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Best route from Paris to Bordeau

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Best route from Paris to Bordeau

We will be leaving an organized tour and traveling to Bordeau to see French friends. We need an inexpensive hotel preferably near Montmartre/ Pigalle for one night before heading south. Any suggestions on a good place to spend a night on the way down. or sites we shouldn't miss? We love the villages and would prefer something not too touristy or expensive. Any help is appreciated! We are hoping to rent a van as there will be seven of us if that isn't too difficult.


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1. Re: Best route from Paris to Bordeau

Driving from Paris to Bordeaux is perfectly do-able in one day, if you stick to the autoroutes (interstates). It would take about 6 hours - the distance approximately 575km. French autoroutes have tolls, and this trip would cost about EUR30.

However, if you want to break the journey I would head for Sarlat in the Dordogne area. This has to be my favourite place in rural France; it's a small town rather than a village and is slightly off the direct route from Paris - Bordeaux. I just love it. If you have a look on the Sarlat forum you will find a wealth of ideas. The town's correct name is Sarlat-le Caneda.

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2. Re: Best route from Paris to Bordeau

Hi Susan -

Nothing against Sarlat, which is indeed a delightful place, but it would take you almost as long to drive to Sarlat as it would to drive direct to Bordeaux. At a guess I would say it is less than 100 km from Sarlat to Bordeaux. And with respect to kebabs, Sarlat is certainly the most touristy town in the Dordogne area and therefore among the most touristy towns in France.

Closer to the direct route and just about half way between Paris and Bordeaux (note the correct spelling) is the beautiful medieval town of Loches with its fortifications and château. This is far enough south of the major attractions of the Loire valley to be pretty much off the tourist map.


OTOH if you wanted to stay closer to the Loire châteaux and perhaps make a quick visit to Chenonceau, the little village of Bléré is pretty much off the tourist radar for some reason. It's a bit farther north than Loches and so closer to Paris but not by much. And it has a charming small hotel, Le Cheval Blanc, with an excellent (and very good value IMO) restaurant with one Michelin rosette.


Take a look at viamichelin.com, a very useful route fplanning resource.

Bonne route!

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3. Re: Best route from Paris to Bordeau

Very high quality advice by IrishRvr, if I may say. I agree about Sarlat - it is quite charming, but full of Brits (not that we aren't lovely, but that isn't presumably what you come to France for!) and it is too near your destination. Watch out for the traffic police, if you haven't been on the autoroutes before - they mean it!

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