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2022/06/23 09:05:22 (permalink)

Planning a Euro Trip in late Sept 2022

Plan is Dover to Calais, across to the Alscase and zig-zag through some favorite places in France, Hotel de France overnight etc in the 987.2.
 
Currently, what do we need?
Car is fine, thinking more what we need to have with us to deal with any police questions.
I think it has all been relaxed to UK sticker, hi-vis, headlamp change of direction, obvious passports etc, and personal and car insurances.
Ghic (?) for the car.
 
anything else?

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Re: Planning a Euro Trip in late Sept 2022 2022/06/23 10:38:16 (permalink)
In Spain it is mandatory to carry the original V5C, I believe France is the same.
If your plates have the old GB side flash, then Halfrauds sell stick on replacements.

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Re: Planning a Euro Trip in late Sept 2022 2022/06/23 10:49:52 (permalink)
If you are planning to go into Strasbourg you will need a CRIT'air sticker for the clean air zones, these can be obtained online at:
https://www.certificat-air.gouv.fr/
Cost is about 3.7 euro's but despite it being an on-line process mine took weeks to arrive. It is sent by post.
There are not many towns which require it at the moment but expect that this will change in the future so I applied for one. No doubt the price will rise as it will become a revenue raiser so perhaps worth getting one now !
The stickers do not have an expiry date.
You should also carry your original V5 certificate.
Not been to Alsace region but Strasbourg is a lovely place to visit.
Enjoy the trip.

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Re: Planning a Euro Trip in late Sept 2022 2022/06/23 10:50:19 (permalink)
It might help to visit the following too:  https://www.gov.uk/drive-abroad
 


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Re: Planning a Euro Trip in late Sept 2022 2022/06/23 14:28:29 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby AndrewCS 2022/06/23 23:53:13
I have just returned from an 1800 mile loop...Cherbourg, La Rochelle, Perigeaux, Albi, Narbonne, Tarn, Orleans and back via Calais.
Car-wise it was uneventful, although I had Porsche assistance just in case. I also carried a couple of tyre kits, goo and plug kit just in case. I got the emission certificate...only took a few days but did n't need it.
 
We booked chain hotels as they were in the city centres and had secure parking (Ibis, Best Western, Mercure, etc) The older more characterful hotels tended not to have parking.
 
My initial fear was 5 hour stints in the Boxster would do my ears in (I suffer from tinnitus) but the French roads we were on were far better surfaced than ours. Cross country on D roads was fun, despite the confusion over speed limits (they have reduced them in some regions and not others). The back-roads were very quiet and the autoroutes below the Paris line not busy by UK standards.
 
Autoroute fuel was pricey so we topped up in the cities when we had the opportunity. My mpg cruising just beyond the limit was in the 38 region. Somewhat less on the twisties.
 
I was careful about speed, there was a Police Alpine showing off on the Autoroute in the North and doing the old trick of leaving the junction ahead and then appearing at high speed behind us a couple minutes later. Watch out for speed cameras. There are warnings, but cover long stretches of some roads so it's easy to forget. The ones we saw are far larger than ours but painted grey or black.
 
Despite this we found some very quiet twisty perfectly surfaced 'bikers' routes through the more mountainous areas...fantastic although my in-built speed limiter in the passenger seat reduced the fun a bit.
 
Back in the UK it suddenly feels claustrophobic. Enjoy !
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Re: Planning a Euro Trip in late Sept 2022 2022/06/23 16:31:25 (permalink)
I am currently in Santander enjoying a loop of Northern Spain. As mentioned take your V5 and insurance certificate. I would also recommend a next generation ( small ) jump starter in case of battery issues. I am in a 2010 987.2 which I think will be the same for you. Re Hotel De France , it is important to get a good room. last one we had was tiny but cost the same.         NOCO Boost XL GB50 1500A 12V UltraSafe Portable Lithium Jump Starter, Car Battery Booster Pack, USB Powerbank, and Jump Leads for up to 7.0 Liter Petr     
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Re: Planning a Euro Trip in late Sept 2022 2022/06/23 20:12:21 (permalink)
Thank you all v much!
I found the RAC site this morning, superb.
we are no strangers to driving Europe, but wary of any special requirements of individual countries.
I used to visit the Alcase almost every week in the late 80s, and it is a great area.
we will get the critaire thing sorted n lookhard at the Hotel de France rooms!

