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Help with Southern France Itenerary

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I will be going to a wedding at Chateau de Saint-Loup near Dordogne next July 4th and hope to extend my trip to see some of southern France. I am hoping this would be doable without renting a car. Are there trains that are easy to get around on for this -very loose- itinerary? Thanks in advance!

July 1-2: Arrive in Paris, eat dinner, sleep, go to the Chateau.
July 2-5: Wedding Stuff
July 5-8: Bordeaux (ideally a vineyard tour and beach time at Côte d’Argent)
July 8-10: Nice (biking around, see the French Riviera)
July 10-13: Paris to explore the major sights and then go home.

Does this seem realistic? All other trips abroad I've taken were to only visit friends or huge all-inclusive type settings. Neither of us are huge on hitting every single historical monument, especially since he's been before. My main interest is to eat lots of great food, drink lots of great wine, and see the landscapes. My boyfriend wants the trip to be very stress-free and relaxing.

We are also deciding between using AirBnBs vs hotels. So any suggestions on that would be great as well as favorite off-the-beaten-path suggestions.

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    Well I don't know how accessible the wedding venue is by public transportation so no comment on that part. I think I would then choose between Bordeaux and Cote d'Azur (Nice). There is plenty to do in Nice for 5 days and I think the getting between Bordeaux / Cote d'Argent over to Nice is going to take quite a bit of train time. Also I think public transportation is not as developed / frequent around Bordeaux. You get train info at the french rail site - SNCF.

    I really like the Cote d'Azur and there is a great bus system that goes along coast and up to some of the hill towns. It is super cheap and runs frequently. Many of the beaches are a tad :( rocky but there are a few sandy ones too at Antibes and I think Villefrance. The promenade at Nice is wonderful for people watching - you can bike or roller blade. Not sure how close any vineyards are but there is plenty of nice wine and good food.

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    Ch de St Loup (Saint Loup Lamaire) is not in the Dordogne region. It is farther north between Poitiers and the Loire Valley. We'll be driving right past it a week from today.

    If you stick with your itinerary, you're going to be spending most of your limited time driving in the car or on a train. By car, it is 3+ hrs from Ch de St Loup to the city of Bordeaux, then 8-9 hrs to Nice. By train it is a 1 1/4 hr car ride to Poitiers and then a 2 hr train to Bordeaux. Then it is a 9 hr train ride to Nice.

    Bordeaux itself is an OK city, but I've never been impressed with what I've read about the area immediately around it. Thus, we've never visited the region (we spend 2 months in France most years - in different areas). We did, however, visit the beach town of Arcachon one full day in '12 - and loved it. Very nice beach, and an interesting town - especially the "Winter Resort" area. I would suggest that you skip Nice and spend your time in the city of Bordeaux and your "beach time" in Arcachon - by car.

    For the next 2 1/2 weeks, we're actually going to spend 3 nights around Poitiers, and then 2 weeks in the Ile de Re near La Rochelle. Ile de Re has lots of beaches (I'm told - it is our first trip there), and there are beaches around La Rochelle too. This might be an alternative to consider.

    Stu Dudley

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