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3 Days in Caen: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, July 2014

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Many visitors to Normandy use Caen as a base when planning on seeing World War II memorials and museums. But staying in Caen for a long weekend can yield many other wonderful surprises, so if war history isn't your thing or you've already visited the memorials and want a fresh look at the region, here's a three-day itinerary that is sure to provide lasting memories.

Day 1: Caen's History
Follow in the steps of William the Conqueror's historic reign by visiting the Abbaye aux Hommes (where he is buried), the Abbaye aux Dames and the walled Chateau de Caen with its well-preserved ramparts and interior buildings. While at the latter site, step into a more expansive history at the Normandy Museum, which covers the region through the ages.

The Mémorial de Caen is full of extensive exhibits on World War II and provides a history of the city and region during the Occupation right on through the Cold War and beyond. With stops to all of these sites, you'll be well on your way to becoming an expert on Caen.

Day 2: The Normandy Coast
The Normandy Coast and its World War II history are easily accessible from Caen. But to the east of Caen are a variety of sites as well. Start at the furthest point, Étretat, the home of cliffs that afford a bird's-eye-view of incredible natural arches honed to perfection over the course of millions of years. Outdoorsy types can see the largest of these arches via the GR21 hiking path.

On the way back to Caen, stop by Deauville to see the half-timbered mansions along the seaside Boulevard Cornuché. Then head to Honfleur, a neighboring village just across the mouth of the Seine River, and stroll along its charming quais before heading back to town.

Day 3: Mont Saint-Michel
Located on the border of Brittany and Lower Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel may be deemed by some as too far for a day trip from Caen. But thanks to Caen's central location, its spider web of highways will get you to Mont Saint-Michel in just under an hour and a half – not bad at all to see one of the stars  of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites collection.

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D-Day Tour Including Guided Visit of the Mémorial de Caen Museum, Lunch and D-Day Landing Beaches

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

Spend a remarkable day learning about D-Day at the Mémorial de Caen museum and exploring historic D-Day sites including the artificial harbor at ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $151.53

Private Tour: Normandy Landing Beaches, Battlefields, Museums and Cemeteries from Caen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Take a private tour from Caen to Normandy, where you’ll explore sites of the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944 – more famously known as D-Day. You can ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.00

Mémorial de Caen Museum Admission and Guided Tour of D-Day Sites from Caen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Learn all about World War II and the momentous events of D-Day on this tour that includes admission to the Mémorial de Caen museum and a 5-hour morning or ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.33

Private Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Caen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Visit one of the most iconic attractions in France on this private day trip to Mont St-Michel from Caen. Located just off the coast of Normandy, this UNESCO ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.00

Normandy D-Day Battlefields and Beaches Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1055 Reviews

Take a poignant, memorable day trip from Paris to visit the Normandy battlefields and landing beaches of World War II. You'll visit famous wartime sites and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $230.59
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Normandy Battlefields Day Trip: Omaha, Sword and the British Airborne Sector

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Retrace the first days of the Battle of Normandy on this World War II battlefields tour from Bayeux. Visit important WWII sites including Pointe du Hoc, Omaha ...  Read more

Location: Bayeux, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.59

Private Tour: Rouen and Giverny Day Trip from Caen

While in Caen, discover Normandy’s medieval past and visit the sites that inspired Impressionist painter Claude Monet on a Rouen and Giverny day trip! Be wowed ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.00

Mémorial de Caen Museum Admission with Optional Audio Guide

Take an incredibly powerful journey back in time at the Mémorial de Caen, Normandy’s most comprehensive World War II museum. Watch a gripping film on ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: Varies

From USD $25.04

Private Tour: Caen Sightseeing and Bayeux Day Trip from Caen

Delve into the history of Normandy on a full-day private tour of Bayeux and Caen. Enter Bayeux Cathedral, see the famous Bayeux Tapestry at Bayeux Tapestry ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.00

Private Tour: Honfleur, Deauville and Trouville Day Trip from Caen

On this day trip from Caen, join a private guide for a customizable tour of Honfleur, Deauville and Trouville, three lovely historical cities on the Normandy ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.00

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