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Flights to France from US for trip in the Dordogne Region

Feb 14th, 2011, 06:53 AM
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Flights to France from US for trip in the Dordogne Region

We'll be traveling mid June to stay in Sarlat. Where do you fly into? Paris then Limoges?
Train? We will then be renting a car, but don't want to waste time driving from Paris.
Any thoughts?
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Feb 14th, 2011, 06:56 AM
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We flew into Toulouse after much thought. At first we were going into Bordeaux, but as we wanted to see Carcassonne and Albi we were advised on this site that Toulouse was a better choice. Worked for us. Happy travels!!
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Feb 14th, 2011, 07:13 AM
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Toulouse, Marseille, and Paris CDG are all about the same $.
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Feb 14th, 2011, 08:11 AM
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We booked Air France from Houston (IAH) to Paris (CDG), connecting to Toulouse (TLS). The Toulouse leg only cost an additional 30 euros. The airport at Toulouse is on the north side of town--the direction you will be travelling to head for Sarlat. In contrast, the airport at Bordeaux is on the west side of town, with a trip around or through Bordeaux required to get to Sarlat. There are other airports closer to Sarlat than those two, but I'm not sure that they are all served by the larger carriers, and on trips like this, I like to make the entire trip on one carrier, if at all possible.
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Feb 14th, 2011, 08:11 AM
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We booked Air France from Houston (IAH) to Paris (CDG), connecting to Toulouse (TLS). The Toulouse leg only cost an additional 30 euros. The airport at Toulouse is on the north side of town--the direction you will be travelling to head for Sarlat. In contrast, the airport at Bordeaux is on the west side of town, with a trip around or through Bordeaux required to get to Sarlat. There are other airports closer to Sarlat than those two, but I'm not sure that they are all served by the larger carriers, and on trips like this, I like to make the entire trip on one carrier, if at all possible.
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Feb 14th, 2011, 09:17 AM
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Toulouse - and hit Albi, Cordes, Pech Merle, St Cirq Lapopie, Figeac, Rocamadour, Gouffre de Padirac, Carennac, Martel (or as many as you have time for) etc on the way to Sarlat.

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Feb 14th, 2011, 09:28 AM
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Definitely not Marseilles. Toulouse is your best bet, with Bordeaux and Brive right behind.
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Feb 14th, 2011, 09:56 AM
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Also you can connect in other countries as easily as in Paris such as London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt or Madrid depending on what airlines serve your hometown and which offer the best fares. Use a search engine like www.kayak.com or www.momondo.com for ideas.
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Feb 15th, 2011, 07:39 AM
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Perfect! Thank you very much.
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Feb 15th, 2011, 08:02 AM
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Hi DG,

We flew ATL/Bordeaux via Paris, rented a car at the airport and drove to the Sarlat area.

We returned the car to Libourne and took the train to Paris from there.

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Feb 16th, 2011, 02:23 AM
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good point, Laurie-Ann. Best fare and timing we found were on British Air, connecting in LHR to Toulouse, arriving there at 5:15 pm .
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Feb 16th, 2011, 03:22 AM
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We are doing this in October. Flying into Paris . spending the night then taking the train to Brive-la-Gaillarde to pick up our car,We are staying on the other side of Sarlat and Michelen say 1 1/2 hours from the train to our hotel in Vezac
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Feb 16th, 2011, 03:23 AM
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After an overnight flight from the US , I am not fit to drive until I've had a bit of a rest
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Feb 16th, 2011, 03:58 AM
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Price was the determining factor for us. Despite the sound reasons for Fodorites' preferences for Toulouse over Bordeaux airport, I found the fares much cheaper into Bordeaux when I was ready to buy tickets.

(Now, naturally, British Airways has changed their schedule, turning a perfect fit into an awkward situation, but that's the risk I took booking so far ahead.)
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Feb 16th, 2011, 06:42 AM
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We avoid connecting at LHR whenever possible.

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Feb 16th, 2011, 06:53 AM
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We flew on US Airways from Charlotte, NC, to Charles de Gaulle; had a short layover and then took an Air France flight to Bordeaux where we had prearranged a rental car with Hertz. We were most fortunate to be offered an automatic car vs the prearranged standard transmission one. We then drove to Sarlat. We drove back to Bordeaux and went to the coast for a day trip and returned the car at the airport - very easy airport and car rental to maneuver. Caught a plane back to Charles de Gaulle.
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Feb 26th, 2011, 06:48 AM
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Stu, My husband and I are thoroughly enjoying your trip report. It is packed with great info and time-saving tips.
Oh I can't wait to retire so we are able to stay longer and
explore more. Thank you most kindly for sharing your experiences with us all!
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Feb 26th, 2011, 07:12 AM
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Glad to hear that you're enjoying my Dordogne itinerary.

Thanks

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Sep 27th, 2012, 03:44 PM
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I'm figuring out plans for a trip to Sarlat.
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Sep 28th, 2012, 02:22 AM
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Getting here is (fairly) easy through Toulouse, much better than Bordeaux. Or investigate the flights from Paris (and London) to the new Brive La Gaillarde airport. http://www.aeroport-brive-vallee-dordogne.com/en
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