16 days in Brittany, Normandy & Bruges Itinerary

16 days in Brittany, Normandy & Bruges Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Saint-Malo, France
— 2 nights
2
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 2 nights
3
Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
4
Rouen, France
— 3 nights
5
Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights

2
nights
Saint-Malo, France

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Fort La Latte, thenenjoy the sea views from Cap Fréhel, and then steep yourself in history at Saint-Malo Cathedral. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune, thentake in panoramic vistas at Les Remparts de Dinan, and then browse the fresh offerings at Marche aux Huitres.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Malo trip itinerary maker.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Saint-Malo is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Tel Aviv in May, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Saint-Malo: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Plevenon, Promenade du Clair de Lune, Les Remparts de Dinan, Marche aux Huitres
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Fort La Latte ©
Fort La Latte
Cap Fréhel ©
Cap Fréhel
Promenade du Clair de Lune
Promenade du Clair de Lune

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Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Champs, thenexplore the historical opulence of Chateau de Fougeres, and finally stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel online vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Saint-Malo to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, Chateau de Fougeres, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches
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Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Chateau de Fougeres ©
Chateau de Fougeres
Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James ©

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nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer and Remains Mulberry Harbour. Normandy American Cemetery and Pegasus Memorial will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise), D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont) and Le Phare de Gatteville (in Gatteville-le-Phare). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, brush up on your military savvy at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint-Pierre.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux trip planner.

You can take a train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Eglise Saint-Pierre, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum)
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Pegasus Memorial ©
Pegasus Memorial

3
nights
Rouen, France

Rouen
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eglise St-Joseph and Notre Dame de Grace. Popular historic sites such as Abbaye de Jumieges and Gros-Horloge are in your itinerary. Explore Rouen's surroundings by going to Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat, Les Jardins d'Etretat, &more), Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur) and Abbey of Bec-Hellouin (in Le Bec-Hellouin). It doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rouen trip tool.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Etretat, Honfleur, Eglise St-Joseph, Abbaye de Jumieges, Abbey of Bec-Hellouin
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Abbaye de Jumieges
Abbaye de Jumieges
Notre Dame de Grace ©
Notre Dame de Grace
Abbey of Bec-Hellouin ©
Abbey of Bec-Hellouin

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nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Bottle Shop and Salvador Dali Exhibition. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St Michael's Bridge and St. Annakerk (St Anne's Church). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Cogels Osylei (in Antwerp), Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery (in Poperinge) and Ieper (Ypres) (Hooge Crater Museum, Saint George's Memorial Church, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, sample the tasty concoctions at Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Walplein, and get engrossed in the history at Torture Museum Oude Steen.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bruges trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bruges takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bruges are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Ieper (Ypres), Cogels Osylei, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, St Michael's Bridge
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Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges
Torture Museum Oude Steen ©
Torture Museum Oude Steen
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery ©
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

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