17 days in Calais, Dunkirk & Normandy Itinerary

17 days in Calais, Dunkirk & Normandy Itinerary

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17 days in Calais, Dunkirk & Normandy Itinerary

Start: Columbia
Fly + Drive:  25 h
1
Calais
— 1 day
Drive:  45 min
2
Dunkirk
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h
3
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
6
Sainte-Marie-du-Mont
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
8
Asnelles
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  28 h
End: Columbia

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day
Calais

Calais ©
Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
On the 4th (Mon), stop by Place d'Armes and then make a trip to l'Hotel de Ville de Calais.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Calais trip planner.

Columbia, USA to Calais is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Columbia to Calais, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Columbia in May, you will find days in Calais are colder (61°F), and nights are a bit cooler (48°F). You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Dunkirk.

Things to do in Calais

Neighborhoods
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l'Hotel de Ville de Calais ©
l'Hotel de Ville de Calais

few
hours
Dunkirk

Dunkirk ©
Dunkirk is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. On the 4th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Musee Dunkerque 1940 - Operation Dynamo and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Malo-les-Bains.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Dunkirk trip app .

Dunkirk is very close to Calais. May in Dunkirk sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Dunkirk

Beaches Museums Parks
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3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): make a trip to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot, view the masterpieces at Normandie Savoir-Faire, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then don't miss a visit to Abbaye aux Hommes, and finally admire the natural beauty at La Colline aux Oiseaux. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, browse the exhibits of Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, and then brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Dunkirk to Bayeux takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Bayeux are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Caen
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery
Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame

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nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): don't miss a visit to La Grande Rue, don't miss a visit to Tour du Nord, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, head outdoors with Avel Char, then make a splash at Alligator Bay, and finally make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel road trip planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Avel Char, Alligator Bay
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel Bay ©
Mont Saint-Michel Bay

2
nights
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer ©
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, make a trip to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, brush up on your military savvy at Musee D-Day Omaha, and pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer road trip tool .

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in 2 hours. May in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sainte-Marie-du-Mont.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Maisy Battery, Musee D-Day Omaha, Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, Pointe du Hoc
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

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nights
Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont ©
On the 11th (Mon), get outside with Utah Avel Mor and then learn about all things military at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: sample the fine beverages at Ferme De La Commanderie, then stop by La Maison du Biscuit, then brush up on your military savvy at D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), and finally steep yourself in history at Église Notre-Dame de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sainte-Marie-du-Mont driving holiday planning tool .

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont is very close to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer. In May in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer.

Things to do in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Batteries de Crisbecq, Ferme De La Commanderie, D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), La Maison du Biscuit
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Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
Airborne Museum ©
Airborne Museum
La Maison du Biscuit ©
La Maison du Biscuit

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night
Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer

Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): snap pictures at Pegasus Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial, then take an in-depth tour of Juno Beach Centre, and finally kick back and relax at Juno Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): learn about all things military at Musee de la Batterie de Merville and then examine the collection at Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer trip itinerary site .

Getting from Sainte-Marie-du-Mont to Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Asnelles.

Things to do in Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Ranville, Juno Beach Centre, Musee de la Batterie de Merville, Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique
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Juno Beach Centre ©
Juno Beach Centre
Pegasus Memorial ©
Pegasus Memorial
Juno Beach ©
Juno Beach

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nights
Asnelles

Asnelles ©
Asnelles is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region of north-western France.The inhabitants of the commune are known as Asnellois or Asnelloises.GeographyAsnelles is located at the seaside some 13 km north-east of Bayeux and 10 west of Courseulles-sur-Mer. On the 15th (Fri), stop by H2O Parapluies and then learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Les Falaises d'Arromanches, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, then steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, then examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, and finally take in the history at Kunstlicher Hafen.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Asnelles online sightseeing planner .

Asnelles is just a stone's throw from Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer. In May, daily temperatures in Asnelles can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. You will leave for home on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Asnelles

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, H2O Parapluies, Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer
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Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema ©
Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema
Musee du debarquement ©
Musee du debarquement
Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer ©

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