14 days in Normandy Itinerary

14 days in Normandy Itinerary

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14 days in Normandy Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Drive:  6 h
1
Etretat
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Trouville-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Granville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Rouen
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Etretat

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Escape the urban bustle at Le Fleuve La Veules and Falaises d'Etretat. Step off the beaten path and head to Chemin des Douaniers and Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde. Venture out of the city with trips to Plage de Saint-Valery-en-Caux (in Saint-Valery-en-Caux) and Veules-les-Roses (AtelieRoba & La Plage). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Palais Benedictine, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Du Tilleul, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Etienne, and stroll through Les Plages Etretat.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Etretat journey planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Etretat is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Etretat can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Trouville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fecamp, Veules-les-Roses, Plage de Saint-Valery-en-Caux, Plage Du Tilleul, Plage-Baignade Yport
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Le Fleuve La Veules ©
Le Fleuve La Veules
Chemin des Douaniers ©
Chemin des Douaniers

2
nights
Trouville-sur-Mer

Trouville-sur-Mer ©
This village of fishermen is a popular coastal resort attraction in Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): kick back and relax at Plage de Trouville, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Benerville sur Mer, then learn about all things military at Musee de la Batterie de Merville, then stroll through Promenade Marcel Proust, and finally make a trip to Les Halles Medievales. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Deauville Beach, examine the collection at Les Dominicaines, Espace Culturel & Artotheque, then don't miss a visit to Sanctuaire Sainte Therese, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cerza, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Falaise des Vaches Noires.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Trouville-sur-Mer trip planner .

You can drive from Etretat to Trouville-sur-Mer in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Granville.

Things to do in Trouville-sur-Mer

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Les Dominicaines, Espace Culturel & Artotheque, Plage de Benerville sur Mer, Deauville Beach, Promenade Marcel Proust, Musee de la Batterie de Merville
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Plage de Trouville ©
Plage de Trouville
Falaise des Vaches Noires ©
Falaise des Vaches Noires
Deauville Beach ©
Deauville Beach

2
nights
Granville

Granville ©
On the 28th (Sat), head outdoors with Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, make a trip to La Porte du Roy, make a trip to Tour du Nord, then don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest, and finally make a trip to Barrage sur le Couesnon. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mont Saint-Michel, take some stellar pictures from Cabane Vauban, then stroll through Musee Christian Dior, and finally stop by L'Atelier Gourmet.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Granville trip planner .

You can drive from Trouville-sur-Mer to Granville in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Granville are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Granville

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, Cabane Vauban, Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel Bay ©
Mont Saint-Michel Bay

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore hidden gems such as Omaha Beach and Abbaye aux Hommes. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique (in Ouistreham), Ranville (Pegasus Memorial & Pegasus Bridge) and Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, admire the natural beauty at La Colline aux Oiseaux, enjoy the sea views from Le Phare de Gatteville, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cap Carteret.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Granville to Bayeux in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Caen, Ranville, Le Phare de Gatteville, Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, Omaha Beach
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Cap Carteret ©
Cap Carteret
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach

3
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Notre Dame de Grace and Room Escape Games. Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Le Havre (Exposition Impressioniste Pissaro, Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa, & more), Le Bois des Aigles (in Balines) and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Jumieges, make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, admire the striking features of St. Maclou's Church, and get engrossed in the history at Historial Jeanne d’Arc.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Le Havre, Honfleur, Le Bois des Aigles, Abbaye de Jumieges
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Notre Dame de Grace ©
Notre Dame de Grace
Le Bois des Aigles ©
Le Bois des Aigles
Abbaye de Jumieges
Abbaye de Jumieges

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