7 days in Normandy & Paris Itinerary

7 days in Normandy & Paris Itinerary

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7 days in Normandy & Paris Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+5
Subway + Bus + Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  15 h 45 min
1
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Caen
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Etretat
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Paris
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Washington DC

1
day
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary builder.

Washington DC, USA to Mont-Saint-Michel is an approximately 16-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Mont-Saint-Michel. Traveling from Washington DC in April, things will get slightly colder in Mont-Saint-Michel: highs are around 58°F and lows about 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Caen.

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Girafou, have some family-friendly fun at Hapik, have some family-friendly fun at RS Simulation, then get outside with Norman'Air, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Caen online day trip planner .

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Caen by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Caen

Fun & Games Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Mondeville, Girafou, Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, Norman'Air
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Hapik ©
Hapik
Girafou ©
Girafou
RS Simulation ©
RS Simulation

1
night
Etretat

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 5th (Sun), kick back and relax at Plage Du Tilleul, head outdoors with Cote d'Albatre, then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Etretat holiday maker website .

You can drive from Caen to Etretat in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April in Etretat, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Plage Du Tilleul
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Porte d’Aval ©
Porte d’Aval

3
nights
Paris

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paris tour planner.

Getting from Etretat to Paris by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Paris
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris
ClueZ Paris ©
ClueZ Paris

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