25 days in Normandy Itinerary

25 days in Normandy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Normandy visit planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rouen
— 6 nights
Drive
2
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Caen
— 10 nights
Drive
4
Le Havre
— 3 nights
Drive to Paris-Orly Airport, Fly to Durham

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Rouen — 6 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rue du Gros-Horloge and Vieux Rouen. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Musee Secq des Tournelles. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Fleuve La Veules (in Veules-les-Roses), Cathedrale Notre Dame de Evreux (in Evreux) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, admire the landmark architecture of Palais de Justice, delve into the distant past at Abbaye de Jumieges, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rouen trip planning tool.

Durham, USA to Rouen is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Durham to Rouen, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in August, expect Rouen to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 5 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Appreciate the collections at Musee Christian Dior and Cathedraloscope. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau de Fougeres and Zoo de Champrepus. Change things up with these side-trips from Mont-Saint-Michel: Cathedrale Saint-Samson (in Dol-de-Bretagne), Petite Cascade de Mortain (in Mortain) and Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches, look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, admire the natural beauty at Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne, and admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel vacation planning app.

You can drive from Rouen to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. In August in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Caen.
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Caen — 10 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

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.
Museum of Fine Arts of Caen has been added to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Memorial de Caen. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Airborne Museum and Juno Beach Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Caen: Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (D-Day Monument & Omaha Beach Memorial Museum), Musee D-Day Omaha (in Vierville-sur-Mer) and Le Phare de Gatteville (in Gatteville-le-Phare). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial, take in panoramic vistas at Les Remparts de Dinan, brush up on your military savvy at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Sainte-Mère-Église.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Caen trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Caen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In August in Caen, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Le Havre.
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Le Havre — 3 nights

Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get great views at Falaises d'Etretat and then make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Appartement Temoin, explore the world behind art at Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Joseph, and finally grab your bike and head to La Plage du Havre.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Le Havre attractions planner.

You can drive from Caen to Le Havre in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 58°F. On the 31st (Wed), you're off to home.
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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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