43 days in Normandy Itinerary

43 days in Normandy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Normandy trip planner

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Etretat
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Etretat
— 4 nights
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Deauville City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 9 nights
Drive
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Cherbourg-Octeville
— 6 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 7 nights
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Rouen
— 12 nights
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Etretat

— 4 nights
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Explore Etretat's surroundings by going to Pont de Tancarville (in Tancarville), Veules-les-Roses (Le Fleuve La Veules, Les Cressonnieres, &more) and Cimetiere Militaire de Saint Valery en Caux (in Saint-Valery-en-Caux). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, admire the striking features of Palais Benedictine, take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Salut.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Etretat trip planning app.

Portland, USA to Etretat is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Portland to Etretat, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in September, you will find days in Etretat are little chillier (66°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Deauville City.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Deauville City

— 4 nights
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.
Explore Deauville City's surroundings by going to Cerza (in Hermival-les-Vaux), Sanctuaire Sainte Therese (in Ville de Lisieux) and Merville-Franceville-Plage (Reserve Ornithologique Du Gros Banc & Musee de la Batterie de Merville). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Augustin, stroll through Plage de Benerville sur Mer, and do a tasting at Manoir De Grandouet.

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Getting from Etretat to Deauville City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Deauville City sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Deauville City

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 9 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Pont d'Ouilly Loisirs (in Pont-d'Ouilly), Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise) and Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery (in Cintheaux). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

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You can drive from Deauville City to Bayeux in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cherbourg-Octeville.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Cherbourg-Octeville

— 6 nights
Cherbourg holds an arsenal of the French Navy.
Get out of town with these interesting Cherbourg-Octeville side-trips: Le Havre de Portbail (in Port-Bail), La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont) and Barneville-Carteret (Plage de Barneville. & Cap Carteret). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cidrerie-Distillerie Theo Capelle, walk around Parc Emmanuel Liais, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cite de La Mare.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cherbourg-Octeville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Cherbourg-Octeville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Cherbourg-Octeville, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Cherbourg-Octeville

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 7 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Change things up with these side-trips from Mont-Saint-Michel: Granville (L'Atelier Gourmet, Musee Christian Dior, &more), L'Aigrette, Pauses Natures en baie (in Saint-Jean-le-Thomas) and Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (in Genets). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, tee off at Golf de Vire la Dathee, stroll around Parc Regional Basse Normandie, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Cherbourg-Octeville to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Rouen.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Rouen

— 12 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 Parc de Cleres (in Cleres), Honfleur (Memorial Samuel de Champlain, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, &more) and Le Jardin des Sculptures Chateau de Bois Guillbert (in Bois-Guilbert). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, admire the striking features of Palais de Justice, see what you can catch with Navigation Normande - Le Havre, and admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rouen holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Rouen takes 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Rouen are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · 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.