11 days in Normandy, Loire Valley & Versailles Itinerary

11 days in Normandy, Loire Valley & Versailles Itinerary

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11 days in Normandy, Loire Valley & Versailles Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + train:  13​h 30​min
1
Rouen
— 1 night
2
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Tours
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Versailles
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 22nd (Sun), make a trip to Vieux, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally appreciate the history behind Gros-Horloge. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Maclou's Church, then shop like a local with Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palais Benedictine.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen route planning app .

Chicago, USA to Rouen is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Chicago to Rouen, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chicago in September: high temperatures in Rouen hover around 68°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palais Benedictine
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Palais Benedictine ©
Palais Benedictine
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get a sense of the local culture at American Cemetery & Memorial and Airborne Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pointe du Hoc and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Step out of Bayeux with an excursion to Church of Sainte-Mère-Église in Sainte-Mere-Eglise--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux route tool .

Drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tours.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Arromanches-les-Bains, Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
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American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
Airborne Museum ©
Airborne Museum

1
night
Tours

Tours ©
Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, explore the historical opulence of Château de l'Islette, then examine the collection at Musee du Compagnonnage, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Place Plumereau.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tours trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Tours in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Orleans.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Azay-le-Rideau
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Château de l'Islette ©
Château de l'Islette
Cathedrale Saint-Gatien ©
Cathedrale Saint-Gatien
Musee du Compagnonnage ©
Musee du Compagnonnage

2
nights
Orleans

Orleans ©
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Château de Sully-sur-Loire, steep yourself in history at Hotel Groslot, then stroll around Parc Floral Orleans, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Orléans Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord.

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You can take a train from Tours to Orleans in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Versailles.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Chambord, Château de Sully-sur-Loire, Chateau de Cheverny
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Orléans Cathedral ©
Orléans Cathedral
Château de Sully-sur-Loire ©
Château de Sully-sur-Loire
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord

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Versailles

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at The Trianons & The Hamlet, stroll around Le Jardin de Versailles, then contemplate the long history of La Maison Picassiette, and finally wander the streets of Chartres Historic Preservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Palace of Versailles and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Canal.

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You can drive from Orleans to Versailles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Versailles can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chartres
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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Grand Canal ©
Grand Canal
La Maison Picassiette
La Maison Picassiette

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