36 days in Pays de la Loire Itinerary

36 days in Pays de la Loire Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Pays de la Loire holiday planner

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Angers
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Angers
— 7 nights
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Le Mans City
— 6 nights
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Fontevraud-l'Abbaye
— 4 nights
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Les Epesses
— 2 nights
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Les Sables-d'Olonne
— 5 nights
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Guerande
— 3 nights
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Nantes
— 7 nights
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Angers

— 7 nights

City of Flowers

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Angers: Doue-la-Fontaine (Bioparc de Doue-la-Fontaine & Le Mystere des Faluns - Les Perrieres), Manoir de Clairefontaine (in Bauge) and Zoo de La Fleche (in La Fleche). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Chateau de Brissac, get engrossed in the history at Musee Lurcat, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Angers tour planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Angers is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in April, with highs in Angers at 20°C and lows at 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Le Mans City.

Things to do in Angers

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Le Mans City

— 6 nights

Racing Capital

Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Le Mans City: Chateau du Lude (in Le Lude), Faienceries d'Art de Malicorne (in Malicorne-sur-Sarthe) and Centre de Bien-etre de l'Huilerie (in Dissay-sous-Courcillon). There's much more to do: bet on your favorite at Circuit permanent des 24 Heures du Mans, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans, and take an in-depth tour of 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Le Mans City route tool.

Drive from Angers to Le Mans City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Fontevraud-l'Abbaye.

Things to do in Le Mans City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Baths

Side Trips

Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

— 4 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fontevraud-l'Abbaye: Domaine Armand David (in Vaudelnay) and Le Puy-Notre-Dame (Domaine du Clos Saint Maur, Domaine de l'Enchantoir, &more).

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fontevraud-l'Abbaye day trip planning app.

You can drive from Le Mans City to Fontevraud-l'Abbaye in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Les Epesses.

Things to do in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Les Epesses

— 2 nights
On the 10th (Mon), get in on the family fun at Puy du Fou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Les jardins de William Christie, contemplate the waterfront views at L’Etang Aujardiere, and then walk around Parc Oriental de Maulevrier.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Les Epesses route maker website.

Getting from Fontevraud-l'Abbaye to Les Epesses by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. In May in Les Epesses, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Les Sables-d'Olonne.

Things to do in Les Epesses

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Les Sables-d'Olonne

— 5 nights
Les Sables-d'Olonne is a seaside town in western France, on the Atlantic Ocean. Change things up with these side-trips from Les Sables-d'Olonne: La Folie de Finfarine (in Poiroux), La Plage Du Veillon (in Talmont Saint Hilaire) and Le Moulin de Raire (in Sallertaine). And it doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at Vendee Evasion Parachutisme, wander the streets of Quartier de l'Ile de Penotte, head outdoors with Sports Nautiques Sablais, and don't miss a visit to Criee des Sables.

For maps and more tourist information, refer to the Les Sables-d'Olonne attractions planner.

Getting from Les Epesses to Les Sables-d'Olonne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can fly to Guerande.

Things to do in Les Sables-d'Olonne

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Guerande

— 3 nights
Guérande is a medieval town located in the département of Loire-Atlantique in western France. Change things up with a short trip to Sentier D'interpretation du Pointeau in Saint-Brevin-les-Pins (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Cite Medievale de Guerande, pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiale Saint-Aubin, stroll around Parc des Dryades, and contemplate the waterfront views at Terre De Sel.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Guerande trip maker.

You can fly from Les Sables-d'Olonne to Guerande in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May in Guerande, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in Guerande

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Nantes

— 7 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nantes: Golf de l'Ile d'Or (in Oree d'Anjou), Le Passage du Gois (in Barbatre) and Planete Sauvage (in Port-Saint-Pere). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, do a tasting at Domaine de la Grange, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, and get a taste of the local shopping with Passage Pommeraye.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nantes road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Guerande to Nantes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of flight and taxi. May in Nantes sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Trails

Side Trips

Pays de la Loire travel guide

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Theme Parks · Specialty Museums · Castles
With 368 km (230 miles) of Atlantic Ocean coast, Pays de la Loire is a region rich with picturesque ports, renowned seaside resorts, salt marshes, and a strong maritime tradition. As a vivacious region, it hosts two legendary races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans car races in June and the Vendée Globe sailing races in November. With five departments, the majority of the famous châteaux and attractions of the Loire Valley are located in the Centre region, and not in the Pays de la Loire, despite the name. However, you will be happy to find that the weather is mild and conducive to biking, strolling, boating, and sightseeing around the region while discovering its secrets, such as its vineyards and wineries from Saumur to Anjou.