Leave Honfleur by coach for the excursion to the Alabaster Coast, classified as a Natura 2000 site since 2009. This trip will be your chance to discover the natural heritage of the Pays de Caux and the Seine estuary. Pass by the high cliffs of white chalk and stone beaches popularised by the paintings of Claude Monet, the suspended valleys of the little coastal rivers, the Normandy bridge, Etretat and Fécamp, sights not to be missed bordering a coast that you will see in a fresh light after this trip. Marvel at the beauty of the Alabaster Coast and the diversity of its plant and animal life. First stop at Etretat. Once a fishing village, Etretat transformed itself into a seaside resort in the 19th century and became a place of inspiration for artists (Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin and Claude Monet), writers (Gustave Flaubert and Guy de Maupassant, Maurice Leblanc) and famous people (J. Michelet, F. Faure, the Queens of Spain, J. Bonaparte...). Etretat was the holiday spot of numerous famous opera composers and singers of the 19th century who had villas there or stayed there regularly in a comic-opera decor. The town has several remarkable chateaus, manor houses and villas, such as the Manoir de la Salamandre (a house admired by tourists and located in the main street near the hall), The Clos Lupin and the Château des Aygues which were the seaside residences of the Spanish queens Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies and Isabel II. Continue by coach to Fécamp. Be charmed by this town labelled “Town and country of art and history” and known for its Benedictine liqueur. The history of Fécamp mainly rests on that of its port founded around the 11th century, with the intention of promoting naval construction and fishing. From the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century, Fécamp had significant cod fishing activity and momentarily surpassed Saint-Malo as the major French cod fishing port. Nowadays, pleasure boating has taken over from fishing. The abbey, the palace of the dukes of Normandy and the rich collections of the museum of Terre Neuvas are witnesses to its prestigious history. Visit of the Palais Bénédictine, tasting of the famous liquor and return by coach to Honfleur.
Duration : approx. 4:30
- The order of the visits can change.
- Times are approximate.
- Good walking shoes are recommended. There is a 20min-walk between the parking lot and the cliffs (to and from).
- Please note that wheelchairs can access the Palais Benedictine except for the cellars.
- These excursions are not proposed for all the cruises and depend on the itinerary.
- If the minimum of 25 participants is not reached, the excursion may be either cancelled or proposed at another rate, depending on the number of participants (to be paid for on board).
- The excursions on the first evening and the morning following boarding are only guaranteed for the passengers who have booked the excursion before the cruise.