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Dordogne & Languedoc - Gorges, Castles & Caves Itinerary Need Help Please

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Dordogne, Languedoc & Gorges, Casltes, Rivers and Caves Itinerary

Hi all, I have been working on an itinerary and hotels for our first trip to this region of France this fall. Because of all of your help, our plans have changed since our original post, so I thought best to start a new more current post.

Stu D. has so kindly come up with a detail itinerary for 17 nights to see the most of the area. Thanks Stu so much!

Here’s the link to our original post to see Stu’s detailed itinerary for anyone interested.
http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/languedoc-dordogne-bordeaux-itinerary-expert-help-please.cfm#last-comment

Couple of thoughts on our end….

This itinerary leaves out our original plans to stay in the Montpellier area. I did post our last itinerary below for reference. This is fine because this gives us a reason to come back.

We’re more of a 4 base for 3 - 5 days travelers. We enjoy driving long day trips and returning back to our hotel. We’re not use to packing up after two nights, but will do the 2 night stays if the region calls for making the loop more enjoyable. Your thoughts?

We like to stay in small and large towns (Toulouse would be the large town on this trip) to be able to walk to restaurants. We’re not adverse to inns or B&B’s outside of a town, so long as we can drive short distances at night, into town for restaurants. We like options on where to eat and not be limited to eating all meals at a B&B or a Chateau. A few nights is fine, it the food is good. We also prefer to avoid business type hotels and love hotels or B&B‘s with charm (who doesn‘t).

Any advise on where to stay in these regions and if we could tighten up the over-nights to less bases would be appreciated.

New Itinerary

Thursday - Fly into Toulouse/Rent Car Drive to Albi

Albi - 2 nights (Thursday & Friday) Hotel/B&B?

Rocamadour Area - 2 nights Stu recommends Domaine de la Rhue (Saturday & Sunday)

Sarlat - 5 nights (Monday - Friday) Hotel/B&B?

Figeac - 2 nights (Saturday & Sunday) Hotel/B&B?

Estaing or Espalion or St Eulalie - 2 nights (Monday & Tuesday) Hotel/B&B?

Gorges de Tarn - 2 nights Stu recommends Chateau de la Caze in La Malene (Wednesday & Thursday)

Toulouse - 2 nights - Visit Carcassonne on the way (Friday & Saturday) Hotel/B&B?

Sunday Flight back from Toulouse

Here’s our old itinerary for reference from my old post.

Old Itinerary

Toulouse - 4 nights or more?
Carcassonne - Day Trip or 1 night only
Montpellier - 4 nights (or a smaller base for the Languedoc)
Sarlat Base for Dordogne - 5 nights
Toulouse for flight out - 1 night

Thanks everyone!

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