look inside is highly recommended, you can see the light play of the colorful ornament windows.
Musée des Beaux Arts André Malraux
There are several artists associated with Le Havre, including Dubuffet, Dufy and Monet. In addition to these artists, the museum houses paintings from the late 19th and 20th centuries as well as a wide collection of impressionists.
Within 30 minutes you can reach the 8000-citizen city Honfleur and on the way you will cross through the Pont de Normandie. It has a span length of range of 2808 ft and is therefore the largest of all cable-stayed bridges in Europe.
The city is admired for its picturesque charm and small fishing village. Nevertheless, you will also find impressive buildings here, such as the oldest wooden church in France, the Saint-Catherine church. You can also visit the Art Museum of Eugene Boudin, who was born in Honfleur.
Due to the proximity to Paris, some cruise guests use the opportunity to drive to the state capital.
The stay is limited, but you can use the time to explore the largest city in France. You can visit the main attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, Notre Dame de Paris or the Louvre.
Map of the cruise port in Le Havre
The cruise terminal Quai Pierre Callet and Quai Roger Meunier is located opposite and directly at the harbor entrance.
It takes about 25 minutes to walk to the city center. Small sightseeing trains also depart from the harbor.
in Le HavreWhat you should know before your excursion
Shipping companies and routes
Le Havre is a destination port, especially on the North Sea or metropolitan route, the latter especially because of the proximity and the accessibility to Paris.
Le Havre is often called by Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and P&O Cruises.
Entry and visa
UK, Canadian and US citizens do not require a visa to enter the Schengen area of countries in Europe for tourism business stays under ninety (90) days.
Please make sure, to bring a valid passport with you, which extends at least 90 days after your initial arrival in the schengen area.
In France, the Euro is used as currency, so a currency exchange is therefore required. (1 dollar = 0.86 euro and 1 pound = 1.11 euro)
Taxi and public transport
Trips to Paris should be best organized, shore excursions on your own may not be worth it due to the long distance from the port to Paris. The way to Paris already takes 2 to 3 hours which is why the stay in France’s capital is limited. Since you need to be back in Le Havre before the departure of the cruise ship, guided cruise excursions can help you get back to the ship on time.
In 2012, the tram was put into operation. Both lines depart from Porte Oceane and travel either north-west to Grand Hameau or east to Cacriauville Pré-Fleuri.
There is also a funicular railway between the city center and Rue Félix Faure. The bus network is well developed in Le Havre. Alternatively, taxis can also be used.
The summer months in Le Havre have a temperate climate while the winters are away with high precipitation. In August, the average temperature is 16,8 °C / 62 °F. The annual average temperature is between 10 and 12 °C / 50 and 53 °F.
Website Port Authority and Tourism Organization
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