Lake Garda

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    Hiya all. Hoping to spend 3 weeks in Europe this summer ending up at lake Garda myself wife and two boys ( 11 14) hope to spend about 10 days at Garda and 11 getting there and back. Boys love swimming water slide ect. Any suggestions on routes 'sites. Ps not booked any sites at Garda Iam I to late?
     
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    Consider Dover-Dunkerque - Luxenburg (via Lille) - Basel - Lucerne - Como - Bergano - Desenzano del Garda.
    Safe Travels
     
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    Your timings seem about right for a leisurely drive each way. Once you get there you will find that you want to stay longer. You will also find yourself going back next year (y)

    Get your site booked as soon as possible. They will be full soon if they aren't already.

    We're staying at Camping Cappucini in Peschiera del Garda (again). It's the only campsite in the world so far that I will willingly stay at.

    I've also heard that Camping Butterfly is good but have never stayed there.

    There's also Camping bella Italia which is huge and my idea of hell but leaving it this late to book they are more likely to have space than any of the smaller ones.

    Route wise we just take the motorways down through France to Chamonix where we stop for a couple of days and then go through the Mont Blanc tunnel.
     
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    Will be leaving last weekend in July ( bad time? )
     
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    Does that route use many tolls?
     
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    No but get somewhere booked as soon as possible if not sooner.

    If you get really stuck then there is a big car park type aire at Peschiera but 10 days there might be pushing it.
     
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    Which route?

    My one has about (from memory) €20 - €25 of motorway tolls and the Mont Blanc tunnel is €54. There was one in Italy near Milan but it was insignificant, €3 or something like that.

    No idea about the Phil's route other than you would need to either buy a vignette (€40) or pay the HVF (€32.50) depending on your weight for the Switzerland part of the journey.
     
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    Cheers nick. Sounds good advice
     
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    expect heat heat heat lol
     
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    Numerous queries and responses re Lake Garda can be found by trawling through here - it's a popular destination: http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/forums/italy.280/

    I should add that the great Italy enthusiast Judge Mental is sadly no longer with us, but it's good to see his comments and travel advice still benefiting others.
     
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    From another post recently I got the impression mont blanc tunnel was really expensive ? I suppose website will give costs but can't look at moment a work !
     
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    Last year we were charged €54. (Looks like €57 this year) That's the class 2 rate. Technically we're class 3 but have never been charged anything other than class 2 on any toll.

    Taking the alternative route through Switzerland is very similar in terms of time and distance and still requires either a vignette or the HVF and stopovers in Switzerland are usually expensive.

    If you are going to go through Switzerland without stopping then yes, I suppose it's €15-20 cheaper. If you plan on stopping overnight then it would almost certainly work out more expensive.
     
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    It was a few years ago we took this route. However, from memory, it was toll free through all of France and Belgium (You can pay the toll from Metz to Strazbourg on the A4, or take the toll free A31, N39).
    We purchased a Swiss Vignette (online) prior to our departure and paid for Tolls on Italian motorways (preferred option for most, if not all).
    We timed our journey so we entered Basel first thing in the morning after a nights rest and made one overnight stop on a motorway service station, along with other motor homes at no cost.
    If you choose this route, brim your tank before the Swiss boarder as fuel in Italy is expensive.
    Our destination was Lake Iseo, two hours from Lake Garda but the route would be the same.
     
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    It's €40 now.
     
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    Cheers Phil does that route go though Luxembourg ?
     
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    Yes! Just checked online myself and edited my post accordingly. It's gone up quite a bit LOL
     
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    Yes! Brim with fuel before departing and save a substantial amount of money. (we Left home with half a fuel tank to get us to the Auchen supermarket service station just north of Dunkerque then judged the amount of fuel required to get us to Luxembourg and then brimmed, overall made a big saving).
     
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    ? Did you want to ask a question !!!
     
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    If you're only going for a short trip - less than 10 days in Switzerland in the year - it's actually cheaper to be over 3.5t and pay the HVF.
     

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