Driving from Sarlat to Arles

Old Feb 9th, 2005, 12:19 PM
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Driving from Sarlat to Arles

Can someone tell me how long it would take to drive from Sarlat to Arles? According to the Yahoo.fr driving directions it should take about 5 hours, but I wonder if that's realistic. I wanted to stop in Carcassone for lunch and a brief look-around for an hour or so, but want to make sure I get to Arles by 5 pm. Thanks..
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Old Feb 9th, 2005, 01:26 PM
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Try checking www.michelin.com, or www.mappy.com- just type in both cities and detailed directions will post for you - I hate to send you to another website but it really does give great estimates for time and driving travel. Good Luck.
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Old Feb 9th, 2005, 01:33 PM
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Wait for St Cirq to reply - she does this all the time.

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Old Feb 10th, 2005, 08:23 AM
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There is no way you can make it in 5 hours. I do this drive fairly frequently, and even exceeding the speed limit (which isn't a good idea anymore - they're monitoring it very carefully), I've never made it in under 6, and that was a steering wheel-gripping ride. AND I usually do the drive in spring and fall, when traffic isn't bad.

If you want to stop in Carcassonne, I'd allow at least 8 hours to be realistic. You'll probably make it in under that, but a lot will depend on time of year and how crowded Carcassonne is.
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Old Feb 11th, 2005, 07:42 AM
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Thank you StCirq. I'll have to think about whether I want to do all that driving in one day.
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Making it in two days would be great. First day, get off the A20 at Caussade and drive through the Gorges de l'Aveyron. Then go to Albi for a visit & perhaps lunch (stores close up tight from 1 to 3:30). Then on to Carcassone for a visit & perhaps overnight. Next day, hop on the A61/A9 towards Nimes, but get off at Exit 34 & visit Pezenas. It's kind of a mix of l'Isle sur la Sorgue & St Remy - nice antique shops, very interesting town, & a great Sat morning market. Then head to St Guilhem le Desert, and Grotte de Calmouse (better than any you'll see in the Dordogne for stalactites & mites, IMHO). Then hop on the N109 through Montpellier & on to Arles.

If you decide to do this, let me know & I can detail out a route with some interesting short stops along the way.

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Old Feb 11th, 2005, 10:40 AM
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Stu, thank you. I have your France itinerary already, but if you have other ideas for the Sarlat-Carcassonne-Arles route, would appreciate them. By the way my boys aged 15 and 11 will be with us; unfortunately they're not very interested in beautiful scenery and museums.
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