Getting There: Depending on your U.S. departure city, airlines serving the two airports of Paris, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, are: American, Air France, British Airways, Continental, Delta, Lufthansa, Scandinavian, Swissair, TWA, and United. The 1-800 phone numbers and Web links for these airlines are available at this magazines Airlines page. You can drive south from Paris in a day to the Dordogne region, or you can take a high speed TGV train to Bordeaux and rent a car for the 1-1/2 hour drive to Sarlat. Web links for major auto rental firms in France are available at this magazine's Autos page.
Staying There: It is relatively straight forward to find lodging in Sarlat or Beynac. Reliable lodging recommendations and excellent advice for making the most of your stay in the Dordogne Region are found in the guidebook Rick Steves France. The advice on how and when to visit the major sites is top-notch.
|Notes: Grotte de Font-de-Gaume has limited viewings of its cave paintings to 200 visitors per day. Be sure to make reservations (see Rick Steves France for details). Dordogne region visitors who prefer a fully guided tour with canoeing, hiking, cave visits, castles, and villages are recommended to take Battenkill Canoe's 12-day "Canoe France" trip (see link below). Visitors to France are also recommended to enjoy Paris and other great regions of France (click here for European article links).||
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