Once again, we are entering that time of the year when many of us are looking forward to our summer holidays. Whether you are seeking a weekend break or something a little longer, road tours in France offer a spectacular way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the UK.
As the Eurotunnel Shuttle connects Folkestone, Kent with Calais in France, drivers can be on the continent in just 35 minutes.
Touring France by car provides a unique experience, something that package holidays and city breaks struggle to replicate. Whether you wish to travel along France’s sun soaked coast, climb the steep roads leading to the Alps or traverse the valleys of the Pyrenees, there is something for everyone.
If you are still planning or considering a road tour, we have compiled a brief list of the best tours to take from Calais.
Calais to Dijon, this 400km route takes in the rich heritage of north eastern France via the city of Lens; a Euro 2016 host city famous for its WW1 historical trails. Saint Quentin is further south; this small town is perfect for those travellers interested in gothic buildings and sculptures. Before reaching Dijon, a city spared from destruction in both world wars, rich in history, with town houses dating back to the 12th century, it is recommended that drivers take in the picturesque countryside and vineyards surrounding the city of Reims before sampling some of the best champagne in the city’s historic champagne houses.
Calais to La Rochelle, this longer journey takes drivers from the country’s northern shoreline to the western coast of France, overlooking the Bay of Biscay. La Rochelle offers excellent scenery in and around the old town as well as being home to some of the nation’s best seafood restaurants. On the journey from the north, fans of motor sport should visit the city of Le Mans, known globally for its 24 hour car endurance race, before heading south through the gloriously green flatlands, passing the sleepy towns of La Fleche and Durtal. Durtal in particular is a true hidden gem, offering picture postcard views of truly wonderful sites such as Château Royal de Durta.
As summer begins to get underway, there is no better time to explore by road the plethora of wonderful features that France has to offer.
Heading on a road trip through France this year? The Holiday Inn Express Folkestone- Channel Tunnel is the closest hotel to the Channel Tunnel. The team will be sure you are sent off in tip top shape, or give you a great place to rest your head on the way home!