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Top Day Trips from Caen

Top Day Trips from Caen

The city of Caen in Calvados is a good base for seeing many top Normandy sites of interest including Normandy D-Day battlefield sites and the towns of Bayeux and Mont Saint-Michel. Here are a few adventurous day trips in northwestern France to enjoy from Caen.

Mont Saint-Michel

Widely considered among France’s most important sites and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the island commune of Mont Saint-Michel is a must-visit in northwestern France. See all the best spots on a private guided tour that walks along ancient, cobbled alleyways, ramparts, and through the abbey while offering insight into its 1,000-plus years of history.

Normandy D-Day Battlefield Sites

Take a guided tour to Pointe du Hoc and famous D-Day landing beaches such as Arromanches and Omaha, and hear powerful stories of D-Day beaches and battlefields along the Normandy coastline.  Some tours visit the Normandy American Cemetery and memorial grounds near Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Bayeux

One of the most important historic artifacts in Europe, the Bayeux Tapestry dates back to the 11th century and shines a light on the events leading up to the Norman invasion of England. Skip transportation and navigation worries and take a guided tour of Bayeux for context to attractions such as Notre-Dame de Bayeux Cathedral, the original home of the tapestry.

Honfleur

The picturesque port town of Honfleur was a favorite of Impressionist painters including Claude Monet, and the harbor still attracts artists and photographers today. Explore winding streets of half-timbered houses, soak up the atmosphere in traditional harborside cafes, and see Honfleur’s charms for yourself. Combine a visit to Honfleur with a tour that also includes Deauville and Trouville.

Rouen

Capital of the Normandy region, the medieval city of Rouen makes for a prime day trip from Caen. The city is home to top attractions including Rouen Cathedral—a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with the country’s tallest church spire—and the square where Joan of Arc was executed. Monet’s gardens at Giverny are also nearby, and some day trips from Caen take in both sites.

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Memorial de Caen Museum Admission Ticket

Memorial de Caen Museum Admission Ticket

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Explore the critical moments of World War II at the incredibly thorough Mémorial de Caen museum with this admission ticket. Learn about the significant points in a timeline spanning from the conclusion of World War I until the fall of the Berlin Wall, which gives viewers a much deeper understanding of the D-Day events that happened nearby. Start your visit with a film about D-Day, and your ticket is valid for 24 hours after you first enter the museum. Choose to visit the museum with or without an audio guide.
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Private Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Caen

Private Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Caen

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Spend a day exploring the surreal beauty of Mont St-Michel on this private tour from Caen. The 8th-century Benedictine Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rising from an island just off the Normandy coast. Tour the abbey with your expert guide, followed by free time to wander the village independently. Time permitting, choose to visit another nearby attraction, such as the towns of Balleroy, Avranches, Bayeux, St-Lô or Villedieu les Poeles, or the Abbey of Cerisy.
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Private Tour: Rouen and Giverny Day Trip from Caen

Private Tour: Rouen and Giverny Day Trip from Caen

Embark on a historical and cultural tour of Normandy on a day trip from Caen. An experienced guide accompanies you on this private day-long tour, which includes visits to both Rouen and Giverny. In Rouen you'll see the famous square where Joan of Arc was executed, and marvel at Rouen Cathedral's towering spire—the highest in France. In Giverny tour the former home and gardens of artist Claude Monet (own expense), where you can practically see his paintings come to life. This tour can be customized to suit your needs.
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