16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: Calais
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Calais
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Rouen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Domfront
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Caen
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
8
Honfleur
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Calais

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Calais

Calais ©
Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
On the 17th (Fri), stop by P&O Ferries Dover - Calais and then look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Calais attractions app.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Lille-Lesquin Airport, Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport and Deauville-Saint-Gatien Airport. January in Calais sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Calais

Shopping
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Calais Wine Superstore ©
Calais Wine Superstore

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Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rouen route planner.

Drive from Calais to Rouen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Rouen are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Domfront.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge

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Domfront

Domfront ©
On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Musee des Beaux-arts et de la Dentelle, try to win big at Casino de Bagnoles de l'Orne, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-sur-l'Eau, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Domfront, and finally admire the striking features of Eglise Saint-Julien.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Domfront trip itinerary site.

Getting from Rouen to Domfront by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Domfront are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Domfront

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Casino de Bagnoles de l'Orne, Musee des Beaux-arts et de la Dentelle, Chapelle du Petit Saint Ceneri, Chateau of Carrouges, Jardin de la Perrine
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Chateau de Domfront ©
Chateau de Domfront
Chapelle du Petit Saint Ceneri ©
Chapelle du Petit Saint Ceneri
Eglise Saint-Julien ©
Eglise Saint-Julien

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Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): make a trip to Tour du Nord, then don't miss a visit to La Grande Rue, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest, make a trip to Pointe du Grouin du Sud, steep yourself in history at Cabane Vauban, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Fougeres.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip builder.

You can drive from Domfront to Mont-Saint-Michel in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in January, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cabane Vauban, Chateau de Fougeres, Pointe du Grouin du Sud
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Pointe du Grouin du Sud ©
Pointe du Grouin du Sud

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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer ©
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Omaha Beach. On the 23rd (Thu), steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Angoville-Au-Plain. On the next day, appreciate the history behind National Guard Monument Memorial, contemplate the long history of Maison de la Liberation, and then take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer vacation tool .

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer by car takes about 2 hours. In January in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pointe du Hoc, Church of Angoville-Au-Plain, Normandy American Cemetery, Airborne Museum, National Guard Monument Memorial
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Church of Angoville-Au-Plain ©
Church of Angoville-Au-Plain
National Guard Monument Memorial ©
National Guard Monument Memorial

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Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 25th (Sat), admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then stop by Cave a Vin - Le Volet qui penche, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Croix de Lorraine, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, then examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary tool.

Bayeux is just a stone's throw from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer. January in Bayeux sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Caen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Croix de Lorraine, Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery
Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame

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Caen

Caen
Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
On the 27th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Abbaye aux Hommes, take in nature's colorful creations at La Colline aux Oiseaux, then learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, and finally steep yourself in history at Pegasus Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Chateau de Caen, make a trip to Des Vagues Et des Mots Librairie, examine the collection at Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique, then get your game on at Karting de Caen Demouville, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Caen sightseeing planner.

Caen is very close to Bayeux. In January, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Honfleur.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ouistreham, Pegasus Memorial, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant
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Abbaye aux Hommes
Abbaye aux Hommes
Memorial de Caen ©
Memorial de Caen
La Colline aux Oiseaux ©
La Colline aux Oiseaux

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Honfleur

Honfleur ©
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Change things up with these side-trips from Honfleur: Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Chemin des Douaniers), Palais Benedictine (in Fecamp) and Eglise St-Joseph (in Le Havre). The adventure continues: make a trip to Galerie Jean Fontan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de Grace, kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, and take in the views from Pont de Normandie.

Before you visit Honfleur, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by bus from Caen to Honfleur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Honfleur can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Etretat, Deauville City, Palais Benedictine, Eglise St-Joseph
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Saint Catherine's Catholic Church ©
Saint Catherine's Catholic Church
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Chemin des Douaniers ©
Chemin des Douaniers