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30 days 1 Month in France Itinerary

France from Dieppe to Dieppe 30 days in a campervan

30 days 1 Month in France Itinerary. It’s about as near as Google Maps will let me drag that thin blue line. No day trips out have been added, Its just a guide really to what you can achieve in 30 days or 4 weeks and 2 days. Starting and finishing at the same ferry port in Dieppe. After an early start from Newhaven, England a few hours before via the ferry.

We took no toll roads during the trip, we avoided them and tried to stick to the coast, more or less. We did pay for tolls at 2 x bridges, This was into Honfleur (it was too far to go around) and we had to pay to go on to Île de Ré the island (We had no choice) Our Satnav can be set to avoid toll roads. I don’t know why Google Maps only does A to H, so I had to join 2 maps.

European Ferry Travel with DFDS

United Kingdom ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe France. DFDS Ferry
Ferry Newhaven to Dieppe in France. 30 days 1 Month in France Itinerary

Map point (A Dieppe at the top behind E zoom in) We took a trip to Europe via a DFDS Ferry with our small campervan. I was very impressed with the crossing and the price. For just under £100.00 each way we secured a Crossing and a 4-week return date. We sailed off at 10.30 a.m., you have to be at the port 90 minutes before departure. Everything went well, we boarded easily and fast. We had a nice day for the crossing, so spent most of our time on the upper deck relaxing for 4 hours. Our exit from the boat was fast too, I overheard someone saying lets get ready for the 2-hour departure and customs. We managed it within 15 minutes of arrival, off the boat, passports checked and off on our journey and 1st French stop at a campsite in Fécamp.

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Campervan Holiday Fécamp France

Campervan Holiday Fécamp France
Campervan Holiday Fécamp France. 30 days 1 Month in France Itinerary

Map point (B) A campervan Holiday, A road trip through France in a Campervan. Visiting Fecamp, Yport, Étretat and the area of Côte d’Albâtre. Then it’s off to a few other areas of France.

Day one, This is a recall of a holiday in France, a Road Trip that we took a while ago (last year). I have finally got around to writing about our campervan holiday in France. After departing the DFDS Ferry that took us from Newhaven to Dieppe we travelled South West along the coast to Fécamp. We had pre-booked a stay at this campsite Camping Bel Air Village de Reneville, Chem. de Nesmonds, 76400 Fécamp. Booked in here for 3 nights paying €70.00 (not the cheapest of our chosen campsites in France) . We wanted to visit Fécamp, Yport, Étretat and the area of the Côte d’Albâtre.

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Campervan Holiday Étretat France

Porte d’Aval Etretat arch and L’Aiguille (the Needle) 30 days 1 Month in France Itinerary

Map point (C) Étretat is about 30 30-minute drive from Fecamp, It is a town on the north coast of France. It’s known for the striking rock formations carved out of its white cliffs. Along the beach, you will see the Porte d’Aval arch and L’Aiguille (the Needle), a pillar rising up from the sea. To the north, the cliffside Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde has dramatic views. Le Vieux Marché is a very old Quaint, open-timbered indoor marketplace with multiple vendors selling souvenirs and more. It is in the centre of the Town of Etretat. Nearby is Le Clos Lupin villa which was once home to the French author Maurice Leblanc.

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Campervan Holiday Honfleur France

Honfleur old building
Biscuiterie La Trinitaine – Honfleur

Map point (Between C and D), Normandy, France is one of the most popular Ports on the Seinne. Attracting tourists to its Historic Port, Old Timber Houses and links to Famous Artists such as Gustave Courbet, Eugene Boudin and Claude Monet. The harbour was chosen for its strategic location on the bank of the Seine estuary. Honfleur made its fortune trading with North America. You will see the Timber and brick houses of ship owners who made their fortune and shaped the Town.

After leaving Fecamp we drove west towards Honfleur on our way to Blonville-sur-Mer. We had a booking for a few nights camping at a beachside campsite called The Blonville-sur-mer beach campsite. Stopping off first at Honfleur for a visit.

Just before we arrived we stopped at Supermarket Lidl on the edge of town. Checking Google Maps to find a parking spot. This was a good move, being a Sunday Lidl was closed. I then noticed a few small campervans in the car park. A local couple had just parked up and I asked them if they knew about any parking restrictions. “It’s Sunday they replied, the shop is closed so parking is free”. That was a good result for us. Just behind Lidl there is a path that runs into Honfleur along Bassin Carnot, it’s a 15-minute walk.

