Have finally been persuaded (nagged ;D) to take the van on it's first foreign holiday to the Southern end of Lake Garda. Sadly am travelling out of UK just before the Olympics start so I will unfortunately miss the hellish commute to my office in Central London
Anyone have any ideas on which is the best route to travel? Depending on what website you look at throws up different suggestions so thought I would just ask the experts.
I think I would head down through Belgium and Luxembourg to save the significant French toll charges. You could then carry on through Switzerland but you will need a pass for the Swiss roads and I'm not sure of costs involved. How long will you be allowing for the journey? ...overnight stops, etc? MrsM
Re the Swiss Vignette (motorway pass) you can buy them at the border. You require 2 vignettes - 1 for the car and 1 for the caravan, they cost approx £27 each. If using MrsMothys route make sure you fill up in Luxembourg it is by far the cheapest in all the countries you pass through.
Edit: an afterthought - the roads down both sides of Lake Garda can get quite congested, I would suggest the eastern side of the lake has the better roads.
Many thanks for your replies. Couple of other people have suggested the very same route. We are at San Francesco which is at the south end of the lake and we are planning 3 stops each way. Luckily I work in Central London and there is a Swisstravel office there so I can get the Vignettes before I go.
I like St Osyth Kiaman, my dad is from there. They now live up the road in Brightlingsea.
I should have added to this post when I returned from the trip but life seemed to pass by very quickly. What a fantastic place Lake Garda is, we were in Sirmione which is at the southernmost tip of the lake and was well positioned for visits to Verona & Venice. I would highly recommend a visit.