11 days in Paris & Normandy Itinerary

11 days in Paris & Normandy Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
Train to Dol De Bretagne, Taxi to Mont-Saint-Michel
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Caen
— 1 night
Drive
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Etretat
— 1 night
Drive
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Paris — 4 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, stop by Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, and admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in April, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are slightly colder, around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 14th (Thu), head outdoors with Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, make a trip to Le Moulin de Moidrey, and then appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.
Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer — 1 night

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, steep yourself in history at Omaha Beach, and then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer journey planner.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Caen.
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Caen — 1 night

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.
On the 16th (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetières Militaires, stroll the grounds of Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, and then learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Caen itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Caen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Caen can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Etretat.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Etretat — 1 night

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 17th (Sun), make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers, then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Du Tilleul.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Etretat trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Caen to Etretat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen — 2 nights

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Monument Jeanne d'Arc, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Secq des Tournelles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre d' Yvetot, then take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Etretat to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Rouen, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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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.