6 days in Clermont-Ferrand & Charente-Maritime Itinerary

6 days in Clermont-Ferrand & Charente-Maritime Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Lyon
Drive:  1 h 45 min
1
Clermont-Ferrand
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
2
Royan
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
La Rochelle
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
4
Saint Martin de Re, Ile de Re
— 1 night
Fly + Tram:  4 h
End: Lyon

2
nights
Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont-Ferrand ©
Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
Visiting Lac Pavin and Telepherique du Sancy will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Tournoel and Chateau de Parentignat. Venture out of the city with trips to L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine (in City of Issoire), Le Mont-Dore (Cascade du Queureuilh et du Rossignolet & Puy du Sancy) and Eglise Saint-Ferreol (in Murol). It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port and stroll through Le Puy du Pariou.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Clermont-Ferrand trip planner.

Lyon to Clermont-Ferrand is an approximately 2- hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Clermont-Ferrand can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Royan.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Le Mont-Dore, Chateau de Tournoel, L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine, Eglise Saint-Ferreol, Lac Pavin
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port ©
Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port
Chateau de Tournoel ©
Chateau de Tournoel
Le Puy du Pariou ©
Le Puy du Pariou

1
night
Royan

Royan ©
Royan is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, along the Atlantic Ocean, in southwestern France.A seaside resort, Royan is in the heart of an urban area estimated at 38,638 inhabitants, which makes it the fourth-largest conurbation in the department, after La Rochelle, Saintes and Rochefort. On the 6th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Grottes de Matata, look for all kinds of wild species at Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont, then enjoy the sand and surf at La Grande Cote, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Le Pont du Diable.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Royan vacation planner.

Getting from Clermont-Ferrand to Royan by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. August in Royan sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Royan

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Meschers-sur-Gironde, Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont
Highlights from your plan
Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines ©
Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont ©
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont
Le Pont du Diable ©
Le Pont du Diable

1
night
La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
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.
On the 7th (Fri), learn about all things military at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, examine the collection at Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, learn about all things military at Musee Maritime de La Rochelle, then examine the collection at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits, and finally examine the collection at Fort Vauban.

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Drive from Royan to La Rochelle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in La Rochelle sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Saint Martin de Re.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums

Side Trip

Fort Vauban
Highlights from your plan
Le Bunker de La Rochelle ©
Le Bunker de La Rochelle
Musee Maritime de La Rochelle ©
Musee Maritime de La Rochelle
Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle ©
Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle

1
night
Saint Martin de Re, Ile de Re

Saint Martin de Re ©
Saint-Martin-de-Ré is a commune in the western French department of Charente-Maritime.It is one of the ten communes located on the Île de Ré.HistoryFortificationsSaint-Martin-de-Ré has extensive fortifications, reflecting the strategic importance of the Île de Ré. On the 8th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Clocher Observatoire, explore the galleries of Abbaye des Chateliers, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Catherine de La Flotte, then visit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines, and finally stroll through Plage de la Conche des Baleines.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Saint Martin de Re trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Saint Martin de Re in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Saint Martin de Re are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Martin de Re

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Saint Clement des Baleines, La Flotte
Highlights from your plan
Abbaye des Chateliers ©
Abbaye des Chateliers
Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines
Clocher Observatoire ©
Clocher Observatoire