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places to visit on route

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places to visit on route

planning to come to the dordogne early Aug...25 years since my last visit. we will be driving down leisurely. tempted to travel down and back staying at a couple of other places for a brief explore....any recommendations of places we could consider would be very welcome!

many thanks

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1. Re: places to visit on route

Where are you coming from, and which part of the Dordogne ar eyou going to? If you are coming from Paris to the eastern side (eg Perigord Noir or Pourpre) it's nice to stop somewhere in the Loire Valley for a couple of nights, and explore a few chateaux. Then you are only a few hours drive to Sarlat down the autoroute.

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Coming via Calais (avoiding Paris most likely!). A

Thanks for the idea.

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When we visited this region last September, we arrived in Calais and drove to Chartres for an overnight stop. We took the ring road round Rouen heading towards Le Mans. On a previous occasion we had stayed in the centre of Chartres but this time we booked in at the Ibis. Our room had a lovely view of the cathedral and it was only a short walk through the park along Remembrance Avenue to the main square.

On leaving Chartres (and once out of the immediate area which is rather flat and uninteresting), our route to Montignac in the Dordogne region took us through Orleans and some very nice smaller towns - Chevilly, La Ferte St. Aubin, Lamotte Beuvron, Nouan le Fuzelier. We joined the motorway A20/E9 just after Salbris and headed towards Limoges. At Junction 39 (St.Priest Ligoure) we took the D15 and D19 to St. Yrieix la Perche driving through stunning countryside and orchards that stretched for miles. We then took the tourist route on the D65 through La Bachellerie (passing a wildflower meadow and beehive centre/museum).

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4. Re: places to visit on route

There are so many possibilities !

From Calais to Rouen then either towards Chartres or Le Mans.

Stopping in the Loire Valley depending if your coming from Chartres or Le Mans it could be Blois, Tours or Angers, Saumur and the surroundings.

Then continue your route towards Poitiers and then to the area you want to visit in Dordogne.

Those are 2 possibilities but there are numerous ones. Depending on your interests, on the amount of time you have to get to Dordogne.

You can go on viamichelin.com and try different itineraries looking at the places of interest along the way or a map and a good guide book to complete it all.

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Think about Le Mans then Bourges. Not the most direct route but 4 hrs Calais to Le Mans, another 3 hours to Bourges then approx 4 hrs to Dordogne depending on where.

I mention Le Mans and Bourges because of their beautiful old centres and the light shows that they put on during summer months.



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We will be driving Calais to Bergerac and will be going via Giverny (for Monet's Gardens and House), Versailles Palace & Gardens, Tours...

...and then coming back via Villandry (gardens & chateau again).

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