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Feb 25th, 2013, 09:43 PM
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Visiting Paris / Loire Valley / Bordeaux / Provence Help in July

Hi,

Will be in France for 14 days at the start of July. Likely to fly in from Hong Kong into Paris.

Am thinking of driving from Paris to Loire Valley then to Bordeaux and Provence if possible.

Likely to spend one night in Paris on arrival and 2/3 nights in Paris before heading back to Hong Kong. Just wondering if this is a realistic schedule with 3 / 4 days each in / on route to Loire Valley / Bordeaux / Provence.

Also would be great if any suggestions on routes and where to stay on the driving route.

Thanks!
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Feb 26th, 2013, 01:32 AM
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Having been to all areas I would drop Bordeaux. If you are looking for lovely vineyards there are nicer, more scenic areas around Provence. Bordeaux itself is a nice city, but its far from your other locations and doesnt really have the wow factor - perhaps you are adding it because it is a wine region you have heard of? Unless you are a huge wine buff and want to spend your time visiting large estates by appt (and plan to buy $$$$ of wine) then I think your time would be better spent focusing on the 3 areas you have identified in 2 weeks.
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Feb 26th, 2013, 01:45 AM
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I have to agree with jamikins. Drop Bordeaux. If you are going to be driving, I would suggest travelling via Burgundy as opposed to Bordeaux. Another wonderful wine area, and a good place to break the trip between the Loire and Provence. Look Beaune as a stopover. We love Burgundy. Lots to see in each different part. Our last time in Burgundy was spent in the Maconnais region. Great wine, lovely countryside, great food. Have a look at Burgundy.
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Feb 26th, 2013, 01:47 AM
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rhon - totally agree - Burgundy is one of our favourite areas. To me it looks exactly like I pictured rural France!

Beaune makes a great stop along the way to Provence.
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Feb 26th, 2013, 02:10 AM
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Yes jamikins, we have spent four weeks in different parts of Burgundy on our trips to France. We are Australian. Did not go there last trip because we were touring more western France. Definitely next time. It is such a lovely area to visit, and we love rural France. For us Burgundy ticks all the boxes - lovely countryside and villages, lots of history, great food and wine. Yes, I know that sounds like most of France, but Burgundy is special for us.
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Feb 26th, 2013, 02:20 AM
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sweng - here's another vote for dropping Bordeaux.

I'm not so against it as the others [we spent some lovely days there a very long time ago] but for your plans, it's way off your route, and either the eastern Dordogne or Burgundy make more sense.
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Feb 27th, 2013, 12:49 AM
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I am not really against Bordeaux as such. I just think with the time the OP has and what he wants to do, Burgundy is a better fit. Hope he has a great trip.
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Feb 27th, 2013, 08:10 PM
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all.thanks for the suggestions..we really like bordeaux wine which was why we wanted to go through there..so the current plan is paris (1), loire valley (4), burgundy (2), provence (4) and paris (2)..numbers in brackets represents nights..

any particular cities or towns in each area aside from beaume? saumur in loire?
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Feb 28th, 2013, 12:44 AM
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Dijon is a great place to visit and there are loads of charming villages around to stop in for wine tasting. I highly recommend a visit to the marches aux vins in Beaune for a tasting In their cellars
http://www.marcheauxvins.com/vin-bea...e-tasting.html
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Feb 28th, 2013, 02:26 PM
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skweng - we really like Saumur. WE stayed there for 3 nights a few years ago, and on a more recent visit to the area, although we weren't staying there, we found ourselves gravitating to it. Saumur reds are very nice and there are lots of "caves" in the area [literarily - they are cut into the hillside]

another nice place which we have visited but not stayed in is Chinon. both would make good Loire bases.
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Feb 28th, 2013, 02:36 PM
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You don't need to go to Bordeaux to drink Bordeaux wines. You can find pretty much any kind of wine all over France. And regarding the mention of visiting estates, it's not really even possible without a connection in the business. I would drop Bordeaux too.
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Feb 28th, 2013, 02:48 PM
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The Loire is 1000km long and has wine grown over about half of it. If we ignore Muscadet at the mouth of the river the rest is made up of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir (various), Merlot and a great many of little varietals such as Fer. Wine types range across from Fizzy, dry, sweet and very sweet. But of course, the varietal is probably less important than the terroir. The most interesting terroir is in Sancerre (just look at a bird's eye view of the place), Vouvray, Saumur and Savennieres
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Feb 28th, 2013, 06:34 PM
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thanks..think will likely to use Saumur / Chinon as base in Loire, before heading over to Sancerre and Dijon..on the way to Provence.looking to drive between 2-3 hours a day on route...what's a good base for Provence? Aix-en-Provence? Avignon? We will probably take the TGV back from Provence to Paris.
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Feb 28th, 2013, 08:27 PM
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Avignon
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Mar 1st, 2013, 07:11 AM
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skweng - it's about 40kms between Saumur and Chinon, and takes roughly 40 mins to drive between them.

so you'll really have to pick one or the other.
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Mar 3rd, 2013, 07:20 PM
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annhig.Yup.Got it..am going to angers-noizay-romorantin in Loire..does this route make sense..

thanks all for your help!
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skweng - am going to angers-noizay-romorantin in Loire..does this route make sense..>>

are you planning to stay in each of these places? or just to visit? how long in each?
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Mar 5th, 2013, 06:25 AM
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Personally I will not drop Bordeaux for anything else.
Great wineries(the famous 1855 classified wine), the town itself is beautifull and you can visit the Atlantic coast as well!
I am not so huge fan of Burgundy, Beaune, Dijon etc. - but that is just my opinion.

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Mar 5th, 2013, 06:37 AM
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I would consolidate your Paris days a bit more. Just go on to the Loire from your arrival and don't waste time transferring to and from a hotel. You'll gain a full day that way probably. And maybe cut a day from the Loire, and have extra day at the end for Paris.
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Mar 5th, 2013, 11:43 PM
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annhig. plan is to stay one night each in angers and noizay and two nights in romorantin..then from romorantin go on to saulieu and then chagny..might either stay one night each at saulieu and chagny or two nights in chagny. before heading off to avignon.

gretchen..ya..that could work as well..but it is a 13hr flight from hk..just wanted break the trip up abit.
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