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How to Spend 3 Days in Normandy

How to Spend 3 Days in Normandy

With three days in Normandy, you can explore the region’s biggies (Mont-Saint-Michel, the Bayeux Tapestry, and the D-Day beaches), take a day trip to Rouen, and savor the homegrown cuisine. Here’s how.

Day 1: Mont-Saint-Michel

Start your explorations along Normandy’s southwest coast with a visit to Mont-Saint-Michel. Perched on an island just offshore, the historic monastery is one of the most photographed monuments in France and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a tour to make the most of your time and skip the hassle of renting a car—day trips run from Bayeux, Caen, and Paris.

Climb up to the ramparts for a panoramic view along the coast. Then, wander the monastery’s buildings and browse the shops in Mont-Saint-Michel village, followed by a lunch of Breton galettes (buckwheat pancakes) and Normandy cider. 

Day 2: Bayeux and the D-Day beaches

Head up to the rugged beaches and seacliffs of Normandy’s north coast, site of one of the most significant events of World War II. Benefit from the expertise of a guide and take a tour of the battlefields and D-Day landing beaches—a typical itinerary might include Omaha Beach, Juno Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and the Airborne Museum or the Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. Prebook your tickets to avoid unnecessary wait times.  

In the afternoon, make your way to Bayeux, home of the UNESCO-listed Bayeux Tapestry, one of France’s most famous works of art. Afterward, walk around the historic town or watch the evening light show (summer only) over Bayeux Cathedral. 

Day 3: Rouen, Honfleur, and Deauville

For your final day in Normandy, head north to the riverside capital of Rouen, full of grand architecture. Tours often combine a visit to Rouen with nearby attractions such as the port towns of Honfleur and Deauville, considered to be two of the most picturesque in Normandy.

On arrival in Rouen, set out on a walking tour of the atmospheric Old Town. Admire the Gros-Horloge clock, stop by the Notre-Dame Cathedral, or enjoy a coffee. You’ll also find some of Normandy’s most acclaimed museums, such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts.

Stick around into the evening hours—Rouen is a great place to sample traditional Norman cuisine and lively nightlife. The majority of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs are clustered around Place du Vieux-Marché.

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Full-Day American Battlefields and Sites of Normandy Tour from Bayeux
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Full-Day American Battlefields and Sites of Normandy Tour from Bayeux

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Chart the story of the World War II D-Day landings by American forces on this day trip from Bayeux. Learn about the objectives and achievements of the US assaults on June 6, 1944 as you visit the key beaches of Utah and Omaha, and German battery at Pointe du Hoc. Plus, visit the Airborne Museum at Sainte-Mère-Église and the US cemetery overlooking Omaha. Air-conditioned minivan transport, entrance fees, and central Bayeux pickup and drop-off included.
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Rouen Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Rouen Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

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Get to know the city through the eyes of a passionate local. With no set itinerary, you can customize the tour or leave it up to the local for an insightful introduction to the city. Make travel about the people you meet not just the places you see.
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Walking Tour of Le Mont Saint-Michel

Walking Tour of Le Mont Saint-Michel

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Bask in the beauty of Le Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of France’s most photographed historic monuments, on this unforgettable 3-hour coastal hike to Tombelaine Island. Accompanied by local guide Stephane Gueno, you’ll uncover the secrets of Mont Saint Michel bay, admire the famous quicksand and seek out unbeatable viewpoints.
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Visitor ticket for the Battle of the Hedges Museum

Visitor ticket for the Battle of the Hedges Museum

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An ideal visit for families (approx. 1h30) in which everyone finds their interest during a journey that is both complete, lively and interactive. A museum with a unique atmosphere, imbued with emotion that takes you through everyday life in the 1940s with the military but also civilians. (Re) discover a sometimes forgotten and yet decisive period on the road to Liberation ... It took place a few weeks after June 6, 1944, it was the Battle of the Hedges ... Through twenty hyperrealistic sound scenes, you will discover a collection of more than 10,000 authentic objects and old military vehicles, discover the days after the DDay and take part in this tribute to the civilians and soldiers who fell in the Normandy countryside.
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Airborne Museum Admission Ticket

Airborne Museum Admission Ticket

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The Airborne Museum tells the story of the American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne, who landed in Normandy as part of the Allied D-Day operations in WWII. Located in the Normandy town of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, close to Utah Beach and the Normandy Landing Beaches, the museum’s exhibitions include multi-media presentations of the D-Day landings, artefacts such as a C-47 aircraft, and Histopad interactive guides with augmented reality.
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