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Old 04-07-2008, 19:55   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, We are taking our recently purchased Ford Herald Aragon Down to the Med. Having done the journey several times in a car on the French Motorway toll roads, we would like to travel non toll roads to save money and see a bit of France on route. Any suggested routes and stopovers very much appreciated Sailing from Dover 7th Aug
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Hi, We are taking our recently purchased Ford Herald Aragon Down to the Med. Having done the journey several times in a car on the French Motorway toll roads, we would like to travel non toll roads to save money and see a bit of France on route. Any suggested routes and stopovers very much appreciated Sailing from Dover 7th Aug
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If you are "yaking your time, just follow the west coast, the ACSI organisation has a good selection of sites in France, approx 400, or Alan Rogers guide to France is also a good option.

Should you want to get to the med in a shorter time, then the satnav set to avoid motorways, will guide you along the N roads, and lessor roads, but you explore the real France that way.

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Thanks for your usefull information Nomadic .

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The routes south through central France also offer plenty of options for a gentle drive through this beautiful country, so much so that you may not get to the Med! To a large extent your route will depend on the ferry crossing you use, but get a large-scale map and pencil in some routes towards your destination. You could try one southwards and another on the return trip. You can visit the Millau bridge, the Gorges du Tarn, the lakes and forests of the Limousin - there is so much to see.

Wherever you go, enjoy the drive - the route is at least half of the pleasure especially for motorhomers.

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we have just returned from 3 weeks in france. never used a peage. probably adds 30-50% to the travel time, but you get to see the country. even better, you get the occasional friterie and routier for food, all paid for by the saving on tolls.

being lazy, i just followed the route offered by my tomtom when set to avoid tolls. then double checked on the map. only poor route was from santenay (bourgogne) to epernay (champagne) which took us round the beaune and dijon "ring roads" which were very slow, full of traffic lights, all set by the french to turn red on spotting approaching brits. or so it seemed.

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We went to Javea Spain through France in 2006 we set off from Calais and made our way to Spain using mostly all non motorway roads except the Millau bridge, on our return we crossed Spain and made our way up the western coast of France to and then inland mostly avoiding toll roads. We found most roads long and straight and not very busy at all and that was in August!!

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We have been using the A75 non toll road through the centre of France that no includes the Millau bridge. We met a Truck driver on the Ferry who told us he uses the A20/N20 (Paris to Toulouse). He says it only has a short Toll road the rest is free. We use part of the N20 on our trip from and to Le Havre. We used to use the N20 years ago and haven't tried it recently. We also used to travel the West coast from San Sebastian. Some very good dual carriageways.
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I am doing a like wise trip in three weeks. none motorway. Will set my sat nav accordingly, but my concern is, all roads seem to lead to Paris, and I desperately want to avoid even the ring road. Still filling my pants as it is my first time and on my own.At least there isnt any one to complain of the smell when I do.
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