18 days in Cognac & Charente-Maritime Itinerary

18 days in Cognac & Charente-Maritime Itinerary

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Fly to La Rochelle-Île de Ré Airport, Drive to Cognac
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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
Drive to La Rochelle-Île de Ré Airport, Fly to Raleigh Durham International Airport

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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 La Maison de la Lieutenance. Le Pole-Nature de la Pierre de Crazannes and Chateau de Dampierre-sur-Boutonne will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cognac: Camino de Santiago (in Saintes), Eglise St Pierre (in Aulnay) and Melle (Eglise Saint Hilaire & Eglise Saint Savinien). 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 · 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 Phare de Vallieres and Eglise Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul are in your itinerary. We've included these beaches for you: Plage du Chay and Plage de la Lede. Explore Royan's surroundings by going to Ermitage Saint-Martial (in Mortagne-sur-Gironde), Pole Nature de Vitrezay (in Saint Bonnet sur Gironde) and Chateau de Beaulon (in Saint-Dizant-du-Gua). The adventure continues: stop by Le Comptoir Iberique, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Pointe Espagnole, awaken your taste buds at Chateau Phelan Segur, and walk around Parc Municipal.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Royan trip planner.

Getting from Cognac to Royan by car takes about an hour. Other options: 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time 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 Eglise Saint Pierre de Sales. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Le Musee de L'Ile d'Oleron and Chateau de Bonnemie. 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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Pierre, look for gifts at Retour de Plage, make a trip to Site Ostreicole Fort Royer, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Saumonards.

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 drive; or 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

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.
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 Le Bunker de La Rochelle. Venture out of the city with trips to Rochefort (Musee National de la Marine & Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois), Abbaye de Nieul-sur-l'Autise (in Nieul-sur-l'Autise) and Fort Vauban (in Fouras). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Abbaye de Maillezais, look for gifts at Infini'the, see the interesting displays at Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, and stroll around Parc Charruyer.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read La Rochelle trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron to La Rochelle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in La Rochelle sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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

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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.