18 days in Cognac & Charente-Maritime Itinerary

18 days in Cognac & Charente-Maritime Itinerary

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Cognac
— 3 nights
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Royan
— 4 nights
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Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron, Ile d'Oleron
— 3 nights
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La Rochelle
— 4 nights
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Saint Martin de Re, Ile de Re
— 2 nights

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Cognac

Cognac ©
Cognac is a commune in the Charente department in southwestern France. Discover out-of-the-way places like Eglise Saint-Leger and La Maison de la Lieutenance. Le Pole-Nature de la Pierre de Crazannes and Eglise St Pierre will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cognac: Camino de Santiago (in Saintes), Melle (Eglise Saint Hilaire & Eglise Saint Savinien) and Chateau de Dampierre-sur-Boutonne (in Dampierre-sur-Boutonne). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Espace Decouverte en Pays du Cognac, take an in-depth tour of Musée des Arts du Cognac, and sample the fine beverages at Cognac Meukow.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cognac route tool.

Durham, USA to Cognac is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Durham in September; daily highs in Cognac reach 75°F and lows reach 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 · Outdoors

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Eglise Saint-Leger ©
Eglise Saint-Leger
Le Pole-Nature de la Pierre de Crazannes ©
Le Pole-Nature de la Pierre de Crazannes
Chateau de Dampierre-sur-Boutonne ©
Chateau de Dampierre-sur-Boutonne

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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. Popular historic sites such as Phare de Vallieres and Chateau de Beaulon are in your itinerary. We've included these beaches for you: Plage du Chay and Plage de la Coubre. Explore Royan's surroundings by going to Ermitage Saint-Martial (in Mortagne-sur-Gironde), Pole Nature de Vitrezay (in Saint Bonnet sur Gironde) and Saint-Estephe (Chateau Phelan Segur & Église Saint-Étienne). And it doesn't end there: stop by Le Comptoir Iberique, explore the world behind art at La Maison des Douanes, stroll through Plage de la Pointe Espagnole, 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 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 · Outdoors · Beaches

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Plage de la Lede ©
Plage de la Lede
Chateau de Beaulon ©
Chateau de Beaulon
Ermitage Saint-Martial ©
Ermitage Saint-Martial

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Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron ©
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 Le Musee de L'Ile d'Oleron. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eglise Saint-Pierre and Site Ostreicole Fort Royer. Go for a jaunt from Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron to Hiers-Brouage to see Place Forte de Brouage about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bonnemie, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Pierre de Sales, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Saumonards, and stop by Retour de Plage.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron online trip planner.

Drive from Royan to Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

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Fort Louvois ©
Fort Louvois
Eglise Saint-Pierre ©
Eglise Saint-Pierre
Eglise Saint Pierre de Sales ©
Eglise Saint Pierre de Sales

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La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©

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.
Popular historic sites such as Embarcadere de l'Abbaye and Eglise St-Sauveur are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Towers of La Rochelle and Abbaye de Maillezais. Venture out of the city with trips to Abbaye de Nieul-sur-l'Autise (in Nieul-sur-l'Autise) and Rochefort (Musee National de la Marine & Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois). Next up on the itinerary: pick up some local products at Marche du Centre Ville, examine the collection at Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, look for gifts at Infini'the, and brush up on your military savvy at Le Bunker de La Rochelle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our La Rochelle trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron to La Rochelle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saint Martin de Re.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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Le Bunker de La Rochelle ©
Le Bunker de La Rochelle
Embarcadere de l'Abbaye ©
Embarcadere de l'Abbaye
Abbaye de Nieul-sur-l'Autise ©
Abbaye de Nieul-sur-l'Autise

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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. 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 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 · Outdoors · Beaches

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Clocher Observatoire ©
Clocher Observatoire
Eglise Saint-Martin de Saint-Martin-de-Re ©
Eglise Sainte-Catherine de La Flotte ©
Eglise Sainte-Catherine de La Flotte