Cherbourg Cruises, France
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We’ll start this tour with a drive through the heart of the Cotentin Peninsula heading straight for the famous Tapestry Museum, which draws visitors from all over the world. The Bayeux – or Queen Mathilda - Tapestry is about 70 metres long and tells the story of the Norman conquest of England. You’ll find 58 individually embroidered scenes, and there’s an incredible amount of detail in each one. Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to stop for lunch or hit the shops before we set off on a guided walk in the afternoon. The city’s winding streets are full of wooden-framed Norman houses and Medieval buildings. And you can’t miss the huge Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame. All arches, gargoyles and stained-glass windows, it was completed in 1077. You can get some photos before we head back to the ship.
This half-day tour starts with a guided walk around Ste Mere L’Eglise. The town hit the headlines on the night of June 5th 1944, when the American 82nd Division troops landed. Their arrival put the town on the map as the first place to be liberated on that fateful night. You’ll visit the local church, where you can take a look at the vivid stained glass window depicting the American parachute drop. And you’ll make a stop at the famous ‘O’ Milestone, which symbolises the start of the ‘Road to Freedom’. After that, it’s on - via Ste Marie Du Mont - to the famous Utah Beach. You’ll get to see where the landings actually took place, and your guide will fill you in on exactly what happened. You’ll have plenty of time to take pictures and soak up the atmosphere before we head back to Cherbourg.
If you’re big on natural beauty, this tour is for you. We’ll head off on a scenic drive along the coast to Barfleur, so expect plenty of postcard-worthy views along the way. Barfleur was a thriving port back in the Middle Ages and a popular spot with English monarchs and aristocrats. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the harbour and higgledy-piggledy rows of stone houses. After that, it’s on to St Vaast La Hougue. Famed for its delicious oysters, this harbourside town dates back to the 17th century. You’ll set off on a guided walking tour around the must-sees. Check out the centuries-old fortifications surrounding the port, or call in at one of the shorefront restaurants before we head back to the ship.