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From Puy du Fou to the War of Vendée

3 days with family or friends in Vendée

  • Culture & Heritage
  • With the family

In an immense wooded area of 55 hectares, the centuries have merged to give birth to Puy du Fou. Without any real historical concern, but with genuine artistic talent, circus games,Viking attacks, jousting between knights and musketeers crossing swords are all staged. These shows will fill you with continuous wonder during an unforgettable journey through time.

You can also enjoy your stay by immersing yourself into the wars of Vendée with visits to the Chabotterie and the famous Historial de Vendée .

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Day 1 - Le Puy du Fou

Upon your arrival at the Puy du Fou theme park, go to the information point located at the Bourg 1900 station. To organize your visit to the Grand Parc around the show schedules, check the daily brochure given visitors. And note that a small train, La Colporteuse, available for the elderly, disabled and others, will take you to the entrance of the Grand Park to the Medieval City.

Start at the Grand Parc to watch some shows. The Dernier Panache takes follows Charette, a young naval officer from the American War of Inependence through to the Vendée wars. Next, follow the Vikings show, during which a huge 20-metre longship appears from the water.

After lunch, enjoy more of the Grand Parc by watching the Musketeers of Richelieu under the Grand Carrousel, a huge covered stage of 2,600 m2!

You can enjoy your afternoon with a walk in the Medieval City before going to your first evening show: Cinescénie.

MyTripTailor Tip: The programme is scheduled daily depending on visitor numbers to avoid queues. Plan to spend the night in one of the park’s themed hotels so you can watch the shows.

Day 2 - Le Puy du Fou

After a good breakfast, go and explore the fort de l’an Mil. Surrounded by wooden palisades and moats, the village feels safe from attack. Here, the artisans take advantage of quiet periods to showcase their know-how, ensconced in their sloping thatched roof stone houses.

Spend the morning here and then, after lunch, take a walk through the 18th century village. It’s an inviting place for a stroll, with a pretty mill, welcoming coaching inn and numerous craftsmen (potters, cabinet makers, blacksmiths, clog makers) who will help you to discover the different aspects of their trades. Around the washhouse, stands a huge 16m high carillon. At each performance, this original and spectacular structure deploys its 80 bells.

If your schedule allows, take a trip back in time to Bourg 1900. This charming reconstruction of a Belle Époque trading district, with its market, enticing displays and bistro, will take you back a century.

Now is the time to go to your second evening show: the Orgues de Feu. Every evening a violinist muse appears, madly in love with a pianist. Very poetic!

Spend your second night on site before leaving the park to take the road to La Chabotterie the next morning

MyTripTailor Tip: The whole park will appeal to children. But some events are more suitable for the younger ones such as the Knights of the Round Table, the Imaginary World of La Fontaine or the Renaissance of the Castle.

  • Distance : 13 km
  • Duration : 0h17

Day 3 - Le Puy du Fou - Lucs-sur-Boulogne

At La Chabotterie, go from the fury of civil war to the 18th century way of life. Discover the simple refinement of a home in Bas-Poitou, named after its 12th century owners, Chabot, and the fate of the royalist chief Charette, whose capture on March 23, 1796 in the surrounding woods, marked the end of the Vendee war. Allow a good 3 hours to visit the site, the multimedia space, the home and the model room.

Depart for the Refuge de Grasia in the forest of the same name. Living here, in extremely precarious conditions, were some 2,000 refugees whose village of lodges (huts) have been recreated here in life-size. The shelters, forge and open air chapel allow you to understand this chapter of Vendee history in a highly original way.

After lunch, go to Lucs-sur-Boulogne to visit the Historial de la Vendée, the region’s most beautiful museum! Perfectly integrated into the landscape under its vast green roof, this museum with its decidedly contemporary architecture, located in the Boulogne valley, traces the history of Vendee from prehistory to the present day, and spans some 3,100 m2.

MyTripTailor advice: Allow 2 to 4 hours to discover the different spaces of the Historial de la Vendée and 2 hours for the circuit that leads to the course to the Mémoire des Lucs.

  • Distance : 77 km
  • Duration : 1h34

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