17 days in Normandy Itinerary

17 days in Normandy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Normandy holiday planner

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Make it your trip
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
Drive
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Honfleur
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 3 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel

— 3 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Pointe D'Agon and Plage du Plat Gousset. Get some historical perspective at Mont Saint-Michel and Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel. Explore Mont-Saint-Michel's surroundings by going to Chateau de Domfront (in Domfront), Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James) and Les Chapelles de l'Oratoire (in Passais). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Beach of Genets, stroll the grounds of Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, visit a coastal fixture at Pointe du Roc, and stroll through Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

London, UK to Mont-Saint-Michel is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. September in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 6 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Normandy American Cemetery and Bayeux War Cemetery. Appreciate the collections at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Ranville (Cimetières Militaires & Pegasus Memorial), Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's lots more to do: take in the history at Omaha Beach, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, explore the different monuments and memorials at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, and learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bayeux day trip site.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Honfleur

— 4 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Saint Catherine's Catholic Church and Eglise St-Joseph will appeal to history buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Deauville Beach and Promenade Marcel Proust. Get out of town with these interesting Honfleur side-trips: Fecamp (Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), Palais Benedictine, &more) and Etretat (Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption & Falaises d'Etretat). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Vieux Bassin, kick back and relax at Plage de Trouville, see the interesting displays at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience, and take in the views from Pont de Normandie.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Honfleur trip planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Honfleur in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Honfleur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Fondation Claude Monet and Musee de Mecanique Naturelle. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Rue du Gros-Horloge. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee des impressionnismes (in Giverny), Musee du Peigne (in Ezy sur Eure) and Abbaye de Jumieges (in Jumieges). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, don't miss a visit to Collegiale Notre-Dame des Andelys, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cote Sainte-Catherine, and contemplate the long history of Palais de Justice.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rouen trip planner.

Drive from Honfleur to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Rouen, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Normandy travel guide

4.6
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.