16 days in Normandy, Paris & Loire Valley Itinerary

16 days in Normandy, Paris & Loire Valley Itinerary

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16 days in Normandy, Paris & Loire Valley Itinerary

Start: Saskatoon
Fly + Drive:  20​h 15​min
1
Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deauville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Sainte-Marie-du-Mont
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
4
Paris
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Saskatoon

2
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Eglise St-Joseph and Gros-Horloge. Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Plage Du Tilleul (in Le Tilleul), Palais Benedictine (in Fecamp) and Plage-Baignade Yport (in Yport). There's more to do: wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge and explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rouen trip maker app .

Saskatoon, Canada to Rouen is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In August in Rouen, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Deauville.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Le Havre, Plage Du Tilleul, Plage-Baignade Yport, Palais Benedictine
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Eglise St-Joseph ©
Eglise St-Joseph

2
nights
Deauville

Deauville ©
With its race course, harbour, international film festival, marinas, conference centre, villas, Grand Casino and sumptuous hotels, Deauville is regarded as the "queen of the Norman beaches" and one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetières Militaires, and then learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Deauville trip maker tool .

Drive from Rouen to Deauville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Sainte-Marie-du-Mont.

Things to do in Deauville

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Cimetières Militaires, Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Musee du debarquement ©
Musee du debarquement
Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema ©
Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema

2
nights
Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial, then contemplate the long history of Omaha Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the history at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, then learn about all things military at D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), then look for gifts at La Maison du Biscuit, and finally see the interesting displays at Airborne Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sainte-Marie-du-Mont travel planning tool .

Getting from Deauville to Sainte-Marie-du-Mont by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

La Maison du Biscuit, Omaha Beach, D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), Pointe du Hoc, Airborne Museum
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach

4
nights
Paris

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Musee Marmottan Monet and Memorial De La Shoah will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse and Montmartre. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip builder website .

Take a train from Sainte-Marie-du-Mont to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sainte-Marie-du-Mont in August: highs in Paris hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Orleans.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Chateau of Vincennes, Musee National de Ceramique de Sevres, Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis
Highlights from your plan
Montmartre ©
Montmartre
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

3
nights
Orleans

Orleans
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Orléans Cathedral and Chateau Royal de Blois will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chartres Cathedral and Chateau de Chamerolles. Explore Orleans' surroundings by going to Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord) and Chartres (Eglise Sainte-Foy & La Maison Picassiette). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Orleans trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Paris to Orleans by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Orleans can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chartres, Chateau Royal de Blois, Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste, Chateau de Chamerolles, Chateau de Chambord
Highlights from your plan
Chateau Royal de Blois
Chateau Royal de Blois
Orléans Cathedral ©
Orléans Cathedral
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord

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