9 days in Normandy Itinerary

9 days in Normandy Itinerary

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Sainte-Mere-Eglise
— 1 night
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Ouistreham
— 2 nights
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Le Havre
— 3 nights
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Sainte-Mere-Eglise — 1 night

Sainte-Mère-Église is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in northwestern France. On the 1st (Sat), examine the collection at Caramels d'Isigny, take an in-depth tour of Omaha Beach Memorial Museum, get engrossed in the history at Musee D-Day Omaha, brush up on your military savvy at Normandy Victory Museum, then examine the collection at World War 2 Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Batteries de Crisbecq. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, take in the history at Maisy Battery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Coutances, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Fort de Pirou, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hotel de Beaumont.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sainte-Mere-Eglise day trip tool.

Dinard to Sainte-Mere-Eglise is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train. October in Sainte-Mere-Eglise sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ouistreham.
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Ouistreham — 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.
On the 3rd (Mon), make a trip to Les Halles de Dives-sur-Mer, learn about all things military at Musee de la Batterie de Merville, stroll the grounds of Cimetières Militaires, take in the views from Pegasus Bridge, then take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial, and finally kick back and relax at Ouistreham Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Juno Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Plages de Houlgate, indulge in some personalized pampering at Thalazur Cabourg, then kick back and relax at Promenade Marcel Proust, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Cabourg.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouistreham trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Sainte-Mere-Eglise to Ouistreham in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, explore the historical opulence of Parc de Cleres, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Saint-Wandrille, then explore the ancient world of Abbaye de Jumieges, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hotel de Bourgtheroulde. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Palais de Justice, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, take an in-depth tour of Historial Jeanne d’Arc, admire the landmark architecture of Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint Maclou, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Cote Sainte-Catherine.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rouen travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ouistreham to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Abbaye aux Hommes and Chateau de Caen. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de Trouville and Plage de Saint-Valery-en-Caux. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Le Havre: Notre Dame de Grace (in Honfleur), Musee Baron Gerard (in Bayeux) and Caen (Eglise Saint-Pierre & Musée de Normandie). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa, get great views at Cap Fagnet, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Salut, and see the interesting displays at Musee des Pecheries.

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Traveling by car from Rouen to Le Havre takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in October, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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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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