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 Abbaye de Jumieges 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: Giverny (Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny & Musee des impressionnismes), Dieppe Canadian Cemetery (in Hautot-sur-Mer) and Cimetiere Marin (in Varengeville-sur-Mer). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Palais de Justice, take in the exciting artwork at Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, stop by Rue du Gros-Horloge, 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 Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Salut. Explore Le Havre's surroundings by going to Cap Fagnet (in Fecamp), Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat) and Honfleur (Saint Catherine's Catholic Church & Notre Dame de Grace). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Appartement Temoin, indulge your taste buds at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience, don't miss a visit to Sanctuaire Sainte Therese, and admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Suspendus.

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 still lots to do: snap pictures at Pegasus Bridge, relax and rejuvenate at Thalazur de Cabourg, stroll the grounds of Cimetières Militaires, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-arts et de la Dentelle.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ouistreham road trip site.

You can drive from Le Havre to Ouistreham in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 Musee D-Day Omaha (in Vierville-sur-Mer), Le Phare de Gatteville (in Gatteville-le-Phare) and Omaha Beach Memorial Museum (in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum, examine the collection at World War 2 Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, and delve into the distant past at La Batterie d'Azeville (Azeville gun battery).

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 · Parks

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: steep yourself in history at Mont Saint-Michel, pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, don't miss a visit to La Porte du Roy, and stroll the grounds of Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes.

Plan a Mont-Saint-Michel trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

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 · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

Normandy travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
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.