12 days in Loire Itinerary

12 days in Loire Itinerary

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12 days in Loire Itinerary

Start: Nassau, New Providence Island
Fly + Drive:  27 h
1
Saint-Etienne
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Apinac
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
La Benisson-Dieu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Saint-Marcel-de-Felines
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  27 h
End: Nassau, New Providence Island

3
nights
Saint-Etienne

Saint-Etienne ©
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.
Visit Chateau de Boutheon and Eglise Sainte Marie for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Le chateau d'Essalois and Planetarium de Saint-Etienne. Change things up with a short trip to Site Le Corbusier in Firminy (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musee des Verts, explore the world behind art at Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Etienne Métropole, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Chappelle de la Charite Saint Etienne, and steep yourself in history at Musee de la mine.

Before you visit Saint-Etienne, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Nassau, Bahamas to Saint-Etienne is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. When traveling from Nassau in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Saint-Etienne, with highs around 30°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Apinac.

Things to do in Saint-Etienne

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Boutheon, Site Le Corbusier, Le chateau d'Essalois
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Musee de la mine ©
Musee de la mine
Le chateau d'Essalois ©
Le chateau d'Essalois
Chateau de Boutheon ©
Chateau de Boutheon

1
night
Apinac

Apinac ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): make a trip to Collegiale de Saint-Bonnet-le-Chateau, contemplate the long history of Eglise de l'Assomption-de-la-Vierge de Montarcher, then examine the collection at Ecomusee des monts du Forez, and finally contemplate the long history of Moulin de Vignal.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Apinac trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Saint-Etienne to Apinac by car takes about an hour. July in Apinac sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to La Benisson-Dieu.

Things to do in Apinac

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Eglise de l'Assomption-de-la-Vierge de Montarcher, Collegiale de Saint-Bonnet-le-Chateau, Ecomusee des Monts du Forez
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Moulin de Vignal ©
Moulin de Vignal
Collegiale de Saint-Bonnet-le-Chateau ©
Ecomusee des Monts du Forez ©
Ecomusee des Monts du Forez

2
nights
La Benisson-Dieu

La Benisson-Dieu ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Benedictine de Charlieu, examine the collection at Musee Hospitalier, then contemplate the long history of Couvent des Cordeliers, and finally see the interesting displays at Peniche Musee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Abbatiale de La Benisson-Dieu, look for gifts at Les Halles Diderot, then take in the waterfront activity at Port de Plaisance, and finally have fun at Espace Renoir.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our La Benisson-Dieu travel planner.

Traveling by car from Apinac to La Benisson-Dieu takes 2 hours. July in La Benisson-Dieu sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Saint-Marcel-de-Felines.

Things to do in La Benisson-Dieu

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Charlieu, Roanne, Couvent des Cordeliers
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Abbaye de la Benisson-Dieu ©
Abbaye de la Benisson-Dieu
Abbaye Benedictine de Charlieu ©
Abbaye Benedictine de Charlieu
Couvent des Cordeliers ©
Couvent des Cordeliers

3
nights
Saint-Marcel-de-Felines

Saint-Marcel-de-Felines ©
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de La Roche and La forteresse de Saint-Maurice. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de la Bastie d'Urfe and Maison des Grenadieres, Museum & workshop of goldwork embroidery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Marcel-de-Felines: Chateau de Couzan (in Sail-sous-Couzan), Chateau de Boen Musee des Vignerons du Forez (in Boen-sur-Lignon) and Prieure de Montverdun (in Montverdun).

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Marcel-de-Felines trip planning website .

Drive from La Benisson-Dieu to Saint-Marcel-de-Felines in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Saint-Marcel-de-Felines are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. 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 Casinos

Side Trips

Prieure de Montverdun, Chateau de La Roche, Chateau de Couzan, La forteresse de Saint-Maurice, Chateau d'Urfe
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Chateau de La Roche ©
Chateau de La Roche
Chateau de la Bastie d'Urfe ©
Chateau de la Bastie d'Urfe
Chateau de St Marcel de Felines ©
Chateau de St Marcel de Felines