36 days in Normandy Itinerary

36 days in Normandy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Normandy tour planner

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Make it your trip
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Rouen
— 6 nights
Drive
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Alencon
— 6 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 5 nights
Drive
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Caen
— 6 nights
Drive
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Cherbourg-Octeville
— 6 nights
Drive
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Etretat
— 5 nights
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Rouen

— 6 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore Rouen's surroundings by going to Musee des Ivoires (in Yvetot), Ferme Nature Chez Poly (in Caorches-Saint-Nicolas) and Le Circuit de Decouverte (in Bernay). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, take in the views from Pont de Normandie, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Joseph, and don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rouen trip itinerary builder app.

Philadelphia, USA to Rouen is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Rouen. Traveling from Philadelphia in April, you will find days in Rouen are a bit cooler (59°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Alencon.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Alencon

— 6 nights
Alençon is a commune in Normandy, France, capital of the Orne department. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alencon: Domfront (Parc Regional Basse Normandie & Eglise Saint-Julien), Parc des Forges de Varenne (in Champsecret) and Juvigny-sous-Andaine (La Ferme du Cheval de Trait & La Michaudiere). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musee des Beaux-arts et de la Dentelle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Madeleine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloitre du Couvent Saint-Francois, and look for gifts at Charcuterie J.L PALLU.

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Drive from Rouen to Alencon in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Alencon are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Alencon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 5 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mont-Saint-Michel: Musee du poire (in Barenton), Chapelle Saint-Michel (in Mortain) and Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (in Genets). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mont Saint-Michel, look for gifts at L'Atelier Gourmet, stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery Marigny, and don't miss a visit to Grand Degre.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Alencon to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Caen.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Golf

Side Trips

Caen

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Caen: Omaha Beach (in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer), Cathedrale Notre-Dame (in Bayeux) and Normandy American Cemetery (in Colleville-sur-Mer). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, have some family-friendly fun at Studio Ca me Chante !, stroll the grounds of Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, and pause for some photo ops at Pegasus Memorial.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Caen trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Caen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Caen are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cherbourg-Octeville.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cherbourg-Octeville

— 6 nights
Cherbourg holds an arsenal of the French Navy.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cherbourg-Octeville: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Eglise de Montfarville (in Montfarville) and La Chapelle des Marins (in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cite de La Mare, explore the galleries of Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, sample the fine beverages at Cidrerie-Distillerie Theo Capelle, and look for all kinds of wild species at Dunes d'Hattainville.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cherbourg-Octeville trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Caen to Cherbourg-Octeville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Cherbourg-Octeville can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Cherbourg-Octeville

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Etretat

— 5 nights
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Change things up with these side-trips from Etretat: Veules-les-Roses (Eglise Saint-Martin & Atelier2). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, steep yourself in history at Palais Benedictine, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins d'Etretat, and head outdoors with Cote d'Albatre.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Etretat sightseeing app.

Drive from Cherbourg-Octeville to Etretat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.