8 days in Normandy & Versailles Itinerary

8 days in Normandy & Versailles Itinerary

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8 days in Normandy & Versailles Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + Drive:  13​h 45​min
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Etretat
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
train:  6​h
4
Versailles
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Giverny
— 1 night
train:  45​min
6
Rouen
— 1 night
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train + foot + train + Fly + train:  13​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

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Etretat

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): head outdoors with Cote d'Albatre and then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval, make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers, then stroll through Plage Du Tilleul, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee des Pecheries.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Etretat driving holiday planning site .

Philadelphia, USA to Etretat is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Etretat is 6 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in April, you will find days in Etretat are little chillier (56°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Musee des Pecheries, Plage Du Tilleul
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Musee des Pecheries ©
Musee des Pecheries
Chemin des Douaniers ©
Chemin des Douaniers

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Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get outside with Norman'Air, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux itinerary planner.

Drive from Etretat to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Bayeux are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Norman'Air, Normandy American Cemetery
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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

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Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, contemplate the long history of Maison de l'Artichaut, then don't miss a visit to Grand Degre, and finally admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. April in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Versailles.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel ©
La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel

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Versailles

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): don't miss a visit to The Hall of Mirrors, step into the grandiose world of Palace of Versailles, then admire the landmark architecture of The Trianons & The Hamlet, and finally steep yourself in history at Ancien Hopital Royal.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Versailles trip planner .

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Versailles by train takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Versailles can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Giverny.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites
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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet
The Hall of Mirrors ©
The Hall of Mirrors

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Giverny

Giverny ©
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des impressionnismes, and then admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Giverny route planner .

You can drive from Versailles to Giverny in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in April, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Rouen.

Things to do in Giverny

Museums Parks
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Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
Musee de Mecanique Naturelle ©
Musee de Mecanique Naturelle
Musee des impressionnismes ©
Musee des impressionnismes

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Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 10th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Saint-Sever.

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Getting from Giverny to Rouen by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in April, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Historic Sites
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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Cimetiere Saint-Sever ©
Cimetiere Saint-Sever

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