9 days in Western Europe Itinerary

9 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Rouen
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 1 night
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Amboise
— 1 night
Drive
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Chartres
— 1 night
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Paris
— 3 nights
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Rouen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Gros-Horloge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and then don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin.

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Washington DC, USA to Rouen is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Rouen is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect Rouen to be little chillier, temps between 63°F and 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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Bayeux

— 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 13th (Wed), head outdoors with Norman'Air, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Amboise

— 1 night
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Closerie de Chanteloup - Brasserie d' Amboise, contemplate the long history of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, then take an in-depth tour of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and finally learn about winemaking at Plou Et Fils.

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Getting from Bayeux to Amboise by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daytime highs in Amboise are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chartres.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay May 13 — 14:

Chartres

— 1 night
Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Chartres Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Ecole de Chartres et d'Eure-et-Loir, and then admire the masterpieces at Chapelle Saint Eman.

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Getting from Amboise to Chartres by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daytime highs in Chartres are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay May 14 — 15:

Paris

— 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower.

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Traveling by car from Chartres to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 15 — 18:

Normandy travel guide

4.6
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.