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Re: Planning a Euro Trip in late Sept 2022 2022/06/24 08:44:40 (permalink)
I will add the obvious: have your driving licence(s) with you!
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Re: Planning a Euro Trip in late Sept 2022 2022/06/24 23:30:13 (permalink)
Depends on how many Toll roads you hit but I recently got one of these. 


https://www.emovis-tag.co.uk/
 
arrived next day.  Worked as advertised . No more sitting behind a Dutch motor home waiting for them to,find their cash in the back.  


up front is cost about 40 quid to setup with 20 of that refundable on Cancellation and return of tag. Costs something like 2 euros for each month you use it, plus the rolls.  


warned it’s miney at the first toll I drive through at 30kph. 

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Re: Planning a Euro Trip in late Sept 2022 2022/06/26 16:40:41 (permalink)
Have one of those for tolls.
Essential, as the wife has real trouble getting cash down the slot of the toll booth.
UK licence always with me...

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Re: Planning a Euro Trip in late Sept 2022 2022/07/15 18:33:06 (permalink)
We’ve just come back from our European tour - North Shields to Ijmuiden ferry then through the Netherlands into Germany then back into France for our first 5 night stop in Obernai, Alsace. We’ve been to Alsace before & loved it. We actually got the train into Strasbourg which was much less hassle although I have the Critair sticker.
From there we went onto Andermatt, Switzerland for 3 nights before moving onto Annecy for 6 nights (again been here before, it’s a beautiful area) then back up to Epernay for 3 nights before heading for the return ferry. Lots of bikers & car clubs were using this crossing on the way out.
Another superb tour in the 718 - easily 40mpg on the autoroutes sticking to the speed limits. 98 Ron super unleaded was around €2.09/litre from the likes of Leclerc supermarkets and price didn’t change all the time we were there.
So much easier driving in France than our horrible dirty crowded little country!
 
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Re: Planning a Euro Trip in late Sept 2022 2022/07/15 19:27:47 (permalink)
Euro tour now getting booked.
Dates set, first French hotel overnight booked.
we will go to the Alsace, I used to work there as St Die, into the Dura area, across west to Hotel du France, then to Brittany and back home to get depressed on the M25...
 
your trip has taken in many many places we have done in the Boxster n recent years, French driving, infact Euro driving is a shear pleasure as yousay!

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Re: Planning a Euro Trip in late Sept 2022 2022/07/20 11:20:06 (permalink)
Just been to 4 countries, no one asked for anything and no UK cars had the UK stickers.

Zero hassle anywhere.

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Re: Planning a Euro Trip in late Sept 2022 2022/07/20 16:19:12 (permalink)
Good to read!
We will have EVERY details cross-checked by the wife or we won't be going. It would be just our luck to get an over-zellous Policeman on our trip...
 
Trip booking now firmly underway and general route planned.
Trying to resist the temptation to have the car oil changed and filtered before hand!
I'm currently doing about 5K miles between services.

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Re: Planning a Euro Trip in late Sept 2022 2022/07/24 22:37:10 (permalink)
We love France (I could quite happily live there) - just love the lifestyle, they have it so right.
We make a point of photographing the roundabouts which are a work of art - zero litter anywhere. Nothing nicer than an aperitif at a bar tabac before heading for dinner somewhere.
We’re already planning our next trip to the Dordogne for next June/July - probably stopping in Honfleur on the way down then somewhere else on the way back.
Enjoy your trip!

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Re: Planning a Euro Trip in late Sept 2022 2022/07/25 08:34:08 (permalink)
Looking forward to my trip next month. Leaving Folkestone on Aug 20th, two nights at Hotel De France. Then down to Ruffec for for four, going to look at property over there as planning to move over next year, fingers crossed. Back up to Rouen for one night, then over to Ypres for three.
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Re: Planning a Euro Trip in late Sept 2022 2022/08/01 13:10:33 (permalink)
Looking forward to our first proper trip in the Boxster at the end of September so I'm reading this with interest. Its a blinkin' trek for us to even get to Folkestone from here in mid-Wales, but once we're on the other side of the moat we're having a couple of days getting to Perpignan, spending a long weekend there and then heading for St Tropez for a couple of weeks, culminating in the 'Paradis Porsche' event at the beginning of October. We're not signed up for it (it's full) but have been onlookers for years and its a grand spectacle.
 
Any recommendations for hotels around Clermont-Ferrand would be gratefully received.... 
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