Home to the famous UNESCO–listed Mont St-Michel and the World War II D-Day beaches, the Normandy region makes for the perfect side trip for visitors to Paris. Here are a few ways to escape the busy capital and explore the French coast in style.
Paris lies within easy reach of the Normandy coast by road, and day trips allow visitors to explore the sites of interest in comfort. Explore Bayeux and the D-Day landing beaches of World War II and perhaps pay your respects at the cemeteries and memorials along the way, or visit Mont St-Michel—a medieval Benedictine abbey widely considered among France's top attractions.
Two-, three-, and four-day Normandy tours give travelers the chance to delve deeper into the French countryside and discover a world far removed from the capital, all with an expert tour guide. Explore Honfleur or Rouen, discover the rugged beauty of Caen and Brittany, and visit ancient castles hidden in the hills of the Loire Valley.
Things to Know
- Normandy's Utah Beach, the American Cemetery, Ponte du Hoc, and Omaha Beach lie about 175 miles (280 km) west of Paris, a drive of about three hours.
- Day tours from Paris typically last from 12 to 14 hours, including travel time, so be prepared for a long day.
- Be sure to bring your camera, seasonal clothing, water, and snacks for the journey.
- Tours typically include pickup and drop-off in central Paris, roundtrip transportation, and entrance fees.