11 days in La Rochelle, Ile d'Oleron & Nantes Itinerary

11 days in La Rochelle, Ile d'Oleron & Nantes Itinerary

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La Rochelle
— 3 nights
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Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron
— 4 nights
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Nantes
— 3 nights
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La Rochelle

— 3 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Step out of La Rochelle with an excursion to Futuroscope in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou--about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium La Rochelle, head outdoors with La Rochelle Croisiere Haka, brush up on your military savvy at Musee Maritime de La Rochelle, and don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read La Rochelle trip builder site.

Dublin, Ireland to La Rochelle is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to La Rochelle. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in July; daily highs in La Rochelle reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron

— 4 nights
Saint-Pierre-d'Oléron is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern France.It is located on the island of Oléron.As the biggest city of the island, it is widely considered as the capital of the island. Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron is known for adventure, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a stroll along the water at Le Port de la Cotiniere, do a tasting at Vignoble Favre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Phibie, and don't miss a visit to Site Ostreicole Fort Royer.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron driving holiday website.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nantes

— 3 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Step out of Nantes to go to Les Epesses and see Puy du Fou, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, trek along Voie Verte Carquefou - Saint-Mars-la-Jaille, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nantes driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron to Nantes in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Nantes

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Ile d'Oleron travel guide

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Landmarks · Marinas · Lighthouses