Le Havre

Modern architecture by Auguste Perret
Impressionist painters
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Find Northern Europe Cruises

Introduction

Le Havre, France

Sail to a beacon of modern architecture on your Northern Europe cruise holiday. Le Havre is a large port town in France’s northwest Normandy region. The name ‘Le Havre’ simply translates as ‘the harbour’, reflecting the status of this active maritime city which boasts the oldest sailing club in France.

As one of the main ports in German-occupied France during the Second World War, it was flattened by the Allies, a sad chapter in its history. But it also meant the town became a blank canvas on which Auguste Perret painted a beautiful modern city in the typical 50s style. This new town has grown to become a major tourist destination, not least because of its long and well-equipped beach.

After your MSC Cruises liner has docked in Le Havre you can either choose to explore the city or venture with us further afield on one of our excursion packages. And, as always, we will ensure you get the best deals on all the local sights.

Art lovers will head straight for the Andre Malraux Museum, with its world-class collection that includes works of well-known impressionists painters such as Dufy, Monet, Renoir, Bonnard, Gauguin and Sisley. It’s actually worth leaving the ship for this alone, but you may also enjoy fantastic day trips available from Le Havre, including an outing to the Normandy Landing Beaches that’s sure to be an unforgettable day out for history fans.

Le Havre is a great starting point for many destinations including the cathedral city of Rouen and the charming seaside resort of Honfleur, and for a completely different experience you can even join us in France’s capital city Paris, known as the ‘city of light’.

Must see place in Le Havre

Discover our excursions

13 results found

  • CHARMING PARIS, BATEAUX MOUCHES CRUISE
    & FRAGONARD MUSEUM

    CITY TOUR
    • 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$159Price per person

    • Children$109Price per person

    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 than 60 years, the “Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches” has been witness to love stories of generations of passengers as they slowly slide along the famous river in France. On a 1-hour cruise sailing, you will have a glimpse of romantic Paris from a completely different perspective, passing under its famous bridges, admiring the imposing palaces built on the river banks and explore the majestic heart of Paris. Your eyes will sparkle as never before... This is a must-do, a cultural and very Parisian experience that is unique and must be shared. During your cruise trip, you will have the opportunity to admire about 13 famous monuments including the Eiffel Tower, Cathedral Notre Dame… Once back on the ground, you will reach the famous Fragonard Museum to have the secrets of perfume trade revealed. Immersed in the atmosphere of a late nineteenth century perfume factory, you will also admire a magnificent collection of precious objects tracing the history of perfume from antiquity to the present day. Venture into this world of fragrance through a design that combines ancient artefacts, archives and videos of modern production. This is a unique olfactory journey in Paris! Before returning to the port, you will have free time around Opera Garnier, the perfect place to also reach the famous Galleries Lafayette. Please note: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. During the river cruise, guests will receive information through loudspeakers in English and French.
  • DREAMING PARIS

    CITY TOUR
    • No guide available

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      11 h

    • Adults$142Price per person

    • Children$102Price per person

    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 guide in Paris, you will get to savour the city’s main sights on a 1-hour panoramic drive, after which you will have a chance to stretch your legs on a 15-minute guided stroll to the city’s most celebrated landmarks, Notre Dame de Paris. Enjoy an inside visit of the 12th- to 14th-century cathedral, constructed in French Gothic style over the course of 182 long years. Enjoy 2.5 hours free time in which to do as you please: take some photos, explore the area, go shopping or simply buy yourself coffee and watch the world go by before your trip to Paris begins to draw to a close with a final drive around the city, followed by the journey back to Le Havre and your ship. Please note: even though this tour includes long periods of walking guests using a wheelchair can take part in the excursion but are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance: please cover your shoulders and back.
  • HONFLEUR ON YOUR OWN

    CITY TOUR
    • 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$59Price per person

    • Children$45Price per person

    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 painters, Honfleur is known to have particularly inspired Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet, Eug?ne Boudin and Johan Jongkind, collectively referred to as the Honfleur school. You will have enough time to spend in this delightful village on your own. Enjoy the old-world feel of the narrow streets lined with timber-framed houses and be sure to visit Sainte-Catherine Church, France’s largest church made entirely of wood. The church also features bell tower that is separate from the main building. The tour concludes with your return to the ship. Please note: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
  • PARIS SIGHTSEEING TOUR

    CITY TOUR
    • 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$122Price per person

