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French Caravan Tour 2011

A six week tour towing our caravan starting on Wednesday 17th August and ending onWednesday 28th September avoiding toll roads and using ACSI card or

Camping Cheques where possible. ( both offer off peak site discounts)

Total Mileage 1645 -- (plus 642 miles touring from campsites= 2287 miles grand total)

This year we started by driving direct from Calais to Chartres on the A26, A1 and around Paris on the Peripheriques ( with a distant glimpse of the Eifel Tower and the Saccre Couer )and finally on the A10. This was our one and only day travelling on the peage and cost a total of 30 Euro in toll charged.





Camping des bords de l'Eure , Chartres (ACSI)

Home - Chartres 238 miles

A short walk along the river to the historic city of Chartres and only a hour by car to the Chateau of Versailles

This photo was taken at night showing the illuminations of ' Chartres en Luminiere' on the main West face of the Cathedral


Camping Du Val De Flux

Distance from Chartres 55 miles

A riverside campsite on the Loire opposite the town and within easy reach of several Chateaux does not accept ACSI or CC .

This photo is of nearby Chambord

Camping des Alouettes, Cognac la Foret Nr. Limoges (ACSI)

A Dutch run campsite with little shade

Distance from Beaugency175 miles

An excellent campsite for visiting the Martyr Village of Oradour sur Glane

Beaulieu sur Dordogne (ACSI)

Distance from Cognac la Foret 104 miles

Set on an island a short walk from the pretty old town of Beaulieu and a short drive to several villages listed as 'Plus Beaux Villages de France'

This a a photo of nearby Plus Beaux Village of Carrenac



St Antonin Noble Val

Distance from Beaulieu 82 miles

A riverside site in the Gorge d l'Aveyron within walking distance to the town with an impresive Sunday market.



St Paul de Fenouillet

Distance from St Antonin Noble Val 150 miles

This campsite is on our favourite route from Foix to Perpignan and is close to the Gorge de Galamus and Chateaux at Perypertuse and Queribus. This picture is of the chateau at Perypertuse - very impressive even in its pressent ruined state


Palau del Vidre (CC)

Distance from St Paul le Fenouillet 38 miles


A short drive to Collioure and only 1 Euro by bus to Perpignan

A different view of the the Clocher, of L'Eglise Notre-Dame des Anges et le Clocher. This was built as a warning tower for the Harbour of Collioure



Les Pradeaux, Chateau de Grange Fort (ACSI)

Distance fromPalau del Vidre 267 miles

Close to the northern end of the A75

a beautiful campsite in a chateau with far reaching views across the winding river Allier, the A75 and the mountains of the Massif Central beyond


Distance from Les Pradeaux 150 miles

Camping Robinson was our favourite campsite this year and is located within walking distance of the old town. Well worth another visit.



Camping des bords de l'Eure , Chartres(ACSI)

Distance from Bourges 117 miles

back to the site at Chartres they accept ACSI cards now that it's out of season






Distance from Chartes 269 miles

We took the route via Rouen but following Tom Tom we missed - Saint Adrien Chapelle , one of our favourite stopping places.

View of sunset crossing the Channel fro Langham's Brasserie