9 days in Normandy Itinerary

9 days in Normandy Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Etretat
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Etretat — 1 night

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 11th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval and then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Les Cressonnieres, then explore the activities along Le Fleuve La Veules, then kick back and relax at Plage Du Tilleul, and finally make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Etretat online visit planner.

Roanoke, USA to Etretat is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Roanoke to Etretat. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Roanoke in May: high temperatures in Etretat hover around 60°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Caen.
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Caen — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): get your game on at RS Simulation Caen, then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, and finally find something for the whole family at Clecygliss.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Caen road trip planning tool.

Getting from Etretat to Caen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 2 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 15th (Fri), trek along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel and then meet the residents at Zoo de Champrepus. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel and then cool off at Alligator Bay.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Caen to Mont-Saint-Michel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. May in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Parc de Cleres, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rouen trip planning site.

Drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Rouen in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.