I'm looking for a great road trip from Amsterdam to Monaco.
We leave on July 8th from Amsterdam, with an 11 kid and we
need to get to Monaco by July 12th. Any suggestions on attractions
and great routes to go through on the way. We are more nature
and adventure kind of family...
On teh way back we have from July 19 till July 24 and again I'm
looking for suggestions for interesting sites on the way.
Any suggestions will be helpful. Vered
Untill Lyon it would be interesting to drive through the departments of Vosges and Jura with hills upto 1200 metres. From Lyon I would take the autoroute via Grenoble-Sisteron (A51) to Monaco. this route has awesome landscapes and drives you through the French Alpes and the Provence. The provence especially is typically French with silent villages and crickets all around. If you like nature you should see "gorges du verdon" (its somewhat at the end of autoroute A51 near de villages of Greoux-les-Bains, Vinon and Esparron-du-Verdon). The Verdon is a river which cuts steeply and deep through rocky hills. You will have awesome sceneries. And its great for swimming as well.
I broadly agree with wouterr's comments, but I'd not go quite as far west as Lyon. Here's a sample itinerary:
1. Amsterdam to Ürzig in Moselle Valley (NL, BE, DE) via Eindhoven, Liege, Wittlich
2. Ürzig to Morteau in the French Jura (DE, FR) via Pairmasens, Wissembourg, Montbéliard
3. Morteau to La Mure in the French Pre-Alps (FR, CH, FR) via Le Locle, Nyon, Geneva, Chambery
4. La Mure to Monaco (FR) via Gap, Digne, Grasse
To my mind, this would be one of the most engaging four day drives you could find in Europe. Some really fabulous scenery. If you wanted me to sketch in some more details of that suggested route, please say.
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
Since you have so much time, it would be nicer still not to take any highways at all in France, and simply stick to departmental roads, which have much better scenery.
In the Netherlands, ANWB (dutch AAA) sells Michelin roadmaps of France. Buy these, and plot your own route. I concur with Wouterrr's judgement on Vosges and Jura; continuing that line southwards, Drôme, Vaucluse and Var are also beautiful, as is the coast road into Italy.