Flying from the United States, we would recommend choosing a flight into Paris' Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport, which is the biggest international airport in France and where you will cross the border. If you are flying all the way to Nantes, please ensure that your layover in Paris gives you enough time to go through the border.
Ride sharing apps like Uber and Lyft do not work in the areas where the wedding will be taking place, so we would recommend renting a car. In France, manual cars are the norm, so unless you know how to work a stick, be sure that the rental company you choose has automatic cars available. Renting a car from the airport may be your best option to have a wide arrange of cars available.
Throughout the pandemic, we have seen border entry rules change. Be sure to check the recent guidelines (whether you need a test, etc.) to travel before your flight.
Also, some visa requirements may differ depending upon your passport. Americans used to be able to travel freely to France for tourism, but the new European travel authorization will come into effect sometime in 2023, but the formalities should be minimal. The formalities should be minimal but will have to be done ahead of time, so we suggest you take a look at the ETIAS website closer to your travel. Additional information can be found on the website of the State Department and the website of the U.S. Embassy in France.
The closest airport is Nantes Atlantique (NTE), which is less than an hour's drive away from Cholet. Depending on your airline, you should be able to fly to Nantes with a layover at Paris' Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport. There will be car rentals near the airport or you can take a shuttle bus from the airport to the Nantes train station to then take a regional train (TER) to Cholet.
From Paris, you can take an high-speed train (TGV) into Angers, which is about a 1.5 hour trip. These trains depart from the Charles de Gaulle airport directly (recommended) as well as from within Paris at the Montparnasse train station. Once in Angers, you can take a regional train (TER) into Cholet, which is a 40 minute ride. The Cholet train station is about half a mile from the city center.
Cholet Train Station address: 2 Place du 77e Régiment d’Infanterie
All wedding activities will take place within a 10 mile radius of Cholet. This will be the largest city nearby with the most hotels, restaurants and transit options, so we would recommend staying there.
Whether this is your first time in France, first time abroad, or you're an airport warrior, we've compiled some tips and tricks that we hope will be helpful.
There are several different options that you can consider for your stay. The city center of Cholet, which is the area around Place Travot, is pretty walkable to get to bus lines, places to eat and shop. We would recommend staying in this area for your stay to be close to places to see within the city.
When searching for your stay, you may come across a few different types of accomodations that may seem unfamiliar. One type of stay is called an appart'hotel, which is a collection of apartments that are rented out like a hotel. Another type of stay available is renting a gîte, which is a private home to rent in its entirety. You may also come across chambres d'hotes, which are usually smaller hotels run by individuals or families and typically include breakfast.
If you would like a break from the city or if you are visiting with children, another fun option could be renting a camping cabin at Capfun at the Lac de Ribou, which is a short 5-minute drive to the reception venue. This is a common summer vacation spot for locals with a waterpark and lake access. They have cabins of various sizes to choose from.
Check the Cholet tourism site for other accomodation options.
AirBNB also provide options from individual hosts to stay in their house and apartments, some private and some shared.View availability
If you would like a more homey stay, you could consider staying in a chambres d'hôtes. These are privately-held (mostly family-held) accomodation that are more like a bed and breakfast.View stays
If you are going in a big group, staying in a gîte could be a good option to rent a private home or space.View stays