Where to stopover on way to Venice?

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  1. camel

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    Hi
    I've looked at several articles on Motorhomefun on the route from Amsterdam to Venice and decided to go the Belgium/France/Lux/Switzerland route as opposed to the Germany/Austria route. Both routes seem popular and we may come back the 'opposite' way.
    We arrive by ferry in Amsterdam from Newcastle on Sat 19th Aug around 9.30am. We were originally booked into a site in Venice from the Monday but after listening to some of your advice about the timescale, we have changed it to arrive on site on the following Friday.
    I am looking for advice on where to stop and if it should be just an overnight or a couple of nights as we now have 6 nights to fill before arriving in Venice.
    Popular stops seem to be Metz area then onto Lucerne area then onto Venice. Is Metz a realistic target in miles/time for the first night?
    Any advice appreciated, thanks in advance
    Paul
     
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    I can't help specifically but this is how I often work out daily "legs".

    My satnav is loaded with the POI files for CamperContact and ACSI and I enter possible overnight stops into the satnav and then let it work out how long it will take to get there. If too long I choose somewhere nearer.

    Ideally, I don't like to drive more than three hours a day but we do four and five hour days as well. Occasionally a bit more.

    Of course this only works if you are working out where to drive from where you are now but you could apply the same method for your trip to Venice. Just get off the ferry, aim for Metz but stop earlier if you want. There are lots of aires available, it is just a matter of choosing which one.
     
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    Maggiore and Gurda are great suggestions but you have to get there first from Amsterdam. I haven'tstarted there so cant speak from first hand knowledge but we drove from Calais to Luxembourg (250 miles took 5.5 hours). Stayed at Camping Kockelscheuer Tel. 00352/47 18 15 their email address is caravani@pt.lu. bookings can be made through their web site. Very good VFM and clean facilities.
    Our next stopping point was Augsburg in Germany where we stayed at Camping Lech (sorry cant lay my hands on their details but Mr Google will get you there. this was 300 miles and very easy driving but the journey time is about 6 hours. from there I cant help sorry because I haven't looked at getting to Venice from there and Augsburg may not be a good second stop point for you but Venice is right on the east of northern Italy and my intuition wouldn't take me through France, particularly if you are staring in Amsterdam.
     
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    Brian (hilldweller)
    We have 5 nights booked in Venice area then move on to Lake Garda for 7 nights
    Paul
     
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    Amsterdam to Metz looks like about four and a half hours according to Google maps. Add in a shopping stop and it doesn't look unreasonable for a first leg but personally I would prefer something a little less.
     
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    I tend to ignore the 'driving time ' on Google maps as its a bit too optimistic.

    I look at how many miles and divide by 60 (mph) or 90 (kph)

    We use toll roads and motorways, which allow us to cover more miles in less time.

    We try not to drive more than 4 or 5 hours per day and get an early start when possible. It's nice to finish driving by lunchtime and have the afternoon off
     
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    Ah well, nice try.

    Metz has a great municipal campsite + aire on the banks of the river, right in town. Easy from Calais and worth a day or two if weather good.

    Luzern is an awesome city. Camping International is not cheap but a prime location. Again worth a day or two ( which of course means 3 nights ).

    Luzern to Venice is quite a long hop, try Cannero Riviera for a stopover, though it's worth a week, as we have done many times.
     
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    Camping Intnl wasn't even cheap when we went - in 1971! LOL But it is dead handy for that thing with all the water, etc.
     
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    Camping international looks a good choice, around £40 night for a couple. They want min 5 night bookings in Aug, how do you view our chances of availability for 2/3 nights?
     
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    Hi Paul
    Send me your email address and I will send you a copy of my spreadsheet with safe stops and coordinates all the way to Venice.
    I have traveled this route several time and enjoyed every one.
    Regards
    Ray
     
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    We are planning this trip next year. Would you mind sending a copy as well please? :)
     
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    No problem just send me your email address and I will send you a copy when I've tried to post it via the forum it gets distorted so this is the only reason for an email address
    Regards
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    There's a completely free spacious wooded aire north of Metz a few miles off the A4 at the Amneville leisure complex (which is basically a load of independent leisure attractions grouped on a hillside). It's behind the tourist info office here. We use it as a first stop after Calais when we're heading south eastward. No shortage of eateries if you want to dine out.

    Other possibilities include campsites at Interlaken - quite a few to choose from.

    We'd probably go direct to Venice from Interlaken, but another possible stopover is the south eastern end of Lake Garda. Tons of campsites round there, but Camping Amici di Lazise gives you a lower cost aire type option at the front as well as shaded pitches inside. It's also very handy for the theme parks if that floats your boat. We'll probably head for there on our autumn trip.
     
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    Thanks Ray, spreadsheet would be great.
    I've sent my email address via 'start conversation', is that ok?
    Thanks again
    Paul
     
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    No problem just send me your email address and I will send you a copy when I've tried to post it via the forum it gets distorted so this is the only reason for an email address
    Regards
    Ray

    @Hydrocell
    Hi Ray is it ok for us to have a copy as well .........we're going at end of the month cheers
     
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    No problem Tosan
     
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    Ray, thanks for the spreadsheet, very helpful, printed it off and will study in detail tomorrow
    Paul
     
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    I recieved the info Ray, very interesting and extremely useful. An excellent starting point to our planning next year. Thank you very much
     
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