39 days in Pays de la Loire & Paris Itinerary

39 days in Pays de la Loire & Paris Itinerary

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Nantes
— 4 nights
Bus to La Barre-de-Monts - Port Fromentine, Ferry to Ile d'Yeu
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Ile d'Yeu
— 3 nights
Ferry to Barre.Mont Port From, Bus to Les Sables-d'Olonne
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Les Sables-d'Olonne
— 4 nights
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Les Epesses
— 2 nights
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Angers
— 5 nights
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Fontevraud-l'Abbaye
— 3 nights
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Le Mans City
— 5 nights
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Paris
— 12 nights
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Nantes

— 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nantes: Detours en Loire (in Le Cellier), Plage de la Govelle (in Batz-sur-Mer) and Manege des Platanes (in La-Baule-Escoublac). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, and hike along La Maison de la Riviere.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nantes trip itinerary maker app.

Exeter, UK to Nantes is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Exeter to Nantes is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ile d'Yeu.

Things to do in Nantes

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ile d'Yeu

— 3 nights
Ile d'Yeu is known for nature, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Plage de l'Anse des Soux, head off the coast to Ile d'Yeu, pause for some serene contemplation at L'Eglise de Saint-Sauveur, and make a trip to Port des Vieilles.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ile d'Yeu trip builder website.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Nantes to Ile d'Yeu in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Ile d'Yeu can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Les Sables-d'Olonne.

Things to do in Ile d'Yeu

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Les Sables-d'Olonne

— 4 nights
Les Sables-d'Olonne is a seaside town in western France, on the Atlantic Ocean. Venture out of the city with trips to Plage de Clemenceau (in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard), Plage Naturiste de la Pointe d'Arcay (in La Faute sur Mer) and Reserve Naturelle Michel Brosselin (in Saint-Denis-du-Payre). There's still lots to do: have fun at Vendee Evasion Parachutisme, hike along Le sentier de la Pointe du Payre, see the interesting displays at La Feerie des Santons, and look for gifts at Carre Gourmand.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Les Sables-d'Olonne trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Ile d'Yeu to Les Sables-d'Olonne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. August in Les Sables-d'Olonne sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Les Epesses.

Things to do in Les Sables-d'Olonne

Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games · Beaches

Side Trips

Les Epesses

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Puy du Fou. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along L’Etang Aujardiere, take in the architecture and atmosphere at L’eglise Notre-Dame du Vieux Pouzauges, then see the interesting displays at Musee national de lattre de tassigny, then admire the natural beauty at Les jardins de William Christie, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Les Epesses online route planner.

Traveling by car from Les Sables-d'Olonne to Les Epesses takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Angers.

Things to do in Les Epesses

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Angers

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Angers: Zoo de La Fleche (in La Fleche), Bioparc de Doue-la-Fontaine (in Doue-la-Fontaine) and La Mine Bleue (in Noyant-la-Gravoyere). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Brissac, examine the collection at Musee du Bon Pasteur, see some colorful creatures with Angers Plongee Apnee, and explore the activities along Lac de Maine.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Angers day trip planning site.

Getting from Les Epesses to Angers by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Angers, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fontevraud-l'Abbaye.

Things to do in Angers

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

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

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Fontevraud-l'Abbaye sightseeing planner.

Getting from Angers to Fontevraud-l'Abbaye by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. September in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Le Mans City.

Things to do in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Le Mans City

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Le Mans City: Le Musee du Velo (in Villeneuve-en-Perseigne), Les Domaines de l'Ane (in Gesnes-le-Gandelin) and Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny). There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Le Spot, stroll around Parc de Loisirs de la Colmont, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame d'Avesnieres, and head outdoors with Ad'Air.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Le Mans City trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Fontevraud-l'Abbaye to Le Mans City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. September in Le Mans City sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Le Mans City

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Paris

— 12 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more), Moulin de Pierre (in Artenay) and Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Paris travel route planner.

Getting from Le Mans City to Paris by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.