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Amboise to Sarlat Drive

We plan to drive from Amboise to Sarlat (4.5 hours) and wonder if there is anything worth stopping to see for about an hour. We've already determined that Oradour-sur-Glane will sadly, take too much time. Merci! Kay

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No real answer from me, but I am watching this thread as we will be driving the opposite direction (from Sarlat to Amboise) in late September and might benefit as well!

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I have made the trip from Sarlat to Amboise and stopped at Oradur-sur-Glane. I don’t understand why you think you will not have time for a visit. To see the very informative museum and the village - depending on how fast you want to do it - takes about 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 hours. It is a very special and unique historical site and you should not miss it. Rearrange your schedule to allow it if possible.

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We did this same drive 2.5 weeks ago. We had intended to visit Oradour-sur-Glane as well, but between leaving Amboise late, an extra pit stop and a longer-than-hoped for lunch, all we had time for when we got there was a quick peek at the gift shop before we needed to continue to Sarlat to meet our Homeaway hosts. We were able to see the village from outside the memorial museum and regret not having had the time to do it justice on this trip. If there is a way for you to make the time to visit, I would encourage you to do so.

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I appreciate all of your replies. Besides Oradour-sur-Glane, it seems there is nothing else to see to break up the 4.5 hour drive from Amboise to Sarlat. We would love to see OSG and, if we are able, we will. Merci Beaucoup!

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Kay, I have not done this drive so I hesitate to answer, but surely there must be something that would be interesting to see along the way. Looking at some very old Michelin green guides, I see ruined castles and Romanesque churches. Depending on your route, Poitiers is high on my list for a return visit. My mother and I stopped in Aubusson in 1983 and learned about tapestries.

With a little research you can find something that will suit your needs. I love the Michelin green guides.

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We went through the area on our way home after a wine trip to Médoc and Saint Emilion last week and I was struck by the Cathédrale Saint-Front in Périgueux. It's impressive.

There also are a lot of small towns in the area that are pretty scenic. Saint-Robert (try lunch and enjoy the view from the terrace at Le Saint-Robert hotel and restaurant) and Saint-Amand-de-Coly (especially the abbey) spring to mind. Lascaux 4 was highly recommended to us by one one of the guides at a château in Médoc, but we didn't stop on this trip. Apparently, it has quite a bit more to see than Lascaux 2, which we saw 6 years ago.

I agree with others that Oradour-sur-Glane would be worth a stop if you can work it in. It's sobering.

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Merci for the extra comments Eef and Bob. I figured that there must be something along the way to stop and see...if not OSG.