    • Children$89Price per person

    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 will take you to Paris for a chance to discover this eternally romantic city and its boundless culture. The special splendour of the Champs-?lys?es – proudly referred to as “the most beautiful avenue in the world” by the French – awaits you just as the modernity of the Eiffel Tower, which was considered to be a marvel of modern engineering when it was built in 1889. At a height of 324 metres, it is the tallest building in Paris and the second-tallest in the whole of France. You will have approx. 2 hours free time to explore the area around Place de la Concorde and an opportunity to have lunch on your own. Before returning to Le Havre, your tour will take you through other lovely parts of Paris, with a short photo stop at the Eiffel Tower. Please note: all the sites will be visited from outside. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. Limited number of guides in languages other than French. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in French only.
  • SEE THE SIGHTS OF ROUEN

    CITY TOUR
    • 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$79Price per person

    • Children$59Price per person

    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 narrow streets, which are lined with more than 700 timber-framed houses. Enjoy the special atmosphere of Rue St. Romain and then reach the so-called Gros Horloge – an astronomical clock from the 16th century – located in the aptly named Rue du Gros Horloge. The tour then continues on to the Roman Catholic Rouen Cathedral with its Gothic architecture and its so-called “Butter Tower”, which was built in the early 16th century with money appropriated from the local population for the indulgence of eating butter. It has also featured as the famous subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet. Before returning you to the ship, the last stop on the tour is the “Place du Vieux March?”, the site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake, at the centre of which stands the modern Church of Saint Joan of Arc. Please note: if the call falls on a Monday morning, the visit to the Cathedral will be around the exterior only. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. Limited number of guides in languages other than French. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in French only.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
  • THE VILLAGES OF HONFLEUR & DEAUVILLE

    CITY TOUR
    • 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$95Price per person

    • Children$69Price per person

    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 painters, Honfleur is known to have particularly inspired Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet, Eug?ne Boudin and Johan Jongkind, collectively referred to as the Honfleur school. You will have enough time to spend in this delightful village on your own. Enjoy the old-fashioned feel of the narrow streets lined with timber-framed houses and be sure to visit Sainte-Catherine Church, France’s largest church made entirely of wood. The church also features bell tower that is separate from the main building. Choose one of the many harbour-front restaurants for a delicious and scenic lunchtime experience. The afternoon leg of the tour will take you to the stylish resort of Deauville, which is famed as the venue of an annual international film festival to promote American cinematography and is generally regarded as the “queen of the Norman beaches”. It is certainly one of the most prestigious seaside destinations in the whole of France and you will have plenty of time to explore the old-fashioned streets of this lovely place and savour its special ambience at your leisure. Apart from a racecourse, harbour, marina and grand casino, Deauville also has sandy beaches for you to enjoy. The tour concludes with your return to the ship. Please note: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. Limited number of guides in languages other than French. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in French only.
  • COACH TRANSFER TO MONT SAINT MICHEL

    CULTURE AND HISTORY
    • No guide available

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      10 h

    • Adults$89Price per person

    • Children$65Price per person

    HAV07

    Leave the port of Le Havre for a 2.5/3-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 date back to the early VIII century when Archangel Michael appeared to the bishop of Avranches and this vision led to the construction of a series of beautiful buildings dedicated to the archangel. You will have time to explore the little village or to visit the Abbey on your own. A walk along the ramparts offers a fine view of the bay and the abbey gardens. Return to the port. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties as it involves walking uphill and on uneven ground. You may have to queue at the car park for the shuttle to reach the site.
  • Malraux Museum: Monet and more

    CULTURE AND HISTORY
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$142Price per person

    • Children$142Price per person

    HAV14

    Malraux Museum: Monet and more
  • MONT SAINT MICHEL

    CULTURE AND HISTORY
    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      10 h

    • Adults$125Price per person

    • Children$89Price per person

    HAV06

    This tour will take you through on a 2.5/3-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 partially silted up, the mount is usually viewed surrounded by huge sand banks, which shift with the tides. The abbey’s origins date back to the early VIII century when Archangel Michael appeared to the bishop of Avranches and this vision led to the construction of a series of beautiful buildings dedicated to the archangel. After visiting the Abbey and the church, you can walk along the ramparts that offer a fine view of the bay and the abbey gardens. Time allowed for exploring and purchasing souvenirs before returning to Le Havre. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties as it involves walking uphill and on uneven ground. Limited number of guides in languages other than French. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in French only. You may have to queue at the car park for the shuttle to reach the site.
  • ?TRETAT ON YOUR OWN

    SCENIC ROUTE
    • 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$59Price per person

    • Children$45Price per person

    HAV01

    On leaving the port, part one of your excursion will take you on a short 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 ?tretat, which is considered to be a major French national site. Whatever the season, the grandeur of the high cliffs and crashing waves is certainly unforgettable. Look forward to viewing the three natural arches and the formation known as “The Needle”. Furthermore, ?tretat has inspired writers and artists alike, with the painters Monet and Courbet being just two examples. You will have time to explore this natural beauty spot on your own. The tour will also take you past timber-framed houses, the town’s medieval church and the covered marketplace. You will have enough time to discover the town at your own pace before returning to Le Havre and your ship. Please note: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
  • A TASTE OF NORMANDY

