56 days in Pays de la Loire Itinerary

56 days in Pays de la Loire Itinerary

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Fly to Nantes Atlantique Airport, Drive to Saint-Jean-de-Monts
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Saint-Jean-de-Monts
— 6 nights
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Talmont Saint Hilaire
— 7 nights
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Les Epesses
— 8 nights
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Angers
— 11 nights
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Le Mans City
— 11 nights
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Nantes
— 11 nights
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Saint-Jean-de-Monts

— 6 nights
Saint-Jean-de-Monts is a commune in the Vendée department in the Pays de la Loire region in western France.GeographyThe town is situated in the west of the département, between Notre-Dame-de-Monts and Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Jean-de-Monts: Noirmoutier en l'Ile (Madeleine Beach & Marais du Mullembourg), Ile d'Yeu (La Pierre Tremblante, Ile d'Yeu, &more) and Vendee Evasion Parachutisme (in Chateau-d'Olonne). There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Mini Golf le Marais, enjoy the sand and surf at La Plage de Saint-Jean-de-Monts, make a trip to Le Passage du Gois, and take a leisurely stroll along La Corniche vendeenne.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Jean-de-Monts trip itinerary maker.

Durham, USA to Saint-Jean-de-Monts is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Saint-Jean-de-Monts is 6 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Durham in July; daily highs in Saint-Jean-de-Monts reach 74°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Talmont Saint Hilaire.

Things to do in Saint-Jean-de-Monts

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Talmont Saint Hilaire

— 7 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Talmont Saint Hilaire side-trips: Vendee Miniature (in Bretignolles Sur Mer), Plage de Clemenceau (in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard) and Le Grand Defi (in Saint-Julien-des-Landes).

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Talmont Saint Hilaire tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Saint-Jean-de-Monts to Talmont Saint Hilaire takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Les Epesses.

Things to do in Talmont Saint Hilaire

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Les Epesses

— 8 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Les Epesses side-trips: Eglise Sainte Eulalie (in Benet), Fontenay-le-Comte (Donjon Des Cimes & Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption) and Maillezais (Embarcadere de l'Abbaye, Abbaye de Maillezais, &more).

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Les Epesses road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Talmont Saint Hilaire to Les Epesses in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Angers.

Things to do in Les Epesses

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Angers

— 11 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Angers: Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier (in Louresse-Rochemenier), Manoir de Clairefontaine (in Bauge) and Zoo de La Fleche (in La Fleche). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, don't miss a visit to Cale de la Savatte, explore the activities along Etang Saint-Nicolas, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Breze.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Angers journey planner.

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. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Le Mans City.

Things to do in Angers

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Le Mans City

— 11 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: Laval (Jardin de la Perrine, Basilique Notre-Dame d'Avesnieres, &more), L'Epicerie de Fontaine Daniel (in Saint-Georges-Buttavent) and Le Musee du Velo (in Villeneuve-en-Perseigne). And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at Le Spot, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans, take an in-depth tour of 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Le Mans City trip maker.

Traveling by car from Angers to Le Mans City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Le Mans City sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Le Mans City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Nantes

— 11 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Get out of town with these interesting Nantes side-trips: Ocearium du Croisic (in Le Croisic), Batz-sur-Mer (Musee des Marais Salants, Le Grand Blockhaus, &more) and Plage de Port-Kennet (in Piriac-sur-Mer). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, take a stroll through Passage Pommeraye, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nantes online holiday planner.

Getting from Le Mans City to Nantes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

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.