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Glogelin Feb 18th, 2013 04:15 PM

Driving from Sarlat in Dordogne to st remy in Provence
Is trying to accomplish this drive in one day in July crazy? Is there a good fast route. I'm trying to get from Sarlat area over to St Remy to see Provence. I know there's probably a lot to see on the way, but we just don't have time. Should I break up the drive with an overnight somewhere, like Carcasonne?

michele_d Feb 18th, 2013 04:18 PM

That is what we did. It worked out great. We stayed just outside the gates of Carcassonne.

iris1745 Feb 18th, 2013 04:23 PM

We have also done this and it worked out great. Once inside the old city and once outside.

So much history in all these areas, including Carcassonne.

Glogelin Feb 18th, 2013 04:46 PM

So you're both saying I should break up the drive with a stay in Carcasonne I take it? Any recommendations on places to stay?

StCirq Feb 18th, 2013 04:57 PM

Not a STAY in Carcassonne, just a stop.

It's boring, hellish drive,so you need to break it up with something.

iris1745 Feb 18th, 2013 05:01 PM

Our first time in Carcasonne we stayed in Great place. But you could also look at

Depends on how much time you have. If you are looking for history of the region, we loved the old town.

We parked outside the gates of the old town and were met by the hotel van. They drove the car to parking and when we left the city it was easy to navagate to our next destination.

michele_d Feb 18th, 2013 05:01 PM

This is where we stayed just across from the entrance.

isabel Feb 18th, 2013 05:04 PM

I can see that it's probably pretty boring (motorway most of the way) but what makes it hellish? Depending on the site it seems to be between 5 and 6 hours. I am also doing the same trip (also in July) and am wondering if there's anything other the fact that it's a 5-6 hr highway trip.

twk Feb 18th, 2013 05:04 PM

We took the Autoroute past Carcasonne but didn't stop to tour the city. Having spent a week in the Dordogne, staying literally next door to the Chateau de Beynac, and toured other chateaux in the Dordogne, we'd seen enough fortified walls. It was nice to see the walled city from a distance, but I don't feel like I missed much by not stopping in the middle of the day and fighting bus loads of tourist. If we'd had more time, I might have spent the night so as to see Carcasonne in the evening when the crowds had subsided, but we didn't have time for that. Instead of spending time there, we pushed on to Pont du Gard and toured that on our way to St. Remy.

iris1745 Feb 18th, 2013 05:28 PM

I think everyone's point is valid.

But for us it was the history of this great city.

Yes, torists are everywhere, but there is a reason for that--it's wonderful.

But no doubt St Remy and the sorrounding sights are also wonderful

Glogelin Feb 18th, 2013 05:34 PM

Isabel - where did you find out it was 5-6 hours ? I used and i think iit came up with about 8 hours! 5-6 I can handle:)

Glogelin Feb 18th, 2013 05:36 PM

Sorry just checked again and it did say 5 hours. I must have been tired when I did this. Makes sense to just push on then.

iris1745 Feb 18th, 2013 05:49 PM

You should check again. says 8 hours.

But we have done eight hous before.

dugi_otok Feb 18th, 2013 05:56 PM

You can make this drive in one day.I have done this with a lunch stop in Carcassonne. The driving time is 6 hours. Use the route given by viamichelin.

MaineGG Feb 18th, 2013 06:03 PM says 5h45 via mostly autoroute Sarlat - Toulouse - Carcassonne - St. Rémy.

iris1745 Feb 18th, 2013 06:06 PM

Whatever the OP is comfortable with, but the web site you suggested does say 8 hours.

I think it is doable perhaps with a lunch stop or an overnight.

Depends on the time the OP has.

And 'dugi', if I am wrong, sorry.

Glogelin Feb 18th, 2013 06:17 PM

Thanks all, I will check both sights again and see if routes differ. Dugi_otok you said you've actually driven it in 6 including lunch? I'll take that

StCirq Feb 18th, 2013 06:20 PM

The drive is 6-7-8-9 hours, depending on stops. The sun is in your face the whole way. There are parts of the autoroute that are about 6 lanes wide, with trucks, loads of trucks...not my idea of a fun drive, even though French speed limits have been reduced in recent years. That's what I meant by hellish. There's no scenery to speak of; it's just a gun-it rush on a big, busy highway. I hate that, but maybe it wouldn't bother you much.

dugi_otok Feb 18th, 2013 09:08 PM

Sorry if there is confusion. The drive is nominally 6 hours(actually 5h45m on viamichelin) plus time for stops. The driving is as described by StCirq.

aussie_10 Feb 18th, 2013 10:21 PM

We did this drive, but in the opposite direction, starting in the Luberon.
Originally we thought we might make a stop to see Carcassonne along the way. However once we had started we just decided to get to Sarlat and settle in.
Of course we did stop every 2 hours or so to change drivers etc.
The drive was easy, good roads and it took us 6 hours.

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