18 days in Pays de la Loire & Normandy Itinerary

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Nantes
— 3 nights
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Angers
— 3 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Honfleur
— 1 night
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Rouen
— 4 nights
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Nantes — 3 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Passage Pommeraye and Cite Medievale de Guerande. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'histoire naturelle de Nantes and Les Machines de L'ile. Change things up with these side-trips from Nantes: Room Escape Games (in La Roche-sur-Yon), Escal'Atlantic (in Saint-Nazaire) and Chapelle Notre Dame la Blanche (in Guerande). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, stop by Une ile a part comptoir corse, take a stroll through Village de Trentemoult, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nantes trip itinerary maker tool.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Nantes is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 4 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March: high temperatures in Nantes hover around 15°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Angers.
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Angers — 3 nights

City of Flowers

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau d'Angers and Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee Lurcat and Chateau de Brissac. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Mans City (24 Hours of Le Mans Museum & Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans), Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye) and Chateau de Breze (in Breze). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musee des Blindes and admire the masterpieces at Galerie David d'Angers.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Angers trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Nantes to Angers by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 2 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): make a trip to Tour du Nord, don't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, and finally make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then take in nature's colorful creations at Musee Christian Dior, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel trip site.

Traveling by car from Angers to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 3 hours. When traveling from Angers in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Mont-Saint-Michel, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough 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.
Airborne Museum and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Pointe du Hoc and Normandy American Cemetery are in your itinerary. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont) and Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, and take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Bayeux trip planning tool.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Bayeux sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Honfleur.
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Honfleur — 1 night

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de Grace, enjoy the sand and surf at Deauville Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Trouville.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Honfleur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Honfleur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Rouen.
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Rouen — 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rue du Gros-Horloge and Palais de Justice. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eglise St-Joseph and Palais Benedictine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Musee des Pecheries (in Fecamp), Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre (in Bretteville-du-Grand-Caux) and Etretat (Jardins d'Etretat, Falaises d'Etretat, &more). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and don't miss a visit to Parlement de Normandie.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rouen online trip maker.

You can drive from Honfleur to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Pays de la Loire travel guide

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Theme Parks · Castles · Specialty Museums
With 368 km (230 miles) of Atlantic Ocean coast, Pays de la Loire is a region rich with picturesque ports, renowned seaside resorts, salt marshes, and a strong maritime tradition. As a vivacious region, it hosts two legendary races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans car races in June and the Vendée Globe sailing races in November. With five departments, the majority of the famous châteaux and attractions of the Loire Valley are located in the Centre region, and not in the Pays de la Loire, despite the name. However, you will be happy to find that the weather is mild and conducive to biking, strolling, boating, and sightseeing around the region while discovering its secrets, such as its vineyards and wineries from Saumur to Anjou.
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Normandy travel guide

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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.
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