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1. Posted by vered (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

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

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3383 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

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.

3. Posted by europhile (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y 1 Star this if you like it!

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.
Nicky

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

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.

5. Posted by Lukas Vaes (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting europhile

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.
Nicky

Hi Nicky,

I found this route and i'm planning to engage it next Teusday with an oldtimer.
So i'm looking for trips up to 6 hours every day.
My starting point is Diest (Belgium) and my first stop will probably be Wissembourg (I'll take the german highway).
From that point on, I'd like to travel on calm roads and visit some calm towns.

Could you recommend any good stop-overs? I'd prefer to camp.
i have about 7 days to get as far south as possible and back to Diest.

6. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 556 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

You might drive south and go along the eastern side of Lac Annecy which is beautiful. Then when you get as far as Grenoble, you have the Parc National des Écrins and a bit further south the Parc Naional du Mercantour, both of which are absolutely amazing if you like nature and scenery.

It almost doesn't matter how you go, it is going to be beautiful.

7. Posted by adamgilcristt (Inactive 7 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I would recommend you travel by train from Amsterdam to Monaco because it is the cheapest, fastest and the most enjoyable route. So, you can travel through a train and enjoy the wonderful views of nature throughout the journey.