Provence, Loire, or Extra Burgundy?

We're doing week-long Burgundy canal barge trip in the early Fall, which includes brief side trips into Beaune, Cluny, and Autun. We want to spend a couple more days somewhere before returning home. Would it be worth going into Provence, Dordogne, or the Loire for just a couple of days, or would we be better off spending the extra time in the Burgundy region? We're already doing a couple of days in Paris before the cruise begins.

Posted by Darren
Boulder, CO, USA
665 posts

Hi Angie,
Yes, it would be worth spending more time in Burgundy, especially if you're a wine girl. However, Provence, the Dordogne and the Loire are all excellent as well. You don't say where you'll be flying out of, so that will make a difference if it's only a few days. If it's Paris, then the Loire is nice and close, so that makes departing simpler. As for Provence? I can't imagine going to France and not going to Provence, but that might be a push for only two days. Dordogne will be the same, I'd like more time, but it's a simple train ride to Paris from there. Flying out of Nice? Provence is a no brainer.

Posted by Mike
Columbia, MO, USA
249 posts

I think Dordogne or Loire are out due to travel time to either vice Beaune or Provence. We were in all four last June-and Beaune had our favorite B&B of our month in France. Send pm if you'd like more info on that. Happy travels.

Posted by Adam
2923 posts

I agree with Mike that the logistics make the Loire a stretch and the Dordogne downright impossible in a few short days. Provence is within reach thanks to France's great rail system. There's an airport in Marseilles, and a direct train to Charles deGaulle that would get you there by 10:30 AM--time for an afternoon flight back to the States. Provence is wonderful, but a few more days in Burgundy, or in the neighboring Jura, with a car would not be shabby either. If you are really torn over this a few guidebooks will help you to decide.

Posted by john
sumter, SC, United States
16 posts

Provence and Dordogne are out if you are flying out of Paris which I assume you will be. The Loire is a possibility but you don't say where your cruise ends. IF you can manage three extra days, and are flying out of CDG, then rent a car and go for the Loire area. If you only have two days don't knock yourself out, spend them in Burgundy and save the others for another trip. John