22 days in Normandy Itinerary

22 days in Normandy Itinerary

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— 5 nights
Le Havre
— 5 nights
— 4 nights
— 3 nights
— 4 nights
Train to Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2, Fly to Houston


Rouen — 5 nights

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Rue du Gros-Horloge are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fondation Claude Monet and Historial Jeanne d’Arc. Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Cimetiere Marin (in Varengeville-sur-Mer), Dieppe Canadian Cemetery (in Hautot-sur-Mer) and Giverny (Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny & Musee des impressionnismes). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, admire the landmark architecture of Palais de Justice, delve into the distant past at Abbaye de Jumieges, and take in the exciting artwork at Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen.

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Houston, USA to Rouen is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Houston to Rouen, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in September, things will get cooler in Rouen: highs are around 68°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Le Havre.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
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Le Havre — 5 nights

Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Abbaye aux Hommes. Get some historical perspective at Bayeux War Cemetery and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Explore Le Havre's surroundings by going to Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat), Fecamp (Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Salut & Cap Fagnet) and Notre Dame de Grace (in Honfleur). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Appartement Temoin, get engrossed in the history at Musée de Normandie, don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint-Pierre, and admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Suspendus.

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Getting from Rouen to Le Havre by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Le Havre sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ouistreham.
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Ouistreham — 4 nights

With fine, sandy beaches on the English Channel, Ouistreham is a small port town with fishing boats, leisure crafts, and a ferry harbor.
Take a break from the city and head to Ouistreham Beach and Promenade Marcel Proust. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pegasus Memorial and Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ouistreham: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Sees (in Sees), Les Falaises d'Arromanches (in Arromanches-les-Bains) and Argentan (Eglise Saint-Germain & Memorial de Montormel). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Musee de la Batterie de Merville, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetières Militaires, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Samson, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-arts et de la Dentelle.

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You can drive from Le Havre to Ouistreham in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sainte-Mere-Eglise.
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Sainte-Mere-Eglise — 3 nights

Sainte-Mère-Église is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in northwestern France. Visit Normandy American Cemetery and Church of Sainte-Mère-Église for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pointe du Hoc and Airborne Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (Omaha Beach Memorial Museum & Omaha Beach), Le Phare de Gatteville (in Gatteville-le-Phare) and Musee D-Day Omaha (in Vierville-sur-Mer). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, see the interesting displays at World War 2 Museum, delve into the distant past at La Batterie d'Azeville (Azeville gun battery), and brush up on your military savvy at Normandy Victory Museum.

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You can drive from Ouistreham to Sainte-Mere-Eglise in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Sainte-Mere-Eglise can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 4 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Get in touch with nature at Mont Saint-Michel Bay and Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee Christian Dior and Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches. Get out of town with these interesting Mont-Saint-Michel side-trips: Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James) and Granville (L'Atelier Gourmet & Le Roc des Harmonies). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Mont Saint-Michel, pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, don't miss a visit to La Porte du Roy, and stroll the grounds of Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes.

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Getting from Sainte-Mere-Eglise to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Normandy travel guide

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.