22 days in Normandy Itinerary

22 days in Normandy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Normandy tour planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rouen
— 5 nights
Drive
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Le Havre
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Ouistreham
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Sainte-Mere-Eglise
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 4 nights
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Rouen

— 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Rue du Gros-Horloge are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fondation Claude Monet and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Dieppe Canadian Cemetery (in Hautot-sur-Mer), Cimetiere Marin (in Varengeville-sur-Mer) and Giverny (Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny & Musee des impressionnismes). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, get engrossed in the history at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, contemplate the long history of Abbaye de Jumieges, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbatiale Saint-Ouen.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rouen itinerary planner.

Houston, USA to Rouen is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 7 hours. In September, Rouen is much colder than Houston - with highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Le Havre.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 14:

Le Havre

— 5 nights
Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Abbaye aux Hommes. Get some historical perspective at Bayeux War Cemetery and Notre Dame de Grace. Explore Le Havre's surroundings by going to Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat), Fecamp (Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Salut & Cap Fagnet) and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Musee Baron Gerard, admire the masterpieces at Musee Maison de L'Armateur, see the interesting displays at Appartement Temoin, and admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Suspendus.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Le Havre trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Rouen to Le Havre by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ouistreham.

Things to do in Le Havre

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 19:

Ouistreham

— 4 nights
With fine, sandy beaches on the English Channel, Ouistreham is a small port town with fishing boats, leisure crafts, and a ferry harbor.
Take a break from the city and head to Ouistreham Beach and Juno Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pegasus Memorial and Pegasus Bridge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ouistreham: Les Falaises d'Arromanches (in Arromanches-les-Bains), Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Sees (in Sees) and Argentan (Eglise Saint-Germain & Memorial de Montormel). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique, stroll the grounds of Cimetières Militaires, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Samson, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Thalazur de Cabourg.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ouistreham travel planner.

You can drive from Le Havre to Ouistreham in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sainte-Mere-Eglise.

Things to do in Ouistreham

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:

Sainte-Mere-Eglise

— 3 nights
Sainte-Mère-Église is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in northwestern France. Visit Normandy American Cemetery and Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pointe du Hoc and Airborne Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee D-Day Omaha (in Vierville-sur-Mer), Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (Omaha Beach Memorial Museum & Omaha Beach) and Le Phare de Gatteville (in Gatteville-le-Phare). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ravalet, examine the collection at World War 2 Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sainte-Mere-Eglise trip planner.

Getting from Ouistreham to Sainte-Mere-Eglise by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Sainte-Mere-Eglise can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Sainte-Mere-Eglise

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 4 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Get in touch with nature at Mont Saint-Michel Bay and Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee Christian Dior and Tour du Nord. Get out of town with these interesting Mont-Saint-Michel side-trips: Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James), Granville (L'Atelier Gourmet & Le Roc des Harmonies) and Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches (in Villedieu-les-Poeles). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Mont Saint-Michel, don't miss a visit to Le Moulin de Moidrey, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel tour site.

You can drive from Sainte-Mere-Eglise to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

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.