24 days in Normandy Itinerary

24 days in Normandy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Normandy trip itinerary planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rouen
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Cherbourg-Octeville
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Caen
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Le Havre
— 5 nights
Drive to Paris-Orly Airport, Fly to Reno

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Rouen — 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Visiting Parc de Cleres and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Abbaye de Jumieges. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm (in Saint-Aquilin-de-Pacy), Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny (in Giverny) and Abbaye de Saint-Wandrille (in Saint-Wandrille-Rancon). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, admire the landmark architecture of Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, contemplate the waterfront views at Le Fleuve La Veules, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Rouen trip maker tool.

Reno, USA to Rouen is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Reno to Rouen. While traveling from Reno, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rouen, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 25:

Mont-Saint-Michel — 4 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Appreciate the collections at Musee Christian Dior and Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mont Saint-Michel Bay and Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel. Explore Mont-Saint-Michel's surroundings by going to Zoo de Champrepus (in Champrepus), Yver Chocolatier Patissier (in Granville) and Abbaye de Hambye (in Hambye). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Tour du Nord, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, see the interesting displays at Scriptorial d'Avranches, musee des manuscrits du Mont Saint-Michel, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Domfront.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel holiday planning app.

You can drive from Rouen to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cherbourg-Octeville.
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Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:

Cherbourg-Octeville — 3 nights

Cherbourg holds an arsenal of the French Navy.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Normandy Victory Museum and World War 2 Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Church of Sainte-Mère-Église and Chateau des Ravalet. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cherbourg-Octeville: Batteries de Crisbecq (in Saint-Marcouf), Le Phare de Gatteville (in Gatteville-le-Phare) and La Batterie d'Azeville (Azeville gun battery) (in Azeville). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Hotel de Beaumont, walk around Parc Emmanuel Liais, get outside with Nez de Jobourg, and enjoy the sea views from Phare de Goury.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cherbourg-Octeville travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Cherbourg-Octeville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cherbourg-Octeville, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Caen.
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Caen — 5 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.
Let the collections at Pegasus Memorial and Musee de la Batterie de Merville capture your imagination. Pegasus Bridge and Abbaye aux Hommes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Falaise (Falaise Memorial & Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant), Maisy Battery (in Grandcamp-Maisy) and La Roche d'Oetre (in Saint-Philbert-sur-Orne). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Omaha Beach Memorial Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye aux Dames, examine the collection at Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Caen driving holiday website.

You can drive from Cherbourg-Octeville to Caen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Le Havre.
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Le Havre — 5 nights

Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa and Musee des Pecheries. Get a sense of the local culture at Notre Dame de Grace and Appartement Temoin. Venture out of the city with trips to Fecamp (Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), Cap Fagnet, &more), Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience (in Pont-L'Eveque) and Etretat (Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde & Porte d’Aval). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Navigation Normande - Le Havre, explore the world behind art at Musee Maison de L'Armateur, steep yourself in history at Memorial Samuel de Champlain, and admire the striking features of Bibliotheque Oscar Niemeyer.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Le Havre tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Caen to Le Havre takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Le Havre are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Oct 7 — 12:

Normandy travel guide

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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.
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