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Jul 6th, 2014, 10:57 AM
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planning difficulty, normandy and brittany

I have read through these forums and through two guide books, but am still having trouble settling on an itinerary for normandy and brittany (4 adults) early september. We have 8 full days. I cannot get a handle on where to base ourselves so we are not moving hotels too often nor driving too much each day. We like full/busy itineraries. Our plan is to do the following:

arrive paris, drive that day to giverny
after that, divide our time beween:
roeun /honfleur /etrelat /bayeaux/ d day beaches/ mont st michel/ dinan- (would like to do some walking or biking here too)/ possibly st malo/
1 day cheese and cider touring

it looks like it makes sense to spend at least 2 nights in bayeux
how should i apportion the other nights/days??

any help would be much appreciated
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Jul 6th, 2014, 11:18 AM
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Day 1: Drive to Giverny, proceed to Rouen. Overnight in Rouen.
Day 2: Drive to Etretat, then to Honfleur. Overnight in Honfleur.
Day 3: Stay in Honfleur, see the town, maybe explore the coast (Deauville).
Day 4: Drive to Arromanches, D-Day beaches. In the afternoon, tapestry of Bayeux. Drive to Cancale. Overnight in Cancale.
Day 5: From Cancale, visit Mont St. Michel, St. Malo, Dinard, Cap Frehel. Fantastic beaches, maybe the best one in Erquy. Spend the rest of your time in the area.
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Jul 6th, 2014, 11:39 AM
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Nothing wrong with the above itinerary. I'll give you mine, which has only two bases.

Day 1: Drive to Giverny. Then go to Rouen. Head to Honfleur and overnight.

Now use Honfleur as your base for Etretat, Pays d'Auge (cider and cheese country), Deauville/Trouville and Bayeux/D-Day sites (Bayeux is a 1-1/4 hour drive from Honfleur). If you want to be closer to D-Day sites then go to Bayeux or somewhere nearby and spend a night.

For your Brittany portion my preference would be to stay in Dinan or Saint-Malo.

Use www.viamichelin.com for driving times and distances and many other things. The drive times don't include stops.
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Jul 6th, 2014, 06:38 PM
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Have you tried laying what you want to see out against a calendar? For example, traveller1959's and FrenchMystiqueTours suggestions could work very well, although they would not have given me sufficient time for my priorities in Rouen.

I loved Dinan.

I enjoyed, but was not wowed by, St. Malo.
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