7 days in Normandy & Swanscombe Itinerary

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Le Havre, France
— 1 night
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Ouistreham, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Swanscombe, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Le Havre, France — 1 night

Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
On the 24th (Sat), sample the fine beverages at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de Grace, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Sanctuaire Sainte Therese and then kick back and relax at Plage de Trouville.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Le Havre trip planning website.

London, UK to Le Havre is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Le Havre due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Le Havre are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ouistreham.
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Ouistreham, France — 2 nights

With fine, sandy beaches on the English Channel, Ouistreham is a small port town with fishing boats, leisure crafts, and a ferry harbor.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Cimetières Militaires, then get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial, then snap pictures at Pegasus Bridge, and finally see the interesting displays at Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Ouistreham Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Musee de la Batterie de Merville, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Promenade Marcel Proust.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ouistreham visit site.

You can drive from Le Havre to Ouistreham in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Ouistreham can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sainte-Mere-Eglise.
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Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France — 2 nights

Sainte-Mère-Église is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in northwestern France. On the 28th (Wed), learn about all things military at Normandy Victory Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, then witness the site of a historic battle at Maisy Battery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Omaha Beach Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, then explore the ancient world of La Batterie d'Azeville (Azeville gun battery), then examine the collection at World War 2 Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hotel de Beaumont.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Sainte-Mere-Eglise trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Ouistreham to Sainte-Mere-Eglise takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Sainte-Mere-Eglise can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Swanscombe.
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Swanscombe, United Kingdom — 1 night

Swanscombe is a small town in the Dartford Borough of Kent. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): join the crowd at Brands Hatch, then look for all kinds of wild species at Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation, and then do a tasting at The Mount Vineyard.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Swanscombe travel tool.

Getting from Sainte-Mere-Eglise to Swanscombe by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Sainte-Mere-Eglise to Swanscombe is minus 1 hour. In September in Swanscombe, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive back 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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