31 days in Normandy Itinerary

31 days in Normandy Itinerary

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31 days in Normandy Itinerary

Start: San Diego
+3
Fly + Train + Foot + Train:  17 h 45 min
1
Rouen
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Alencon
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Caen
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Cherbourg-Octeville
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Etretat
— 5 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Train + Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: San Diego

5
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Ferme Nature Chez Poly (in Caorches-Saint-Nicolas) and Le Circuit de Decouverte (in Bernay). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, don't miss a visit to Vieux, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Saint-Sever.

For where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Rouen attractions planning site.

San Diego, USA to Rouen is an approximately 18- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Diego to Rouen. Traveling from San Diego in April, things will get a bit cooler in Rouen: highs are around 59°F and lows about 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Alencon.

Things to do in Rouen

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Le Neubourg, Fondation Claude Monet, Ferme Nature Chez Poly, Bois de Moutiers, Veloroute du Lin
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Veloroute du Lin ©
Veloroute du Lin
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet

4
nights
Alencon

Alencon ©
Alençon is a commune in Normandy, France, capital of the Orne department. Venture out of the city with trips to Parc Regional Basse Normandie (in Domfront), Juvigny-sous-Andaine (La Michaudiere & La Ferme du Cheval de Trait) and Parc des Forges de Varenne (in Champsecret). Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at Parc des Promenades, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Montligeon, see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Emigration Francaise au Canada, and head outdoors with Piscine de Bagnoles de l'Orne.

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

Traveling by car from Rouen to Alencon takes 2 hours. April in Alencon sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Alencon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei, Juvigny-sous-Andaine, Parc Regional Basse Normandie, Eglise Saint-Germain, Museales de Tourouvre
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Parc des Forges de Varenne ©
Parc des Forges de Varenne
Parc des Promenades ©
Parc des Promenades
La Ferme du Cheval de Trait ©
La Ferme du Cheval de Trait

5
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Venture out of the city with trips to Pointe D'Agon (in Agon-Coutainville), Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (in Genets) and Granville (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Pointe du Roc, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, hike along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, get to know the resident critters at Zoo de Champrepus, and make a trip to Tour du Nord.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Alencon to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2.5 hours. April in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Caen.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Granville, Pointe du Grouin du Sud, Zoo de Champrepus, Cabane Vauban, Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Boat Tours & Water Sports

5
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Caen: Honfleur (Galerie Jean Fontan, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, &more), Colleville-sur-Mer (Normandy American Cemetery & Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach) and Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (D-Day Monument & Omaha Beach). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Juno Beach Centre, and learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Caen trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Caen by car takes about 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Caen are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Cherbourg-Octeville.

Things to do in Caen

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bayeux, Honfleur, Arromanches-les-Bains, Colleville-sur-Mer, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery

5
nights
Cherbourg-Octeville

Cherbourg-Octeville ©
Cherbourg holds an arsenal of the French Navy.
Explore Cherbourg-Octeville's surroundings by going to D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont), Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Airborne Museum & Church of Sainte-Mère-Église) and Flamanville (Chateau de Flamanville & La Ferme aux Cinq Saisons). Next up on the itinerary: play a few rounds at Golf Paysan, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Vauville, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cidrerie-Distillerie Theo Capelle, and identify plant and animal life at Le Havre de Portbail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cherbourg-Octeville trip planning app.

Getting from Caen to Cherbourg-Octeville by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Cherbourg-Octeville

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Flamanville, Sainte-Mere-Eglise, port du Hable, Grottes de Jobourg, Vallee des Moulins
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Cite de La Mare ©
Cite de La Mare
Golf Paysan ©
Golf Paysan
Airborne Museum ©
Airborne Museum

5
nights
Etretat

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cimetiere Militaire de Saint Valery en Caux (in Saint-Valery-en-Caux) and Veules-les-Roses (Les Cressonnieres, Le Fleuve La Veules, &more). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, stroll around Les Jardins d'Etretat, make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers, and see the interesting displays at Musee des Pecheries.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Etretat visit planner.

You can drive from Cherbourg-Octeville to Etretat in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Etretat are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fecamp, Veules-les-Roses, Le Tilleul, Cimetiere Militaire de Saint Valery en Caux
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Chemin des Douaniers ©
Chemin des Douaniers
Porte d’Aval ©
Porte d’Aval

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