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Campervan Holiday Blonville-sur-Mer France

The Blonville-sur-mer beach campsite
The Blonville-sur-mer beach campsite

Map point (D) After leaving Fecamp we drove west towards Honfleur on our way to Blonville-sur-Mer. We had a booking for a few nights camping at a beachside campsite called The Blonville-sur-mer beach campsite. It’s about one hour thirty minutes, so not too long a journey. We took the route over the Pont de Normandie which is a Toll bridge. (So we could stop off at Honfleur) It cost about €6.50 we easily paid by contactless payment on our phone.

After Honfleur, it was only another 30-minute drive to our campsite at Blonville-sur-Mer. The town is West of Deauville and Trouville-sur-Mer. We picked this campsite so we could easily visit the nearby towns. The beach at Blonville-sur-Mer stretches for about two kilometres and is made up of fine sand. This makes it a perfect beach for families and a safe place to swim. Lifeguards are present during the High season from 1st July to 31st August.

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Campervan Holiday Villers-sur-Mer France

Villers sur Mer Dinosaur

Map point (Day trip from D Blonville-sur-Mer) Villers-sur-Mer with all the charms of the Côte Fleurie coast. Long fine sandy beach, elegant architecture and attractive town centre.
The resort’s emblem is a dinosaur, for it stands at the foot of the age-old Black Cow Cliffs, renowned for their palaeontological and geological interest. You can join one of the guided tours organised by the Tourist Office, and also pay a visit to the palaeontological museum presenting many of the fossils discovered on the site.
You can also discover the fauna and flora of the Villers marshes, covering a surface area of 30 hectares.

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Campervan Holiday Deauville France

Deauville Deux belvédères face à la mer

Map point (Day trip from D Blonville-sur-Mer) Deauville in France is an upmarket seaside resort for locals and tourists alike. Host glamorous events such as horse racing, polo matches and also the famous American Film Festival. Deauville also boasts a world-renowned casino, Casino Barrière Deauville. Alongside high-end hotels, smart boutiques for shoppers and restaurants for discerning eaters L’Essentiel and Maximin Helio both boast a Michelin star. Deauville also has a magnificent beach and a famous boardwalk.

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Campervan Holiday in Vannes France

Vannes France
The Jardin des Remparts Vannes

Map point (E) Vannes, the capital of Morbihan. A town with art, history and a marina. Vannes is a fortified walled town with medieval gates and old cobbled streets. The Roman Catholic Cathedral Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Vannes stands in the centre of the town among the brightly painted half-timber houses. The Cathedral was built between the Fifteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, it is dedicated to Saint Pierre, He was the first pope, which is considered as a guarantee of its very great antiquity. The ramparts that surround Vannes are fortifications. They were erected between the 3rd and 17th centuries to protect the city. Just outside the walls are the Jardin des Remparts the gardens by the city walls. It’s a nice well-maintained garden to walk around. A good place to eat your takeaway lunch.

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Campervan Holiday Île de Ré France

Food Market Le Bois-Plage-en-Re

Map point (F) Île de Ré is an island off the west coast of France a short toll bridge crossing from La Rochelle. Île de Ré is a beach lovers and cyclist paradise. Surrounded by golden sandy beaches and connected by a host of cycle paths. We stayed at the Île de Ré Sandaya campsite located by the sea the Amis de la Plage. The site was in a great location and had direct access to Pas des Bœufs beach. We thought one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. The village of Bois-Plage-en-Ré had daily markets in the square it is the largest market on the whole island. A bus can take you off the island for a trip to La Rochelle, about 15 15-minute ride.

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Campervan Holiday Chinon France

Chinon Forteresse-Royale-de-Chinon

Map point (G) is a town located in the Loire Valley region of France. It is situated in the department of Indre-et-Loire and is known for its medieval architecture, scenic river views, and historic castle. The town is surrounded by vineyards that produce renowned wines, particularly the red wine made from the Cabernet Franc grape variety. Chinon is a popular tourist destination and offers many cultural and outdoor activities, including visiting the castle, exploring the town’s winding streets, and taking a scenic boat ride on the Vienne River.

