18 days in Cognac & Charente-Maritime Itinerary

18 days in Cognac & Charente-Maritime Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nouvelle-Aquitaine trip planner

©
Make it your trip
Fly to La Rochelle-Île de Ré Airport, Drive to Cognac
1
Cognac
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Royan
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron, Ile d'Oleron
— 3 nights
Drive
4
La Rochelle
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Saint Martin de Re, Ile de Re
— 2 nights
Drive to La Rochelle-Île de Ré Airport, Fly to Durham

S M T W T F S
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25

Cognac

— 3 nights
Cognac is a commune in the Charente department in southwestern France. Discover out-of-the-way places like Eglise Saint-Leger and Espace Decouverte en Pays du Cognac. La Maison de la Lieutenance and Le Pole-Nature de la Pierre de Crazannes will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cognac: Melle (Eglise Saint Hilaire & Eglise Saint Savinien), Eglise St Pierre (in Aulnay) and Chateau de Dampierre-sur-Boutonne (in Dampierre-sur-Boutonne). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Musée des Arts du Cognac, get to know the fascinating history of Camino de Santiago, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cognac Meukow.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cognac trip itinerary maker website.

Durham, USA to Cognac is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Durham to Cognac due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in September, expect Cognac to be a bit cooler, temps between 75°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Royan.

Things to do in Cognac

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:

Royan

— 4 nights
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. Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Beaulon and Phare de Vallieres are in your itinerary. We've included these beaches for you: Plage du Chay and Plage de la Pointe Espagnole. Explore Royan's surroundings by going to Pole Nature de Vitrezay (in Saint Bonnet sur Gironde), Ermitage Saint-Martial (in Mortagne-sur-Gironde) and Saint-Estephe (Chateau Phelan Segur & Église Saint-Étienne). And it doesn't end there: stop by Le Comptoir Iberique, take a leisurely stroll along Le Puits de l' Auture, stroll through Plage de la Coubre, and take some stellar pictures from Cabanes a Carrelets - Saint-Palais-sur-Mer.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Royan online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cognac to Royan in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September in Royan, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron.

Things to do in Royan

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 10:

Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron, Ile d'Oleron

— 3 nights
Saint-Pierre-d'Oléron is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern France.It is located on the island of Oléron.As the biggest city of the island, it is widely considered as the capital of the island. Get some cultural insight at Fort Louvois and Chateau de Bonnemie. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eglise Saint-Pierre and Le Musee de L'Ile d'Oleron. Go for a jaunt from Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron to Hiers-Brouage to see Place Forte de Brouage about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Site Ostreicole Fort Royer, stop by Retour de Plage, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Pierre de Sales, and paddle through the water with Island Kayak Oleron.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron trip planner.

Drive from Royan to Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

La Rochelle

— 4 nights

White City

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Le Bunker de La Rochelle and Abbaye de Maillezais. Visit Embarcadere de l'Abbaye and Abbaye de Nieul-sur-l'Autise for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting La Rochelle side-trips: Fort Vauban (in Fouras) and Rochefort (Musee National de la Marine & Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Musee Maritime de La Rochelle, walk around Parc Charruyer, get a taste of the local shopping with Marche du Centre Ville, and stop by Infini'the.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Rochelle online vacation planner.

You can drive from Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron to La Rochelle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saint Martin de Re.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:

Saint Martin de Re, Ile de Re

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Arnerault, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Catherine de La Flotte, browse the fresh offerings at Le Marche Couvert, look for gifts at Osez ! Sophie..., then take some stellar pictures from Clocher Observatoire, and finally make a trip to Eglise Saint-Martin de Saint-Martin-de-Re.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Martin de Re online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Saint Martin de Re takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or ride a ferry. In September in Saint Martin de Re, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Martin de Re

Shopping · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Charente-Maritime travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Aquariums · Zoos
Named after the Charente River, the Charente-Maritime department is where French inhabitants go to vacation on its 482 km (300 mi) of pristine coastline along the Atlantic Ocean with exceptional Gallo-Roman, medieval, and renaissance heritage. Located in the Poitou-Charentes region, this department offers beautiful scenery, a mild temperate climate, and a luminous quality of the light that makes this a painter's haven. Outdoor activities are bountiful with areas for fishing, sailing, and golfing as well as discovering wildlife and sightseeing in nature. At the southern tip is the "Haute Saintonge," a special area that is a bit like the land that time forgot with red-tiled Romanesque roofs where many of the locals still wear blue overalls and slippers for all occasions.