Paris Luxury Tours takes participants to one of Franceâ€™s most reliably enchanting spots in our private Honfleur Tour. From the sailing craft in the Old Port, to the surrounding, improbably narrow, seven-story timber-framed and slate-shingled houses, to the unique double-naved wooden Ste. Catherineâ€™s Church, everywhere you look something appeals to your eye in this lovely town.
This private Honfleur tour takes you on a casual walk through its narrow cobbled streets, past animated cafes and lively restaurants, to docks where fishing vessels unload their fresh catch, and to the EugĂ¨ne Boudin Museum that honours its native son, the painter who so influenced Claude Monet partly by imparting to him a taste for painting in the open air. This museum also displays works by such as Dufy, Monet, Â Jongkind and Van Dongen, to name a few.
Honfleur has a long history of attracting artists, including the Impressionists who often joined Boudin at the Ferme Saint SimĂ©on, Â now a swank five star hotel that few painters can afford to approach! This charming port also was home to the likes of the illustrious poet Baudelaire and the eccentric Erik Satie, and you can visit a museum that is devoted to the composer. Honfleur also offers a wide selection of worthy dining establishments, including Michelin single and double starred establishments and superb bistros. Some of the world’s freshest and most delectable sea food takes pride of place.
To make a complete day of touring from Paris, we usually suggest combining one of our private Honfleur tours with visits to other near-by attractions. That could be one of the following: Claude Monet’s last home and gardens in Giverny, the Old Town and Notre Dame Cathedral in Rouen, the charming resort of Ă‰tretat with its dramatic cliffs, or, for those interested in Impressionism, the AndrĂ© Malraux MuMA museum in Le Havre. Â Another option includes both the charming epitome of rustic Norman villages, Lyons-la-FĂ´ret and the romantic ruins of Richard the Lionheart’s ChĂ˘teau Gaillard, which each require about an hour to visit.
For more information or to schedule one of our private Honfleur tours, please contact us at our US phone number 631-600-1120.