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Itinerary Help

My husband and I are headed to France in the fall! We want to visit the Loire, Dordogne, Languedoc, and Provence regions. Below are the towns we are considering as bases for each region. What do you think of these and the time allotted in each? We have already visited the Riviera and Aix last fall, so we aren’t planning on day trips there. I was also considering using one base for all 10 days (L’isle sur la Sorgue) in Provence…
Thank you in advance for any advice you can give or other towns you think would be a better option for each region.

Paris: 7 days [pick up car at the end of the week]

Amboise: 6 days

Salat: 6 days

Carcassonne: 3 days

St. Remy: 5 days

Gordes or Vaison-la-Romaine: 5 days [return car in Avignon]

River cruise: Avignon to Lyon, 7 nights

Lyon: 3 days

Posted by
1300 posts

Excellent choices.
As usual here I will recommend that you see Paris last.

Posted by
6 posts

Thank you, Andrew. I've seen the advice to tour Paris last before and I'll look at the calendar again to see if we could make that adjustment.

Posted by
8 posts

Hello. I also say very nice choices.
1) I love the Loire Valley. So many chateaux to visit so make sure you read up on which ones interest you the most. Do not miss Chenonceau. 2) I have not yet been to the Sarlat area but the Dordogne region is packed with historic sites and I'm planning to eventually get there. 3) Carcassonne is one of my all-time favorites! Probably the largest European walled-in city from the Middle Ages. It is stunning! Much to explore there, but 3 days is fine. 4) Another favorite region is Provence. Arles has much ancient Roman history. Avignon has the famous Palace of the Popes. And definitely do not miss nearby Pont du Gard. A large Roman aqueduct that you can drive across as well as walk across the top (with a river way down below). You chose many lovely areas. Enjoy!

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Good to see you are planning to stay in Carcassonne. It gets a bad rap with the RS crew pushing the bizarre theory of arriving late in the evening then leaving early next day.
We enjoyed our several days there. More to the town than just the wonderful Cite'.
We stayed in a very nice B & B down in the town. I can give you the details if you are interested.

Amboise was nice but very busy in town. We stayed a couple of nights just out of town in a nice little studio/loft type apartment.
We enjoyed Loches a lot more but it is more out of the way.
Langeias isn't too hard to get to from Amboise and I thought it's Chateau more impressive than Amboise's (with about 1% of the crowds lol). The town was pretty quiet too.
Amboise looks a tough place to drive.

Can't help you with the rest.

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Thank you, Ed and Wurundjeri! I'll definitely go with my allotted days in the regions! Good to know about Amboise...I'll look outside of the city. We like to walk to cafes and restaurants, but also need convenient parking ;-).