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Where in the world: Europe  /  France  /  Normandy  /  Basse-Normandie  /  Calvados  /  Honfleur

Top 15 things to do in Honfleur

1. Palace of Versailles, Versailles

Considered the most illustrious and opulent castle in all of France, Palace of Versailles exemplifies the most beautiful achievements of French art in the 18th century. This former seat of royal power now chronicles the country's past as a museum of the history of France. On your exploration of the numerous buildings, be sure to see the the lavish Hall of Mirrors, the Queen’s bedchamber, the ecclesiastical chapels, and the King's Grand Apartments. If you love books, don’t miss the library, with its delicately carved wooden and stone panels. In the Clock Room, admire the famous astronomical clock encased in bronze. Arrive as early as possible to avoid long entrance lines. Even with advanced tickets, you'll have to wait your turn at the security checkpoint. Alternatively, book a local guide service to bring you to the château and skip the long lines altogether.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $60 › Learn more about Palace of Versailles

2. Vieux Bassin

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $24 › Learn more about Vieux Bassin

3. Falaises d'Etretat, Etretat

Discover the majestic chalk cliffs of Falaises d'Etretat, which inspired artists like Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet, and Claude Monet. These world-renowned cliffs are home to many species of plant and animal life, including seabirds such as herring gulls, arctic fulmars, and peregrine falcons. At low tide, you can walk out onto the beach and see oyster beds dating back to the 17th century. Look for a hole in a cliff known as "trou à l'homme." Sea cabbage and red grass are protected species that grow along the coast. Many caves line the coast, with several that are accessible only by boat during calm weather.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $29 › Learn more about Falaises d'Etretat

4. Normandy D-Day Beaches and American Cemetery Day Trip from Paris

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On your pilgrimage from Paris to Normandy, leave the details to us. In one unforgettable day, we’ll take you to experience history where it happened. What better way to honor the sacrifices that changed the course of WW2?You’ll visit legendary Omaha Beach and remnants of the Arromanches artificial harbor left by allied forces, and get fascinating insights into those fateful days, learning just some of the incredible stories at the Visitor Center. Take the Memorial Drive along Juno and Gold Beaches,names that will echo with meaning for all eternity. Pause to reflect in the solemn setting of the pristine American Cemetery. Your guide will bring memories to life and help you gain a special understanding of what the Allied soldiers faced and why French locals are still so grateful to the Liberation forces. If you want, when booking, upgrade to a small-group tour for a more personal experience.
Suggested duration: 13 hours
Tours from $185 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Saint Catherine's Catholic Church

the largest church made out of wood in France, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church is dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria. A wooden sculpture shows her holding a wheel and a sword. The first nave is the oldest part of the building, dating to the second half of the 15th century. It was built using naval construction techniques, which gives the impression of an upside-down ship's hull. In the 16th century, a second nave was added, whose vault was like the wooden vaults of modest Gothic churches. The famous "axe masters" of the city’s naval yards created this lovely building without using any saws, just like their Norman ancestors and the Vikings before them. There's a bell tower separate from the principal building.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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6. Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, Bayeux

Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux displays a 70-m (230-ft) embroidered tapestry crafted in the 11th century. Stitched after the Battle of Hastings on October 14, 1066, to celebrate England's conquest by William the Conqueror, this remarkable linen canvas depicts Viking ships, a comet, Saxon and Norman cavalries, and a mysterious exchange between a cleric and an Anglo-Saxon woman. The museum provides English translations of the Tituli Latin scripts; a 16-minute video, also in English, presents the tapestry’s historical context. A free English audio guide helps you explore the interpretive room, the tapestry room, and the 13th-century seminary building. A junior audio guide, in English and French, makes this educational experience entertaining for older children. Younger kids can connect with the tapestry by coloring replica printouts using any hues they like.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $82 › Learn more about Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

7. Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer

Normandy American Cemetery honors American soldiers who died in Europe during World War II. Most of the 9,387 graves contain the remains of American soldiers and military personnel who lost their lives during the D-Day landings and the operations that followed. East of the memorial, the semicircle garden has 1,557 names inscribed on the "Walls of the Missing,” with rosettes denoting the names of those who have since been identified. The semicircular colonnade has one loggia at each end containing narratives of military operations as well as huge maps. See the iconic bronze statue called the “Spirit of American Youth” in its center and, overlooking the beach, a tablet depicting the Normandy landings.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $77 › Learn more about Normandy American Cemetery

8. Normandy D-Day Small-Group Day Trip with Omaha Beach, Cemetery & Cider Tasting

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Visit the most important D-Day sites in Normandy on this small-group day trip from Paris. You'll walk on Omaha Beach, go inside of German bunkers, visit the Overlord Museum, peer over the 110ft tall seaside cliffs at the Pointe du Hoc, and pay your respects to those who sacrificed it all at the American Cemetery. In order to bring a little sweetness to your visit you also enjoy a local Normandy Hard Cider tasting.
Suggested duration: 12 to 13 hours
Tours from $268 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Pont de Normandie

Pont de Normandie is an impressive bridge over the Seine.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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10. Fondation Claude Monet, Giverny

Your visit to Fondation Claude Monet starts in a little blue sitting room painted with that same colors that Monet chose. Restorations include period decorations, such as cement tiles made in Rouen, brightly painted furniture, and copper pots that contrast the cheerful blue walls of the large kitchen. Throughout the house, you'll see Monet's personal collection of over 200 Japanese woodblocks and works of art by his Impressionist contemporaries. When you stroll across the Japanese bridge, commissioned by Monet, admire the water lilies rising from the pond, which were also inspired by Japanese garden design. Low hedges separate the garden's plots, each with its own theme, harmony, shape, composition, and color palette. Look out for rare plant varieties and wisteria planted by Monet himself.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $60 › Learn more about Fondation Claude Monet

11. Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Rouen

Experience the gothic inspiration that Impressionist painter Claude Monet felt at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, where he filled 28 canvasses with the image of this cathedral. Gargoyles that dominate the rooftop stare down as you approach the façade, but even higher up is the soaring 151-m (495-ft) lantern tower atop the transept. Prepare for sweeping panoramic views of the Norman old town and Seine Valley from the lookouts.

The abbey also has several burials, including the tomb that contained Richard the Lionheart's heart. The cathedral's strong musical tradition means you may hear a talented organist playing the massive Jacquot-Lavergne organ. The preserved archiepiscopal palace and its conserved auxiliary buildings dating to the 12th century are rare gems in France.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $53 › Learn more about Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen

12. Utah & Omaha Beaches D-Day Group Tour from Bayeux

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Full day sightseeing tour of the American sectors of the D-Day Normandy invasion + Airborne Museum. An experienced English speaking guide will show you the battlefield sites and explain in detail the events that occurred.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $156 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Memorial de Caen, Caen

A modern museum focusing on World War II and the Cold War, Memorial de Caen was built in 1988. It charts the events leading up to and after D-Day, and is an emotional presentation inviting meditation on the thought of Elie Wiesel: "Peace is not a gift from God to man, but a gift from man to himself." The Memorial for Peace also includes an exhibit of Nobel Peace Prize winners and another on conflict resolution in different cultures.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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14. Notre Dame de Grace

An old chapel built by Richard II, Notre Dame de Grace was rebuilt in 1615 on the hill. It offers beautiful views over the town and the Seine.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $129 › Learn more about Notre Dame de Grace

15. Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Day Trip with Cider Tasting & Lunch from Paris

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Remember the victories and the losses of the D-Day landings with a tour of Normandy’s four most significant World War II sites. Visit a museum in a real German bunker on Utah Beach. Walk among memorials to 10,000 fallen at the American Cemetery, with a poignant view over Omaha Beach, where Allied forces faced terrible odds. The, experience this region’s rich culinary history with a two-course lunch and some local apple cider.
Suggested duration: 14 hours
Tours from $174 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

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