First camper van trip in Europe, help please.

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  1. wensco

    wensco Read Only Funster

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    Hello all,

    We are newbies to the forum and are hiring a camper van in Italy in March this year and travelling back to the UK. The hire is for 10 days.
    We plan to spend 3/4 days around Tuscany and we then wanted to go to a ski resort for 3 days. We had looked at Austria, but the van has no snow tyres just snow chains, so we are restricted to Italy or France. Could anyone recommend a ski resort with a good campsite?
    Also could you recommend a scenic route back from the ski resort to Calais with a stop half way?

    Thank you
     
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    Lots of info in the skiing section regarding campsites and Aires

    Off the top of my head

    Resorts with campsites we have visited

    Le Grand Bornand
    Les Saises

    Scenic route home

    Autoroute Blanc to Bourg en Bresse, then if you want to leave the tolls try

    Lons le Saunier, Besancon, Vesoul, Epinal, Nancy (overnight in Pont a Mousson aire) Metz, Luxembourg, then motorway (free) through Belgium, Lille, Calais.

    If you don't mind tolls then stay on the motorway and visit Annecy or Reims (overnight in Chalons en Champagne)
     
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    Thanks mickyc for the advice. How far are the ski slopes from the campsites that you stayed at?
     
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    At Le Grand Bornand the lifts are a 20 min walk (or free bus at campsite gate)

    http://campinglescale.mobi/en/

    At Le Saises the Aire has a slope running through it

    In addition we have stayed at Samoens (we "wilded" in the village) there is a campsite about 5 mins walk from the main lift to the Grand Massif ski area.

    http://www.camping-samoens.com
     
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    I reckon you might need to revisit your route plans, not sure how far Tuscany is from Calais, but with 6 / 7 days / nights planned in 2 locations you are going to have to cover an awful lot of miles when travelling, sounds unrealistic or at best optimistic

    Maybe just the skiing location or Italy might work better (y)
     
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    Thanks mickyc, Samoens looks lovely, gets a good review from The Independent.
    Is there a big difference between using the toll roads in France and your other route, obviously cost and less time but is the route through Luxembourg and Belgium an enjoyable drive?
     
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    Champs du Moulin in Venosc is a lovely campsite that serves Les Deux Alpes. Definitely worth a look.
     
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    The drive through Belgium is better than it was now they've done a lot of work on the famous potholes.
    The drive through Luxembourg and Belgium is easily done in a day.

    Ski wise there is also Chamonix mont blanc. A huge aire with 100+ ehu points for around 10 euro a night. Nice ski resort town.
     
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