From the centre of the Netherlands you drive via Antwerp to Ghent, Lille, Paris and Orleans. Take the A71 to Vierzon, Chateauroux (A20) and finally Limoges.
From Lille to the northern outskirts of Paris and from the southern border of Paris to Vierzon is péage (tollroad). At Paris there are several options to the south. Via the Boulevard Périphérique (much chance of traffic jams) Paris Est, Paris Centre, Lyon, Bordeaux. Or you can drive via Francilienne (A104). This is a longer route but with considerably less traffic jams.
If you wish to drive south at a slower, more comfortable pace, or if you don't want to pay toll, the old N20, south of Paris, which leads you through many beautiful places, is a great alternative.
From Limoges, continue on the A20 to Brive-la-Gaillarde. Once in Souillac you leave the A20 and drive towards Sarlat-la-Canéda. From Sarlat-la-Canéda follow the road to Belvès. Once in Belvès you can drive towards Capelou.
As an indication, the distance from Utrecht to Sarlat-la-Canéda in the Dordogne is 1050 km.
On highways there is a speed limit of 130 km/h. 110 km/h is the limit for motorways and secondary roads outside built-up areas has a limit of 90 km/h. Inside city limits the maximum speed is 50 km/h. Also in France there are large numbers of speed checks by radar or by section control on the autoroutes.
check a route planner, for example: http://www.mappy.com
By TGV (high speed train) from Lille to Bordeaux (5 hours). Exit the train at Angoulême from where bus connections are available to Périgueux and Brantôme. Alternatively you can take a TGV to Bordeaux. In Bordeaux you can take a connecting train to Bergerac or Sarlat-Périgueux-Brive-la-Gaillarde.
By train (Thalys) from the Netherlands to Gare du Nord in Paris. In Paris you must change to the Gare d'Austerlitz station or Gare Montparnasse station and take the TGV to Bordeaux.
From Gare d'Austerlitz trains depart south to Toulouse. From Brive-la-Gaillarde and Souillac bus connections are available to Sarlat-la-Canéda.
Please note that many local bus services only operate in mornings and evenings and are not available on weekends.
If you do not want to travel by car, travelling by train is a great way to go to the south of France.
Reserve early in order to get the lowest rates.
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Direct flights are seasonally available from Amsterdam to Bergerac with Transavia. Bergerac is about 50 kilometers from Capelou / Belvès. Outside these periods, you can fly via Paris or by booking a ticket with one of the English low-cost carriers to Bordeaux, Périgueux, Bergerac or Toulouse. It is also possible to fly from the Netherlands directly to Bordeaux.
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