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Campervans.com Inbox today (and this week)

Campervans.com – in my inbox…

Today I have as usual an eclectic mix of information sent to me from Campervan and motorhome rental companies and Tourist Boards from all over the world.

At the top of the list is a useful guide to planning a road trip of Great Britain from Bunk Campers who offer a good range of campervans and motorhomes to rent in the UK.  Today though they are concentrating on providing some useful planning info and have titled their blog “Britain by Campervan: The ultimate 14 day driving route” . It starts in from their depot in London and takes in a route to Cornwall Visit Cornwall Tourist Board via Sussex Sussex Tourist Boardand back up through Devon.  Visit Devon tourist board.

From there is takes a route back up to Stone Henge Stonehenge.  They then suggest a trip to Wales Visit Wales and then up to the north of England to Hadrian’s Wall:

From there it is a drive down the west coast to East Anglia Visit East Anglia.  

There are campsites all across Britain and Bunk recommends the Caravan club sites.  Caravan club    I would also add Pitchup.com Pitchup.com too.

So, booking a Bunk and touring Great Britain will give you a good insight into our unique country whether you are from here. Or, an overseas visitor. Thanks Bunk!

Next is an email about California featuring Lake Tahoe Lake Tahoe

It looks incredible:

North Lake Tahoe
North Lake Tahoe

It is also a popular place for golfers and skiiers.  The Harvey’s Concert series this year features legends such as Paul Simon, Train,  Lenny Kravitz, Third Eye Blind and the Who.  Harveys Outdoor arena tickets.

At the other end of the spectrum is San Diego and apart from its main attractions this article features adventure sports – California’s longest zip line, kayaking through the caves of La Jolla to see the sea lions, dolphins and sometimes whales.   This site offers reviews of parks to take your rv to RV parks review

France:

Cool camping sent an email about campsites in France. They offer a good range of campsites throughout France that accomodate campervans and motorhomes.  Hire in France France campervan and motorhome hire and explore each of these regions:

The Dordogne The Dordogne

Normandy and Brittany Normandy and Brittany

Provence Provence Tourist Board

Central France France tourist Board

South East France South East France

The Alps The Alps

Burgundy and the Loire Burgundy Tourist board

The Midi-Pyrenees Midi Pyrenees Tourist Board

Campervan hire in the Pyrenees
The Midi Pyrenees

the Pyrenees The Pyrenees

Western France Western France tourist board

Ardeche Tourist offices in Ardeche

Languedoc  Languedoc tourist information

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association sent us this:

Booking tips for last minute campers.

This features campsites in British Columbia, Canada where we hire an immense number of rv’s, truck campers, motorhomes and even cars! Rent an RV in Canada

They have compiled a list of 35 private campgrounds with some availability in July …Campgrounds availability in Canada

This is an independent site Camping & RV in British Columbia that is a useful resource for planning your rv trip in Canada.

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Toasting Marshmallows Canadian style.

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Finland:

Campervan hire in Finland Campervan hire in Finland

Portugal: Campervan hire in Portugal

The Lighthouse Trail in Ireland:

The Lighthouse Trail

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Ireland’s Lighthouse Trail – a great road trip for anyone in a campervan who wants to explore Ireland

Campervan rental in Ireland Campervan hire in Ireland

 

Campervans.com In my In-box: USA,Canada, New Zealand…

USA best beach:  Great overnight stopover.

Dr Beach has voted Florida’s Siesta Beach as the top beach in the USA.  It has the best beach safety, environmental protection and has adopted non-smoking policies.

It also has find white sand and is environmentally healthy.  If you want to visit in your rv then we would suggest checking out:

Siestakeysarasotavacation.com 

which has links to sites. I haven’t yet been to visit these, so check out independent reviews to help you make your choices.

http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/florida/siesta-key

Canada:

I also received a link to this exciting option to do on a road trip when you need a few days adrenalin rush.

not for the feint hearted!

Maybe on my next trip!

Of course, there is always a tamer option of the Calgary Stampede:

If you want to park up your rv while visiting the Stampede the check out http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/alberta/calgary

Know Before You Go:

This is a free service provided by the UK Government that highlights the political situation in countries around the world and assesses the risks for travellers.  Today I checked out the fire risk in Portugal.

“A forest fire has claimed the lives of a large number of people in the Pedrogão Grande area of central Portugal. Other smaller fires have also been reported elsewhere in the country due to high temperatures. Avoid travelling to the affected areas until the authorities confirm that it’s safe to do so. Take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas and report fires to the emergency services on 112. See Natural disasters

Portuguese Met Office.

New Zealand Short Day Walks

The Department of Conservation and Tourism New Zealand have combined to promote short day walks to best meet the needs of New Zealanders and visiting tourists.

One of the beauties of touring New Zealand in a campervan is being able to park up, have breakfast, pack a lunch and head off on a hike knowing that on your return you can sleep or cook up a fantastic meal as you have definitely earned it.

Many of the walks into the bush are well catered for but it would be just a great idea to have a guide to the short walks all in one place.

Watch this space for the announcement of the guide.

