11 days in Normandy, Loire Valley & Versailles Itinerary

11 days in Normandy, Loire Valley & Versailles Itinerary

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Rouen
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Tours
— 1 night
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Orleans
— 2 nights
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Versailles
— 2 nights
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Rouen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Vieux Rouen, make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally pause for some photo ops at Gros-Horloge. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Maclou's Church, then take in the exciting artwork at Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, and finally admire the striking features of Palais Benedictine.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rouen trip itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Rouen is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chicago in September: high temperatures in Rouen hover around 68°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get some cultural insight at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Omaha Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Pointe du Hoc and Bayeux War Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Airborne Museum & Church of Sainte-Mère-Église) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). The adventure continues: 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, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux day trip planning website.

Drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Tours.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Tours

— 1 night

Garden of France

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, don't miss a visit to Château de l'Islette, then examine the collection at Musee du Compagnonnage, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Place Plumereau.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tours trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Bayeux to Tours in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Tours sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Orleans.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

Orleans

— 2 nights
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): step into the grandiose world 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Orleans trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tours to Orleans takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Versailles.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

Versailles

— 2 nights

Royal Paradise

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.
On the 30th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of The Trianons & The Hamlet, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin de Versailles, then steep yourself in history at La Maison Picassiette, and finally wander the streets of Chartres Historic Preservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles and then get to know the fascinating history of Grand Canal.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Versailles trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Orleans to Versailles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Versailles, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Normandy travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.