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Visiting the area

The countryside, historical monuments, shows…the Vendée will delight you!

Our suggestions for outings

Whether you are staying for a while or just passing through, adapt your programme from our different themed suggestions.

Puy du Fou® : Grand Parc & Cinéscénie®

– Day visit of the Grand Parc. Voted best park in the world in 2012, the Puy du Fou is a mixture of fabulous shows and adventures for all the family, set in a nature conservation park.
– Lunch at the Puy du Fou
– Dinner with show in the Parc
– Night show at the Cinescénie. The show has already thrilled 10 million spectators with 1,200 actors on a stage of 23 hectares and 24,000 costumes… The biggest night show in the world has become a must-see legend.
– Sleep at Le Rabelais

La Rochelle & l’île de Ré

– Morning visit of La Rochelle. Guided visit: The Old Port and towers, the port of Les Minimes, the former submarine base, the Hôtel de Ville, the shopping Arcades and some free time.
– Lunch in La Rochelle
– Afternoon: L’île de Ré. Guided visit of the citadelle de Vauban: the whale lighthouse, the salt flats, the town of Ars en Ré. Pineau des Charentes tasting in a distillery.
– Dinner and sleep at Le Rabelais

Fontenay-le-Comte & le Marais Poitevin

– Morning visit of Fontenay-le-Comte. Renaissance City, voted one of the towns in France worth making a detour for, renowned for its Arts and History: The Fountain of Quatre Tias, l’Hôtel de la Perrade, Notre-Dame church.
– Lunch at Le Rabelais
– Afternoon: a guided tour of the Marais Poitevin, in a punt on the ‘Venise Verte’ followed by a coach trip around the Marais Poitevin regional park, stopping off at Coulon, the capital of the Marais wetlands..
– Dinner and sleep at Le Rabelais

The Vendée, Gastronomy and Heritage

– Morning starts with a Brioche tasting. A local artisan will explain the secrets of the production and invite you to taste the finished products. Then take the road to Vouvant, a small town full of character where you can wander through the narrow streets and walk along the ramparts. You can also visit the Mélusine Tower and the art exhibitions.
– Lunch of local produce in an inn
– Afternoon : visit a snail farm in St Paul en Pareds, where you can see how snails are reared and meet the farmers.
– Dinner and sleep at Le Rabelais

Corderie de Rochefort & Port de Brouage

  • Morning visit of the Corderie Royale in Rochefort (maritime museum). Rope making with hemp, the history of the site and its architecture, the knotters’ expertise…
  • Afternoon at thePort de Brouage: the former quay of the commercial port, the church, the forges, the Halle aux Vivres, the barrel makers, the underground port and the ancient powder store of La Brèche.
    – Dinner and sleep at Le Rabelais

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Fontenay-le-Comte and its surroundings

– The Foundry, voted as a ‘Métier d’Art Rare’ by UNESCO, demonstrations of iron smelting.
– Château de Terre-Neuve, a jewel of Renaissance France.
– Abbaye de Maillezais, the ruins of an abbey/cathedral from the 11th century where there is a famous Christmas market.
– Mining Centre of Faymoreau, museum, mining town and miners’ cottages, exhibitions.
– Production of fresh flowers.

Not to be missed

– Le Marais Poitevin (wetlands)
– Le Puy du Fou®, le Grand Parc, la Cinéscénie, le Grand Noël, …
– Le Futuroscope (attraction park)
– Les Sables d’Olonne (coastal town and beaches)
– Les Machines de l’île de Nantes (exhibition and rides on a huge metal elephant)
– Le Choletais (city of Cholet with lots of things to do)
– La forêt de Mervent (forest and zoo)

 Choose your destinations, we will put together a package for you and give you a quote.