56 days in Pays de la Loire Itinerary

56 days in Pays de la Loire Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Durham
Fly + Drive:  17 h 30 min
1
Saint-Jean-de-Monts
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Talmont Saint Hilaire
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Les Epesses
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Angers
— 11 nights
Drive:  45 min
5
Le Mans City
— 11 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Nantes
— 11 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Durham

6
nights
Saint-Jean-de-Monts

Saint-Jean-de-Monts ©
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near 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 much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Mini Golf le Marais, walk around Explora Parc, don't miss a visit to Le Passage du Gois, and wander the streets of Quartier de l'Ile de Penotte.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Jean-de-Monts journey builder app.

Durham, USA to Saint-Jean-de-Monts is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Durham to Saint-Jean-de-Monts. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Durham in July, with highs in Saint-Jean-de-Monts at 74°F and lows at 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 Fun & Games

Side Trips

Les Sables-d'Olonne, Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, Ile d'Yeu, Noirmoutier en l'Ile, Le Moulin de Raire
Highlights from your plan
Zoo des Sables d'Olonne ©
Zoo des Sables d'Olonne
Mini Golf le Marais ©
Mini Golf le Marais
Nelly's Ranch ©
Nelly's Ranch

7
nights
Talmont Saint Hilaire

Talmont Saint Hilaire ©
Get out of town with these interesting Talmont Saint Hilaire side-trips: Le Grand Defi (in Saint-Julien-des-Landes), Vendee Miniature (in Bretignolles Sur Mer) and Miellerie des Fontenelles (in Triaize).

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Talmont Saint Hilaire trip planner.

Getting from Saint-Jean-de-Monts to Talmont Saint Hilaire by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Les Epesses.

Things to do in Talmont Saint Hilaire

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

L'Ile-d'Olonne, Plage de la Terriere, Parc Floral et Tropical de la Court d'Aron, Verrerie d'Art de Bourgenay, La Folie de Finfarine
Highlights from your plan
Le Grand Defi ©
Le Grand Defi
Labyrinthe En Delire ©
Labyrinthe En Delire
La Plage Du Veillon ©
La Plage Du Veillon

8
nights
Les Epesses

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

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Les Epesses online visit planner.

You can drive from Talmont Saint Hilaire to Les Epesses in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Les Epesses can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Angers.

Things to do in Les Epesses

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cholet, Maillezais, La Roche-sur-Yon, Fontenay-le-Comte, Mervent
Highlights from your plan
Puy du Fou ©
Puy du Fou
Chateau de Tiffauges ©
Chateau de Tiffauges
Musee national de lattre de tassigny ©
Musee national de lattre de tassigny

11
nights
Angers

Angers ©
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 Angers' surroundings by going to Manoir de Clairefontaine (in Bauge), Doue-la-Fontaine (Bioparc De Doue La Fontaine, Le Mystere des Faluns - Les Perrieres, &more) and Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier (in Louresse-Rochemenier). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lac de Maine, make a trip to Cale de la Savatte, get in on the family fun at Terra Botanica, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Angers ouvert.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Angers trip maker site.

You can drive from Les Epesses to Angers in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Le Mans City.

Things to do in Angers

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Saumur, Doue-la-Fontaine, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Chateau de Marson, Le Jardin des Kangourous
Highlights from your plan
Bioparc De Doue La Fontaine ©
Bioparc De Doue La Fontaine
Lac de Maine ©
Lac de Maine
Etang Saint-Nicolas ©
Etang Saint-Nicolas

11
nights
Le Mans City

Le Mans City ©
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), Le Musee du Velo (in Villeneuve-en-Perseigne) and L'Epicerie de Fontaine Daniel (in Saint-Georges-Buttavent). Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at Le Spot, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de la Visitation, get engrossed in the history at 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum, and explore the ancient world of Enceinte Gallo-Romaine du Mans.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Le Mans City trip website.

You can drive from Angers to Le Mans City in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Le Mans City, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in Le Mans City

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Laval, Spaycific'Zoo, Perche Natural Park, Carnuta - L'Homme et la Foret, Parc de Loisirs de la Colmont
Highlights from your plan
Spaycific'Zoo ©
Spaycific'Zoo
Le Spot ©
Le Spot
Chapelle de la Visitation ©
Chapelle de la Visitation

11
nights
Nantes

Nantes ©
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: Plage de Port-Kennet (in Piriac-sur-Mer), Ocearium du Croisic (in Le Croisic) and Batz-sur-Mer (Musee des Marais Salants, Le Grand Blockhaus, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, take a stroll through Village de Trentemoult, get a taste of the local shopping with Passage Pommeraye, and make a trip to Cite Medievale de Guerande.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nantes day trip site.

Drive from Le Mans City to Nantes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Nantes are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Nazaire, Batz-sur-Mer, Guerande, Pornic, Plage de Port-Kennet
Highlights from your plan
Les Machines de L'ile ©
Les Machines de L'ile
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne ©
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne
Jardin des Plantes ©
Jardin des Plantes