I have a question/wish to ask for advice for anyone who has been to the Dordogne. I'll be going in May with my parents and am in charge of the detailed trip planning. We arrive in Toulouse on Sunday May 16 and will be there until we leave on Tuesday morning May 18th. Plan is to do a meandering drive to Sarlat that day with stop offs to see the bridge in Cahors and Domme before arriving in Sarlat with plan to just explore Sarlat in whatever time is left that day. Then I have two days to play with to see the caves and explore the small towns in the area before we go off to the eastern Dordogne on Friday May 20th. [We slowly make our way down to Carcassone via La Cirq La Popie and Albi after that]
So to that point... which caves have you found most interesting to visit? I'm not super big into cave art but it seems a shame not to experience some of the best the world has to offer. I'm most interested in Frotte de Gaume and Grotte de Rouffignac based on what I read in the book vs seeing the reproductions at Lascaux IV. I guess I have a thing for the "genuine deal" unless everyone here tells me it is really really worth it to go to Lascaux instead. Is it even possible to do Frotte de Gaume and Rouffignac on the same day or should I put them on different days? See one cave in the am and then explore the little towns along the Dordogne in the afternoon? Or by that note, can Frotte de Gaume and Lascaux be done on the same day? I saw the English tour was at 11 am so it didn't seem particularly feasible unless we were on the first tour of the day at Frotte de Gaume.
Regarding the towns, we would like to mainly see La Rogue Gageac, Chauteau de Castlenaud. and Beynac with greater emphasis on the last two. So if you tell me to split doing caves different days, we basically be doing a modified half of Rick's driving loop each pm with caves in the morning.
We'll probably be stopping a Perch Merle, if that makes any difference. And we will have a car. We very much know we'll have to get up early for Frotte de Gaume and we are pretty flexible in terms of itinerary right now!