12 days in Loire Itinerary

12 days in Loire Itinerary

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Fly to Saint-Étienne-Bouthéon Airport, Drive to Saint-Etienne
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Saint-Etienne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Apinac
— 1 night
Drive
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La Benisson-Dieu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Marcel-de-Felines
— 3 nights
Drive to Saint-Étienne-Bouthéon Airport, Fly to Nassau

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Saint-Etienne

— 3 nights
Situated in the Massif Central, Saint-Étienne is a bustling capital of the Loire department with diverse activities and attractions, such as natural gorges, cultural events, cathedrals, historical sites, museums, and restaurants.
Get some cultural insight at Musee de la mine and Chateau de Boutheon. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee des Verts and La Grand'Eglise. Take a break from Saint-Etienne with a short trip to Le chateau d'Essalois in Chambles, about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Planetarium de Saint-Etienne, examine the collection at Musee d'Art et d'Industrie, get in on the family fun at Pass Partoo, and admire the landmark architecture of Site Le Corbusier.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Etienne trip planning tool.

Nassau, Bahamas to Saint-Etienne is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Nassau in July, expect nights in Saint-Etienne to be colder, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Apinac.

Things to do in Saint-Etienne

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Apinac

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Collegiale de Saint-Bonnet-le-Chateau, steep yourself in history at Eglise de l'Assomption-de-la-Vierge de Montarcher, then see the interesting displays at Ecomusee des Monts du Forez, and finally steep yourself in history at Moulin de Vignal.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Apinac trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint-Etienne to Apinac in an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Benisson-Dieu.

Things to do in Apinac

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

La Benisson-Dieu

— 2 nights
On the 30th (Mon), admire the striking features of Abbaye Benedictine de Charlieu, see the interesting displays at Musee Hospitalier, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Couvent des Cordeliers, and finally see the interesting displays at Peniche Musee. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye de la Benisson-Dieu, then look for gifts at Les Halles Diderot, then go for a stroll along the water at Port de Plaisance, and finally watch a film at Espace Renoir.

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You can drive from Apinac to La Benisson-Dieu in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Saint-Marcel-de-Felines.

Things to do in La Benisson-Dieu

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nightlife

Side Trips

Saint-Marcel-de-Felines

— 3 nights
Popular historic sites such as Chateau de La Roche and Chateau de St Marcel de Felines are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau de la Bastie d'Urfe and La forteresse de Saint-Maurice. Explore Saint-Marcel-de-Felines' surroundings by going to Chateau de Couzan (in Sail-sous-Couzan), Maison des Grenadieres (in Cervieres) and Chateau d'Urfe (in Champoly).

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Marcel-de-Felines trip itinerary app.

You can drive from La Benisson-Dieu to Saint-Marcel-de-Felines in an hour. In July in Saint-Marcel-de-Felines, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Marcel-de-Felines

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trips

Loire travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos