21 days in Paris, Normandy & Verdun Itinerary

21 days in Paris, Normandy & Verdun Itinerary

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Paris
— 3 nights
Train to Dol De Bretagne, Taxi to Mont-Saint-Michel
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Etretat
— 1 night
Drive
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Rouen
— 1 night
Drive
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Verdun
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Marcouf
— 2 nights
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grandcamp-Maisy
— 3 nights
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Paris

— 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, take a stroll through Le Marais, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary maker tool.

Little Rock, USA to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Little Rock in March, things will get slightly colder in Paris: highs are around 53°F and lows about 38°F. You will leave for Mont-Saint-Michel on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Paris

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Find places to stay Mar 5 — 8:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 9th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest, see the interesting displays at Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel, and then make a trip to La Grande Rue.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In March in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Museums
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

— 1 night
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Omaha Beach Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Les Braves, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, then steep yourself in history at Maison de la Liberation, and finally stroll through Omaha Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer trip planning tool.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Etretat

— 1 night
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 11th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, stroll around Les Jardins d'Etretat, take in the dramatic natural features at L'Aiguille Creuse, then take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, and finally don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Etretat online road trip planner.

Drive from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Etretat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 11:

Rouen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): make a trip to Vieux Rouen, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, appreciate the history behind Gros-Horloge, then take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, then contemplate the long history of Le Bucher de Jeanne d'Arc, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rouen online road trip planner.

Drive from Etretat to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Verdun.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 12:

Verdun

— 3 nights
The River Meuse runs through Verdun forming several canals throughout the valley, surrounded by hills with historical fortresses, battlefields, and underground barracks, as well as a healthy beer brewing culture.
Get out of town with these interesting Verdun side-trips: Saint Mihiel American Cemetery (in Romagne-sous-Montfaucon), Zoo d'Amnéville (in Amneville) and Metz (Œuvre de la cathédrale & Gare de Metz-Ville). And it doesn't end there: take in the history at La Tranchee de Chattancourt, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire du Faubourg-Pave, explore the ancient world of Collegiale Saint-Germain, and learn about all things military at Citadelle Souterraine de Verdun.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Verdun tour planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Verdun takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Verdun are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Saint-Marcouf.

Things to do in Verdun

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 15:

Saint-Marcouf

— 2 nights
Saint-Marcouf, Manche is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in north-western France.Second World WarDuring the Second World War, a German coastal battery near the village was bombed but fired on Allied forces landing on Utah Beach on D-Day and again on the 8th of June before being silenced by US battleships. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Batteries de Crisbecq, then catch all the local highlights with American-DDay-Tours, then see the interesting displays at World War 2 Museum, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Musee de Quineville.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Marcouf online day trip planner.

Drive from Verdun to Saint-Marcouf in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Verdun, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Saint-Marcouf, ranging from highs of 49°F to lows of 40°F. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Saint-Marcouf

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:

Colleville-sur-Mer

— 3 nights
Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Colleville-sur-Mer is known for historic sites and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, relax in the rural setting at La Grange au Mohair, witness the site of a historic battle at Croix de Guerre 5th Engineer Special Brigade, and examine the collection at Musee de la Mine.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Colleville-sur-Mer trip planner.

Drive from Saint-Marcouf to Colleville-sur-Mer in an hour. In March, daytime highs in Colleville-sur-Mer are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. On the 20th (Sun), you'll travel to Grandcamp-Maisy.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 20:

Grandcamp-Maisy

— 3 nights
Grandcamp-Maisy is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France.GeographyGrandcamp-Maisy is located on the coast, 9km north east of Isigny-sur-Mer and 4km west of Pointe du Hoc. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, witness the site of a historic battle at Maisy Battery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, and finally brush up on your military savvy at D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum). Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Gratot, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Coutances, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin des plantes de Coutances, then brush up on your military savvy at Normandy Victory Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Grandcamp-Maisy online road trip planner.

Grandcamp-Maisy is very close to Colleville-sur-Mer. March in Grandcamp-Maisy sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 38°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Grandcamp-Maisy

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 23:

Normandy travel guide

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Monuments · Landmarks · History Museums
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.