30 days in Nouvelle-Aquitaine Itinerary

30 days in Nouvelle-Aquitaine Itinerary

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Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly + Drive:  9 h 45 min
1
La Rochelle
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
La Palmyre-Les Mathes
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Brantome en Perigord City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Bordeaux
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Biarritz
— 6 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Montreal, Quebec

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting La Rochelle side-trips: Rochefort (Port de plaisance de Rochefort & Association Hermione-La Fayette), Cognac (Hennessy Les Visites, Chateau Royal de Cognac, &more) and Ecomusee du Marais Salant (in Loix). There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium La Rochelle, pick up some local products at Le Marche Couvert, make a trip to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, and contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the La Rochelle trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to La Rochelle is an approximately 10- hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. In September, daily temperatures in La Rochelle can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Palmyre-Les Mathes.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cognac, Saint Martin de Re, Rochefort, Saint Clement des Baleines, Ecomusee du Marais Salant
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 10:
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Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle
Vieux Port
Vieux Port
Towers of La Rochelle ©
Towers of La Rochelle

4
nights
La Palmyre-Les Mathes

La Palmyre-Les Mathes
Get out of town with these interesting La Palmyre-Les Mathes side-trips: Yootoo (in La Flotte), Amphitheatre de Saintes (in Saintes) and BOC17 (in Pont l'Abbe d'Arnoult).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our La Palmyre-Les Mathes trip planner.

Drive from La Rochelle to La Palmyre-Les Mathes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.

Things to do in La Palmyre-Les Mathes

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

La Tremblade, Marennes, Le Port de la Cotiniere, Yootoo, Amphitheatre de Saintes
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 14:
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Zoo de La Palmyre
Zoo de La Palmyre
Yootoo ©
Yootoo
Le phare de chassiron ©
Le phare de chassiron

3
nights
Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

Chasseneuil-du-Poitou ©
Explore Chasseneuil-du-Poitou's surroundings by going to 13 Bees Beekeeping Taster Sessions (in Confolens), Eglise Saint Pierre (in Lesterps) and La Vallee des Singes (in Romagne).

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Chasseneuil-du-Poitou trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from La Palmyre-Les Mathes to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Brantome en Perigord City.

Things to do in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Poitiers, Parc Le Voucant, 13 Bees Beekeeping Taster Sessions, Eglise Saint Pierre, La Vallee des Singes
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:
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La Vallee des Singes ©
La Vallee des Singes
Futuroscope ©
Futuroscope
Aire de Rejallant ©
Aire de Rejallant

4
nights
Brantome en Perigord City

Brantome en Perigord City ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Hautefort (Au Comptoir d'Augustine & Musee de la Medecine), Marche Alimentaire (in Piegut-Pluviers) and Etang de Saint-Estephe (in Saint Estephe).

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Brantome en Perigord City trip planner.

Getting from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou to Brantome en Perigord City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Brantome en Perigord City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hautefort, Villars, Chateau de Bourdeilles, Brantome Police Horses & Friends, Laurence of Arabians
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:
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Brantome Police Horses & Friends ©
Brantome Police Horses & Friends
Musee de la Medecine ©
Musee de la Medecine
Chateau de Puyguilhem ©
Chateau de Puyguilhem

2
nights
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle ©
You've now added Chateau des Milandes to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then make a trip to Chateau des Milandes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get out in the countryside at Ferme Terroir de Lol, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally admire the natural beauty at Bambousaie de La Roque-Gageac.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle vacation planner.

Drive from Brantome en Perigord City to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, Bambousaie de La Roque-Gageac, Ferme Terroir de Lol, Chateau de Beynac
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac ©
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac

5
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Venture out of the city with trips to Perigueux (Vesunna, Cathedrale St-Front, &more), La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer) and Observatoire Sainte-Cecile (in Arcachon). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, learn about winemaking at Chateau Cantenac, and see the interesting displays at Lascaux Caves 4.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux online road trip planner.

Getting from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Bordeaux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Perigueux, Montignac, Saint-Emilion, La Grande Dune du Pilat, Observatoire Sainte-Cecile
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 28:
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Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
The Water Mirror ©
The Water Mirror

6
nights
Biarritz

Biarritz ©
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Explore Biarritz's surroundings by going to Etxeko Bob's Beer (in Hasparren), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hendaye) and Ferme d'Agerria (in Saint-Martin-d'Arberoue). The adventure continues: stroll through Plage de la Milady, kick back and relax at Plage des Cavaliers, get engrossed in the history at Villa Arnaga, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium de Biarritz.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Biarritz trip website.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Biarritz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Biarritz sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Guethary, Anglet, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Etxeko Bob's Beer, Plage de l'Uhabia
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 4:
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Plage de la Milady ©
Plage de la Milady
Rocher de la Vierge ©
Rocher de la Vierge
Aquarium de Biarritz ©
Aquarium de Biarritz