I normally use the Michelin route planer on the internet. Once I have found out how many miles the total distance is I then decide how long we want to drive each day and then look for a hotel for an overnight stop.
Message posted by Debbi on 08áDecemberá2009 at 10:06am - IP Logged
We've done the trip a few times from Dunkirk to Venice. going through Germany and Austria avoids most of the tolls. We only paid for the Austrian vignette (approx 8euro), the brenner pass (approx 8euro), and one toll on the Italian motorways (approx 19euro). This was a few years ago so prices may have gone up.
We roughed it by sleeping in the car overnight at a service station near Aachen for the first night, then stayed in a lovely hotel in the centre of Innsbruck the second night, and on to Venice from Austria the next day.
It really depends on how much time you have, and how much you want to spend on accommodation.
Message posted by Graham T-A on 08áDecemberá2009 at 10:24am - IP Logged
We go through Belgium, Germany, Austria and then Italy. We only pay 6 euro road tolls in Italy, 8 euro for the Brenner pass and 7 euro for the Austrian Vignette. If you enter Austria at Fussen and go over the pass through Solden which is really very pretty, you will not be using the motorway so no need to pay the Austrian Vignette or the Brenner toll. We normally take 3 days at least to drive to Venice and often go a few miles out of our way to take a nicer route, but, having said that, it normally only adds a few miles onto the journey. We cross on the Norfolk line ferry which is free for your cat on the way out and is also closer to the Belgium border so a shorter trip.
Driving at around 65 to 70 mph it is about 15 hours actual driving from Dunkirk to Venice so you can work it out from this.
Message posted by Graham T-A on 08áDecemberá2009 at 10:48am - IP Logged
Just another thought. We hardly ever book hotels as it seems easy enough to find hotels and guesthouses all along the route. We have never come across any that wont let you take the cat in the room with you and only the larger hotel chains (Ibis etc) make any charge for this.
Message posted by janmanessi on 08áDecemberá2009 at 3:50pm - IP Logged
I have done this many times- what you have to decide is what route YOU personally want.
French major roads are aso good that unless you are in a hurry you do not need to use the expensive toll roads.
Personally not fond of Germany so do not use this route, although I am sure other would disagree.
Like meandering through northern France and then down through Alsace (do stop at Colmar or one of the beautiful wine villages in that region), then cut across Bavaria to Lake Constance and into Austria and down throgh Innsbruck.
Alternatively down through France almost to the south and then the tiny Col des Larche pass into Italy- but then you have to drive right across Italy- this route is probably better if you can then go through Tuscany and Unbria to Ancona.
Odd bits of motorways useful, but not necessary always by any means.
Cheap but characterless hotels in France called Formula 1 and Premier Classe- look at their websites- ezcellent value, but unless it is high season you should always be able to find a room somehere, last October found a gem of a place in a tiny Austrian village ten minutes off the motorway- 25 Euros for a twin room with breakfast!
Message posted by Graham T-A on 08áDecemberá2009 at 4:32pm - IP Logged
Similar to our favorite route but we go down from Alsace into the black forest and then across to Lake Constance. We have one of our favorite hotels on the north bank of the lake in Meersburg. Leave the main road and take the road into Meersburg. After about half a mile, just as you reach the edge of the town there are some traffic lights and just before this is a small hotel on the left. It always looks closed but ring the bell and a head will appear upstairs from a small window. The beauty of this hotel is not just the welcome we receive but just behind is a very large gate into the walled city which is really fantastic. Lots of bars and resturants and good food. She makes such a fuss of our cat as well.
We don't really like the French route ourselves as it's a bit boring and I don't think we get such a good welcome as in the German Gasthaus's which are normally attached to a bar/resturant but if you are going to Ancona then this would probably be the best option.
Message posted by Thunderbird One on 08áDecemberá2009 at 7:50pm - IP Logged
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