It looks like you can drive as quickly as you can take a train. We're leaving Amsterdam April 15 and heading to Bayeux. We've got a Uniworld Cruise boarding in Antwerpen April 19, departing April 20th. We're wanting to leave our cruise luggage at the train station in Antwerpen for four days and either ride the train to the Normandy area and rent a car; or take the train part way there and rent a car to drive the rest. With train connections, it looks like time wise, it's the same. Michelin maps lists several problem areas for the drive, but it also looks like you could take a coastal route, relax and enjoy the countryside. We're from Texas and so driving 5.5 hours both ways is not a problem. Making three connections on a train with luggage, is causing more anxiety thoughts than being in a car in control of our destiny. Has anybody done it? What towns would it be best to train it to and rent a car. Also, it looks like car rental companies are closed on Saturday and Sunday in the small towns and so we would have to turn the car back in on Friday. The boat doesn't leave Antwerpen til Sunday and so returning the car on Friday seems like a waste of a day where a rental car from Antwerpen gets us there when we need to be.
And I know I am over thinking this, but I don't know if we will get back there.