16 days in Normandy Itinerary

16 days in Normandy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Normandy trip itinerary planner
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Rouen
— 4 nights
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Le Havre
— 4 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
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Rouen — 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Step off the beaten path and head to Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial and Parc de Cleres. Popular historic sites such as Eglise Saint Maclou and Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen are in your itinerary. Explore Rouen's surroundings by going to Maxim Guide Baie de Somme (in Boismont), Chartres (Chartres Cathedral, La Maison Picassiette, &more) and Musee Somme 1916 (in Albert). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, admire the landmark architecture of Abbey of Bec-Hellouin, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rouen trip itinerary planning site.

Memmingen, Germany to Rouen is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Le Havre.
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Le Havre — 4 nights

Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
Eglise St-Joseph and Musee des Pecheries are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Salut and Cathedrale Saint-Pierre de Lisieux. Change things up with these side-trips from Le Havre: Fecamp (Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), Eglise Saint-Etienne, &more), Plage-Baignade Yport (in Yport) and Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat, Cote d'Albatre, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Appartement Temoin, sample the fine beverages at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame des Flots.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Le Havre trip planning site.

Getting from Rouen to Le Havre by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Visit Pointe du Hoc and Chateau des Ravalet for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Omaha Beach and Normandy Victory Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Nez de Jobourg (in Jobourg), Mare de Vauville (in Vauville) and Phare de Goury (in Auderville). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Montligeon, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Baron Gerard.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Le Havre to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. March in Bayeux sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (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. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Maison de l'Artichaut, take an in-depth tour of Musée Historique du Mont Saint Michel, make a trip to La Grande Rue, then don't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, then steep yourself in history at Maison de Bertrand du Guesclin, and finally don't miss a visit to Tour de L'Arcade. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Enceinte des Fanils, stroll the grounds of Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, get interesting insight from Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, get a dose of the wild on L'Aigrette, Pauses Natures en baie, then take some stellar pictures from Cabane Vauban, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sun) before leaving for home.
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Normandy travel guide

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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.
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