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4 Day D-Day Road Trip Intinerary to Normandy, France

Normandy is best known for the battle of D-Day invaision during World War Two, from  June 6th, 1944 until July, 1944. Operation Overlord took palce on the beaches  Juno, Omaha, Gold, Utah and Sword, which were swormed with American, Canadian and British troops. Air attacks took place from above to help weaken the German forces and allow the troops to enter via the beaches. In the end over 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded or went missing during the Battle of Normandy.

Our long weekend was rather spontaneously booked 2/3 weeks before we went. I first wanted to surprise my partner to visit there as he’s wanted to go for a long time to visit all the  D-Day museums and learn more of the history of WW2. Well, I tried keeping it a surprise until he borrowed my laptop that had open my Trip Advisor account showing places to visit!! However it was good that he found out really, as we could both plan exactly what we want to see and do.

 “D-Day” means the day on which a military operation begins.

We reserved a car from Europcar, booked the beautiful Le Clos Saint Jean B&B and had a full list of museums, memorials and places to walk planned for our weekend. Driving from Rotterdam, Netherlands to Bayeux, France took us roughly 6.5 hours, not including our lunch stop, but it was a good drive with only one traffic jam of 30mins.

DSC_2025We arrived by the late afternoon, greeted by an amazing couple who had been running the B&B only for 3 months. They recommended that we walk along from the little stoney beach thats only 400m from the B&B to Omaha beach while the tide is out, and back along the bike path at the top of the cliff. It was a lovely 1 hour walk to do before settling in for the evening. It was cool and uncool at the same time to walk there, knowing so many people, most younger than us, had died there. 

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Check out the links below of how our 4 day itinerary weekend!

Day One –  360 Museum, D-Day Museum De Debarquement, Pegasus Bridge museum & Arromanche.

Day Two – Pointe Du Hoc,  La Combe German Cemetery, American Cemetery & Memorial, the Overlord Museum & Bayeux.

Day Three – The Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy, British War Cemetery, Bayeux Tapestry Museum, 1944 Radar Museum & the Longues-sur-Mer battery.

Day Four – Leaving the B&B to drive back home via the Fortress of Mimoyecques & La Coupole.

Pin for later:

DDAY 4 day Itinerary Normandy France togetherintransit.nl

Have you been before? We’d love to hear your tips for next time! Let us know in the comments!

 

*This trip was in 2016

 

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55 Comments

  • Reply
    lisannevanbeurden
    8th December 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Normany looks incredible! I love that you included your itinerary so clearly too.

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      8th December 2017 at 6:48 pm

      I try and stay organised sometimes haha!

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    cassiepearse
    8th December 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Gosh, you fitted in a lot. What an amazing looking b and b. Thanks for sharing your itinerary , now my life is a lot easier!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      8th December 2017 at 6:49 pm

      The B&B was outstanding! so cosy and personal but spacious too. I hope it helps with any planning you may do!

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    Brittany
    8th December 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Normandy has always been on my bucket list. Your photos make it look so gorgeous. I’ll definitely check our your recommendations when I visit.

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      8th December 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Thank you!

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    Hedda
    8th December 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Lovely blog post! Thank you for your tips, I’ll definatly go there some time. 😊👍

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      8th December 2017 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you 🙂 Hope they will be helpful!

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    Unta
    8th December 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I like the beach, it’s very unusual and looks so much fun. Interesting read, would love to visit this place.

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      8th December 2017 at 7:27 pm

      Yes most definitely unusual but so much to take in regarding the history!

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    Mona Corona
    8th December 2017 at 7:26 pm

    I will definitely be referring to your itinerary when I visit! Great post.

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      8th December 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you! hope it helps!

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    myfabfiftieslife
    8th December 2017 at 7:30 pm

    I will definitely check out this b&b next time I’m there!

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    Abby's Atlas
    8th December 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Beautiful! Im dying to go to Normandy!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      8th December 2017 at 7:43 pm

      We put it off way too long which is why it was planned so sudden at the time haha! But thats always the case with places on your travel list!

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    World Travel Bug
    8th December 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I love Normady! And now you make me really miss it again. It looks like you had a wonderful weekend there

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      8th December 2017 at 8:51 pm

      It sure was! Thanks for commenting 🙂

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    Sarah
    8th December 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Good to know you … and we! … can drive there pretty easily from Rotterdam! Normandy is definitely on our list. Would love to stay at this B&B too!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      8th December 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Yeah totally recommended! The drive wasn’t so bad (luckily no traffic surprisingly) but we would consider stopping on the way to see more if we had extra time.

