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How to Spend 3 Days in Bayeux

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How to Spend 3 Days in Bayeux
Bayeux is ideally situated for exploring Normandy; three days gives you plenty of time to tick off all of the surrounding sights. Maximize your time by booking a day tour that visits multiple destinations or choose a private tour for greater flexibility. Here’s how to spend three days in Bayeux.  

Day 1: Sightseeing in Bayeux
Bayeux’s compact Old Town is best explored on a walking tour, nearly all of which begin with the star attraction—the Bayeux Tapestry Museum (Musée de la Tapisserie). Opt for a morning tour to avoid the crowds and, if visiting independently, grab an audio guide for extra insight into the 1,000-year-old masterpiece.

Afterwards, learn about Bayeux’s lace making heritage at the Conservatoire de la Dentelle (Conservatory of Lace) before visiting the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Bayeux and the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy.

In the evening, book a table at an Old Town restaurant to sample Normandy’s cuisine. Opt for fish stew or meat à la Normande (with a creamy sauce) followed by tarte au pommes (apple tart). To further enjoy Normandy’s cuisine, food lovers can take a full-day tasting tour, which visit  cheesemakers and orchards.

Day 2: Discover the D-Day Beaches 
Bayeux lies minutes from the D-Day beaches, the landing sites where the fateful events of June 6th 1944 took place. The beaches, battlefields, and WWII sites are scattered all along the coast so having your own transport is essential—join a tour to skip the hassle of car hire and discover important historic context.

Day trips typically visit Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, and Pointe du Hoc, and give you time to pay your respects to the fallen soldiers at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. Canadian travelers can also visit Juno Beach and Hill 67, two important sites for Canadian troops. Several museums offer further insight into the historic events— if visiting independently, book tickets in advance for the D-Day Landing Museum of Utah Beach or the Arromanches 360° Cinema to avoid waiting in line. 

Day 3: Mont St Michel
There are numerous options for day trips from Bayeux; popular destinations include the historic cities of Rouen and Caen, and the picturesque port towns of Honfleur and Deauville. Normandy’s most impressive attraction is undoubtedly Mont St Michel; a UNESCO World Heritage-listed island monastery and one of the most photographed landmarks in France, which lies just off the coast of south Normandy.

Day trips typically include a walking tour of the hilltop monastery, and give you time to climb to the top and browse the shops in Mont St Michel village; stop at one of the restaurants to enjoy a Breton galette (a buckwheat pancake), a specialty of neighboring Brittany. Booking a round-trip transfer service from Bayeux allows travelers to explore independently without worry about car hire. 

Back in Bayeux, spend your final evening in a nearby coastal villages such as Cabourg, Ouistreham, and Luc-sur-Mer; in summer, most host lively night markets with live entertainment. 
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D-Day Tour - Utah Beach and Omaha Beach - full day group tour from BayeuxDay Trips

D-Day Tour - Utah Beach and Omaha Beach - full day group tour from Bayeux

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Visit one of WWII’s most important battle sites on this full-day small-group tour of the Normandy landing beaches from Bayeux. Walk the battlefields and beaches where thousands of Allied troops took part in history’s largest seaborne invasion and learn all about the fateful events of ‘D-Day’. Tour key sites like Utah Beach, Omaha Beach and Pointe Du Hoc, then pay your respects at the Normandy American Cemetery.
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Private Full-Day American Sector Guided D-Day Tour from BayeuxDay Trips

Private Full-Day American Sector Guided D-Day Tour from Bayeux

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Visit Second World War sites in Normandy on a full-day, private tour that explores the legacy of D-Day. From Utah Beach and Omaha Beach to the Normandy American Cemetery, you’ll follow in the footsteps of American soldiers in France, and with a personal tour guide to tailor the day to your interests, this private tour is a individualized alternative to more standard group itineraries.
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Full-Day Small-Group Cheese- and Cider-Tasting Tour from BayeuxCulinary & Gourmet Tour

Full-Day Small-Group Cheese- and Cider-Tasting Tour from Bayeux

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Taste your way through the flavors of Normandy on this full-day small-group cider and cheese tasting tour from Bayeux. Nibble on Camembert cheese made in the village of Camembert. Sample hard cider for which the region is famous. Enjoy gorgeous views of the French countryside along the way. Group size is limited to eight people. Choose to upgrade the tour to include lunch.
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Private Tour: Rouen and Giverny Day Trip from BayeuxDay Trips

Private Tour: Rouen and Giverny Day Trip from Bayeux

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Delve into Normandy’s medieval history with a private tour from Bayeux. Your first stop is Rouen, once one of France's greatest port towns. Marvel at its exquisite Gothic cathedral, take a guided tour of its restored medieval quarter and visit Market Square, the site of Joan of Arc's execution. Next, depart for Giverny, a charming country village where Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked. Explore his house and gardens or spend a couple hours at the Giverny Museum of Impressionisms. This day trip is customizable to fit your interests.
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Private Tour: Rouen, Bayeux, and Falaise Day Trip from BayeuxDay Trips

Private Tour: Rouen, Bayeux, and Falaise Day Trip from Bayeux

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Tick off the best bits of Normandy in one day on this private tour from Bayeux. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you marvel at the famous Bayeux tapestry, then follow in the footsteps of Joan of Arc and Rollo in historic Rouen. After lunch (own expense), continue to Caen, where highlights include the Abbaye aux Hommes and William the Conqueror’s Castle, then take a tour of the magnificent Château de Falaise.
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Private Tour: Full Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from CherbourgDay Trips

Private Tour: Full Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Cherbourg

See the world-famous Mont-Saint-Michel, and don’t worry about navigating big crowds, on this private, full-day tour from Cherbourg. Following hotel or port pickup, you’ll travel via air-conditioned minivan to Le Havre, where your guide will meet you and share coffee and croissants. From there, continue onwards to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy an omelette lunch at La Mère Poulard, the island community’s popular bistro (own expense) before visiting the Abbey, seeing the sights, and learning more about its history.
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Private Tour : Normandy Specialties Food Tour from BayeuxDay Trips

Private Tour : Normandy Specialties Food Tour from Bayeux

Indulge in a day of good French food and drink on this tour around Normandy. As this is a private tour you will receive personalized attention from your guide and be able to customize the itinerary to suit your tastes. See how local specialties are produced and visit local restaurants, all while learning about regional French cuisine and being inspired by delicious food.
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Mont Saint Michel - shuttle service from Bayeux

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Feast your eyes on the magnificent island-monastery Le Mont Saint Michel, one of France’s most iconic postcard images, on this full-day trip from Bayeux. This small-group tour includes round-trip transport by air-conditioned minibus and four hours of free time to explore independently. Visit the world famous Abbey and cloister on an audio tour (not included), climb the winding cobblestone paths to the 92-meter lookout point, or spend time exploring the shops and restaurants of the medieval citadel.
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