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 Abbatiale Saint-Ouen are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fondation Claude Monet and Abbaye de Jumieges. Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Cimetiere Marin (in Varengeville-sur-Mer), Dieppe Canadian Cemetery (in Hautot-sur-Mer) and Giverny (Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny & Musee des impressionnismes). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Historial Jeanne d’Arc, wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and get outside with Le Fleuve La Veules.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rouen online trip itinerary maker.

Houston, USA to Rouen is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Houston to Rouen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in September, expect Rouen to be cooler, temps between 68°F and 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time 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 Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur), Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat) and Fecamp (Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Salut & Cap Fagnet). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Suspendus, get engrossed in the history at Musée de Normandie, don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint-Pierre, and admire the masterpieces at Musee Baron Gerard.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Le Havre travel planner.

Getting from Rouen to Le Havre by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Le Havre sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 54°F at night. 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 Promenade Marcel Proust. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pegasus Memorial and Musee de la Batterie de Merville. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ouistreham: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Sees (in Sees), Argentan (Eglise Saint-Germain & Memorial de Montormel) and Les Falaises d'Arromanches (in Arromanches-les-Bains). 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 explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-arts et de la Dentelle.

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 Pointe du Hoc for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Omaha Beach and Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Phare de Gatteville (in Gatteville-le-Phare), Musee D-Day Omaha (in Vierville-sur-Mer) and Omaha Beach Memorial Museum (in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at La Batterie d'Azeville (Azeville gun battery), step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ravalet, examine the collection at World War 2 Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sainte-Mere-Eglise travel planner.

Traveling by car from Ouistreham to Sainte-Mere-Eglise takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In September in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive 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 Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches. Get out of town with these interesting Mont-Saint-Michel side-trips: Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James) and Granville (L'Atelier Gourmet & Le Roc des Harmonies). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, don't miss a visit to La Porte du Roy, pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel, and stroll the grounds of Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes.

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Getting from Sainte-Mere-Eglise to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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.