Of all the ways to experience Cherbourg, walking through the historic downtown provides the most intimate perspective to absorb the wonders of this French seaside city.
Your leisurely walking tour begins at the pier and then heads toward the city center of Cherbourg, a charming town on a wide sheltered bay at the mouth of the diminutive Divette River. One of its most distinguishing characteristics is the massive breakwater that was begun in 1776 under the rule of Louis XVI. The project was continued by Napoleon Bonaparte, and a beautiful statue of the French emperor on horseback graces the city center. Once completed in the mid-19th century, the breakwater turned Cherbourg into a major commercial and military port, which it still is today.
As the fourth largest town in the province of Normandy, Cherbourg has played an important role throughout history and its architecture reflects how the city has changed over the years. During your walk, you'll pass many important landmarks, such as the Holy Trinity church, which was built in a flamboyant Gothic style between the 14th and 15th centuries. Following your guided walking tour, you'll have some free time to further explore on your own and you may wish to spend some time at La Cité de la Mer, a marine complex that shows how man has tried to conquer the underwater world and underscores Cherbourg's connection to the sea.
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Note: This tour includes nearly 3-hours of moderate walking, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There will be some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Guests should be in good physical condition. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Most shops in Cherbourg are closed on Sundays.