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11. Posted by loydall (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Hi - just bringing this thread back as I'm still looking into options. I've just put this route together:,0.269165+to:A630+to:Unknown+road+to:Avenue+Jean-Claude+Bonduelle+to:N814+to:A28+to:A576%2FGilda+Brook+Rd&hl=en&geocode=FYjdHgMdZh_u_w%3BFXr5sQIdapdiAA%3BFYarngIdUJZpAA%3BFaIZnAIdOsFyAA%3BFfwPkgIdAlhaAA%3BFQbgmQIdGhNLAA%3BFbZ_pAIdELk2AA%3BFSQIpAId1HcxAA%3BFY5dngIdeCorAA%3BFZZamQIdtmYVAA%3B%3BFeRPqwId0B_3_w%3BFWbhqwIdwNr2_w%3BFdJk0AIdXnPo_w%3BFfzB7gId_Gj6_w%3BFX7c_AIdJm4bAA%3BFWQYMAMdvm_c_w&mra=dpe&mrcr=3&mrsp=10&sz=9&via=1,2,3,4,7,8,10,11&sll=44.215678,0.428467&sspn=1.482276,4.216003&ie=UTF8&ll=48.063397,7.77832&spn=11.059836,33.728027&z=6

What do you think? We have just over 2 weeks. I want to take in the alps, some parcs, the millau bridge, some coastal towns, some wine regions... loads really.. Probably too much for 2 weeks but I like to cram loads in.

How does that route look?

12. Posted by loydall (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Just noticed that link isn't converted to a live link so try this instead:

SHould have done that in the first place!

Any comments would be great.



13. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Two thoughts:

Note that you can take a ferry from Cherbourg or Caen to England. You don't have to go all the way to Calais if you don't want to. Might save you some driving time.

I can recommend a dip into Belgium from Calais. Specifically a visit to DePanne. I spent an extended weekend with my parents there in the early 90's at the CenterParc there, it was great. If you get shitty weather go there, if not enjoy the large sanddunes and the great beach at De Panne.

14. Posted by loydall (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Thanks - we've already paid for our ferry to calais so we've kind of got to go from there.

Belgium is an idea - not sure whether we'd have enough time though...

15. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Ferry to Dunkirk would have been much cheaper.

16. Posted by loydall (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Ferry to Dunkirk would have been much cheaper.

You don't know how much paid!

What's the best price you can get for a return from dover to Dunkirk with a car?

17. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Ok - so maybe I overstepped the mark with my assumption.
However, Dover - Dunkirk, driver and up to 4 passengers peak season (night ferry).... £54 return.
Any good??

18. Posted by loydall (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Ours was £53.

Nah - seriosuly I think it was cheap (under £100) but not as cheap as £54 but it's in the middles of the day which suits our plans (we're leaving after a wedding in the midlands so early afternoon is fine for us).

Dont think we'll get too far on the first day but should make good progress on day 2.

Do you think that route I've put together looks ok for 2 weeks?

19. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

I don't think you'll have any problem with that route at all over 2 weeks. There's quite a bitta driving there, but I've done a different route through France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and back into France in the same period, with I would think, the same amount (give or take a bit) of miles. Camped overnight en-route and didn't rush to get out of bed in the morning.
I see your route starts from Manchester - my home city.
Have a great trip.
PS.... I'll send you a quick PM with the name of the cheap ferry company that I use. Check out their website.

20. Posted by loydall (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Sorry - more questions - how easy is it to find camp sites without booking? Bearing in mind that we dont know exactly how long each leg of the journey will take, we dont know where we will be at exact times so we're hoping just to stop at camp sites (or hotels) when we feel like it.