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How to Spend 3 Days in Bayeux

How to Spend 3 Days in Bayeux

Bayeux is ideally situated for exploring Normandy; three days gives you plenty of time to tick off all of the surrounding sights. Maximize your time by booking a day tour that visits multiple destinations or choose a private tour for greater flexibility. Here’s how to spend three days in Bayeux.  

Day 1: Sightseeing in Bayeux

Bayeux’s compact Old Town is best explored on a walking tour, nearly all of which begin with the star attraction—the Bayeux Tapestry Museum (Musée de la Tapisserie). Opt for a morning tour to avoid the crowds and, if visiting independently, grab an audio guide for extra insight into the 1,000-year-old masterpiece.

Afterwards, learn about Bayeux’s lace making heritage at the Conservatoire de la Dentelle (Conservatory of Lace) before visiting the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Bayeux and the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy.

In the evening, book a table at an Old Town restaurant to sample Normandy’s cuisine. Opt for fish stew or meatà la Normande (with a creamy sauce) followed bytarte au pommes (apple tart). To further enjoy Normandy’s cuisine, food lovers can take a full-day tasting tour, which visit  cheesemakers and orchards.

Day 2: Discover the D-Day Beaches

Bayeux lies minutes from the D-Day beaches, the landing sites where the fateful events of June 6th 1944 took place. The beaches, battlefields, and WWII sites are scattered all along the coast so having your own transport is essential—join a tour to skip the hassle of car hire and discover important historic context.

Day trips typically visit Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, and Pointe du Hoc, and give you time to pay your respects to the fallen soldiers at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. Canadian travelers can also visit Juno Beach and Hill 67, two important sites for Canadian troops. Several museums offer further insight into the historic events— if visiting independently, book tickets in advance for the D-Day Landing Museum of Utah Beach or the Arromanches 360° Cinema to avoid waiting in line. 

Day 3: Mont St Michel

There are numerous options for day trips from Bayeux; popular destinations include the historic cities of Rouen and Caen, and the picturesque port towns of Honfleur and Deauville. Normandy’s most impressive attraction is undoubtedly Mont St Michel; a UNESCO World Heritage-listed island monastery and one of the most photographed landmarks in France, which lies just off the coast of south Normandy.

Day trips typically include a walking tour of the hilltop monastery, and give you time to climb to the top and browse the shops in Mont St Michel village; stop at one of the restaurants to enjoy a Bretongalette (a buckwheat pancake), a specialty of neighboring Brittany. Booking a round-trip transfer service from Bayeux allows travelers to explore independently without worry about car hire. 

Back in Bayeux, spend your final evening in a nearby coastal villages such as Cabourg, Ouistreham, and Luc-sur-Mer; in summer, most host lively night markets with live entertainment. 

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Utah & Omaha Beaches D-Day Group Tour from Bayeux

Utah & Omaha Beaches D-Day Group Tour from Bayeux

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Visit one of WWII’s most important battle sites on this full-day small-group tour of the Normandy landing beaches from Bayeux. Walk the battlefields and beaches where thousands of Allied troops took part in history’s largest seaborne invasion and learn all about the fateful events of ‘D-Day’. Tour key sites like Utah Beach, Omaha Beach and Pointe Du Hoc, then pay your respects at the Normandy American Cemetery.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$138.94
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Private Tour: Rouen and Giverny Day Trip from Bayeux

Private Tour: Rouen and Giverny Day Trip from Bayeux

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Delve into Normandy’s medieval history with a private tour from Bayeux. Your first stop is Rouen, once one of France's greatest port towns. Marvel at its exquisite Gothic cathedral, take a guided tour of its restored medieval quarter and visit Market Square, the site of Joan of Arc's execution. Next, depart for Giverny, a charming country village where Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked. Explore his house and gardens or spend a couple hours at the Giverny Museum of Impressionisms. This day trip is customizable to fit your interests.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Tour: Rouen, Bayeux, and Falaise Day Trip from Bayeux

Private Tour: Rouen, Bayeux, and Falaise Day Trip from Bayeux

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Tick off the best bits of Normandy in one day on this private tour from Bayeux. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you marvel at the famous Bayeux tapestry, then follow in the footsteps of Joan of Arc and Rollo in historic Rouen. After lunch (own expense), continue to Caen, where highlights include the Abbaye aux Hommes and William the Conqueror’s Castle, then take a tour of the magnificent Château de Falaise.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$543.67
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Private Tour: Full Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Cherbourg

Private Tour: Full Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Cherbourg

See the world-famous Mont-Saint-Michel, and don’t worry about navigating big crowds, on this private, full-day tour from Cherbourg. Following hotel or port pickup, you’ll travel via air-conditioned minivan to Le Havre, where your guide will meet you and share coffee and croissants. From there, continue onwards to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy an omelette lunch at La Mère Poulard, the island community’s popular bistro (own expense) before visiting the Abbey, seeing the sights, and learning more about its history.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$604.07
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Private Tour : Normandy Specialties Food Tour from Bayeux

Private Tour : Normandy Specialties Food Tour from Bayeux

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Indulge in a day of good French food and drink on this tour around Normandy. As this is a private tour you will receive personalized attention from your guide and be able to customize the itinerary to suit your tastes. See how local specialties are produced and visit local restaurants, all while learning about regional French cuisine and being inspired by delicious food.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$483.26
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Normandy WW2 British Jeep Tour

Normandy WW2 British Jeep Tour

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A unique way to see and feel the Normandy coast Gold Beach Company offers a unique jeep tour in an authentic World War II Willy’s Jeep! The tour stops at the Arromanches Mullberry Harbor, where British engineers built a deep-water port to unload the logistics that brought Victory to Normandy. The Longues sur Mer German battery is the best-preserved site of the Atlantic wall. Discover how British and French naval vessels silenced the guns on D-Day. Finally come to visit a poignant cemetery at Ryes Bazenville which helps one reflects the enormous sacrifice. An experience not to be missed!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$528.56
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Mont Saint Michel Shuttle Service from Bayeux

Mont Saint Michel Shuttle Service from Bayeux

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Feast your eyes on the magnificent island-monastery Le Mont Saint Michel, one of France’s most iconic postcard images, on this full-day trip from Bayeux. This small-group tour includes round-trip transport by air-conditioned minibus and four hours of free time to explore independently. Visit the world famous Abbey and cloister on an audio tour (not included), climb the winding cobblestone paths to the 92-meter lookout point, or spend time exploring the shops and restaurants of the medieval citadel.
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  • 7 hours
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