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#1 COAST590

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 07:17 PM

hi all .planning the big trip to south of france for three weeks but what is the best or most relaxing way .is it possible to go from santander over into france or is there a ferry to south/east france cheers

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 07:27 PM

Hi,

The north coast of Spain - Santander or Bilboa - is a possibility - but you might want to be sitting down when you look at the prices.

Aside from that the ferries from the UK all arrive at the northern French coast - almost everywhere between Brittany and Dunkerque - and you need to plan your trip with some care - the days required for the journey - the fuel required for the journey - and the cost of the ferry...

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 08:37 PM

I would suggest the autoroute from Calais, via Lyon, and if you are interested, there's a great municipal site in Chalons-en-Champagne for an overnight stop. If going this way, you might prefer to use the autoroute 'round Lyon, rather than going through the tunnel (at Lyon), as it can be very busy at times, and it's a more relaxing journey going "around".
Alternatively, if you're going more towards Toulouse direction, then down through Limoges.

Edited by Eddie, 01 August 2008 - 08:40 PM.


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Posted 02 August 2008 - 10:49 AM

If going this way, you might prefer to use the autoroute 'round Lyon, rather than going through the tunnel (at Lyon), as it can be very busy at times, and it's a more relaxing journey going "around".
Alternatively, if you're going more towards Toulouse direction, then down through Limoges.


There are road works at the tunnel at the moment.
Alternative is Troyes, Auxerre, Moulins and then via the A75 via Clermont Ferrand to Montpellier (it's more picturesque and free!)
Don't stop at the site in Moulins though, we (almost) did the night after Holland beat France at football, and two Dutch caravans and cars had their tyres slashed overnight on the campsite, we got our money back and moved on the another site further down the river.

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 02:49 PM

We used the ferry to Santander this year and it saved a lot of driving - but we were just aiming for the Pyrenees. If you were going to Provence the saving wouldn't be so attractive - and as Robert suggests the prices are steep.

The Brittany ferry was, as usual with that company, excellent.

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 02:56 PM

hi all .planning the big trip to south of france for three weeks but what is the best or most relaxing way .is it possible to go from santander over into france or is there a ferry to south/east france cheers


You make no mention of where in the UK you live (or also which end of the coast in Southern France you are heading for!) - so it is very difficult to make any sensible suggestions for the 'best' route to the South of France.

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 08:46 PM

i would drive up country and go from calais or the tunnel if i was going to se france , driving across the bottom of france is as much driving from calais to nice roughly as its cheaper from the s east of the uk to get across i would there this side , hope this make sence
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Posted 05 August 2008 - 02:08 PM

hi all .planning the big trip to south of france for three weeks but what is the best or most relaxing way .is it possible to go from santander over into france or is there a ferry to south/east france cheers


Hi Coast,

We are going to the south of france again this year. We book 2 weeks on a site in the south and the ferry from portsmouth to caen with the caravan club. Whole thing cost us in the region of 600. Add to this the cost of fuel and motorway tolls of approx 150-200 each way. We travel mostly on the motorways stopping overnight every 200 miles, We use the municipal sites to stop which are very cheap (almost every town has one, just follow the signs) it takes 3 days to get there and 3 to get back to the ferry port at Ouistreham.
We use Google maps or via michelin maps to plot our route.

Happy holiday

Sibbee & H

Edited by Sibbee, 05 August 2008 - 02:09 PM.


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Posted 05 August 2008 - 02:30 PM

hi all .planning the big trip to south of france for three weeks but what is the best or most relaxing way .is it possible to go from santander over into france or is there a ferry to south/east france cheers


Hi Coast,

We are going to the south of france again this year. We book 2 weeks on a site in the south and the ferry from portsmouth to cain with the caravan club. Whole thing cost us in the region of 600. Add to this the cost of fuel and motorway tolls of approx 150-200 each way. We travel mostly on the motorways stopping overnight every 200 miles, We use the municipal sites to stop which are very cheap (almost every town has one, just follow the signs) it takes 3 days to get there and 3 to get back to the ferry port at Ouistreham.
We use Google maps or via michelin maps to plot our route.

Happy holiday

Sibbee & H




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