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
Drive
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Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron, Ile d'Oleron
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Rochelle
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint Martin de Re, Ile de Re
— 2 nights
Drive to La Rochelle-Île de Ré Airport, Fly to Durham

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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 Musée des Arts du Cognac. La Pierre de Crazannes and Eglise Saint Savinien will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cognac: Eglise Saint Hilaire (in Melle), Eglise St Pierre (in Aulnay) and Chateau de Dampierre-sur-Boutonne (in Dampierre-sur-Boutonne). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Espace Decouverte en Pays du Cognac, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cognac Meukow, admire the landmark architecture of La Maison de la Lieutenance, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Camino de Santiago.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cognac online trip maker.

Durham, USA to Cognac is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Durham to Cognac, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Cognac is a bit cooler than Durham - with highs of 75°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Royan.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
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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 Coubre. Explore Royan's surroundings by going to Ermitage Saint-Martial (in Mortagne-sur-Gironde), Chateau de Beaulon (in Saint-Dizant-du-Gua) and Pole Nature de Vitrezay (in Saint Bonnet sur Gironde). 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 indulge your senses at Chateau Phelan Segur.

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. 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.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches
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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 Le Musee de L'Ile d'Oleron. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eglise Saint-Pierre and Island Kayak 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 lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bonnemie, 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.
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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 Towers of La Rochelle and Musee Maritime de La Rochelle. 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: Abbaye de Maillezais (in Maillezais), Rochefort (Musee National de la Marine & Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois) and Fort Vauban (in Fouras). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Musee Le Bunker de La Rochelle, stroll around Parc Charruyer, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Chatelaillon, and indulge your taste buds at Marche du Centre Ville.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our La Rochelle journey builder website.

Getting from Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron to La Rochelle by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint Martin de Re.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
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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.
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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.
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