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1. Posted by Rhys Katie (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Hi everyone, me and my girlfriend are planning to travel around europe in approx 6 months for hopfully 6 months depending on funds and planning to do it by campervan
Looking for some advice with our trip.

(I may have forgotten a few place as I am in work)
Our route so far is starting at home in england (UK citizens)
england on the boat/tunnel to calais
calais-belgium
belgium-holland
holland-germany
germany-czech rep
czech-hungary
hungary-croatia
croatia around the coast to italy
around italy as far south as rome
around the coast through alps to eastern coast of spain
down the coast to south spain/gibraltar
gibraltar-madrid

And we're stuck now which way to go home and where to go,obviously need to go to paris.

Looking for advice on where to go in the countries we've said and where to go to get back to england. While travelling will want to do all the normal stuff like seeing the sites, trying the food and experiencing the nightlife.

Also if we plan to leave april/may next year which way around europe should we go?

2. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 7y

Quoting Rhys Katie

around the coast through alps to eastern coast of spain
down the coast to south spain/gibraltar

Are you planning on going to Barcelona? It's a beautiful city with a lot to offer, although maybe not condusive in a campervan. Are you going to ditch the van in a city and take public transportation? Or are you going to drive it around with you? Traffic is pretty busy there . . . Anyway, I would include it on my itnerary however you decide to do it. Barcelona has beautiful archetecture and great nightlife. They don't sleep there, that's for sure I'm not sure about campgrounds because during the times I went we stayed in a hostel and a pension in the Old Town, really close to a lot of the things we wanted to see. The public transportation is very efficient. You can get anywhere in minutes. Anyway, you will love it.

In the south of Spain, I'd recommend Seville along the coast. It's a beautiful part of Spain and there's the beach, of course.

Have a great trip! HTH

Steph

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

I would go as early as possible and head straight down to Spain and maybe on to Morocco. Then through Spain and back up to Italy, down to Sicily and over to Croatia. Then Germany/Hungary and those countries during July/August. Maybe go to Octoberfest in September/October in Munich.

Essentially: Do the areas that will be very hot in July/August in April/May/June. Avoids the tourists crowds that flock to the Med in July/August. And if the weather is shitty in Germany and the Benelux countries during July/August turn your wheel and head south again, with a campervan noting is set in stone.

Also: With a campervan it would be a shame to miss out on the regions in Italy that are south of Rome. Especially Sicily is really worth seeing, but difficult to navigate if you have to rely on public transport. This is one of the places in Europe where a campervan is most useful - don´t cut it out of your initiary.

4. Posted by Rhys Katie (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

bluewaav- thanks for that, we are planning to go to barcelona, ive been there a few times when i was younger so would like to go now im abit older to appreciate it abit more.
yeah the plan is to leave it at a campground the majority of the time and take public transport when needed.

t_maia-thanks for the advice, that probably is the best way to go, any ideas of the best way to get to the eastcoast of spain from calais seeing some nice places on the way?
yeah I think we might add south of italy into the plan because I have seen how nice it looks.

I have been to portugal a few times my self when i was young but my girlfriend hasnt, Is it worth going to portugal for all that extra driving or is spain good enough?

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

France motorways are mostly tollroads, if you are on a tight budget the routes that you can take toll-free will most likely dictate which way you are going to.

Paris is a must of course.

http://www.campingparis.fr/indexuk.html

In Southern France I would avoid Monaco (don`t be blinded by name promising glitz and glamour), but I would definitely check out the Provence region and maybe Marseilles.

Sorry, it has been a long time since I was in France and then it was not me who was doing the planning, so I don´t know too much about the region.

AFAIK viamichelin can help you with costs for tolls and calculate routes that avoid toll roads (not 100 % accurate, but good enough for France).

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Aug-2009, at 06:39 by t_maia ]

6. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

It's far more scenic away from the Autoroutes (i.e. motorways) anyway. In fact, travelling down through France away from the main roads it's impossible to avoid really characterful and scenic spots.

If it were me, I'd head down to the West of Paris, via the Loire Valley (great Chateaux and historic towns - head for Amboise maybe?), then into the Massif Centrale via the Auvergne (head towards Clermont-Ferrand). I'd travel on down South-East through the Massif Centrale and into Provence, then back Westwards via Languedoc-Rousillon into the Pyrenees, crossing into Spain maybe at Puigcerda/Bourg Madame. That would be a bit of a wiggly route (Provence is a bit out of the way Eastwards) but it would certainly take in some very scenic places and you definitely have the time for it!

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

That would be a bit of a wiggly route (Provence is a bit out of the way Eastwards)

Having a second thought, you could maybe save the Provence for the time you go from Spain to Italy. Should give you a better chance to see the Lavender fields blossom too.

8. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

Quoting t_maia

That would be a bit of a wiggly route (Provence is a bit out of the way Eastwards)

Having a second thought, you could maybe save the Provence for the time you go from Spain to Italy. Should give you a better chance to see the Lavender fields blossom too.

Yes, that would make sense - after leaving the Massif Centrale you could head into Spain over the Pyrenees via Carcassonne, and when you come back you could head up the coast via Perpignan maybe.

9. Posted by Rhys Katie (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

thanks for all of that, was very helpful will have to add all that to my route then by the sounds of it I probably will leave the provence untill I head for italy.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Aug-2009, at 08:26 by Rhys Katie ]

10. Posted by mugshot (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Hi, Heres a few suggestions of my own...

Bremen, Germany - A beautiful city full of wonderful historic monuments dating back to the 12th century
Plovdiv, Bulgaria - One of the oldest cities in Europe and one of the top historic sites with Roman theatres and Ottoman Turkish Mosques, wonderful monasteries, amazing food and culture, not a big tourist destination oh and Plovdiv is not far from the Rhodope mountains - snip
Also a trip to Naples to see Pompeii is a must, this is an amazing place to visit and really shows what Roman Italy was like and the devastation volcanoes can cause.

This all depends on whether you enjoy history and culture but Im sure this is probably part of the reason you are travelling.

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