16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Rouen
— 1 night
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Honfleur
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Saumur
— 2 nights
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Verdun
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 4 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rouen tour itinerary planner.

Boston, USA to Rouen is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rouen when traveling from Boston in May, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

Honfleur

— 1 night
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): make a trip to Vieux Bassin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de Grace.

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You can drive from Rouen to Honfleur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Honfleur sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites
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Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Normandy American Cemetery and Bayeux War Cemetery. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux day trip planning site.

You can drive from Honfleur to Bayeux in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saumur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

Saumur

— 2 nights

Pearl of Anjou

Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): have fun and explore at Le Cadre Noir, then steep yourself in history at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and then step into the grandiose world of Château de l'Islette. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Musee des Blindes and then do a tasting at Caves Louis de Grenelle.

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Drive from Bayeux to Saumur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Saumur can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to fly to Verdun.

Things to do in Saumur

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

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Verdun

— 4 nights
The River Meuse runs through Verdun forming several canals throughout the valley, surrounded by hills with historical fortresses, battlefields, and underground barracks, as well as a healthy beer brewing culture.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Douaumont and Fort de Vaux. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Verdun Memorial and Douaumont Ossuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Verdun: Romagne-sous-Montfaucon (Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial & Saint Mihiel American Cemetery), Ouvrage de La Ferte (in La Ferte-sur-Chiers) and Castle of Sedan (in Sedan). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Tranchée de l'Ouvrage de la Falouse à Verdun., stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire, and learn about all things military at Citadelle Souterraine de Verdun.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Verdun trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Saumur to Verdun by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In May in Verdun, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Verdun

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Paris

— 4 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Arc de Triomphe and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Île de la Cité. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Le Grand Trianon about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee Marmottan Monet, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Eustache.

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Traveling by car from Verdun to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 16 — 20:

Normandy travel guide

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Monuments · Landmarks · History Museums
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.