5 days in Paris & Normandy Itinerary

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Paris — 2 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then make a trip to Louvre Museum. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Paris online day trip planner.

New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Paris. In October, Paris is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 1 night

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally indulge your senses at Cave Cidricole Lecornu.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip planner.

You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rouen.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours
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Rouen — 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and then wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Rouen trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Rouen sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Normandy travel guide

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.