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Campervan Holiday Blois France

River Loire
River Loire Sunrise. 30 days 1 Month in France Itinerary

Map point (H) We are on our way to Blois this morning. We left Chinon early in the morning to drive along the Loire Valley next to the river Loire. The sun had just risen so we had some great views of the sun rising along the river Loire. The farmers and their tractors were up early too, so it was a slow drive to our next stop of Blois. It was a lovely drive for us tourists that are not in a rush. We passed a few of the many large chateau’s that are along this route. You can book a tour from the links below at Get Your Guide.

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Campervan Holiday Orleans France

Camping Olivet
Campsite Olivet Orleans. 30 days 1 Month in France Itinerary

Map point (A again ) Orleans is the capital of Loiret, a department in France. It’s also the hometown of Joan of Arc, who fought in Orleans during the Hundred Years War.

The town itself dates back to Roman times and has been home to many important figures throughout history, including Louis XIV and Napoleon III.

After leaving Tours we travelled up the Loire Valley on our way to Olivet just outside Orleans. We headed for a campsite named Camping d’Olivet.

Orleans is home to a beautiful cathedral and plenty of other historical sites. Wine production in the area dates back to Roman times when Orleans was called Aurelianum. You can visit the Château de Caylus in the town centre, where Joan of Arc lived during her teenage years.

Explore Orleans and the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Campervan Holiday Maisons-Laffitte France

Sandaya Paris Camping Maisons-Laffitte
One of the cabins at Camping Sandaya. 30 days 1 Month in France Itinerary

Map point (B again) Laffitte is an area in the Yvelines department in the northern Île-de-France region of France. It is a part of the affluent outer suburbs of northwestern Paris, 18.2 km from its centre. We stayed at a camping Sandaya campsite named Camping Sandaya Paris Maisons-Laffitte. It’s a brilliant location situated on the edge of the river Seine that runs into Paris.

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Campervan Holiday Paris France

enri Matisse and his La Blouse Roumaine painting
Henri Matisse and his La Blouse Roumaine painting. 30 days 1 Month in France Itinerary

Map point (B again Day trip from Maisons-Laffitte ) Paris is a paradise for art lovers. From the iconic works of the great masters to the latest trends in contemporary art, Museums and Galleries. Seven days in Paris with so many things to do, and so many things to see. It’s a walker’s delight, make sure that you have broken those new holiday shoes in. We don’t need any blisters here. We first went to Paris in the 90’s, staying in the Montmartre area near to the Sacré-Cœur. I remember trying out my limited French while trying to find some food. I came back to the hotel room with a whole Rotisserie chicken, a French stick, a pat of butter plus coleslaw. No plates or knives and forks though.

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Campervan Holiday Beauvais France

Market Day Beauvais
Market Day Beauvais. 30 days 1 Month in France Itinerary

Map point (C again )Beauvais was the next stop after we left Paris. The final destination this evening is Petit-Caux. Beauvais is a city located in northern France, in the region of Hauts-de-France. With a population of over 60,000, it is the capital of the Oise department and one of the largest cities in the region.

Beauvais has a rich history and cultural heritage. It has many historic buildings, monuments, and museums that tell the story of the city’s past. One of the most notable landmarks in Beauvais is the Cathedral of St. Peter. Considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France.

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Campervan Holiday Dieppe France

Benedictine France
We leave France with a photo from our first stop all them weeks ago at Fecamp. Palais Bénédictine – Distillerie – Bar à cocktails

Map point (D) Camping Les Goélands, and (E) Dieppe ) It’s time to travel back to England, so we are here in the Dieppe area again. Dieppe is a popular tourist destination located in the region of Normandy in Northern France. With its picturesque harbour, long sandy beach, and rich history, it attracts visitors from all over the world.

One of the key features of Dieppe as a tourist destination is its ferry service, which provides regular crossings to the nearby port of Newhaven in England. The ferry journey takes approximately Four to Five hours.

In addition to its ferry service, Dieppe offers plenty of other attractions for tourists to enjoy. The town is home to several historic landmarks, such as the Château de Dieppe and the Church of Saint Jacques, as well as museums and art galleries that showcase the local history and culture.

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