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Need help with trip to Dordogne

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My husband and I are flying to France in May to visit our daughter and son-in-law. We have already bought our roundtrip tickets to and from Marseilles, leaving Boston on May 11 and returning on May 26. The purpose of our trip is to visit our daughter and travel to a part of France we have not seen yet.

Because we want to spend time with our daughter and son-in-law in their new home, and because we will be visiting her in-laws for several days in Clermont Ferrand, we have about one week for sightseeing in the Dordogne region. Our plan is to drive from Clermont Ferrand to Sarlat on May 17 (our daughter will be traveling with us), and return to her home in Senas (about half-way between Avignon and Marseilles) on May 23 so that we can spend some time with our son-in-law before we return to Boston. So we will have 6 nights in the Dordogne.

I suggested to my daughter that we stay in Sarlat for the entire week but she likes the idea of breaking up the week and staying in two different places. Would it make sense to stay in Cahors for the last 3 nights of this trip?

We love just about everything: beautiful scenery, pretty villages, ruins, castles, gardens, wine tasting, etc. I'm not sure about seeing the caves I have read about. Many people comment they are claustrophobic, and my husband does have claustrophobia. But I am not ruling out the caves, and we are open to suggestions on what caves might be the best to visit.

Some of the towns that sound interesting to me, in addition to Sarlat and Cahors, are Rocamadour, Beynac, Brantome, Perigueux, Monpazier, Biron, and St. Cirq. We will have a car, either our daughter's car or a rental.

Also, how far in advance should we make hotel reservations?

Thank you in advance for any suggestions/help.

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