This is kind of a revision of an earlier post. I am now planning a trip probably in the fall (Sept-October) starting in Paris, train to Bordeaux, rent a car and spend 12-15 days driving through the Dordogne, the Lot, perhaps a quick late day stopover in Carcassonne before heading east. My thought is perhaps a night or 2 in Bordeaux (although willing to skip), a night or 2 in St. Emilion, then multiple nights in Sarlat to take in the town, as well as day trips to caves and gardens and towns. Question: how many is ideal? Then I am thinking heading down to the Lot River and doing something similar...stay 3-5 in one place (where? Cahors?) to do day trips. Is Albi worth staying or just stopping in? I have the luxury at this point of adding days, but it would be nice to not unpack every two nights.
After that we will head to Avignon for 5 nights, stop over in Vence or Grasse, then head to Alba, Italy for the White Truffle Fair. End with a few nights in Milan.