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Driving to the South of France

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Driving to the South of France

Hi,

Me and several friends are planning

a 2 week tour/drive from England to southern France (Nice/Marseille area) being our final destination with a hotel there for two nights) (Probably get the ferry to Calais or Dunkirk)

We want to take our time obviously with the two week time frame. We want to soak in as much culture and drive on some amazing roads! Plus visit a few cities and towns along the way. We don't always want to be on main roads also ideally.

Could someone reccomend a route we could take?

Any cities or places we should visit? (We wouldn't mind a vineyard stop lol)

I would ideally like to miss Paris at all costs as if it is anything like London ! Ha ha

Thanks alot

James

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1. Re: Driving to the South of France

This is a long way to go just for 2 nights in Nice/Marseille.

A two week tour will effectively mean you have 6 days to get there and 6 days to get back. This sounds a lot but if you don't plan on staying more than one night at each place en route to the south, you will effectively only see France from the car. I would suggest choosing 2-3 places on the way and another 2-3 on the way back, with a minimum of 2 nights at each, using them as a base to travel further afield to explore the region.

You could save a little bit of time by taking the Eurotunnel train which is quicker than a ferry.

Everyone will have their own idea of a "good" route but you should perhaps first take a look at www.viaMichelin.com or AArouteplanner, posting in your starting/finishing points. This will give you a suggested route, distance and travelling times etc.

France has good roads that roughly follow the motorways but pass through towns and villages. The driving times will be longer due to lower speeds but you will see nicer scenery.

Get yourself a good road map of France and a guide book to find out places of interest that would suit you.

When you have a rough itinerary, post back and I'm sure you will receive some helpful advice.

Edited: 11 June 2018, 07:50
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2. Re: Driving to the South of France

Too little information to help you. It sounds like you want to see everything in 2 weeks... Tell us what you want to do. If it's just driving it's kind of boring, that's not France.

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3. Re: Driving to the South of France

Since you don't want to stop in Paris, just fly from London to Nice. Spend a week in the Cote d'Azur exploring with public transportation. Then rent a car and drive around Provence. Fly home from Marseille. Ryan Air and Easy Jet both have inexpensive one-way non-stop flights...

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