9 day French Campervan trip
9 day French campervan trip
Bonjour! Are you thinking of heading our to France and expereince the coast, beautiful valleys, villages, the baguettes, wine or mountain ranges - France has it all and more. Check out a whistle stop 9 day tour below.
Set out early from our depot in Hayes, London to Dover. Now before you hop on the ferry make sure you take some time to walk along the White Cliffs of Dover. These majestic cliffs are like they have been taken to by a doctors scalpel and is iconic image for people returning or visiting England by sea. After a 1 ½ hour trip on the ferry you are in France and over to Ameins for a first day stop, a cute little Northern France town.
After a good nights rest it’s time for some driving. Take the motorways past the West of Paris as we are heading to t eh town of Blois, which is our next stop. Blois is a French village which sits on the Loire river and is the perfect first stop for starting to trip down the Loire Valley.
The Loire Valley is one of the most beautiful drives in France and In our expert opinion - the world! Today the drive from Blois through to Saumur takes in some of the best French Chateaux’s in the country, the majestic Loire river and some of the most beautiful little villages in France (all of which a Spaceship can fit through very nicely) if you are into the Chateaux’s then we recommend you visit Chambord, Amboise (also a beautiful Village stop), Blois or Cheverney.
Day 4 and 5
After a stopover in the lovely Saumer it’s time to head towards the coast and through the wine region of Bordeaux. Now whether you are a wine lover or just fancy the odd glass then this region is for you. World famous wines and a bargain basement price, just walk into the local supermarket and you will be confronted with a wall of wine but forget supermarkets when you can drive through and stop and taste test (just make sure it’s not you who is driving) Head straight to Grande Dune de Pyla and the campsite panorama. At this campsite you will be next to Europes biggest sand dune (105 metres tall!) . It is at this site we recommend some rest and relaxation, beach, sand dunes climbing and walking. The campsite is well set up amongst some tall pine trees right on the beach with excellent facilities.
After a relaxing stop at camping panorama it’s time to head back up to west coast towards La Rochelle – a cute little seaport town, very popular for tourists and history. It also has the most amount of restaurants in one area we have ever seen. If you get a chance then stop by the Il de re which is 30km outside La Rochelle (you will need to pay for the bridge to get over to the island) - lovely beaches, plenty of campsites.
Keep heading up North to the town of St Malo –another seaport town in the North Brittany. Famous for its Oysters it’s a perfect stop for a walk around the fortified city and next leg onto Mont St Michel.
From St.Malo head to Mont St Michel with over 3 million visitors a year, this UNESCO listed this rocky tidal island and commune is not to be missed. It has a rich history having survived wars, dukes and Kings it stands alone in all it’s beauty as you can see by our pictures below. After Mont St Michel it is time to visiting another historically significant area in Normandy – the D-Day beaches.
Only 1 hour from the Mont, the beaches of Utah and Omaha where the Allies stormed the Western Front in 1944 to liberate France and turn the tide against the Nazi’s in World War 2. Here you will find fascinating museums which detail what happened on that famous day in history. At Omaha beach the enormity is never more apparent at the sacrifice than visiting the American cemetery and museum. You will see white crosses as far as the eye can see which words can do no justice.
After the beaches it’s time to head to Chateau de Martragny which is set amongst some beautiful grounds.
Time to head back to Calais (3 ½ hour drive), hop on the ferry and back to Dover. Once at Dover time to drive back to Space port HQ in Hayes....
Hope you had a great trip!