13 days in Basse-Normandie Itinerary

13 days in Basse-Normandie Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Le Havre, Bus to Honfleur
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Honfleur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cherbourg-Octeville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 3 nights
Train to Montparnasse 2 - Gare Tgv, Fly to Ljubljana

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Honfleur — 3 nights

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Explore hidden gems such as Notre Dame de Grace and Falaise des Vaches Noires. Family-friendly places like Deauville Beach and Panorama Mont-Joli will thrill your kids. Explore Honfleur's surroundings by going to Les Halles Medievales (in Dives-sur-Mer), Cabourg (Plage de Cabourg & Thalazur Cabourg) and Ville de Lisieux (Cathedrale Saint-Pierre de Lisieux & Chateau de Saint-Germain-de-Livet). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Pont de Normandie, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins du Pays d'Auge, and don't miss a visit to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Honfleur day trip website.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Honfleur is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight, train, and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Ljubljana in June, plan for little chillier days in Honfleur, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Omaha Beach and Omaha Beach Memorial Museum. Kids will enjoy Bayeux War Cemetery and Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Venture out of the city with trips to Ouistreham Beach (in Ouistreham) and Normandy Victory Museum (in Saint Hilaire Petitville). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Juno Beach, make a trip to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, and witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bayeux route planner.

Traveling by car from Honfleur to Bayeux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cherbourg-Octeville.
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Cherbourg-Octeville — 3 nights

Cherbourg holds an arsenal of the French Navy.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Airborne Museum and La Batterie d'Azeville (Azeville gun battery). Kids will enjoy Cite de La Mare and Rade de Cherbourg. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cherbourg-Octeville: Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue (Tatihou Island, Traversees de Tatihou, &more), German War Cemetery (in Orglandes) and Batteries de Crisbecq (in Saint-Marcouf). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ravalet, take some stellar pictures from Le Phare de Gatteville, take in the views from La Fiere Bridge and Iron Mike Monument, and see the interesting displays at World War 2 Museum.

For more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Cherbourg-Octeville vacation builder tool.

Getting from Bayeux to Cherbourg-Octeville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. When traveling from Bayeux in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Cherbourg-Octeville, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 3 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kids will appreciate attractions like Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel and Zoo de Champrepus. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel and Terrasse de l'Ouest. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mont-Saint-Michel: Scriptorial d'Avranches, musee des manuscrits du Mont Saint-Michel (in Avranches), Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches (in Villedieu-les-Poeles) and Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel, make a trip to Barrage sur le Couesnon, and head off the coast to Les iles Chausey.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Cherbourg-Octeville to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Basse-Normandie travel guide

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Monuments · Military Museums · Landmarks
Basse-Normandie, also known as Lower Normandy, boasts 470 km (292 mi) of coastline as well as outstanding sites and historical attractions related to the famous D-Day landings on the beaches in June 1944 during World War II. This predominantly agricultural region contains the Cotentin Peninsula extending north-westward into the English Channel. Due to the peninsula's isolation, this area has historical and cultural significance as one of the last remaining strongholds of the Norman language, and a vacation here can one in an entirely different country.
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