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A little help with our Dordogne itinerary

A little help with our Dordogne itinerary

Mar 12th, 2014, 07:32 AM
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StuDudley - We are traveling from La Roque Gageac to Bordeaux on Saturday, June 21 to catch the train. I checked June 7 from Brive using http://en.voyages-sncf.com/en/ and still only see the multiple changes. Prices were higher as well from Brive when we can get PREMS from Bordeaux for €20. I have also already paid for the car through Kemwel and rates are now higher.
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Mar 12th, 2014, 08:14 AM
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IDTGV schedules are loaded for June. Regular & TGV schedules are not yet loaded for June 21. You won't see any TGV schedules for Bordeaux to Paris on June 21 - only iDTGV runs, which can be reserved more than 3 months in advance.

Regarding Kemwel. Last week I called Kemwel after I noticed that they had lowered their rates for an internet "sale". I have 3 cars reserved for this year, and they re-did my reservation, saving me $420. The "sale" may still be on.

Driving to Bordeaux and then taking the train to Paris is fine - but it will take you a little longer than leaving from Brive (and visiting charming Collognes la Rouge on the way).

I was not certain whether you were considering driving to Paris vs taking the train. Several people have "jumped in" on txtree's post.

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Mar 12th, 2014, 08:19 AM
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I'm not 100% sure - but I don't think Kemwel would charge you more if the only thing you changed was the drop-off location. Call them. Also consider dropping off the car in Libourne and taking the TGV from there. It will save you some driving time & hassle. Check with Kemwel.

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Mar 12th, 2014, 11:22 AM
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If you want to stay in Sarlat I can recommend La Villa des Consuls. We stayed there last year. They have apartments for 4 persons. Excellent ratings tripadvisor, Rick Steves, etc. David rents out parking, or you can park free in a large nearby lot. Optional breakfast or many bakeries, cafes steps away.Free washer/dryers. David let us check in in the morning.

David has a list of recommended restaurants, map handouts of driving tours, all very helpful.
A couple of restaurants that I really liked were Le Bistro de l'Octroi, Les Jardins d'Harmonie,La Petite Tonnelle in Beynac, Le Petit Paris in Daglan, and lunch at Jardins de Marqueyssac near Beynac.

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Mar 12th, 2014, 02:23 PM
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After being in the traffic and business of Sarlat I was so happy that we were in the countryside of St Cyprien - my kids could just run off and we never worried and with an on-site restaurant at Le Chevrefeuille we had leisurely 3 hour dinners outside on the patio and the kids could come and go. Although, as someone noted maybe teens would like to roam the town but the after a busy day of sightseeing our pool was fabulous. I would go back and stay at the same spot in a minute.
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Mar 13th, 2014, 02:54 AM
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So I think our choice is to stay those two nights either IN Sarlat (both Les Cordiliers and Villa des Consuls have availability - they both look good) or out a bit in St. Cyprien (Le Chevrefeuille also has availability). I agree about begin in the countryside, but we'll be doing that for the next four nights. Luckily our kids are at ages where they can roam a town by themselves, sit for long dinners, and/or hang out in their room, so I'm leaning toward Sarlat. Especially because we would be there on a Wednesday morning for the market.

Thanks for the link to the article doorcountygirl - it is helpful.

And thanks again, everyone.
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