Late October - France or Prague/Budapest

Old Jan 27th, 2019, 11:45 AM
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Late October - France or Prague/Budapest

There are currently some very competitively priced tickets for sale for late October to early November and I would like to take advantage of the price and book a trip during this timeframe. We can fly in and out of Paris; or, we can fly into Prague and out of Budapest. Dates would be October 24 - November 3rd. We plan to make return trips to Europe so what we don't see this time we hope to see on another trip. With that mindset, we'd like to pick our next destination with a focus on the time of the year and what weather/scenery/events may be the most pleasant at that time (though of course that really comes down to luck).

We have visited Paris/Normandy and Paris/Loire Valley on previous trips. I am interested in several areas of France that we have yet to see - Brittany, Dordogne, Burgundy, Alsace - we would most likely just focus on one area for the majority of our trip. We could perhaps split time equally in Burgundy/Alsace as they are close together and it would be fun to get a taste of the two different regions. Dordogne looks absolutely amazing - but, will it be getting too sleepy this time of year?

We have never been to Prague or Budapest so it would be an opportunity to visit somewhere completely different.

What area takes the edge in your opinion for a late October early November visit? Renting a car is not a problem for us if that factors in to your recommendation. Thank you very much for your help!
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Old Jan 27th, 2019, 12:11 PM
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Prague and Budapest would be great for that short a trip and maybe throw a bit of Vienna in too - trains would be great between them all - for lots on trains check www.seat61.com; www.ricksteves.com and BETS-European Rail Experts.
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Old Jan 27th, 2019, 12:22 PM
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The Dordogne will be "pleasantly sleepy" at that time of year. Plenty of festivals and concerts and generally good weather, and everything will be open until late October, when a few touristy places will start to shut down. Most of the tour buses will have cleared out, the campgrounds will be closed, but commerce will be thriving and the fall restaurant offerings are awesome.

We are not fans of Budapest at all, so won't comment. And haven't been to Prague since 1983 so no expertise there, though I'd love to go back.
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Old Jan 27th, 2019, 12:37 PM
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Well you can get some pretty funky weather north of the Alps but southern France should be just nice but also harder to get around on public transportation, at least Dordogne - consider renting car - Burgundy and Beaune/Dijon area can have nice weather then too and has better public transit options though a car would be nice too, depending on what you want to see. Fly into say Geneva and out of Bordeaux.
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