11 days in Normandy, Champagnat-le-Jeune & Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

11 days in Normandy, Champagnat-le-Jeune & Centre-Val de Loire Itinerary

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Giverny
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Champagnat-le-Jeune
— 1 night
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Amboise
— 2 nights
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Giverny

— 2 nights
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fondation Claude Monet, then take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, then appreciate the history behind Gros-Horloge, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny, step off the mainland to explore Les Andelys, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours, then stop by Fayencerie Augy, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

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Jerusalem, Israel to Giverny is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jerusalem to Giverny. Traveling from Jerusalem in December, expect nights in Giverny to be little chillier, around 3°C, while days are colder, around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Giverny

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, take in the history at Omaha Beach, then steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at H2O Parapluies, look for gifts at Les Vergers de Ducy, then take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stop by Fantastic Attic, and finally stop by Aure du Commun.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bayeux trip builder site.

You can drive from Giverny to Bayeux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives

— 1 night
Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives is a former commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, do a tasting at Arpents du Soleil, then experience rural life at Ferme pedagogique de OUEZY - CANON, and finally hunt for treasures at Marche de Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives.

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You can drive from Bayeux to Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives in an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives

Shopping · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, then look for gifts at La Petite Confiturerie, and then don't miss a visit to Mont Saint-Michel.

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Traveling by car from Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. In January in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Champagnat-le-Jeune.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Champagnat-le-Jeune

— 1 night
On the 5th (Thu), look for gifts at Charcutier Traiteur Auger, engage your brain at La Maison de l'Amethyste, and then go deep underground at Amethystes d'Auvergne.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Champagnat-le-Jeune itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Champagnat-le-Jeune takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Champagnat-le-Jeune can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Amboise.

Things to do in Champagnat-le-Jeune

Shopping · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Amboise

— 2 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau Royal d'Amboise and Chateau de Chambord. For shopping fun, head to Boutique La Caf'The or Les Halles. Get out of town with these interesting Amboise side-trips: Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny) and Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, indulge your senses at Caves du Pere Auguste, and see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Amboise day trip app.

Traveling by car from Champagnat-le-Jeune to Amboise takes 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Amboise can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Monuments · Landmarks · History Museums
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.

Centre-Val de Loire travel guide

4.3
Castles · Zoos · Specialty Museums
Centre is a large inland region around the Loire Valley made up of six departments and known for its wealth of places to visit, including fine historical towns, remarkable gardens, forests, fruit orchards, vineyards, and its many renovated châteaux. Its natural landscape includes the rich, fertile valleys of the Loire River and its tributaries and is extremely conducive to outdoor sightseeing. The official name for the region is frequently combined in tourist literature with the French appellation Val-de-Loire to produce the combination Centre-Val-de-Loire, reflecting this region's embrace of the renowned valley of the river Loire. Notable for its historic towns, architecture, and wines, the Centre region has been inhabited since the Middle Palaeolithic period.