Le Havre

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Rouen, one of France’s most ancient cities

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A dazzling example of contemporary architecture

As you sail on your MSC cruise to France, you’ll come to Le Havre, the country’s second-largest port, which takes up half the Seine estuary. However, the town itself, home to almost 200,000 people, is a place of pilgrimage for fans of contemporary architecture.
 
Le Havre – “The Harbour” – is the principal trading post of northern France and a port of call of our MSC Northern Europe cruises. Following its near-destruction during World War II, Le Havre was rebuilt by a single architect, Auguste Perret, between 1946 and 1964.

The sheer sense of space can be exhilarating: the showpiece monuments have a winning self-confidence, and the few surviving relics of the old city have been sensitively integrated into the whole. While the endless mundane residential blocks can be dispiriting, even those visitors who fail to agree with Perret’s famous dictum that “concrete is beautiful” may enjoy a stroll around his city. A shore excursion on your MSC Northern Europe cruise can also be the opportunity to discover Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy, one of France’s most ancient cities.

Standing on the site of Rotomagus, built by the Romans at the lowest point where they could bridge the Seine, it was laid out by Rollo, the first duke of Normandy, in 911. Captured by the English in 1419, it became the stage in 1431 for the trial and execution of Joan of Arc, before returning to French control in 1449.

Rouen today can be very seductive, its lively and bustling centre well equipped with impressive churches and museums. North of the Seine at any rate, it’s a real pleasure to explore. As well as some great sights – Cathédrale de Notre-Dame, all the delightful twisting streets of timbered houses – there’s history aplenty too, most notably the links with Joan of Arc.

Must see places in Le Havre

  • Mont Saint Michel

    Mont Saint Michel

  • Paris

    Paris

  • Etretat

    Etretat

Discover our excursions

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  • CHARMING PARIS & BATEAUX MOUCHES CRUISE

    CITY TOUR

    HAV12

    Your Paris experience begins with a 3-hour coach drive on a modern motorway to the French capital city. Upon arriving in Paris, you will reach Pont de l’Alma to start an amazing cruise along the Seine River aboard an entirely glass encased boat. For more
    • Long route by bus

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Best seller

    • Limited seats

    • Duration
      10 h

    • Adults$172.00Price per person

    • Children$119.00Price per person

  • DREAMING PARIS

    CITY TOUR

    HAV10

    With Paris as your magnificent destination, this extended excursion begins when you board a coach at the pier in Le Havre and set off on a relaxing 3-hour drive through the French countryside, with a short stop scheduled on the way. After picking up your
    • No guide available

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      11 h

    • Adults$155.00Price per person

    • Children$112.00Price per person

  • HONFLEUR ON YOUR OWN

    CITY TOUR

    HAV02

    On leaving the port, you will reach Honfleur, a tiny town known for its picturesque harbour and beautifully preserved old buildings with slate-covered frontages. A favourite motif of many a painter, Honfleur is known to have particularly inspired Gustave
    • No guide available

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$62.00Price per person

    • Children$49.00Price per person

  • PARIS SIGHTSEEING TOUR

    CITY TOUR

    HAV05

    This all-day excursion will give you an opportunity to see some of the major sights of France’s magnificent capital city and find out why Paris is known worldwide for its elegance and grandeur. On leaving the port of Le Havre, a leisurely three-hour drive
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      10 h

    • Adults$132.00Price per person

    • Children$95.00Price per person

  • SEE THE SIGHTS OF ROUEN

    CITY TOUR

    HAV03

    Considered to be the historical capital of Normandy, Rouen is located on the north bank of the river Seine, some 1.5 hours from the sea port of Le Havre. Your guide will introduce you to the old part of the town and take you on a walk down the city’s narr
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults$89.00Price per person

    • Children$62.00Price per person

  • THE VILLAGES OF HONFLEUR & DEAUVILLE

    CITY TOUR

    HAV04

    An enjoyable drive will take you to the tiny town of Honfleur, a sleepy settlement known for its picturesque harbour and beautifully preserved old buildings with slate-covered frontages. A favourite motif of many a painter, Honfleur is known to have parti
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      7:30 h

    • Adults$102.00Price per person

    • Children$75.00Price per person

  • COACH TRANSFER TO MONT SAINT MICHEL

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    HAV07

    Leave the port of Le Havre for a 3-hour drive across the attractive Normandy countryside to the wonderful Mont Saint Michel, known as “the wonder of the west” due to its unique island setting, rich history and beautiful architecture. The abbey’s origins d
    • No guide available

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      10 h

    • Adults$85.00Price per person

    • Children$59.00Price per person

  • MONT SAINT MICHEL

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    HAV06

    This tour will take you through on a 3-hour drive across the attractive Normandy countryside to the wonderful Mont Saint Michel, known as “the wonder of the west” due to its unique island setting, rich history and beautiful architecture. As the bay is par
    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      10 h

    • Adults$135.00Price per person

    • Children$95.00Price per person

  • ÉTRETAT ON YOUR OWN

    SCENIC ROUTE

    HAV01

    On leaving the port, part one of your excursion will take you on a panoramic tour of Le Havre, which was rebuilt in classic style with large avenues and open spaces to offset the sea front. The second part of your tour will then see you visit the town of
    • No guide available

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Best seller

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$62.00Price per person

    • Children$49.00Price per person

  • A TASTE OF NORMANDY

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    HAV08

    With its lovely countryside, wooded valleys, apple orchards, dairy farms and reputation for producing fabulous cheeses, some of the world’s best cider and the appellation contrôlée-protected Calvados, Normandy is just the sort of place of which you’ll wan
    • Tasting included

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults$89.00Price per person

    • Children$62.00Price per person

The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

 

Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Reach the port

Port of Le Havre

This section contains information on how to reach the port.

Cruise Terminal:

Quai Roger Meunier 
76059 Le Havre

Reach the port by

  • Car

    Arriving at the city centre of Le Havre, drive towards the Port then follow the green signs “LD FERRIES” or “CAR FERRIES”.
    From the Centre de Commerce International, follow “Terminal Croisière”.
    Car
  • Train

    Arriving at Le Havre train station. You can get on an Intercités or TER from Paris (Gare Saint-Lazare station). Direct high speed trains (TGV) from/to Marseille and Lyon.
    From Le Havre train station, it is easy to reach the port by taxi; otherwise you can walk to the cruise terminal (between 10 and 15 minutes).
    Train

France

The Atlantic breeze
The Atlantic breeze

Each quintessentially French yet cherishing its own unique identity, Brittany and Normandy rank among the most intriguing and distinctive regions of France.


Visitors can explore either or both on an MSC Northern Europe cruise, offering a wonderful opportunity to experience the best the country has to offer: sheltered white-sand beaches and wild rugged coastlines; mighty medieval fortresses and mysterious megaliths; graceful Gothic cathedrals and breathtaking contemporary architecture; heathland studded with wildflowers and deep ancient forests. Best of all, perhaps, there’s the compelling and exuberant cuisine, from the seafood extravaganzas in countless little ports to the rich pungent cheeses of rural Normandy.

A cruise to Normandy will take you to its prized large-scale ports: Rouen, Dieppe, Cherbourg and Le Havre. Inland, it is a wonderfully fertile belt of tranquil pastureland, where most visitors head straight for the restaurants of the Pays d’Auge and the Suisse Normande. While the pleasures of Normandy are perhaps less intense than those of Brittany, it too has its fair share of beaches, ranging from the shelving shingle of pretty Étretat to the vast sandy swathes that line the western Cotentin peninsula.  

 
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