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1. Posted by digitam123 (Inactive 5 posts) 5y

hi everyone,

I planned a one week trip to France next year with my family members (totally 6 members). can anybody tell the best places to see there as well how should I make a plan to cover all the places in and around France. How much it would cost there. Are there good hotels and restaurants to stay and dine. Which travelling mode is better? Whatelse we have to keep in mind while travelling to France. let me know more details from anyone by their personal experiences and suggestions regarding this are most welcome.

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 5y

As you only have a week you don't want to go too far. Unless you get a plane.

Car is the best way to get around but car hire is expensive in France so bring your own.

You could try a Gite for 6 people.

You might try somewhere like Deauville, a seaside town with a good beach. It's not that far from Calais (good roads most of the way) and even closer to Dieppe or Cherbourg. It gives you access to much of the coast from Dieppe to Mont St Michel.

Endless small towns inland and along the coast as well as places like Rouen (old capital of France), scenic Honfleur, Caen, Fecamp (Benedictine abbey and brewery), Bayeux (Tapestry), the D-Day beaches and museums, etc.

Or you could rush down to the south of France like all the other Lemmings and join the crowds there.

France is BIG so you are not going to see a lot in one week.

3. Posted by digitam123 (Inactive 5 posts) 5y

thanks for your kind reply quoting places to see in France.

I am also planning to take a car as u suggest. but i am unaware of how much distance it takes to visit places from France.

But I am in a dilema how to plan the best way of route which could satisfy me and my vacation as well. I have to take my grandma and small kid (3 years old) also. Let me know in detail the climate there, best line of places with all routes (journey time for each place), accommodations at every place and how much time it will take to cover each place.

Kindly guide me the best route from your options of places.

4. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 5y

Weather has been strange for some years now. Previously I would have expected cool to cold and wet in April and wet and a bit warmer in May but 3 of the last 5 years we have had our best weather in April and May (just a few millimeters of rain in two months) while what should be summer (June, July and August) have been generally poor, with not much sun and a fair bit of rain. So I cannot say what the weather will be like next year. It is anybody's guess.

Generally July and August are the busy months and some shops and businesses will close as their owners go south for 2-4 weeks or so.

France has free dual carriageway roads and Peage, where you have to pay to use them. Generally you can do a reasonable speed on them as traffic is not too heavy. Traffic is often fairly light on minor roads too and I can comfortably do 60 mph on roads around where I live. Villages and towns may have a short rush hour in the morning and evening. Big towns may have heavy traffic but I find driving through a town like Rouen fairly easy. If you are willing to walk 5-10 minutes, often you can find free parking.

From Calais to Rouen I would think 3 hours at a leisurely pace, and then maybe 90 minutes from there to Deauville. Remember to turn off the motorway about the 73 mile mark from Calais, past an eating place on the right, down and uphill where the turn off is, or you'll end up going to Paris. Rouen, Caen, Abbeyville turn off.

Many tend to drop in on Neufchatel-en-Bray (about 110 miles from Calais) on the way. Take the south exit (not the north, which you come to first), turn right and downhill and at the bottom of the hill, past the "Bully" turn off on the left, take the next left, a large turning (that's before the road goes up again), and you'll pass an Aldi on the right, a Lidl on the left and then come to a LeClerc supermarket which has petrol pumps and a McDonalds. People tend to fill up there, buy some drinks and sandwiches in the supermarket as well as get some supplies and goods before continuing their onward journey.

As you come to Rouen, follow the Caen signs. Buy a French atlas if you can. Book remainder shops have them quite cheap.

I generally take it fairly easy and journey times take as long as they take. There are a lot of places to visit within fairly easy reach of Deauville. Remember shops will often shut somewhere around midday for two hours and few are open Sundays or after 7pm at night (so make sure you have fuel). Plenty of ATM's about but few places to change money so bring some euros.

Some entertainment for the young and not so young in Normandie:
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http://normandy.angloinfo.com/af/281/normandy-children-days-out-for-kids.html
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http://www.frenchentree.com/france-normandy-events/
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They also have boot fairs in some places on Sundays (Foire A Tout). There are also stately homes and chateaus you can visit as well as museums, art galleries, etc. Eating out is expensive and despite what they say about French cooking, often not that good. So handy if you have a Gite with a full kitchen. There are markets where you can buy fresh food but they are not cheap and I always use supermarkets, which also tend to be a good bit cheaper than general shops in town.

It is best to get accommodation at one place and then take days out from there. Lots of places within just an hour of the Deauville area.

5. Posted by digitam123 (Inactive 5 posts) 5y

thanks for your helpful info

If you have any personal experience about ferries let me know some idea about ferry travelling in France to visit places as well.

As I saw somewhere in the news about ferries to avail there.

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 5y

digitam123 is most likely a spammer for some ferry website. Approach with care...

Post 7 was removed by a moderator
8. Posted by renaldjohne (Inactive 2 posts) 5y

No i am not a spammer
I just want to get some idea about that way of travel also if it is available there so that we can use.

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 5y

Quoting renaldjohne

No i am not a spammer
I just want to get some idea about that way of travel also if it is available there so that we can use.

I realize you are the same person, but you signed up under a different username now...

The bottom line is no one takes a ferry from one place in France to another, that's neither practical nor fast nor cheap. Trains, buses or driving are the way to go, so the last post regarding ferries, taken in combination with 3 or 4 of your now deleted posts about ferries on other forum threads, show that you have an alterior motive.

10. Posted by bilboburgler (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

France country of some 60M people, three big cities Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux. Country basically a a hexagon with no internal ferry systems. Lots of little places due to policy of keeping schools and admin in the country. Great tolled motorways which are virtually clear and fast. 110 km/hr. Other roads pretty good and great train system.

Do not go in August that is when the French go on holiday so prices sky rocket. Taking a Gite makes a lot of sense. Dependant on what you want to see and need for warmth will tell you where to go.

I think a bit of reading in a library or even Wikipedia would help next