6 days in Normandy & Calvados Itinerary

6 days in Normandy & Calvados Itinerary

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Bus to Gares, Train to Paris St Lazare, Fly to Capetown



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City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 11th (Tue), take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, steep yourself in history at Gros-Horloge, head outdoors with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm, then admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des impressionnismes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, make a trip to Vieux Rouen, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then make a trip to Parlement de Normandie, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rouen trip itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Rouen is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town to Rouen, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in May; daily highs in Rouen reach 20°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Arromanches-les-Bains.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips


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Your day by day itinerary now includes Les Falaises d'Arromanches. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stop by H2O Parapluies, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, then see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, then steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, and finally take a memorable drive along Les Falaises d'Arromanches.

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Traveling by car from Rouen to Arromanches-les-Bains takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Arromanches-les-Bains

Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip


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Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Palais Benedictine, then head outdoors with Cote d'Albatre, and then take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Etretat trip planner.

You can drive from Arromanches-les-Bains to Etretat in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. May in Etretat sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Etretat

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Normandy travel guide

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.

Calvados travel guide

Military Museums · Art Museums · Cemeteries
Taking its name from a cluster of rocks off the English Channel coast, Calvados caters to your every holiday whim in its prestigious seaside resorts, but the department is most famous as the landing site of Allied troops on the beaches of the Bay of the Seine on the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944. Located in the Lower Normandy region and created during the French Revolution, this department belongs to the Basse-Normandie region where the Battle of Normandy took place. Agriculture dominates the economy of Calvados, with specialties you can try at nearby shops and restaurants, including butter, cheese, hard cider, and Calvados, the apple-based liqueur that takes its name from the area. The department is one of the most-touristed destinations and biggest vacation hot spots in Normandy thanks to its seaside resorts with luxurious hotels and casinos, manor houses, castles, and quiet chalk cliffs all along the green countryside.