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How to Spend 2 Days in Normandy

How to Spend 2 Days in Normandy

With two days in Normandy, it’s possible to visit regional highlights such as the Bayeux Tapestry and Mont-Saint-Michel as well as the D-Day landing beaches. Here are our top tips for making the most of your time.

Day 1: Bayeux and the battlefields

**Morning:**Head straight to Bayeux to take in the town’s star attraction before the crowds arrive. Dating back more than 1,000 years, the UNESCO-listed Bayeux Tapestry is among the most famous artworks in France. Opt for an audio guide to learn more about William the Conqueror and the fateful events of 1066. 

**Afternoon:**A tour of Normandy’s World War II sites takes you to the battlefields and D-Day landing beaches dotted along the coast. 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. 

**Night:**Sample the region’s culinary delicacies at one of the many restaurants nearby. Traditional dishes include fish stewà la Normande (with a cream sauce), Camembert cheese, andtarte aux pommes (apple tart). Pair your meal with a glass of Calvados (apple brandy), a popular local specialty.

Day 2: Mont-Saint-Michel

**Morning:**A UNESCO World Heritage Site just off the southern coast, Mont-Saint-Michel is one of Normandy’s must-sees. Tours of the island monastery run from Caen, Bayeux, and other cities, and typically include a guided walk. Climb up to the hilltop ramparts for a magnificent view along the coast. 

**Afternoon:**Explore the Mont-Saint-Michel village, browsing the shops for souvenirs and handicrafts. Stop at one of the many restaurants for lunch—a popular choice is a Breton galette (a buckwheat pancake) accompanied by local cider. 

**Night:**Seaside towns such as Cabourg, Ouistreham, and Luc-sur-Mer host lively night markets during the summer months, while a light show takes place several nights a week in Bayeux. If you’re looking to party, go to Caen, a student city crammed with bars, nightclubs, and live music venues. 

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Small-Group Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip with Abbey Entrance and Cider Tasting

Small-Group Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip with Abbey Entrance and Cider Tasting

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Discover the medieval village of Mont Saint Michel on this 14-hour trip from Paris. Reach the unique mountainous island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, by comfortable minivan, and wind your way through the village. Explore the abbey at your leisure with a provided audio-guide. Along the way, learn about the lore and legend of Mont Saint Michel from an informative guide. This small-group tour is limited to just eight people, ensuring personalized attention.
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  • 12 hours
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Private Tour

Private Tour

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Plan your own customizable private trip to Normandy’s WWII battle sites on this full-day, chauffeured excursion, which includes door-to-door hotel transfers. Travel between locations in a comfortable, climate-controlled vehicle, stopping at your own pace. Use the time to follow in the footsteps of a relative, or obtain up-to-date information on a specific unit, gravesite, or battlefield.
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  • 8 hours
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Full-Day Canadian Battlefields and Sites of Normandy Tour

Full-Day Canadian Battlefields and Sites of Normandy Tour

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Discover the sacrifices made by Canadian forces during 1944’s D-Day landings and Battle of Normandy on this 8-hour tour from Bayeux. Visit Juno Beach where Canadian troops landed on June 6, and chart the stories of soldiers at the Juno Beach Centre. See the now-excavated German beach bunkers, track the advance to Abbey d'Ardenne and Caen, and visit the Canadian Cemetery and Hill 67. Bayeux hotel, train station, and central pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
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$136.72
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Normandy Battlefields Tour - Sword Beach and the British Airborne Sector

Normandy Battlefields Tour - Sword Beach and the British Airborne Sector

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Discover the scenic beauty and historical richness of the Norman battlefields on a half-day tour of Sword Beach and the Hillman Bunkers from Bayeux. With a knowledgeable guide, enjoy a sensitive introduction to one of Europe’s most difficult periods and visit significant sites related to WWII. Browse intriguing exhibitions in the Merville Gun Battery and Museum; hear turbulent tales of the events that occurred on Sword Beach; and descend into the Hillman Bunkers to gain an understanding of the conflict that took place there. Pay tribute to fallen soldiers at the Commonwealth Military Cemeteries and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour.
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  • 5 hours
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Memorial de Caen Museum Admission Ticket with Optional Audio Guide

Memorial de Caen Museum Admission Ticket with Optional Audio Guide

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Explore the critical moments of World War II at the incredibly thorough Mémorial de Caen museum with this admission ticket. Learn about the significant points in a timeline spanning from the conclusion of World War I until the fall of the Berlin Wall, which gives viewers a much deeper understanding of the D-Day events that happened nearby. Start your visit with a film about D-Day, and your ticket is valid for 24 hours after you first enter the museum. Choose to visit the museum with or without an audio guide.
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Private Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Caen

Private Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Caen

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Spend a day exploring the surreal beauty of Mont St-Michel on this private tour from Caen. The 8th-century Benedictine Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rising from an island just off the Normandy coast. Tour the abbey with your expert guide, followed by free time to wander the village independently. Time permitting, choose to visit another nearby attraction, such as the towns of Balleroy, Avranches, Bayeux, St-Lô or Villedieu les Poeles, or the Abbey of Cerisy.
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  • 8 hours
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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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Stroll in the middle of some twenty hyperrealistic sound scenes on the theme of the battle of the hedges in Normandy during the summer of 1944. This little-known episode of the landing is explained to you simply and visually thanks to a hundred mannequins, military vehicles and civilians, more than 10,000 authentic objects from the personal collections of the founders. The scenes were taken from period photos. To make the experience lively and immersive, archival films, the possibility of touching certain objects and taking pictures of yourself in a vehicle, thematic exhibitions, virtual reality experiences, a baptism in an armored vehicle, an obstacle course ... . The Normandy Victory Museum is a museum that listens to its visitors. The founders' will is to spread the story in a simple and lively way but with seriousness and respect and to pay homage to the liberators of Normandy and to the civilians who paid dearly for the freedom regained.
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Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema Entrance Ticket

Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema Entrance Ticket

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Relive the Battle of Normandy and gain a unique insight into French history at the Arromanches 360° circular cinema. Watch the memorable film 'Normandy's 100 Days' on the high-definition panoramic screens and learn about the D-Day landings, see previously unseen footage from the archives, and follow in the footsteps of the Allied soldiers
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  • 19 minutes
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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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  • 2 hours
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D-Day Experience Museum Entrance with real C-47 simulator

D-Day Experience Museum Entrance with real C-47 simulator

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D-Day, June 6, 1944: Relive the mythical crossing on the channel towards Normandy by boarding an authentic C-47 aircraft turned into a high-tech flight simulator. If you’re visiting Normandy, take advantage of this great deal that combines entrance to the D-Day Experience museums with access to the flight simulator. This amazing experience for the whole family combines education and entertainment.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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