8 days in Normandy & Leiden Itinerary

8 days in Normandy & Leiden Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Bayeux
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Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Etretat, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Rouen, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Leiden, The Netherlands
— 1 day
Fly

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Bayeux, France

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Normandy American Cemetery and Omaha Beach will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pegasus Memorial and Musee D-Day Omaha. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Eglise St-Joseph (in Le Havre) and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, and stop by Normandie Savoir-Faire.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary planning site.

Washington DC, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Bayeux due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in August: high temperatures in Bayeux hover around 73°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Etretat.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

1
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Etretat, France

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 24th (Sat), stroll around Les Jardins d'Etretat, then explore the striking landscape at Falaises d'Etretat, then steep yourself in history at Palais Benedictine, and finally don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Etretat trip planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Etretat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Bayeux, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Etretat, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Rouen, France

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, steep yourself in history at Gros-Horloge, take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, then steep yourself in history at Abbaye de Jumieges, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Abbey of Bec-Hellouin, admire the striking features of Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, admire the striking features of St. Maclou's Church, then don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Godard, and finally steep yourself in history at Palais de Justice.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rouen holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Etretat to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Leiden.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

1
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Leiden, The Netherlands

Museum City

Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museum Volkenkunde and then see the interesting displays at Molenmuseum de Valk.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Leiden trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Rouen to Leiden in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Leiden

Museums

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.