43 days in Vannes, La Rochelle & Arcachon Itinerary

43 days in Vannes, La Rochelle & Arcachon Itinerary

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Vannes
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La Rochelle
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Vannes

— 14 nights

Gateway to the Gulf

Founded over 2,000 years ago, Vannes is a vacation harbor town with beaches, shopping, museums, and gardens, as well as interesting medieval city gates and timber-framed houses scattered throughout its Old Town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Vannes: Baie de Plouharnel (in Plouharnel), Carnac (Geant du Manio, Carnac stones, &more) and Quiberon (Pointe du Conguel, Pointe du Percho, &more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Centre Historique de Vannes, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, steep yourself in history at Old City Walls of Vannes, and get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire et d'Archeologie.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Vannes online trip builder.

Paris to Vannes is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Vannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

La Rochelle

— 14 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cognac (Camus Cognac, Hennessy Les Visites, &more), Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou) and Puy du Fou (in Les Epesses). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, examine the collection at Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo de La Palmyre, and explore the activities along Vieux Port.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our La Rochelle trip planner.

Getting from Vannes to La Rochelle by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in La Rochelle can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Arcachon.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Arcachon

— 14 nights
A popular beach resort town on the Atlantic coast, Arcachon offers you fine, sandy beaches and a particularly mild climate said to be favorable to people suffering from pulmonary diseases.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cap-Ferret (Chapel of the Algerian villa, Le Phare du Cap Ferret, &more), Glisse en Herbe (in Lege-Cap-Ferret) and Ile aux Oiseaux (in La Teste-de-Buch). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at La Grande Dune du Pilat, take some stellar pictures from Observatoire Sainte-Cecile, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron, and do a tasting at Chateau d’Arche.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Arcachon day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Arcachon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Arcachon can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Arcachon

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Nature

Side Trips