Three week trip suggestions

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  1. Coopit

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    Hi Funsters

    I’m struggling for ideas of where to head for next week, we don’t plan other than a general direction and possible areas to visit. We are using the Euro tunnel next Thursday and have three weeks. Although we have only had the motorhome for 18 months we have been to France 4 times, visiting the Loire Valley, Dordogne area, just into the Champaign area, bits of Britany, Normandy WWII sites, the Ile-de-Re and a little of the West coast. We love France and have been pleased with all our trips. Not that bothered about seeking the sun but would like warmer weather than here, we like places of interest, rivers/waterways and nice views. I’m not into driving long hours, would rather take in the sights as we go.

    With that in mind could I please ask for your help and suggestions.
     
  2. The Wino

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    We loved Alsace but at this time of year chilly!!. Last year went to the Southern Rhone would be warmer but a long way but we did it there and back in a week!
     
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    We left UK on Monday on a 3 week trip to the Algarve
    France is still a bit cold now, so you might like to consider traveling a bit further south
     
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    Hi Coolpit, what about, Carcassonne, canal du midi &
    Languedoc area Narbonne Toulouse & Perpignan
    also Andorra ( albeit not France )
    Terry

    PS I think you ought to update your status it says you don't own a Moho yet & still a newbie
     
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    Went there this year for the grape harvest festival in Banyuls cracking area
     
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    Thanks for the replies, I'm now thinking going to the south is best; although a long way.

    Alsace looks a good option when we came back later in the year.
    Will look at the Southern Rhone and on to Carcassonne area.

    As we don't like to be on the road too much 3/4 hours is about it, it will take 4 to 5 days. When we stop we like to be close to places of interest. Could I ask for any suggestions of place to stop along what will be an unplanned route for both going and coming back.

    I find this the worst part of the pre-holiday preparation, we don't plan other than the first night and where we may be heading for; but like to have some options. Hope that makes sense.

    Many thanks.
     
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    We've used Catillon sur Sambre nice aire 5euros by a canal,
    about 4/5 places ,if full theres another free aire across the road & down short lane to a rough parking area free ( no services this side)

    on the way back if travelling east of Paris
    Geraudot aire nice lakeside aire,
    Giffaumont Champbert 3 nice lakeside aire's we prefer the free one.
    if you need gps just ask
     
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    Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Aigues Mortes, Avignon, Nimes, Arles, Uzes, Pont du Gard, Carcassonne, Biarritz all well south.

    We had lovely weather around Easter a couple of years ago in the Ardeche (Vallon Pont d'Arc), Auvergne (Puy de Dome), and Dordogne (Les Eyzies) regions too, and hardly any crowds.
     
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    Spain. Best chance of good weather. Loads of nice campsites from French border down to Barcelona. Just far enough for 3 weeks.

    Enough time for Italy ( similar distance ) but maybe too cool this early.

    I've just looked up Barcelona, not exactly inspiring weather there.
     
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    Have now looked at a route that makes Troyes a good over night stop, looked at another thread that gave suggested stopovers. Most were campsite that are not open till April. Geraudot aire looks a good location but in lasts years All The Aires it's state service point only, I was hoping that Fidget or someone could clarify for me. We will be in France at about 11.40 there time, so driving time including a stop will get us near Troyes at 17.00.
     
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    I would think you would need to use toll roads to get near Troyes in 4 hours

    we found a great little first night aire thanks to MHF for our last trip Mailleraye sur Seine, just to the west of Rouen, that is more realistic for a three hour drive (y)
     
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    Geraudot is a large car park for moho's take about 20
    no gates or anything
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    just across the road from the lake & a car park in second photo
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    about 280 miles avoiding paege,
    about 6& half hours at least
     
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    We stopped at Catillon sur Sambre when we went nice canalside aire
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    thats us third in & Heyupluv the first moho.
    125miles about 3 hours
     
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    We are also doing the tunnel tomorrow and heading for the Bordaux area. Looking on Meteor France site looks as good weather there as the south. What time crossing are you on and where is your overnight stop?

    Edit. Just seen your timings. We don't cross til 16.20 and plan to stop at Boulogne.
     
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    What excellent response, thanks.

    Geraudot with tolls on Mappy gives the travelling time as 4hr 31min and 257miles. Don't use tolls nominally but trying to get some distance on the first day. We stopped at Catillon Sur Sambre on our first trip last year, a very nice aire; which we may used on way back. Geraudot looks big enough not to be busy at this time of year, very misleading in the book.

    Thanks again.
     
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    We did a three week trip last summer. A week down through France. Into Italy via Chamonix and the Mont Blanc tunnel. Then a week on a site at Lake Garda. Then finally a week back to Calais through Austria and Germany.

    We don't do long drives either because the dogs get too bored.
     
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