6 days in Clermont-Ferrand & Charente-Maritime Itinerary

6 days in Clermont-Ferrand & Charente-Maritime Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Clermont-Ferrand
— 2 nights
2
Royan
— 1 night
3
La Rochelle
— 1 night
4
Saint Martin de Re, Ile de Re
— 1 night

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 Puy du Sancy will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Tournoel and Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Mont-Dore (Cascade du Queureuilh et du Rossignolet & Telepherique du Sancy), Eglise Saint-Ferreol (in Murol) and L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine (in City of Issoire). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Nectaire, stroll through Le Puy du Pariou, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chateau de Parentignat.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Clermont-Ferrand driving holiday planning site.

Lyon to Clermont-Ferrand is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Clermont-Ferrand are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Royan.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Le Mont-Dore, Chateau de Tournoel, Eglise de Saint-Nectaire, Lac Pavin, Eglise Saint-Ferreol
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, thenenjoy the sand and surf at La Grande Cote, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Le Pont du Diable.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Royan vacation planner.

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

Things to do in Royan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

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, thenexamine the collection at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits, and finally examine the collection at Fort Vauban.

To plan La Rochelle vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

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 °C and lows of °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 ©

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, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Catherine de La Flotte, thenvisit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines, and finally stroll through Plage de la Conche des Baleines.

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

Saint Martin de Re is very close to La Rochelle. In August, daytime highs in Saint Martin de Re are °C, while nighttime lows are °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 Beaches Museums

Side Trips

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