16 days in Normandy Itinerary

16 days in Normandy Itinerary

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16 days in Normandy Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Train:  5​h 15​min
1
Giverny
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
2
Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Etretat
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Honfleur
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
5
Caen
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Giverny

Giverny ©
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Family-friendly places like La Serre aux Papillons and Plan d'Eau du Canada will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Domaine of Villarceaux and Parc Naturel Regional du Vexin Francais. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Giverny: Eglise Notre-Dame d'Auvers (in Auvers-sur-Oise), Parc Xtrem Aventures Cergy (in Cergy) and Eglise Saint Etienne (in Beauvais). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Gaillon, see the interesting displays at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle, and get outside with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Giverny trip planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Giverny is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Giverny can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Rouen.

Things to do in Giverny

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Beauvais, Domaine of Villarceaux, Parc Naturel Regional du Vexin Francais, Eglise Notre-Dame d'Auvers, Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm
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Parc Xtrem Aventures Cergy ©
Parc Xtrem Aventures Cergy
Plan d'Eau du Canada ©
Plan d'Eau du Canada
Domaine of Villarceaux ©
Domaine of Villarceaux

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Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 21st (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Cote Sainte-Catherine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Jumieges, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de St-Wandrille, then admire the landmark architecture of Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, and finally steep yourself in history at Palais de Justice.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rouen road trip planning app .

You can take a train from Giverny to Rouen in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Rouen, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Etretat.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Plage de Mers les Bains, Abbaye de St-Wandrille, Abbaye de Jumieges
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Cote Sainte-Catherine ©
Cote Sainte-Catherine
Abbaye de Jumieges
Abbaye de Jumieges
Abbaye de St-Wandrille ©
Abbaye de St-Wandrille

2
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Etretat

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 24th (Thu), get outside with Chemin des douaniers, admire the verdant scenery at Valleuse D'Antifer, and then get outside with Cote d'Albatre. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Maison Henri IV, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Cressonnieres, explore the striking landscape at The Pinnacle L'Aiguille Creuse, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Etretat trip planning site .

Getting from Rouen to Etretat by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October in Etretat, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Honfleur.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Maison Henri IV, Chemin des douaniers, Valleuse D'Antifer, Les Cressonnieres
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Valleuse D'Antifer ©
Valleuse D'Antifer
Chemin des douaniers ©
Chemin des douaniers
Maison Henri IV ©
Maison Henri IV

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Honfleur

Honfleur ©
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Leonard, explore the striking landscape at Falaise des Vaches Noires, and then kick back and relax at Plages de Houlgate. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Personnalites, don't miss a visit to Carrousel a Honfleur, and then contemplate the long history of Greniers a sel de Honfleur.

To see ratings and tourist information, go to the Honfleur trip planner .

You can drive from Etretat to Honfleur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Caen.

Things to do in Honfleur

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Plages de Houlgate, Falaise des Vaches Noires
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Eglise Saint-Leonard ©
Eglise Saint-Leonard
Falaise des Vaches Noires ©
Falaise des Vaches Noires
Greniers a sel de Honfleur ©
Greniers a sel de Honfleur

2
nights
Caen

Caen ©
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.
Omaha Beach has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the history at Omaha Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Promenade Marcel Proust. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean, then take a stroll through Quartier du Vaugueux, then make a trip to Maisons a Pans de Bois, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Caen trip maker tool .

You can take a bus from Honfleur to Caen in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Caen are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hermanville War Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Promenade Marcel Proust, Centre Equestre de Ouistreham
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Eglise Saint-Jean ©
Eglise Saint-Jean
Centre Equestre de Ouistreham ©
Centre Equestre de Ouistreham
Eglise du Vieux Saint Sauveur ©
Eglise du Vieux Saint Sauveur

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Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, stroll around Jardin Public de Bayeux, make a trip to Reporters Memorial, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Baron Gerard, and finally make a trip to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Les Roches de Ham (Point de Vue), then witness the site of a historic battle at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux tour app .

Bayeux is just a short distance from Caen. In October in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, Les Roches de Ham (Point de Vue)
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Les Roches de Ham (Point de Vue) ©
Les Roches de Ham (Point de Vue)
Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux ©
Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux

3
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): head outdoors with Mont Dol, then take in the dramatic natural features at Maison Des Fees, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint-Aubert. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Maison de Bertrand du Guesclin, don't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, then stroll the grounds of Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, then don't miss a visit to Grand Degre, and finally don't miss a visit to Tour Gabriel.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel road trip planning website .

Getting from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal, Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, Mont Dol, Maison Des Fees
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Maison Des Fees ©
Maison Des Fees
Mont Dol
Mont Dol
Chapelle Saint-Aubert ©
Chapelle Saint-Aubert

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