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Brittany and Normandy 15 days trip for approval

Jun 21st, 2015, 12:25 PM
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Brittany and Normandy 15 days trip for approval

Hi Everyone,

I would need Your help planning my trip to north of France, as a 30 yers old couple we are looking for amazing wievs, good food and wine, long walks troughout cosy towns. We will be going in the second week of July.

I don't know which town to choose for a base to visit the surrounding towns or places, how many days would I need in each of them?,

I'll be driving from Belgium/Gent and comming bck thrue Metz/France towards Germny.

Here is a list of places we would like to see - let me know which of them are wotrh it, or should I add others? In total the trip should take 15 days.

1. Fecamp, Le Treport, Etretat, St Valery en Caux

2. on the way to Rouen: Honfleur and Deaville

3. Caaen, Bayeux, Omaha beach, Pointe de Hoc (for the sundown) and US military cementary

4. St Malo, Dinan, Cancale, Mont St Michel, Rennes, Cap Frehel

Which of the towns in each point should be our base? Or should we stay in more than one for every point?

from there we will be driving back thrue Paris>>Metz>>Stutgart.

We want to stay in hotelsor some good B&B - white bedclothes and good breakfast is crucial.
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Jun 21st, 2015, 05:11 PM
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You'll find good food and wine in ırittany and Normandy, but the wine will not be local. These areas are cider country.

Here are my two trip reports that include Normandy and Brittany:

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...d-brittany.cfm

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...ummer-2009.cfm
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Jun 21st, 2015, 05:48 PM
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I've only seen some of these places, but FWIW, I was very pleased to see Rouen, Honfleur, Bayeux, Dinan, Mont St. Michel, Rennes, and Cap Frehel.

The only place you mention that I found a bit disappointing was St. Malo. It was fine -- just not on a par, IMO, with the other places I visited in the area.

Enjoy!
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Jun 22nd, 2015, 02:43 AM
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Bases are tricky because you want a good place to be able to drive around and good walking. My gut feel suggest Dinan and Bayeux as the two most obvious with enough to do in town after the tourists have gone home, though some will advise maybe a little Chateau/B&B on the outskirts. All good.

I only know the Fecamp area from the sea, but it is a nice enough little port.

Honfleur is special and worth staying in, Trouville is nicer than Deauville to stay in and Rouen apart from the very centre is less than inspiring. Staying in Le Havre would be my last choice, If I decided to stay near Rouen I'd look along the Seine and find a little town (Giverney may be too far away) and stay there. Note you might prefer to stay up on the cliffs than in the valley for better walking.
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Jun 22nd, 2015, 09:49 AM
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Thank You All for the prompt replay, Micheal I've read Your reports last week, very inspiring. I made some changes according to Your advices:

1. Fecamp (20 000population) or Etretat (1600 population) as a base, what do You recomand? and from there: Le Treport, St Valery en Caux

2. Honfleur as a base to visit: Deaville, Trouville

3. Bayeux as base to visit: Caaen, Omaha beach, Pointe de Hoc (for the sundown) and US military cementary

4. Dinan as base to visit: St Malo, Cancale, Mont St Michel, Rennes, Cap Frehel

How many days do You recommend to stay in each "base" ?
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Jun 22nd, 2015, 11:55 AM
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Visiting Deaville, Trouville, only for the casino I think
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Jun 24th, 2015, 09:52 AM
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Guys, can You help here?
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Jun 24th, 2015, 10:09 AM
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We were mesmerized by Etretat for hours after stopping in Fecamp for the Benedictine Tour. I would choose Etretat though we stayed in Honfleur and did both towns as a day tour.
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Jun 24th, 2015, 05:28 PM
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"How many days do You recommend to stay in each "base" ?"

That really depends on what YOU want to see and experience. I recommend that you consult guidebooks, identify what your priorities are, and note their opening hours. Then mark up a calendar, adding in your time for transportation, changing hotels, etc., and see how much time YOU want to spend in each of these places.

Have fun!
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Jun 26th, 2015, 10:51 AM
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I wrote up a cycle journey I made a couple of years ago. The first motivation was to visit Cabourg as a hommage to Marcel Proust so the first part of the report is about that.
The rest of the report talks about the DD landing sites and Deauville so it might be relevant to you.
Anyway lots to see.

http://andrewchum.blogspot.co.uk/201...s-cabourg.html
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Jun 28th, 2015, 10:28 AM
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so, I have analized the whole plan again:

day 1

in the morning we will see Gent/Belgium and from there drive to Fecamp

day 2

we will go to Le Treport and St Valery en Caux, driving on the evening back to Fecamp.

day 3

we will go to Etretat spend there half of the day and come back to Fecamp for the rest of the day.

day 4

in the morning we will drive to Honfleur where we want to stay for the night, is there anything inbetween to visit? or we should drive traight to Deaville, Trouville stay there for the whole day and g back to Honfleur for the night?

day 5

stay the whole day in Honfleur and stay there for second night.

day 6

drive to Bayeux where we gonna spend the whole day and the night

day 7

drive to Caen for he whole day and get back to Bayeux for the night

day 8

drive to Omaha beach, cementery and finish in the evening at pointe du Hoc, go back to Bayeux

day 9

drive to Mont St Michel and for the evening drive to Dinan

day 10

St Malo, Cap Frehel, after go back to Dinan

day 11

here I need Your help ! What to do? where to go? Stay for the whole day in Dinan?

day 12

drive from Dinan to Paris for overnight and some quick tour

day 13

drive bck to Stutgart/Germany


Please have a look at all days, any suggestions? what to do at day 11?

Do You know any places for Sand-yachting?

Because the french highways are pretty expensive we dont want use them, are the free toll roads in good condition?
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Jun 28th, 2015, 12:26 PM
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I would spend one night in MSM if I were you. We had many favorite and memorable stays in Normandy and Brittany last month and the night spent in Mont St Michel was not a disappointment.
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Jun 28th, 2015, 12:28 PM
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Sorry, yes the toll free roads are in good condition and you're right the highways can be pricey. Just set your gps for toll free. I liked toodling around the small roads too.
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Jun 28th, 2015, 07:08 PM
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The east-west highway between Dian and Morlaix in Brittany is toll free unless the policy has changed.
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Jun 28th, 2015, 07:20 PM
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Dian= Dinan
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Jun 28th, 2015, 11:12 PM
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"Fecamp ... in the morning we will drive to Honfleur where we want to stay for the night, is there anything inbetween to visit?"

Have you checked the Michelin Green Guide? There are places in the AREA that you might want to visit....

"drive to Mont St Michel and for the evening drive to Dinan"

Like LSky, I thought staying overnight in Mont St. Michel worthwhile -- a highlight of a highlight-filled trip, Not everyone feels that way. Here's a recent thread:
http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...-st-michel.cfm

"Stay for the whole day in Dinan?"

Again, you have options -- check your guidebooks. But be sure to leave enough time for charming Dinan itself!

Enjoy!
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Jun 29th, 2015, 10:44 AM
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"kja" could You name some "Have you checked the Michelin Green Guide? There are places in the AREA that you might want to visit...."

I didnt realize that You can stay in MSM sounds like a great idea, but I have one concern abut the parking, can You drive on the "island" itself, so that the tides dont take the car with?
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