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11 day road trip in southern France

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11 day road trip in southern France

Hi there,

My boyfriend and I are planning an 11 night trip in France at the beginning of June 2014 our budget for the whole trip is around £1000 (£500 each) to include flights and car hire.

Our current plan is to fly to Lyon (as return flights are quite reasonable) and then hiring a car from the airport and drive down to Provence staying there for 3 or 4 nights. We are looking at Aix en Provence at the moment but open to any other recommendations.

From there we would like to drive along the coast and stay somewhere on the Côte d'Azur for 3 or 4 nights. At the moment we are thinking of staying in Menton as it is near to Monaco, Cannes, Nice, Italy etc so lots of places to explore.

From there we would then like to drive up into the Alps and stay either in Annecy or Talliores for a few nights. This is the part of the trip I am most unsure of as the distance from Menton to Annecy seems quite far. Would we be able to do it in 1 day or would it be best to stay a night on the way somewhere? We don't mind driving long distances.

From there we will head back to Lyon for the flight home.

If anyone has any recommendations of places to stay / things to do or can think of an alternative itinerary and an idea of how long to spend in each place i am open to suggestions. Our main aim is to sample the local culture, try some lovely food and wine and generally have a nice holiday!



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1. Re: 11 day road trip in southern France


Menton to Annecy will take you about 6 hrs. There is also an alternative route if you started in Nice there is a lovely back route ( BIS) which will takeabout the same time.

See http://www.viamichelin.com/

Depending on what you want to see Grenoble is a nice city to visit, bastille gives great vews, there's a chateau in Vizille, if you like the Tour de France then you could spend time here in the French Alps

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2. Re: 11 day road trip in southern France

Your budget is only just over 100 euros a day. When you consider flights, vehicle rental, tolls, petrol, accommodation nightly plus 3 meals a day I don't see how the money will stretch that far. You need to reconsider the trip or up the budget I'm afraid.

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3. Re: 11 day road trip in southern France

Try using www.viamichelin.com to estimate driving times, distances, fuel and tolls. Driving in France is expensive and will eat up a decent part of your budget.

One good thing about having a car though is that it lets you stay in smaller towns instead of big cities. So I would stay near Aix, or even further west near Avignon and use the car to explore small villages.

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5. Re: 11 day road trip in southern France

Thanks for your helpful replies!

The budget I was thinking was just to cover flights, accomodation and car hire which I have kind of managed to find there or there abouts.

Food, tolls and fuel costs will have to be in addition but will try and be as economical as possible. I certainly don't mind filling up on bread and cheese! :)

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