We are in the very early planning stages of a trip to Italy and France in Late July/August 2014.
Our plans are to drive from Cinque Terre to Alpe d’ Huez where we will stay a night and cycle the Tour de France leg, then onto our destination of Andresy, near Paris. I believe it is a 7 or 8 hour drive from Alpe d’Huez to Andresy so we are keen to break it up and overnight somewhere so it is enjoyable rather than just a drive.
I am looking for recommendations of what areas/towns to consider as a possible stopover that wouldn't involve too big a detour? Also if anyone has a particular accommodation recommendation that would be great. We love great food and wine and hoping to get away with under 150 Euros, but I’m not really familiar with cost of accommodation yet and not sure how realistic this is.
Would really appreciate some ideas of where to research/look into, to make this part of our holiday rather than just a long day on the road.
Any help much appreciated.