8 days in Normandy Itinerary

8 days in Normandy Itinerary

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Fly to Paris Orly, Train to Rouen
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Rouen
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 day
Drive
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Etretat
— 2 nights
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Train to Paris St Lazare, Train to Paris Orly, Fly to San Francisco

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Rouen

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 15th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Saint-Sever, then explore the ancient world of Abbaye de Jumieges, and finally steep yourself in history at Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, get engrossed in the history at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, view the masterpieces at Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, then admire the striking features of St. Maclou's Church, then steep yourself in history at Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, and finally pause for some photo ops at Gros-Horloge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rouen trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Rouen is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from San Francisco to Rouen, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. June in Rouen sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

1
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Mont-Saint-Michel

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and then make a trip to Mont Saint-Michel.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel journey planning site.

You can drive from Rouen to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

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Colleville-sur-Mer

Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): learn about all things military at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then learn about all things military at Musee D-Day Omaha, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Omaha Beach. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, then get engrossed in the history at Omaha Beach Memorial Museum, and finally take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Colleville-sur-Mer route builder app.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Colleville-sur-Mer in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Colleville-sur-Mer can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Etretat.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Etretat

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers, get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, then admire the landmark architecture of Palais Benedictine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Salut. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, walk around Les Jardins d'Etretat, and then explore the striking landscape at Porte d’Aval.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Etretat road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Colleville-sur-Mer to Etretat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Etretat sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.