9 days in Normandy Itinerary

9 days in Normandy Itinerary

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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Etretat
— 1 night
Drive
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches, get great views at Pointe D'Agon, and then stroll through Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Detroit, USA to Mont-Saint-Michel is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Detroit to Mont-Saint-Michel due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Detroit in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 3 nights
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 Cathedrale Notre-Dame will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Pointe du Hoc. When in Bayeux, make a side trip to see Pegasus Memorial in Ranville, approximately Ranville away. The adventure continues: get outside with Omaha Beach, get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, take in the exciting artwork at Normandie Savoir-Faire, and see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Etretat

— 1 night
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Du Tilleul, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage-Baignade Yport, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Falaises d'Etretat.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Etretat day trip site.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Etretat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Rouen

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, view the masterpieces at Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then get to know the fascinating history of Cote Sainte-Catherine, and finally admire the striking features of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Chateau Du Taillis, delve into the distant past at Abbaye de Jumieges, then take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally admire the striking features of Abbatiale Saint-Ouen.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Etretat to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.