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Rhone Valley, Bordeaux

masha | | Apr 7, 2011 06:04 PM

I have read the responses to Mapleleaf Girl's post on an itinerary that includes both Bordeaux and Burgundy, and have somewhat similar inquiry.

We are trying to map out an itinerary for an 8-day trip in the countryside, with a focus on small inns, good food, and wine, that starts and ends in Lyons. My thought was to start by spending one or 2 nights in the area of Ampuis/Condrieu, and then head west towards Bordeaux. From Google maps, that appears to be a drive of about 5-1/2 hours so ideally I was hoping for a stop more or less midway. Any suggestions for a stopping point that would be in an area offering good food, wine, and scenery?

(We were in Burgundy and the Loire in our last trip to France so, while that might make more geographic sense, given that the trip starts & ends in Lyons, we'd really like to do something else, and had our heart set on Burgundy.)

Or, is this itinerary just hopeless and should we just stay in the Rhone Valley the whole 8 days?