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Getting There — About seven direct train connections arrive daily from Bordeaux (trip time: 2.5 hr., 25€). Trains from Paris go to Souillac, about 30km (19 miles) by bus from Sarlat; buses run fairly frequently (trip time: 40 min.); visit www.ter-sncf.com/Regions/Aquitaine/fr for schedules. For train information and schedules, visit www.oui.sncf or call tel. 36-35 (.40€/min.). The terminus in Sarlat lies 1km (.5 mile) south of the old town. You can walk it in 15 min. or else take a taxi.

Motorists drive the A10 autoroute from Paris, going by way of Poitiers, Angoulême, and Périgueux to reach Sarlat. Or you can take the A89 from Bordeaux. Sarlat lies 180km (112 miles) east of Bordeaux.

Visitor Information — The Office de Tourisme, 3 rue Tourny (www.sarlat-tourisme.com; tel. 05-53-31-45-45), sells area maps and offers English-language tours from May to October.

Special Events — In the summer, the streets of Sarlat are bustling with people, many of whom come to attend the Festival des Jeux du Théâtre de Sarlat (www.festival-theatre-sarlat.com; tel. 05-53-31-10-83), a theater festival that runs from mid-July to the first week of August. During the month of August and into the first week of September, Sarlat also hosts the Festival de Musique du Périgord Noir (www.festivalduperigordnoir.fr; tel. 05-53-51-95-17). The November film festival, Le Festival du Film de Sarlat (www.festivaldufilmdesarlat.com; tel. 05-53-29-18-13), is the biggest such event in France after Cannes and Deauville. 

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.