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Whistle stop tour to Dordogne - help please!

london
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Whistle stop tour to Dordogne - help please!

I am driving from the cote d'zure to dordogne in September. We have just 3 days (two nights) before heading back to Calais on the 3rd day so its going to be a rush!

day 1 travel to dordogne

day 2 stay in dordogne

day 3 travel to calais

Can anyone please reccomend where the "must see" area is in the Dordogne?

We obviously wont have time for sight seeing except maybe a vineyard?

Any suggestions or help would be most welcome

Thanks

A

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1. Re: Whistle stop tour to Dordogne - help please!

You are going far, far, far out of your way to go to the Dordogne on your voyage from the Cote to Calais, especially for basically a day and a half.

What you are proposing is something akin to visiting the Louvre only to visit the restroom.

Either find more time to even remotely make the Dordogne worth your time, or skip it for another trip.

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2. Re: Whistle stop tour to Dordogne - help please!

thanks for your reply - thought that was the case

can you suggest a better route back to calais?

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3. Re: Whistle stop tour to Dordogne - help please!

Wow, are you driving that distance? Could you depart the south a day earlier, so you actually could stop over the in the Dordogne, or another area between there and the north coast, for two days instead of one?

I would suggest picking up some guidebooks to check out what might interest you personally, given how little time you will have. There are many, many things to see and do in the general Dordogne region (medieval towns and bastide villages, hundreds of chateaux, fascinating prehistoric caves - including ones with 14,000 year old paintings - underground caverns and rivers, lovely scenery, etc. etc.). Really, it merits at least 4 or 5 days, but two would be much more reasonable than only one. Plus, it's going to be a very long haul from there to Calais (certainly a full day even if you are on the road really early).

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4. Re: Whistle stop tour to Dordogne - help please!

this is a fabulous area -- great food too

you need more time

for me the most important things are the prehistoric caves -- the Font du Gaum (must make reservations) is the must see the replica of Lascaux is also pretty amazing if not 'real' (it is supposed to be a true copy)

the prehistoric museum at Les Eyzies is wonderful

a canoe trip on the Dordogne near La Roque Gageac is well worth doing -- you can do a fairly short paddle of a couple of hours -- very scenic area --

have dinner a La Roserie hotel in Montignac -- great meals, wonderful service -- we have eaten there several times and always loved it

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5. Re: Whistle stop tour to Dordogne - help please!

Hi there,

We agree with all other responses to your request. YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE TWO DAYS - for a meaningful,if I may use the term R&R break.

Everyone seems to know what to see.

You will never see a Sarlat or a Domme or a la Roque Gageac or a Beynac anywhere else in the world - yes other charming villages - but these - especially the last two are along a river clinging to mountain side - very special.

Also on your way north - try to stop in Lot region and visit St Cirq Lapopie - yes touristy by just about the most charming town clinging to edge of hillside overlooking the Lot River.

You could easily do all the above in two days in area and still take the river canoe trip and trip to Font de Gaume- you will not regret leaving the south a day earlier even if you have already paid for accommodation!!

On a personal note - we go to this region at least once a year - sometimes twice. It is our favourite spot in the whole of Europe.

Best of luck.

P.S Haven't looked at a map, just see if you can stop in Brantome on the day you are going north as it is another special "on the river" town - if you leave early enough - you could just stop here for breakfast. Regards.

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6. Re: Whistle stop tour to Dordogne - help please!

Driving routes can be found at:

www.viamichelin.com

or

www. mappy.com

Both will give you mileage, approximate driving times (that are fairly accurate), and approximate toll charges.

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