What to see in Normandy in 5 days

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Normandy, located in the north-west of France, is a region characterized by fascinating natural landscapes and historical sites of great significance. To discover and admire this region, it is necessary arm yourself with a little spirit of adventure, of love for history, for art (these are the places of French Impressionism), of the desire to go hiking on the cliffs overlooking the sea, without neglecting the opportunity to relax on the wet beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. And it is the ocean itself that strongly influences the climate in Normandy, don't be surprised, so if the sun is suddenly covered by clouds, enjoy the view even under a gray sky, always fascinating, so much the light will return shortly thereafter.

Here are our tips on what to see in Normandy in 5 days!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. How much does it cost 5 days in Normandy
  7. Before leaving: useful tips
  8. User questions and comments

1 day

First stop of the trip is Rouen, the Gothic capital of Normandy crossed by the Seine, which you can visit in one day entirely on foot. Start from a historic place in the city, Vieux-Marché, the square where Joan of Arc died, and where the church dedicated to her stands (10: 00-18: 00). Now head to the Cathedral, but first stop and admire the Gros Horloge, the oldest clock in France set in a bell tower.

Rouen Cathedral of Notre-Dame, one of the most magnificent gothic churches in France, whose construction began in 1030 (9: 00-19: 00). Equally impressive is the monumental Abbey of Saint-Ouen, an abbey nestled in a park, and is one of the best examples of French Gothic art (10: 00-17: 00).
Then reach the Musée des beaux-arts, founded by Napoleon Bonaparte himself, and opened in 1801. The museum houses works of art of various kinds, from the 5,00th to the 10st century, passing from Il Perugino, Veronese, Velàzquez, Renoir, Pissarro, Monet, Modigliani and many others (€ 00, hours 18: 00-: ).

To end the day you just have to walk along the banks of the Seine.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,9 km / 48 min
  • Places visited: Rouen, Joan of Arc Church (free), Gros Horloge (free), Rouen Cathedral of Notre-Dame (free), Saint-Ouen Abbey (free), Musée des beaux-arts (€ 5,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 5,00
  • Welcome to Rouen: Private Walking Tour with a Local

2 day

Dedicate this day to the delightful town of Étretat, overlooking the English Channel. To get there you have to go to Breauté Beauzeville (near La Havre) and take the shuttle (from € 8,00, travel time about 1 hour and 20 min). In the center visit the Maison Maurice Leblanc, the home of the creator of Arsenio Lupine, dedicated to this well-known fictional character (€ 8,00, hours 10: 00-19: 00)

In the afternoon you cannot miss the excursions on the famous white chalk cliffs of Étretat, a path will lead you from the city to the most important crag, the Falaise d'Aval. At the top you will notice the presence of a large golf course, and the view of the white rocks of the Alabaster Coast, with a thousand shapes overlooking the sea is priceless.
Reach now Les Jardins D'Etretat (€ 12,50, opening hours 10: 00-18: 00), a splendid park where nature meets art, enjoy the sunset over the cliffs and the sea from here.

End the day by strolling along the beach, where you will find many restaurants to eat with a view of the spectacular lights that illuminate the Falaise d'Aval.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4 km / 59 min
  • Places visited: Étretat (€ 8,00 shuttle), Maurice Leblanc (€ 8,00), Falaise d'Aval (free), Les Jardins D'Etretat (€ 12,50), Étretat beach (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 16,00
  • small group tour of Étretat and Le Havre from Paris Normandy: visit of Les Jardins d'Etretat

3 day

Normandy is also home to the likes of Monet. Not to be missed is the visit to the city where he lived and died, the small and charming Giverny, where you can visit the Monet Foundation, or the artist's house and gardens. Inside the house there are original furniture and in the gardens you will feel like you are living in some of his most famous paintings, with colorful flowers and ponds (€ 9,50, opening hours 09: 00-18: 00).
A few meters away stands the Museum of Impressionism (€ 7,50, opening hours 10: 00-18: 00), dedicated to Impressionist art and which organizes exhibitions of artists who have followed in Monet's footsteps by moving over time to Giverny.

Now you can move to another very charming town, Vernon, you can get there by bus, the journey takes about 15 minutes (ticket cost € 1,50).
Here you can visit The Old Mill, or the ruins of an old mill built on the Seine, which seems to be suspended over the water. Nearby also stands Chateau des Tourelles, the medieval castle that cannot be visited inside, but of great charm.

End the evening by doing a walk in the center of Vernon, crossing the Pont Clemenceau on the Seine.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,5 km / 1 h 9 min
  • Places visited: Giverny, Claude Monet Foundation - Monet's House and Gardens (€ 9,50), Museum of Impressionism (€ 7,50), Vernon (€ 1,50 bus), Le Vieux Moulin (free), Chateau des Tourelles ( free)
  • Daily shopping: € 19,00
  • Giverny & Monet's Gardens: Giverny Train Tour: Monet's House and Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

4 day

Today you can stop at some emblatic places related to landing of Normandy. The best way to get from one city to another is by car (starting from € 75,00 per day). Start from Musée de la Libération (€ 4,00, opening hours 10: 00-18: 00), in the city of Cherbourg-Octeville. The museum is located inside a fortress on a hill.

