Lake Garda trip itinerary - What do you think?

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  1. Craig Rogers

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    Hi all,

    Just been planning a short trip to Lake Garda in late April, has to be weekend to weekend so only 9 days.

    I've come up (thanks to many various posts and reviews) with the following route/stop overs, would love to know what people think?

    Day 0 (yes, not acutally the first day): Evening drive to Dover (from Midlands) and wild it at Marine Parade, Dover

    Day 1: Catch an early crossing to Calais and drive to Metz, staying at Camp Municipal Metz-Plage overnight

    Day 2: Drive to Lucerne, staying at Camping International Lido, Luzern

    Day 3: Drive to Lake Garda, staying at Camping Del Garda, would of stayed at Butterfly, but they have a minium of 7 days out of season.

    Days 4,5 & 6: Based at Camping Del Garda

    Day 7: Drive back to Lucerne, staying at Camping International Lido, Luzern

    Day 8: Drive back to Metz, staying at Camp Municipal Metz-Plage overnight

    Day 9: Drive back to Calais and catch the ferry back to Dover and drive back home.

    I've used the above stayovers by referring to other peoples posts.

    Now, I love Venice, and as it's only a short trip from Garda, was thinking about a day trip. I know they've got the expensie Aree, but parking is expensive at Venice, so not really a bad price, however, should we give up a day on Camping Del Garda and stay or is it easy enough to catch a train into (and back from) Venice for a day trip?

    Thanks in advance for any tips/guidance! :thumb:
     
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    You have a good plan.

    You know you go near Luxembourg, cheap fuel there.

    Don't know Camping del Garda, but Camping Cappuccino is nearly as good as Butterfly, very close to town.

    Rail to Venice is easy.
     
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    Thanks Brian,

    I did use some of your previous posts for guidance! :thumb:

    Was thinking about a trip to Lux for some cheapo fuel.

    Does the savings stack up to drive some extra miles for fuel?
     
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    Hi Craig, as Brian (Hilldweller) has said you have the makings of a good plan. I would prefer to cross over to Calais upon arrival at Dover and overnight in the ticket office car park. It's free and safe if a little noisey, but it's up and away straight away the next morning, also the cost of a late ferry may be cheaper than that of a morning crossing. There are no problems getting to Venice by train from Peschierra. The journey takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes, on arrival at Venice you walk out of the station and the canal is right in front of you. There are two types of train service, the Inter City service is a little quicker but costs a lot more. We used the standard service, it cost us less than €20 per person return.
    Have a great trip,
    Brisey
     
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    Suggest you ask Toffs RV

    I suggest you contact Gary (Toffs RV) .. he did that trip earlier this year in his RV...

    Bob
     
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    Filled up in Luxembourg last week €1.21 ltr :thumb: a saving of about €0.25 to €0.27 ltr on France and Germany
    Switzerland it is about CHF 1.95 to 2.04(motorway)
     
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    Thanks for the heads up on staying in Calais, it does indeed make everything slot together a bit better.......and cheaper!
     
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    The Italian Job route, might have been Brisey's route, was Lille Namur Luxembourg Metz. Most important it was toll free to Metz so all in all big savings.

    Pity you've only 9 days, but you'll be back.

    I do think Cappuccino is better placed than del Garda. But look at the facilities.

    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=via...19+Peschiera+del+Garda+Verona,+Italy&t=h&z=19
     
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    We did Lake Iseo in September ! 2 days from Dunkirque via Luxemburge, Mulhouse, Basel, Luzerne staying our first night on an Swiss Motorway Aire with other Motorhomes and Trucks, no problem what so ever.

    Have a great time.
     
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    We stayed at Camping Butterfly in Peschiera del Garda, last year and did a day trip by train to Venice.

    The journey by the local stopping train is cheaper but takes almost two hours each way. The express train was about 18 Euros each but a half hour quicker. Can be cool on the train with the aircon on.

    Don't forget to "Validate" your ticket in the red stamping machine on the platform after you buy it, if you do the trip.

    HTH
     
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    Sounds good Craig. What sort of distance is to Metz, then Lucerne etc?
     
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    Hi Treacle, approximate distances are as follows.

    Calais to Metz 290 miles

    Metz to Lucerne 230 miles

    Lucerne to Peshierra 230 miles

    Don't forget you will have to purchase a vignette at the Swiss border.

    Brisey.
     
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    Cheers Brisey that's great:thumb:
     
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    Sounds ok to me cant help you with the trip there and back as we did it via Germany and Austria. When we stayed there in summer 2010 we used the local bus to go to Verona and the train to Venice. If your buying tickets for the bus you can get them off the driver but if you pop into a local tabacconist you can buy tickets there for about a 1/3 of the price.

    Gerry
     
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    We did GB privilege Eurean tour and included Garda. What wver you do go and see Simione.

    Philk
     
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    Watch out near Metz... my people tell me there are new ack-ack batteries and seachlights around the ball bearing factory...

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    We did lake Garda in August stayed at camping Wien on the other side of the lake to camping del Garda

    When we went over we intended to stay that the aire in Arque but couldn't get under the low bridge which is 3.4m we are 3.6mbut the idea being we were further down to start the next morning we also stocked up at the Auchan in st Omer

    On the way down we went through France and the through he mont blanc tunnel came back up through Como and on to Lugano lovely route contemplated going over the st gothard pass but as we broke down in Lugano we were pressed for time

    Hope you have a great trip

    Cheers
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    It's a long way off, but can't wait as it'll be our first proper adventure.

    Here's the route we'll be taking from Dover to Garda - Google Maps
     
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    Meant to add Venice for the day is pretty easy we did it for my birthday we also went to the opera in Verona easy bus ride drops you off right near the main square and opera however be warned buses back stop at around 8 to 9 pm and when we walked to the station which was a hell of a long way the station was closed by the time we got there and not very pleasant at that time of night especially when a guy jumped out of the bushes dressing himself leaving his lady of the night doing the same thing so we ended getting a taxi back to peschiera which was €60 odd euros, an interesting experience :Eeek:but worth the visit to Verona:Smile:

    Cheers
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    Getting around the lake?

    Which is best?

    Leave the MH on the pitch and jump on the ferries (notice you can buy a day pass for them at resonable prices)

    Drive the MH around the lake, but then you've got the hassle of parking etc....
     
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