6 days in Clermont-Ferrand & Charente-Maritime Itinerary

6 days in Clermont-Ferrand & Charente-Maritime Itinerary

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6 days in Clermont-Ferrand & Charente-Maritime Itinerary

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lac Pavin and Cascade du Queureuilh et du Rossignolet. Chateau de Tournoel and Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Clermont-Ferrand: Eglise Saint-Ferreol (in Murol), Le Mont-Dore (Telepherique du Sancy & Puy du Sancy) and L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine (in City of Issoire). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Le Puy du Pariou, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Parentignat, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Nectaire.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Clermont-Ferrand sightseeing website .

Lyon to Clermont-Ferrand is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In août, daytime highs in Clermont-Ferrand are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Royan.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Le Mont-Dore, Lac Pavin, Eglise Saint-Ferreol, Chateau de Parentignat, Eglise de Saint-Nectaire
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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

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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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Grottes de Matata, look for all kinds of wild species at Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Grande Cote, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Le Pont du Diable.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Royan road trip planner.

Getting from Clermont-Ferrand to Royan by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in août, and nighttime lows around 18°C. 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
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Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines ©
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont ©
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont
Le Pont du Diable ©
Le Pont du Diable

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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, then learn about all things military at Musee Maritime de La Rochelle, then see the interesting displays at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits, and finally see the interesting displays at Fort Vauban.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our La Rochelle tour itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Royan to La Rochelle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In août in La Rochelle, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saint Martin de Re.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums

Side Trip

Fort Vauban
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Le Bunker de La Rochelle ©
Le Bunker de La Rochelle
Musee Maritime de La Rochelle ©
Musee Maritime de La Rochelle

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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 enjoy the sea views from Phare des Baleines, and finally kick back and relax at Plage de la Conche des Baleines.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Saint Martin de Re trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from La Rochelle to Saint Martin de Re by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or ride a ferry. In août, 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 Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

La Flotte, Saint Clement des Baleines
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Abbaye des Chateliers ©
Abbaye des Chateliers
Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines
Clocher Observatoire ©
Clocher Observatoire