7 days in Normandy & Brittany Itinerary

7 days in Normandy & Brittany Itinerary

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Drive to Folkestone, Train to Calais-Fréthun, Drive to Rouen
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Rouen
— 1 night
Drive
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Etretat
— 1 night
Drive
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Caen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 1 night
Fly

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Rouen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Saint-Sever and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rouen online trip builder.

London, UK to Rouen is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of car and train. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. In May in Rouen, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Etretat

— 1 night
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval, then kick back and relax at Plage Du Tilleul, then make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers, and finally make a trip to Falaises d'Etretat.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Etretat travel route builder tool.

You can drive from Rouen to Etretat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Etretat can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Caen.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Caen

— 2 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.
On the 28th (Fri), head outdoors with Norman'Air, then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Hermanville War Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Hotel D'Escoville, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen.

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Drive from Etretat to Caen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then experience rural life at Foie Gras From Mont, and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

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Traveling by car from Caen to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. May in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint-Malo

— 1 night
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Grand Aquarium, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, and finally make a trip to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo.

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You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Malo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Saint-Malo, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

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.

Brittany travel guide

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Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums
Known for its large number of megaliths, which simply means "big rocks," Brittany is famous for its 2,860 km (1,780 mi) of coastline and for its prehistoric menhirs (standing stones) and dolmens (stone tables)--sites that were used for burials and worship. You can see a large variety of seabirds while sightseeing along the ocean, as the region is home to colonies of cormorants, gulls, razorbills, northern gannets, common murres, and Atlantic puffins. The waters of Brittany attract marine animals, including basking sharks, grey seals, leatherback turtles, dolphins, porpoises, jellyfish, crabs, and lobsters. Brittany is widely known for the Breton horse, a local breed of draft horse, and for the Brittany gun dog. The region also has its own breeds of cattle that you can witness at area farms and open-air museums, some of which are on the brink of extinction: the Bretonne pie noir, the Froment du Léon, the Armoricann, and the Nantaise. The region has plenty of places to visit, namely a huge quantity of medieval buildings, including numerous Romanesque and Gothic churches, castles, and the iconic half-timbered houses visible in many villages, towns, and cities.