Beginner in Europe

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  1. weathed

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    I am a newcomer to motor homing, going in July for 3 weeks. Plan is to head for French Alps, then to the South Coast..Travel along coast into Italy and then inland to Italian Lakes and finish off with Switzerland lakes.. then back home.
    Any sound advice of do's and don'ts would be appreciated.
    I am pretty well geared up with everything I think.
    Thanks
     
  2. Larrynwin

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    Do a search online for driving in france / italy etc. you will need spare bulbs, hi vis vests etc, also speed limits will vary depending on vehicle weight etc.
    And they drive on the wrong side :BigGrin:
     
  3. iluvmyrv

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    Hi.Have family in Italy so have toured extensively in our RV (had a Hurricane before the Winnebago). It will be very busy at that time of the year and you need to do your homework on campsites that can accomodate RVS. What is your route? Maybe we can recommend campsites for you too use. The Italian Lakes are lovely but very busy at that time of the year.Try some of the smaller lakes they are fabulous. If you want to visit Venice can recommend a great site.:thumb:
     
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    OOPS - sorry! Just re-read and got a bit muddled on whose got what motorhome.Can still recommend those sites though!:Doh:
     
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    Good itinerary :Smile:
    We've done something similar, but if you want to spend time anywhere, you might need more than 3 weeks!

    It's a good idea to get the vignette for Swiss Motorways - good value and saves loads of time and fuel.
    We tried to get into Switzerland from Italy non-motorway, but they wouldn't let us without one as the border was ON the motorway! :Angry:

    ps There's a good site on Lake Lucerne (near the motorway)
     
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    Don't do it !

    You'll never stop moving. If you want to enjoy it then cut out the French bit. To Lake Garda ( probably the cutest tourist trap lake, just got back ) represents about a week's driving. So the other two weeks gets you say a week on Garda which has so much to see and a few days in a couple of Swiss locations.

    Peschiera is a good place to stop on Garda because you can easily do a day trip to Venice and other places by the cheap rail links.
     
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    Hi can you tell me the name of the site for Venice, we're having trying to find one for our trip next spring.:BigGrin:

    Thanks

    Dave
     
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    Too much to little

    I tend to agree with Hildweller.
    Being experienced European drivers, in our sports car i may add, this year will be the first in the Motorhome:thumb:
    Three weeks is a push for that journey.
    We did 4,500 miles in over 3 weeks last run ended up in Sorento.
    This was mostly fast motorway work, ok for a top down car:RollEyes:
    I would say to enjoy 3 to 4 hour driving in any day is well enough.
    I would enjoy the run through and keep of the auto routes save lots of money in the process:thumb:
    Enjoy the run chill out lots to see, every corner a new view:BigGrin:
    Terry & Hilary
     
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    Hi.The campsite near Venice is Camping Fusina - lovely views across the water too Venice and from outside the entrance you can get a water taxi to the centre of Venice. They may have a website - they also have a good restaurant and bar on site! If you are going to the lakes Lake Maggiore is nice and less commercial than the other lakes. Stayed at Isolino Camping Village on the lake edge.If you venture further Slovenia is fantastic.Have a good trip:thumb:
     
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    Make sure you drive with your lights on in Italy as there are loads of police traps. They are keen on speeders too.

    Apart from that Italy is great. Been here a month or more til August. :thumb:
     
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    3 weeks ? I reckon I could do normandy and brittany in that

    if you want to do that sort of distance , stay in the uk , view is the same [cars/trucks etc ] and it will be a lot cheaper
     
  12. allie sommerville

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    Hi Dave
    We stayed at Campeggio Miramare at Punta Sabbioni on the Venice lagoon.
    http://www.camping-miramare.it/index-gb.htm
    It was very handy for the boat into Venice (next to San Marco) - just a short walk away. The boats run throughout the nght if you want an evening visit without all the tourists. :Smile:
    We found it really quiet, with good facilities, plus there's a pizza place next to it and a beach just across the road.

    The only problem is that you have to drive to the very tip of that spit of land which sticks out below the city, but it's well worth it!
    Hope that helps.
    We loved Venice :Laughing:
     
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    Sorry to hijack your thread but I can not resist :BigGrin:
    it is very interesting to note the tittle of this thread :" Beginner in Europe", it seemed to me, until today, that the United Kingdom was in Europe, but obviously no ! :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    You may joke but you have hit the nail on the head. Because of the channel I don't think we will ever feel fully European. Heightened by you lot driving on the wrong side of the road and speaking the wrong language.

    Do you feel "in Europe" when driving over here ?
     
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    :Rofl1::Rofl1::thumb:
    Alas I do not know the UK, just the Channel Islands Jersey etc..., there I feel Europe (even with the wrong side of the road and the incomprehensible language !:Rofl1:) , each country is so specific in our continent ...but your are in islands :BigGrin:
     
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    Travels in France

    Hi, my first thoughts are: Have you got all your documents? Maybe obvious but you would be suprised how many people forget. Second is; do you have sufficient gas (LPG). Calor gas bottles tend to be a bit small and are not available on the Continent. Can your gas locker take 'French bottles'?

    If you have not done so, buy a book on French Aires de Service. They are the places to stop.

    Have fun
    Chippy

    Blog: www.chipvantravels.blogspot.com
     
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    Having a nostalgic blend of nature, heritage, history and entertainment with superb symmetry, charismatic charm and sensuous style, Europe is fun unlimited with Hospitality Worldwide. There are lots of nice place you find in europe. Bulgaria's mountain ranges are a delight in summer. Its my favorite place.
     
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