    SOMETHING SPECIAL
    • 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$79Price per person

    • Children$59Price per person

    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 contr?l?e-protected Calvados, Normandy is just the sort of place of which you’ll want to get a taste. After boarding a coach at the pier and leaving the port in Le Havre via the super-modern, cable-stayed Normandy Bridge, you can first look forward to an approx. 1-hour drive through the lush landscape of the Auge region to reach Le Breuil-en-Auge. The tiny village is home to the gorgeous 16th-/17th-century Ch?teau du Breuil, the residence of several notable families over the years and now a Calvados distillery that forms your first stop. Your tour of the Ch?teau will provide a fascinating insight into the way in which the famous apple brandy ages in oak casks in the castle’s deep cellars. A chance to taste some of the excellent brandy distilled at the Ch?teau will round off your visit to this spirited place. More wonderful views then await you on the drive to Beuvron-en-Auge, a real jewel of a place with meticulously maintained historical buildings and pristine streets that has been voted one of the most beautiful villages in France by an independent association named “Les Plux Beaux Villages de France”. Do not forget your camera to capture the beauty of this special spot for posterity as you spend some free time exploring the village and its wonderful timber-framed houses. A relaxing return drive to Le Havre and your ship then ends the tour. Please note: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. Limited number of guides in languages other than French. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in French only.
  • CAR WITH GUIDE up to max 200 km

    SOMETHING SPECIAL
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$1099Price per person

    • Children$1099Price per person

    HAV33PV

    Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide (English or French only) and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included (up to 200km). The price does not include any entrance fees or meals and is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship.
  • MINIVAN WITH GUIDE FOR 3 TO 6 PAX up to
    max 200 km

    SOMETHING SPECIAL
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$1209Price per person

    • Children$1209Price per person

    HAV34PV

    Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide (English or French only) and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included (up to 200km). The price does not include any entrance fees or meals and is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship.

The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme 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

Direction

The cruise terminal is close to the city centre, however it is located in an industrial area off a highway.
Taxis run to the city

Port Terminal

Address of the Terminal
ZIPCODE CITY

Tel. +00 000 0000000
Fax. +00 000 0000000
E-mail:  email@emailaddress.it
Website:  www.terminalwebsite.com

Reach the port by

  • Car

    Insert instruction to reach the port by Car

    Insert instruction to reach the port by Car. Insert instruction to reach the port by Car. Insert instruction to reach the port by Car
    Car

    Useful informations

    Book your parking with MSC
    VEHICLE DAYS RATES
    Car 8 € --
    Car 9 € --
    Suv 8 € --
    Suv 9 € --
    Minivan 8 € --
    Minivan 9 € --
  • Train

    Insert instruction to reach the port by Train Insert instruction to reach the port by Train Insert instruction to reach the port by Train Insert instruction to reach the port by Train
    Train
  • Plane

    Insert instruction to reach the port by Plain

    Insert instruction to reach the port by Plain. Insert instruction to reach the port by Plain. Insert instruction to reach the port by Plain. Insert instruction to reach the port by Plain Insert instruction to reach the port by Plain Insert instruction to reach the port by Plain
    Plane

France

A discrete and slightly snobbish charm
A discrete and slightly snobbish charm

A holiday to southern France will take you to heaven. This Garden of Eden encompasses the snow-peaked lower Alps and their foothills, which in the east descend right to the sea, and to the west extend almost to the Rhône.


The coastal hinterland is made up of range after range of steep, forested hills, while the shore is an ever-changing series of geometric bays giving way to chaotic outcrops of glimmering rock and deep, narrow inlets, like miniature fjords – the calanques. All these elements would count for nothing, however, were it not for the magical Mediterranean light. At its best in spring and autumn, it is both soft and brightly theatrical, as if some expert had rigged the lighting for each landscape for maximum colour and definition with minimum glare. A cruise to southern France is a good opportunity to visit the capital of the Riviera, Nice – a vibrant and intriguing blend of Italianate influence, faded Belle Époque splendour and first-class art.

East of the city, the lower Corniche links the picturesque seafront towns of Villefranche, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Beaulieu; the higher roads offer some of the most spectacular coastal driving in Europe, en route to the perched village of Èze and the tiny principality of Monaco. The Riviera’s western half claims its best beaches – at jazzy Juan-les-Pins and at Cannes, a glitzy centre of designer shopping and film.