We drove in June this year; took an late afternoon ferry from Dover arrived at about 7pm local time; ate on the ferry; drove from Calais to Reims; arrived at about 10:30 ish; stopped o/n in a holiday inn with lockable car park; wandered around Reims in the evening; Got up and drove across tha rest of France and through switzerland from top to bottom in approx 10hrs; stopped in Verona overnight at another city centre hotel with car park; Walked around Verona; Drove from Verona to Venice to catch the noon ferry; fantastic way to leave Venice; rested and read: arrived at Corfu early afternoon Monday; Ready for our holiday! Came back a different way, through Italy and France missing Switzerland out beautiful scenery but a little longer. And the French roads seemed marginally better than the either Swiss or Italien ones. It was great fun, we really enjoyed it and would love to do it again another year. Economic, basic-logic and common sense says dont do it but it felt like a holiday of three parts and was the better for it. And we were driving a Fiat 500, so a real adventure!
Message posted by tully on 18 September 2009 at 6:49pm - IP Logged
As i said in my post, we were towing a big trailer and we did stay in corfu for 3 weeks, so when you tot up plane fares, car hire(for 3wks) and having goods shipped to corfu, this was a cheap option for us.
Message posted by artisans on 18 September 2009 at 8:50pm - IP Logged
Quote: 'the French roads seemed marginally better than the either Swiss or Italian ones'.
In our experience of seven return trips, Italian motorways are the best with the most attention to important details, but the French 'RN' roads (main routes) are better than the Italian 'SS' equivalent and often shadow the autoroutes. Apart from the inevitable towns to negotiate, they are a treat to drive on.
Message posted by kinninviekid on 19 September 2009 at 1:33am - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by razaker on 17 September 2009
Mind over £600 that's been quoted seems on the heavy side and as I drive for a living would like to think I could do the journey in a reasonable time
He did use the word "Landrover"though
My series 3 did 15 mpg on petrol so would have been a lot dearer than that(and a lot longer with a maximum of 50mph).
Message posted by Jangles on 19 September 2009 at 2:10am - IP Logged
It is stll a pipe dream at the moment but the more we think about it the more we fancy it. Husband was put of using our car at first,(mileage), but he is coming round to the idea. There would be four of us, two adults and two kids 15 and 9 so there would be a few stops. Kids are keen as it would be a real adventure plus the possibilty of a side trip to Disney in France might be included on the way back. We've been to Corfu a few times now and always stayed in the same resort. I didn't know you could use clubcard vouchers for the crossing. Thanks for that tip Tully I'll dig mine out as I've got loads and never used them. It does look like there would be a lot to plan I hadn't considered the many different routes that can be taken. Still fancy it though.
Message posted by JeffB on 19 September 2009 at 11:25am - IP Logged
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We have done the road trip 3 years in succession now – towing a boat trailer. From Chesterfield to Ancona its 1200 miles and the worst part of the journey is getting to the tunnel! We use the tunnel for the flexibility (3 trains per hour, subject to space you can get on an earlier shuttle if you arrive before planned – and a later one if you are delayed) and a 30 min crossing is great. The first 2 years we went via Reims, Strasbourg, Basel, Ancona, Igoumenitsa but this year followed a similar route to Tully via Dijon…. Towing through Switzerland becomes tedious with their rigorous focus on speed limits.
Surprisingly we found the Dijon route through the Mont Blanc more scenic and impressive but the tolls with driving longer through France more.
Via Switzerland /St Gotthard (2008 prices and exchange rates)
Via Dijon/Mont Blanc ( 2009 )
Tolls: £350 ( inc charge for tunnel)
Bear in mind with these costs that it is quite expensive for a 7m trailer on ferries, we are using the auto routes and towing at an average of 20mpg (at a good speed though) ….. and the local Igoumenista to Paxos ferry is pricey with car/trailer. It is easily possible to find cheaper routes especially if a solo car. I think the Belgium route does reduce tolls significantly.
I only discovered the Tesco vouchers for Chunnel after I had booked this year!! - looks like a ‘free' crossing for next.
It really is a great experience and for us, very much part of the holiday- if you don’t enjoy driving don’t do it :-)
Message posted by artisans on 19 September 2009 at 7:39pm - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by Jangles on 19 September 2009
'Wow thank you for your replies.
Kids are keen as it would be a real adventure plus the possibilty of a side trip to Disney in France might be included on the way back.'
If you want to stop over near to Disney, Paris, there is a great little campsite with chalets, that we have used several times. It is called 'Choisel' at St Cyr. You will find it on searches or ask us for details. It is an easy run the next day, across to Meaux, over to the A1 Paris to Lille motorway, and then across to the ferries. Stop at Asvillers services for the best pastries in France from 'Paul'. There are also now shops in Holland Park & Euston Station!
Message posted by Puddies on 19 September 2009 at 9:36pm - IP Logged
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