11 days in Normandy, Dordogne & Bordeaux Itinerary

11 days in Normandy, Dordogne & Bordeaux Itinerary

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11 days in Normandy, Dordogne & Bordeaux Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  4​h
1
Rouen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Etretat
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Deauville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
6
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: London


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1
night
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Jumieges, then make a trip to Vieux, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rouen driving holiday planner .

London, UK to Rouen is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Rouen. July in Rouen sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fondation Claude Monet, Abbaye de Jumieges
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Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

1
night
Etretat

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): make a trip to Falaises d'Etretat, make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers, then admire the landmark architecture of Palais Benedictine, and finally stroll around Les Jardins D'Etretat.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Etretat trip tool .

You can drive from Rouen to Etretat in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July in Etretat, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Deauville.

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Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Palais Benedictine
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Chemin des Douaniers ©
Chemin des Douaniers
Palais Benedictine ©
Palais Benedictine

1
night
Deauville

Deauville ©
With its race course, harbour, international film festival, marinas, conference centre, villas, Grand Casino and sumptuous hotels, Deauville is regarded as the "queen of the Norman beaches" and one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France.
On the 26th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Deauville Beach and then make a trip to Vieux Bassin.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Deauville trip maker website .

Getting from Etretat to Deauville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Deauville

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Vieux Bassin
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Deauville Beach ©
Deauville Beach
Vieux Bassin ©
Vieux Bassin

1
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Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 27th (Sat), stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux visit app .

You can drive from Deauville to Bayeux in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

American Cemetery & Memorial, Remains Mulberry Harbour
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American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

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Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then stroll through Beach of Genets, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mont Saint-Michel.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel visit planner .

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, Beach of Genets
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

2
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sarlat-la-Caneda: Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac (in Audrix), Les Grottes de Maxange (in Le Buisson-de-Cadouin) and Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, make a trip to Vieux Sarlat, Head underground at La Grotte De Domme, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in July, you will find days in Sarlat-la-Caneda are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, La Grotte De Domme
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Les Jardins de Marqueyssac ©
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

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nights
Bordeaux

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, make a trip to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Chateau Paloumey, then admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux sightseeing app .

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Bordeaux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. July in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chateau Paloumey
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Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)
The Water Mirror ©
The Water Mirror

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