In the afternoon reach the Memorial De La Liberte Retrouve (€ 7,00, opening hours 10: 00-19: 00), in the city of Quineille. The museum is located next to the beach and offers a visit to a village rebuilt at the time of the occupation in France.
20 min away from Quineille is the Musée du Débarquement Utah Beach (€ 8,00, opening hours 10: 00-18: 00), located right in front of the beach where the landing took place. The museum also gives access to the bunker used by the Germans.

Finally, reach Bayeux, where the Museum Mémorial de la bataille de Normandie (€ 7,50, opening hours 10: 00-18: 00), a large museum that reconstructs in detail all the events of the D-Day and beyond. End the day by strolling through Bayeux, the elegant medieval city that managed to withstand the bombings of the war: a real blast from the past.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 111 km / 1 h 34 min by car
  • Places visited: Cherbourg-Octeville (free), Musée de la Libération (€ 4,00), Quineille (free), Memorial De La Liberte Retrouve (€ 7,00), Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (free), Musée du Débarquement Utah Beach (€ 8,00), Bayeux (free), Musée Mémorial de la bataille de Normandie (€ 7,50).
  • Daily shopping: € 100,00
  • Bayeux: Normandy D-Day Sites Tour From Bayeux: Half-Day Normandy D-Day Tour by Vintage Sidecar

5 day

A trip to Normandy cannot be said to be complete without visiting the wonderful bay of Mont-Saint-Michel. It is a rocky islet on the border with Brittany, in the Lower Normandy part. The bay can be reached by crossing a footbridge, which in the evening is partially submerged by the high tide. The most impressive building to visit is theAbbey of Saint-Michel, located on the top of the islet (€ 10,00, opening hours 09: 30-18: 00).
Another interesting place located in the village is the Historical Museum (€ 9,00, opening hours 09: 30-17: 30), which houses antique furniture and relics from the Middle Ages.

If you want to immerse yourself in another picturesque village you should move to Villedieu-les-Poêles, which you can reach by train from Le Mont Saint Michel station (ticket cost € 27,00, journey time 45 min).
In this delightful village you can stroll through the ancient streets and enter the many artisan workshops of the city, one of the most famous is theAtelier Du Cuivre (€ 8,00, opening hours 09: 00-17: 30), specialized in copper working. In addition to practical demonstrations, you can take the opportunity to purchase original and valuable artifacts.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 49 km / 49 min by car
  • Places visited: Mont-Saint-Michel (free), Saint-Michel Abbey (€ 10,00), Musée Historique (€ 9,00), Villedieu-les-Poêles (€ 27,00 train), Atelier Du Cuivre (€ 8,00 , ).
  • Daily shopping: € 54,00
  • Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey: ticket and free visit

How much does it cost 5 days in Normandy

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Spending 5 days in Normandy can be the best choice for those who want to get to know this beautiful region rich in history, art and nature. In fact, in a short time it is possible to move between medieval towns and small picturesque villages, making an excursion on the cliffs overlooking the sea towards Upper Normandy and then descending into harmonious huts suspended over the water in Lower Normandy.

There are numerous hotels and hotels, especially in cities like Rouen, Caen and Honfleur, and the prices are something for all budgets. There are no direct flights from Italy, therefore it is necessary to make a stopover in Paris, and the choice of renting a car at the airport is strategic to better explore all the areas, even the most rural of this splendid region.

  • starting from € 50,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • D-Day Beaches Tour from Paris Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey: ticket and self-guided tour of Les Jardins d'Etretat
  • Total cost of 5 days, flight included: from € 556,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Normandy: from May to September, since during the other months the Atlantic oceanic climate of the region makes the days very dull
  • Stop in Paris and then train to Rouen (tickets from € 24,00) or car rental (cost around € 75,00 per day). The two airports in the region operate seasonal flights and for a limited number of destinations
  • several accommodations are located in the capital Rouen, Caen, Honfleur and Bayeux. Among the typologies it is possible to choose b & b, hotels and rural houses in suggestive contexts
  • Getting around: the best way to move towards the countryside and rural areas is certainly by car, which we recommend to hire in the airport of call (starting from € 75,00). In Normandy there are few train connections between the various villages (ticket cost on average € 10,00), while numerous bus lines travel every day to the main attractions (ticket cost starting from € 1,50).
  • Recommended cards and passes: we recommend the purchase of the Normandy Pass, valid for museums that commemorate the D-Day (the Normandy Landing of June 6, 1944), at a cost of only € 1,00. Those who plan to visit the city of Rouen in depth can purchase the Rouen City Pass, which includes discounts on visits to various attractions in the city, at a cost of € 10,00

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