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1. Posted by dantheripp (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y

hello all, this is my first post here.

I am planning on going on a road trip from the Netherlands (the Hague) to somewhere in France probably. It would be nice to get all the way south towards Nice or some other area around there.

Are there any beachy areas where it is relatively isolated in that area?
How many days would it take to drive from NL to FRA (south)?
How many stops would i have to make along the way if i am travelling along with 3 other drivers?
How much would fuel cost and what is the best idea accomodation-wise once i get there and along the way?

Has anyone else here done the same road trip and if so what would they recommend?

Thanks in advance,

Daniel

2. Posted by tfro71 (Budding Member 8 posts) 12y

if you wanna go fast you can make the south of france in 13 hours non-stop driving. Some dutch people do this at the beginning of their holiday.

I normally drive south in 3 of four days. Thats very relaxing.

Dont know about the beach but there should be a quit place along the atlantic side of france.

Fuel costs about €1,20 - €1,30 a liter. Cars here go around 15 kilometers a liter. So figure out.
Big parts of the highway system in france are toll-ways. You'll have to pay for them. If you travel slow you can do without the highways.

There are numerous ways for accomodations.
There a small motels and big hotels along the highway, there are campings and of course hotels in the cities. The french and dutch don't do much bed and breakfast, so it will be hotels or campings.

3. Posted by Kimmetje (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y

Hey Daniel,

If you really wanna go on a roadtrip, instead of just driving to Nice, I would recommend to stop at a few highlights. If you're travelling from the Hague, the beach in Scheveningen is a great place to start. It's a 5 minute tramride from the Central Station in The Hague.

You could visit the port in Rotterdam, also the Waterworks (Neeltje Jans) in Zeeland are quite impressive. Then if you go to Belgium I would recommend you to go through Antwerp (great city!), or ride along the coast and make a stop in Blankebergen, depending on the weather.
Blankebergen is a nice place near the beach to party in summer.

Then when you get to France there are lots of things to see. Some suggestions: Paris, Normandie (Omaha beach), Mont st Michel (on the bottom of Normandy along the coast), on the East side of France there are a lot great smaller (wine) villages, great to make a stop there. Aslo see www.visitfrance.co.uk

Hope that I could help a bit!

Greetz

4. Posted by janzw (Full Member 39 posts) 12y

hi Dan

If you're going to southern France you can, what most people do, take the route du Soleil, the E25, whoch goes from Maastricht to Liege, Luxembourg, Metz and all the way to the south. You can stop in Luxembourg and buy real cheap fuel there which will make your trip cheaper.

Every 2 to 2,5 hours it's better to stop and take a break, and change driver. It depends on your timetable but you could take a stop in Nancy, or elsewhere in les Vosges, France thats about 700 km from the netherlands. Then you can drive on more to the south, perhaps to the Jura with even higher mountains than in les Vosges, or all the way south to the mediterenean in 2 or more steps. In 3 days it should be relaxed, in 2 days possible but more hasty.

as for staying you can stay depending on your budget in a hostel

www.hostelworld.com or in a hotel

http://www.book-hotel-room.com/france/france-a-hotels.htm

bon voyage!

5. Posted by janzw (Full Member 39 posts) 12y

hi Dan

If you're going to southern France you can, what most people do, take the route du Soleil, the E25, whoch goes from Maastricht to Liege, Luxembourg, Metz and all the way to the south. You can stop in Luxembourg and buy real cheap fuel there which will make your trip cheaper.

Every 2 to 2,5 hours it's better to stop and take a break, and change driver. It depends on your timetable but you could take a stop in Nancy, or elsewhere in les Vosges, France thats about 700 km from the netherlands. Then you can drive on more to the south, perhaps to the Jura with even higher mountains than in les Vosges, or all the way south to the mediterenean in 2 or more steps. In 3 days it should be relaxed, in 2 days possible but more hasty.