Thinking of going to France, couple of questions

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  1. Dave K

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    Hi all
    As relatively new motorhomers we haven't tried the European travelling yet so I need to ask a couple of probably stupid questions.
    We travel with our 2 dogs, fully aware they need treatments and pet passport but what is the protocol when you arrive at the other side of the Channel Tunnel, does anybody need to see the dogs, come into the motorhome etc, I ask because one of our dogs is quite nervous so I just wondered what to expect when we arrived in France.
    The other question is because we are both working we only normally have 9-10 days off at a time, can you suggest any places to visit in that allotted time scale, we love walking so anywhere with scenery would be great, we also have to cater for the hounds so any recommendations would be appreciated
    Dave
     
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    Travelling with dogs: going to France no one will look at them, or their passports.
    Returning to UK. You take dogs to a vet between 24 and 120 hours before you get on the ferry. ( must be a minimum of 24 hrs) Check vet stamps and signs passports that they've given them worming tablets. Check date and time are correct too.
    At port you are given a chip reader to read the chip in the dog, hand it to check in clerk with passport, do same for next dog. Clerk prints out paperwork, ticks boxes and off you go onto ferry. I think for the tunnel you take the dogs into the animal check in office. Chip readers are very easy to operate.
    I used to travel regularly with 2 dogs and 2 cats, never had a problem, it really is an easy procedure.

    With 9-10 days maybe west coast--La Rochelle down to Il de Re? Nice beaches you can take dogs on.
     
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    If you don't mind putting the hours/miles in there's no part of France you can't reach in two days from Calais using autoroutes.

    You'd get a fair bit of scenic variety around Bordeaux - to the NW you've got the islands and coastline of Charente-Maritime, to the east you've got the limestone gorges of the Dordogne and Vezere valleys, to the West you've got the big wide pine forest backed beaches of Lacanau and the like. If you do a long drive on Day 1 to the aires at either Puy du Fou or Futuroscope you can be in most of those places halfway through Day 2.
     
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    Nice suggestions guys, but as a first timer, he might be better served taking in a shorter drive route, such as Brittany. Of course it all depends on what time of year and where the crossing will be. But let's break Dave in gently!!

    Keith :cool:
     
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    Or better still, cling to a nice safe Caravan Club campsite full of Brits within 30 minutes' drive of a Normandy ferry port and spend a week walking the dogs in the pissing rain :)

    Motorhomes have wheels for a reason. (y)
     
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    Go for it it's easy the tunnel now has a new pet check in as well as previously said it is important to make sure vet gets everything right and that the dogs have been micro chipped
     
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    I prefer to be on the move rather than camped up for a week so driving isn't too much of an issue, we did 1400 miles this year going up to Scotland and travelling around in the same sort of timescale and I'm led to believe it's easier to drive in France than over here?
     
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    That new pet check in was chaotic when we came through the other day.. might be an idea to allow a little extra time for it coming back
     
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    As the OP lives in Somerset with limited time a crossing from Plymouth or Portsmouth would be worth considering.

    We are in Brittany at the moment and the opportunities for walking are virtually endless. There is a path which runs around the coastline and lots of quiet roads which makes it very easy to plan circular routes.

    Downside is the weather and the crossings are more expensive than the shorter channel crossings.

    The dogs can stay in your MH although some ferries have kennels. It depends on the crossing and the ship.
     
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    That's one of the reasons I was thinking of the Tunnel, quicker and can stay with the dogs, although probably a lot more expensive I know
     
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    No, the Chunnel can be quite cheap. Just a lot of driving from Somerset and you arrive in a bit of France which is good for looking at old battlefields and not much else. :)
     
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    I know what you're saying, i suppose the ferry crossing from Plymouth would be the sensible option but just didn't fancy leaving the dogs
     
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    Hi Dave, Brittany is fantastic for moho's & dogs. but a bit far from Calais for first time, I suggest the Loire From Briare to Angers. plenty of aires by the river with nice walks also nice chateau's
     
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    Outside of the major cities France has a lower population density than the UK, and their toll autoroute network is well-developed and very efficient. Yes you pay to use it, but the roads are virtually empty and diesel is much cheaper over there. Even their departmental roads aren't very busy compared to our A and B roads - you often drive long stretches through rural areas without another vehicle in sight.
     
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    Just over a month into our first MH trip to France, presently enjoying week two on Ile De Re a stunningly beautiful island. We travelled across from Portsmouth not cheap but convenient for us. I have found the driving over here effortless despite my initial worries and the roads are much less congested than at home. We have not used Toll roads and enjoyed exploring and sightseeing on our travels.
     
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    I lived in the Dordogne and checked out the costs with Mqppy ( ferry, fuel and tolls)
    As going TO France Dover to Calais there was no ferry charge for the pets, it worked out cheaper, though a longer drive, to do that route.
    Coming into UK the pet charge was the same for all routes (£40 per pet equal led £160 for my lot) I used to do Le Havre to Portsmouth or Dieppe to Newhaven to have a shorter drive.
    http://en.mappy.com/itineraire#/0/M2/TItineraryHome/IFR/N0,0,-0.13,51.50031/Z7/
     
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    Thanks for the info @Hollyberry , how long are the ferry crossings, did you leave the dogs in the van?
     
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    On the subject of the pet passport office here is a video by Keith Chesterfield (Funster) that shows exactly where to go.



    If you find yourself in the east of France I can recommend the vets at Bergues where they all seem to speak good English, not especially cheap though.

    Have a good trip.

    Paul
     
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    Thanks Paul, it's still in the planning stage at the mo so won't be until next year at some point but it's something I'd look forward to trying
     
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    Hi Dave,
    We've done several trips over to France ( always been great now looking forward to going twice next year)
    if there's any help or info just ask. we will be taking our dog ASBO for the first time , so been very interested in your thread.
    We have done Brittany 3 times , Loire , a anticlockwise trip 3 weeks around central France, Ile de Re, Ardeche, Millau bridge. Not sure where we head for next year .
     
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