Summer trip help needed

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  1. barryd

    barryd Read Only Funster

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    Im planning our next adventure which if it comes off will be probably at least 2 months in July / August and maybe some of September.
    So far this is the intinary I have come with this afternoon.

    Dover to Calais or Dunkirk.
    Maybe have a look at Bruge
    Mosel Valley from Koblenz to Trier
    Titasee in the Black Forest (been there already)
    Lake Luzern
    Interlaken
    Chamonix
    Maybe Annecy again but maybe not
    Then across to all of the northern Italian Lakes from Maggiore to Garda
    Thats its so far.

    If we have time we might do Venice and get a ferry to Greece but we will probably run out of time.

    I know nothing about the Mosel Valley but I do know its been mentioned on here a few times. Which are the best bits to see? Is the route from Koblenz to Trier a good one to take?

    We drove through most of Switzerland when we first got the van and didn't do it justice are there any must see places that I haven't mentioned?

    I hear there there is a cable car journey at Chamonix, any one been on it?
    Our preferences are mountains, rivers and lakes with views to die for. Not fussed about cities really.

    Our camping preferences are wild camping and Aires in that order and if we have to use them small informal and basic campsites (especially ones that are not expensive)

    We have the bike so prefer to stay away from the madding crowds.
    What do you reckon, anyone want to add the itinary or suggest must see places or great stopovers?

    Thanks in advance
    Barry
     
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    all nice places Barry and we have done most of them.

    Only thing I would say is August and travel = school holidays and traffic, so wouldn't try Annecy until September.

    We done a little of Switzerland in August with out any problems as we did Germany. but France and August? best leave that for us lot that have no choice in the matter...:Sad:

    We may head for the Italian lakes in August our selves, not quite sure yet, but Brian (hilldweller) knows them and that area well. :thumb:

    enjoy what ever you do.:thumb:
     
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    Second the views about August. We always stay at home then, though even Eastbourne gets busy then.:Cool:
     
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    Look up Aiguile du Midi - essential to do it before you die, or maybe afterwards if the god botherers have got it right.

    Switzerland has it's version, the Junkfraujoch Railway, not done this, very pricey.

    Chamonix - great camping right in the centre next to the hospital, great tourist trap at tourist trap prices.
     
  5. barryd

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    Thanks for the replies. I hear what your saying about August but this year we might not have a choice. My current project will finish in June but it might start again in September. Problem is I might not know until July or even August otherwise I would go early or late summer.

    The cable car looks super! will definately do it.

    Ive just spent an hour or so creating PDF print outs of all the Stellplatz along the Mosel that look nice. Flipping heck there are loads and they all look great.

    Wish I hadnt started now as I just want to get going. Its unusual for me to plan anything let alone this far in advance!

    Cheers
    BD
     
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    Yes they are Barry, we've gone up and down the valley with the RV and you will be spoiled for choice... can't go wrong :thumb:

    Worth a mention.

    Enkirch GPS: 49.9841 7.1193
    huge aire on the river bank, short walk into town with some nice shops.. passenger ferry from site to rail station on other side, service to Trier and Koblenz.

    Alf GPS: 50.0526 7.1124
    nice aire adjacent to public swimming pool ..

    In France: (close to Germany and Luxembourg)

    Stenay Aire GPS: 49.4905 5.1836
    Beside the canal and boat marina
    Toilets and showers included , with EHU

    Montherme GPS: 49.8863 4.7354
    Free parking by the riverside with a service aire in town


    See all with photos in the Google map link in signature
     
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    Agree, the Aguille du Midi is a stunning experience, not to be missed...... 12602 feet.

    30 deg C + down in the valley, sub zero up at the top, good job I had my bike jacket on..
     

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    Thanks for these great responses chaps, really useful stuff.

    Fantastic photos!

    BD
     
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    Hi Your trip sounds great i have one question for you, can i fit in the van:Rofl1:

    Firstly if your going to brugge try the Aire at the bus depot it is right in the centre of town it does cost about 10 euro but has hook up and great location.

    We went to Annecy in 2009 end of july never book and first site we turned up at had space it was La Ravoire and if you drive about 1 mile past it there is a lovely mh area not greatly sign posted but if you go on to cycle route near La Ravoire you will see it. Dont know what was on it but nice looking. We also drove the mh into Annecy for the day and got parked up ok.


    If your going to Lake Garda it say go for it as we went last year and loved it we had booked site with cc but turned up 2 days early and tried to get a site and struggled so phone the one we had booked and got in then noticed an Aire close by. If you get a site close to the railway you can go to Venice for the day easy and think it was about 30euro for the 3 of us return.

    We have drove through Germany and used the stellplatz and found them really good took awhile to get the hang of the book but was easy after a while. I would recommend the city of ULM.

    Also if you can manage it id go to Innsbruck as we stayed there for 3 days last summer and really loved it, loads to do in the city and stunning area.

    If needing any more info please feel free to ask.

    Gerry
     
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    Thanks very much. I like the idea of getting the train into Venice. We could just leave the scooter at the Station for the day I guess.

    Im just debating the route back perhaps via the French riviera then up through the Tarn Gorges, Dordogne then a slow trip back up through France. I dont think 2 months is going to be long enough!

    Cheers
    Barry
     
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    Just a thought but I wondered last night about doing this trip in reverse. I.e Chamonix then Italy and then work my way back through Switzerland, France and Germany in August.

    Which will be the busiest month in Italy, July or August? Or will they both be mad? We did Maggiore in early July and it was busy but not too bad.
     
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