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    Bonnie
    8th December 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I love Normandië 😍 Was een paar jaar terug bij Etretat, ben je vast ook geweest? En natuurlijk Mont St Michel 👌🏻 XX

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      9th December 2017 at 10:31 am

      Nee had geen tijd voor helaas! voor de volgende keer zeker! 🙂

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    Varsha
    8th December 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Hi, thanks for all the details. Normandy is in my bucket lust and your post made my plans easier. ☺

    • Reply
      Zoe | Together In Transit
      10th December 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Good to hear that this might be helpful! 🙂

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    Christina Guan (@happy2wander)
    8th December 2017 at 11:39 pm

    haha so funny how he found out about the surprise, but looks like it worked out! I’d love to revisit Normandy and visit some of these spots, especially since we learned about so many of them in Social Studies class. I’ve only ever been to the pretty towns like Rouen and Etretat so some historical sights would be great for next time. Lovely post!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      9th December 2017 at 11:05 am

      Thank you for your comment. It sure was a great trip and I’d also love to go back to revisit the bits we missed!

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    Joanna Davis
    9th December 2017 at 8:53 am

    I have traveled to Normandy before but never to Omaha Beach and Bayeux. I can imagine that visiting these places can get a bit emotional, due to their historical importance.

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      9th December 2017 at 11:06 am

      It was most definitely a lot to take in. Very touching.

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    Sierra Dehmler
    9th December 2017 at 10:49 am

    Ooh, I’d never had Normandy on my bucketlist but now I’m thinking I might need to add it!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      9th December 2017 at 11:06 am

      Would totally recommend it. Beautiful northern France but with very historical value.

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    dorothyadele
    9th December 2017 at 11:02 am

    We stayed for a night and dined on the best Dover Sole that I had ever eaten. We took an eight-hour tour the next day. You are lucky that you were able to stay longer. Nice itinerary and post.

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      9th December 2017 at 11:06 am

      Thank you 🙂

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    apackedlife
    9th December 2017 at 1:45 pm

    That’s brought back lots of happy memories. Normandy and Provence were the holiday spots of my childhood, and I can still remember vividly seeing the Bayeux Tapestry for the first time.

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      10th December 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Lovely to hear! The Bayeux Tapestry I loved seeing, so much detail!

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    Hazel
    9th December 2017 at 3:17 pm

    It looks like you had an awesome time! I’ve promised my husband for years we will go to Normandy- we’ve made it to Ypres but no further yet! Thanks for the ideas!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      10th December 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you we did! Hope you make it there someday 🙂

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    Lenka Zlámalová
    9th December 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I would love to visit Normandy once! Thank you for sharing your itineraries. And that B&B looks amazing!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      10th December 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you 🙂

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    Ha
    9th December 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I haven’t visited Normandy yet but know about this place through a movie series named Vikings 😀 This place looks really nice and peaceful. Would love to visit here in the future 🙂

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      10th December 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Totally recommended!

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    Annie
    9th December 2017 at 6:43 pm

    I went to Normandy for my first school trip when I was 11, your post brought back some fun memories. Thanks for sharing!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      10th December 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks for commenting 🙂 I too had visited when I was much younger, but now I could see all I wanted and remember it all this time!!

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    memoirsmusings (Char)
    9th December 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Last minute trips are ALWAYS the best! I’ve never been to Normandy but that B&B looks adorable and I will definitely be browsing through your adventures!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      10th December 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you 🙂

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    Lisa - The Wandering Lens
    9th December 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Ah Normandy looks so beautiful! I was living in the south of France for two years and never got up there! Definitely need to get back for a visit 🙂

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      10th December 2017 at 3:41 pm

      Oh I am a big fan of the South of France, would go every year with family towards the Dordogne!

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    Christina
    10th December 2017 at 12:35 am

    We loved visiting Normandy too! We only spent a day trip here, but wish we had more time to explore like y’all did!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      10th December 2017 at 3:41 pm

      There’s always another time right? 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

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    theyogiwanderer
    10th December 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Would love to visit Normandy! And that B&B looks amazing! Saving this fir the near future 😉

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      10th December 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Lovely to hear! Thank you for commenting 🙂

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    tanamerarumbai
    10th December 2017 at 9:13 pm

    My husband wants to go there badly. Thank you for the itinerary. And by the way, that B&B looks nice!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      11th December 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Thank you! I hope my Itinerary will inspire you both to go! 🙂

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    mapsandmuses
    10th December 2017 at 9:13 pm

    This is such a great guide. I need to go back to France and explore more!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      11th December 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Thank you! I still have many places on my list to visit but sure was fun in Normandy!!

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    Taylor
    12th December 2017 at 11:06 am

    Beautiful post! Will definitely keep your tips in mind if I make it over to Normandy!

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      12th December 2017 at 2:29 pm

      Thank you 🙂

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