14 days in Normandy Itinerary

14 days in Normandy Itinerary

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Cherbourg-Octeville
— 2 nights
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alencon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Etretat
— 2 nights
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Rouen
— 3 nights
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Cherbourg-Octeville

— 2 nights
Cherbourg holds an arsenal of the French Navy.
On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Vauville, then stroll around Parc Emmanuel Liais, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cite de La Mare, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cherbourg-Octeville journey planner.

Bristol, UK to Cherbourg-Octeville is an approximately 8-hour car ride. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Cherbourg-Octeville can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Cherbourg-Octeville

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

— 2 nights
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. On the 4th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery. On your second day here, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, pause for some photo ops at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, then stroll the grounds of Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, then examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, and finally steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Cherbourg-Octeville to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cherbourg-Octeville in December since evenings lows in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 6th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, make a trip to La Porte du Roy, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, make a trip to Tour du Nord, then make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel. On the next day, trek along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, then kick back and relax at Beach of Genets, then enjoy the sea views from Pointe du Roc, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pointe D'Agon.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel online travel planner.

You can drive from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. December in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Alencon.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Alencon

— 2 nights
Alençon is a commune in Normandy, France, capital of the Orne department. On the 8th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Ceneri de Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei, make a trip to Parc des Forges de Varenne, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Julien, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle du Petit Saint Ceneri, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maison Natale de Sainte Therese. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Manoir de Courboyer, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Montligeon, look for gifts at Charcuterie J.L PALLU, then step into the grandiose world of Château d'Ô, then steep yourself in history at Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Germain.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Alencon trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Alencon takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Alencon, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Etretat.

Things to do in Alencon

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Etretat

— 2 nights
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 10th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Du Tilleul, then steep yourself in history at Palais Benedictine, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee des Pecheries. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption, stop by La mer a boire, examine the collection at Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre, then make a trip to Abbaye du Valasse, then browse the collection at Mediatheque Le Pressoir, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite).

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Etretat online tour planner.

Getting from Alencon to Etretat by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December in Etretat, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Etretat

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Honfleur (Vieux Bassin, Pont de Normandie, &more), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Blandin Cadeaux (in Les Andelys). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rouen holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Etretat to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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.