Here’s a flavour of some of the fantastic places you can visit on one of P&O Cruises Short Breaks. And don’t forget, they offer a wide range of exciting shore excursions at almost every port of call.
St Peter Port, Guernsey. Open your eyes and cover your ears when visiting the deceptively large Castle Cornet, which guards St Peter Port and houses five museums and four period gardens. The Noonday Gun is fired by costumed soldiers daily. Literary lovers will enjoy Victor Hugo’s home Hauteville House, where he wrote Les Misérables.
Hamburg, Germany. Hamburg’s thriving port earned the city’s nickname as Germany’s ‘Gateway to the world’. With more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined (over 2,300), it’s a scenic city of maritime spirit and wonderful canal-side architecture. See the baroque St Michaelis Church or pay homage at the Kaiserkeller club, where The Beatles cut their teeth.
Le Havre, France. You’ll be spoilt for choice for day trips from Le Havre. In the fishing port of Fecamp, you can visit the Benedictine liquor distillery. In the beautiful Pays d’Auge countryside, you can taste aromatic local cheese. In Giverny on the banks of the River Seine, you can tour the house of Claude Monet. And in Paris, the Eiffel Tower beckons. Or why not stay put, relax and soak up Le Havre’s rich culture, surrounded by Auguste Perret’s modernist architecture?
Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Your ship won’t squeeze down Amsterdam’s famous city canals but hop on a small riverboat (or hire a pedalo) and you can see this mesmerising city from its 165 waterways. Jump off at the Heineken brewery to quench your thirst, and visit the Anne Frank House for a fascinating and humbling tour.
Bruges (tours from Zeebrugge), Belgium. You can spend a whole day wandering by the canals and through the cobbled streets of this fairytale-like city, but Bruges is rich in amazing tastes as well as sights. Fancy a sweet treat? Look out for an establishment with the orange and red cocoa bean motif, it’ll be one of the Bruges Guild of Chocolatiers. Thirsty? Sample some local beers at a cosy bar or brewery, but don’t try to tackle them all – there are over 1,000 varieties!
Cherbourg, France. Cherbourg’s must-see landmarks include the beautiful Basilica of the Holy Trinity found on Place Napoléon, opposite the majestic statue of the famous leader, and the Museum of Liberation. The latter offers WWII insight and is housed inside the mountain-topping Fort du Roule, with stunning views across one of the world’s largest man-m