20 days in Normandy & Vannes Itinerary

20 days in Normandy & Vannes Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Etretat
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Etretat
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Honfleur
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vannes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 3 nights
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Etretat — 3 nights

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Get outdoors at Falaises d'Etretat and Les Plages Etretat. Visit Plage Du Tilleul and Plage-Baignade Yport for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers, admire the landmark architecture of Palais Benedictine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), and see the interesting displays at Musee des Pecheries.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Etretat online journey planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Etretat is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Etretat are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Abbatiale Saint-Ouen are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Fondation Claude Monet. Change things up with a short trip to Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm in Saint-Aquilin-de-Pacy (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Eglise Saint Maclou, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, and steep yourself in history at Palais de Justice.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rouen trip builder website.

You can drive from Etretat to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rouen are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Honfleur.
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Honfleur — 4 nights

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Popular historic sites such as Saint Catherine's Catholic Church and Greniers a sel de Honfleur are in your itinerary. Satie House and Museum (Maisons Satie) and Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Honfleur to go to Le Havre and see Eglise St-Joseph, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Deauville Beach, make a trip to Vieux Bassin, snap pictures at Pont de Normandie, and savor the flavors at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Honfleur sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Rouen to Honfleur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Honfleur can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Visit Normandy American Cemetery and Cathedrale Notre-Dame for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. Go for a jaunt from Bayeux to Sainte-Mere-Eglise to see Airborne Museum about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, and pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Honfleur to Bayeux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vannes.
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Vannes — 2 nights

Gateway to the Gulf

Founded over 2,000 years ago, Vannes is a vacation harbor town with beaches, shopping, museums, and gardens, as well as interesting medieval city gates and timber-framed houses scattered throughout its Old Town.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): visit Place Henri IV, then delve into the distant past at Carnac stones, and then get outside with Cote Sauvage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Domaine de Suscinio, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then contemplate the long history of Old City Walls of Vannes, and finally don't miss a visit to Centre Historique de Vannes.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Vannes road trip planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Vannes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 3 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Christian Dior and Musee d'Art Moderne Richard Anacreon. Take a break from the city and head to Mont Saint-Michel Bay and Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal. Venture out of the city with trips to Avel Char A Voile (in Hirel), Chateau de Fougeres (in Fougeres) and Pointe D'Agon (in Agon-Coutainville). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, don't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Vannes to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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Normandy travel guide

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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.
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