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good places to stop when travelling south

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good places to stop when travelling south

Any ideas of good places to stay when driving from Calais to Toulouse?

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1. Re: good places to stop when travelling south

It's around 600 miles - are you thinking of stopping just the once overnight?

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Well it looks do-able. We could stay in London on the way down but I don't think that will help much. Any advice much appreciated.

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We live a similar distance from Eurotunnel / Ferry as yourselves - about 220 - 240 miles.

It takes us a minimum of 4 hours, on a good day, and up to 8 hours on a bad day just to get to the Eurotunnel terminal.

Add an hour wait at the terminal and a 35 minute crossing, Ferry obviously much longer, put clocks forward one hour to French time and there isn't much left of the day unless you start out very early.

We usually overnight within an hour or two of Calais and continue the next day.

Is this a realistic time scale or do you feel you could get much further in one day?

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We live in Kent and fairly close (abt an hour's drive) to the Channel Tunnel and Ferries. We still allow two overnighters for that sort of distance. If starting from Sheffield I would definitely stay overnight twice, because even if both of you are driving it's a long journey and there's always a delay for one reason or another.

As an example, we travelled by car to Carcassone (just South of Toulouse) in early May this year, and stopped overnight near Rouen and then again near Limoges. Travelling from Sheffield I would stop nearer Calais if possible for the first overnight stop.

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That's very helpful. We probably will start early and are travelling on a Saturday so hopefully traffic won't be so bad. Have you tried the ferry and decided the tunnel is quicker and do you need to book in November?

According to ViaMichelin, a couple of hours from Calais would take us to Paris. We thought we might be able to make it as far as Orleans. What do you think?

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Via Michelin puts the time from Calais to Paris at 2h57minutes, ie about 3 hours actual driving time. That assumes driving at the speed limit all the time with no holdups through roadworks, queues at toll booths, accidents etc. It also assumes no time for comfort stops, eating or just having a rest. It is wise to allow 20-25% above the Michelin time to arrive at what it takes in practice.

I've done the journey south via Paris on two occasions and it was bad on both. That's why we now travel the Western route via Rouen if travelling to the Southwest or the Eastern route via Troyes/Dijon if travelling to the Southeast of France.

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libbyjSheffield - Have you tried the ferry and decided the tunnel is quicker and do you need to book in November?

Some years ago we left home with the sun shining on a glorious Autumn day to the ferry at Dover.

By the time we arrived at the Port there was a force 10 gale blowing in the Channel and there would be no Ferries leaving harbour that day.

We quickly re-booked to Eurotunnel and have never gone back to the Ferries despite them usually being cheaper.

The earlier you book the Channel crossing the lower the cost whichever way you travel - Ferry or Eurotunnel.

The Ferry is cheaper but Eurotunnel is quicker.

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Eurotunnel is quicker, but if your driver is ready for a break by the time he reaches the Channel then the ferry can sometimes be an opportunity to grab a meal and recharge your batteries.

Eurotunnel is not immune to weather problems either. Last December we were heading round the M25 to the tunnel when we heard there were minimum 5 hour delays due to problems with the rolling stock caused by light snowfall the night before. We promptly re-booked on the ferry with Seafrance and had a v.pleasant and calm crossing (and, to be fair, a refund from Eurotunnel). We've also been caught by signalling problems in the Tunnel so it's not quite as reliable a mode of transport as was made out when it was launched.

When it works, however, it is quick!

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9. Re: good places to stop when travelling south

Well does wnyone know good hotels or B&Bs just south of Paris to stop for a night?

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