12 days in Normandy Itinerary

12 days in Normandy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Normandy trip planner

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Drive
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Giverny
— 1 night
Drive
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Rouen
— 1 night
Drive
3
Etretat
— 1 night
Drive
4
Caen
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 3 nights
Taxi to Dol De Bretagne, Train to Paris

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Giverny

— 1 night
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Giverny planning site.

Paris to Giverny is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train. In April in Giverny, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 5°C at night. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll travel to Rouen.

Things to do in Giverny

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Fun & Games

Rouen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rouen online itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Giverny to Rouen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites

Etretat

— 1 night
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Le Clos Arsene Lupin, examine the collection at Musee des Pecheries, then admire the landmark architecture of Palais Benedictine, and finally don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, walk around Les Jardins d'Etretat, and then take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Etretat attractions planning site.

Getting from Rouen to Etretat by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Etretat are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Caen.

Things to do in Etretat

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Caen

— 3 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.
On the 24th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Eglise du Vieux Saint Sauveur. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye aux Hommes and then learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Caen driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Etretat to Caen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Caen are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Bayeux.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery and then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum, then examine the collection at Caramels d'Isigny, then contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bayeux holiday planning app.

Bayeux is just a short distance from Caen. In April in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 3 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, trek along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo de Champrepus.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel day trip website.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Normandy travel guide

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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.