Explore the Dordogne Valley with Hertz

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by Conrad - 17 November 2014

Savour all southwest France has to offer on a delightful drive through the world's premier wine region. Pair your journey with deluxe hotel accommodations at Relais & Chateaux throughout the region for an unforgettable getaway. The Dordogne Valley takes its name from the Dordogne River that runs between the Pyrenees and the Loire Valley. Your journey begins in Bordeaux, a place committed to eating and drinking well. Stroll some of the most elegant streets in all of France and sample the city's exquisite cuisine. There's never a bad time to visit Bordeaux!

For your next stop head east out of the city along D936 and follow the route of Dordogne to Bergerac, which offers the finest wines in the Bordeaux region. You'll find a tobacco museum where smoking is encouraged and two statues of the town's most famous citizen - Cyrano de Bergerac. Although he is the subject of a famousplay of the same name, the real Cyrano never lived here.

Approximately 20 miles past Bergerac, in the village of Trémolat, sits Le Vieux Logis, a hotel that encapsulates the charms of southwest France so well that the famous American author Henry Miller once spent a month here sampling the local wines and drawing inspiration for his works. When you've had your fill, head north on D704 to Sarlat-la-Canéda, a medieval town full of old-world charm. The sandstone buildings catch the sunlight at dusk and dawn, dappling the alleys, streets and squares with buttery light.

Continue your journey west on D6089 to Perigueux, a town located on the banks of the Isle River. Its location has made it an important trading center for thousands of years, and evidence of its evolution through the ages can be found in the remains of the Roman amphitheater, the Chateau Barrière from the Middle Ages, and the Saint-Etienne church built in the 16th century.

North of Perigueux lies Brantôme-en-Périgord, home to Moulin de l'Abbaye, a restored mill in a romantic setting renovated to the highest standards. The hotel offers views of a medieval tower, a Renaissance pavilion, and the famous abbey founded by Charlemagne. The rooms and lounges are elegant and inviting, and the dining room opens onto a shady terrace overlooking the house where the famous Abbot of Brantôme once lived.

Proceed west on D6089 to the town Saint-Émilion just a few miles north of the Dordogne River. Renowned as much for its beautiful buildings and scenery as for its wine, the medieval village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of course, wine enthusiasts from around the world will recognize the name Saint-Émilion, and the Hostellerie de Plaisance offers a relaxed retreat in which to enjoy both views of the vineyards and wines from the grapes that were harvested there. After a night of extraordinary comfort you'll be ready to return to the city of Bordeaux and on to your next adventure!

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