8 days in Normandy & Brest Itinerary

8 days in Normandy & Brest Itinerary

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8 days in Normandy & Brest Itinerary

Start: Venice
+3
Fly + train + foot + train:  7​h 45​min
1
Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
train:  5​h 30​min
3
Brest
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Etretat
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Rouen
— 1 night
+4
train + subway + foot + bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Venice

1
night
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial, and finally take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip planner .

Venice, Italy to Bayeux is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. February in Bayeux sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Colleville-sur-Mer
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

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Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 11th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mont Saint-Michel, then don't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, and then don't miss a visit to La Grande Rue.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel driving holiday planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. February in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Brest.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel ©
La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel

2
nights
Brest

Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. On the 12th (Wed), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanopolis, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then enjoy the sea views from Le Phare du Petit Minou. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Suliau, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Corentin Cathedral, and then don't miss a visit to Centre Historique de Locronan.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brest trip planner .

You can take a train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Brest in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Brest

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Eglise Saint-Suliau, Saint Corentin Cathedral, Centre Historique de Locronan, Le Phare du Petit Minou
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Oceanopolis ©
Oceanopolis
Eglise Saint-Suliau ©
Eglise Saint-Suliau

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Etretat

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 14th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Musee des Pecheries, make a trip to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, then take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, and finally don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Etretat travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Brest to Etretat takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. February in Etretat sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Musee des Pecheries
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Chemin des Douaniers ©
Chemin des Douaniers
Musee des Pecheries ©
Musee des Pecheries

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Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): make a trip to Vieux, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen trip planning tool .

You can drive from Etretat to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
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