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

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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  • 8 hours
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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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  • 2 to 6 hours
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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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  • 3 hours
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Honfleur and Pays d'Auge Small Group Day Trip from Paris

Honfleur and Pays d'Auge Small Group Day Trip from Paris

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Discover Normandy on this day trip from Paris to Honfleur and Pays d’Auge. Explore Honfleur’s cobblestone streets and historical harbor, taking in the charming setting of half-timbered houses, and then move inland to villages like Beaumont-en-Auge for a cheese tasting. This is a great way to see more of France in one day if you’re short on time in Paris.
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  • 9 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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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour 30 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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