11 days in Normandy & Ghent Itinerary

11 days in Normandy & Ghent Itinerary

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Honfleur, France
— 2 nights
Caen, France
— 4 nights
Giverny, France
— 2 nights
Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights


Honfleur, France

— 2 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
On the 17th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Honfleur trip planner.

Ghent, Belgium to Honfleur is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or 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 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Caen.

Things to do in Honfleur

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Caen, France

— 4 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Normandy American Cemetery and Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Appreciate the collections at Memorial de Caen and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. Get out of town with these interesting Caen side-trips: Cathedrale Notre-Dame (in Bayeux), Omaha Beach (in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer) and Musee du debarquement (in Arromanches-les-Bains). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Dames, make a trip to Abbaye aux Hommes, examine the collection at Airborne Museum, and steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Caen day trip planning website.

You can drive from Honfleur to Caen in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. July in Caen sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Giverny.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 23:

Giverny, France

— 2 nights
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny, relax and rejuvenate at Meshi Mushki, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Evreux. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, then examine the collection at Fondation Claude Monet, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee des impressionnismes.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Giverny road trip planning tool.

Getting from Caen to Giverny by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Giverny sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can fly to Ghent.

Things to do in Giverny

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

Ghent, Belgium

— 2 nights
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and then explore the activities along Minnewater Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, make a trip to The Markt, then examine the collection at Bruges Beer Experience (Bruges Beer Museum), and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ghent trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Giverny to Ghent in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July in Ghent, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

Normandy travel guide

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.