Short Walks in New Zealand – camp for the day in your campervan and head off for a good day’s walk.Wall

Day walks in New Zealand
Park up in a campervan, pack a snack and head off on a walk.

This site NewZealand.com

is packed with information to help you plan your road-trip around New Zealand.  We rent out campervans http://campervans.motorhomerepublic.com/new-zealand-special-offers.html

and cars: http://carhirez.com

Lonely Planet provided this information on how to put together a more sophisticated camera kit other than just a mobile phone:

Camera kit bodies such as Fujifilm’s X series and Sony’s Alpha are smaller bodies with interchangable lenses.

They suggest taking a wide-angle, telephoto and zoom lenses. But you may be able to capture most scenes with a fixed focal length lens (Prime) . They suggest a 50mm lens for general use and a 35 mm for landscapes, street scenes and architecture and a 85 mm for portaits.

Wildlife photography needs a 300mm or 600mm.

Keep a uv filter on your lens to protect it.

Take The Iceland Pledge…

http://www.inspiredbyiceland.com

Iceland is promoting responsible tourism.  Iceland has seen visitor numbers rise and promoting responsible tourism helps preserve the natural habitat that visitors go to Iceland to see.

We promote Iceland campervan and motorhome rental so are pleased to promote this too.  @campervans.com

Iceland campervan rental.

WE have taken the Iceland Pledge

Will you?

 

Finland The Archipelago Trail

Finland: the Archipelago Trail

Finland has the largest archipelago in the world.  Follow this trail via road, bridges and ferry to see old wooden houses, lighthouses, old buildings and spectacular scenery.

You can explore other islands by sea taxi.

Finland archipelago campsite
Finland archipelago campsite

There are over 20,000 islands in the Turku archipelago.

The Finnish Tourist Board offer a free touring map.  See it here

The trail starts in the city of Turku and you travel about 250kms if you want to complete the full route.  You can comfortable travel the trail from the end of May to the end of August.  It is open in the winter months too but you may have to back-track on some legs.

There are many campsites along the route.  Here is a copy of the map.

Finland’s legal concept of everyman’s right gives everyone the chance to enjoy outdoor pursuits, and the freedom of the country’s vast forests and fells, and many lakes and rivers, with few restrictions. Public access to private land is much wider in Finland, and the other Nordic countries, than in most other countries.

Details of “Everyman’s Rights” can be found here.

You’ll find more information and other touring routes in Finland here:

Tour the Turko archipelago in a motorhome
Tour the Turko archipelago in a motorhome
Silta Finland Turka archipelago
Silta Finland Turka archipelago
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Maisema_Finland

Where Do You Want to Collect your Campervan from?

Where Do You Want to Collect your Campervan from?

Depot locations for campervan and motorhome rental
Where shall I collect my Motorhome from?

This is one of the most frequent replies I make from emails that clients send to me.

They include the dates and number of people travelling but I need more than that.

I do need to know the age of the driver.  In some cases, although not all, the driver needs to be over 25.  This is not the case in all countries though.

In many you can hire at 21.  You must hold a credit card in your name in all cases.

Motorhome rental.
Hire a campervan or motorhome.

One way hires are more expensive and in Europe there is an extra charge applied on the basis of Euro1.00 for every 1km between the pick up and drop off depots.

This is because the hire supplier will have to send someone to pick it up and return it to its original destination.

One way hires in Canada, USA and Australia and New Zealand are usually a fixed charge and this is often waived if the hire is for longer than 21 days.

One way hires often take longer to approve as the release of a vehicle is at the discretion of the fleet manager and they work out where the vehicle has to be for the next customer to rent it out.  Also, where that vehicle is before your hire.

Family holidays in a campervan.
Family holidays in a campervan.

There are hundreds of points of collection on our website and these are displayed below. This is correct at time of publishing.  We do change these from time to time.

The full address of each depot is listed on our website. If you click on the “make a booking” button you will see the address on the same page where the summary of all the charges are made.  (You don’t have to input your payment details to see the summary.)

All the depot locations are listed on this link:

Campervan and Motorhome Rental locations by Country

If you click on any of the names of the country you can select a drop down menu to see the depot locations for them individually.

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Belgium

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Botswana campervan and 4×4 rental.

Canada RV rental and campervan hire

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Croatia motorhome rental

Finland motorhome rental

France motorhome hire

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Germany campervan hire

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Hungary motorhome rental

Iceland campervan and motorhome hire

Ireland campervan and motorhome rental.

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Italy campervan and motorhome hire

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Mozambique 4 x 4 camper rental and motorhome hire

Namibia 4 x 4 rental and motorhome hire.

Netherlands campervan and motorhome rental.

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New Zealand campervan and motorhome hire.

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Norway campervan and motorhome rental.

Portugal campervan and motorhome rental.

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South Africa campervan and motorhome rental.

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Spain campervan and motorhome rental.

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Sweden campervan and motorhome rental.

Switzerland campervan and motorhome rental.

Tanzania campervan and motorhome rental.

United Kingdom campervan and motorhome rental.

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USA campervan and motorhome rental.

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Zambia campervan and motorhome rental.

Zimbabwe 4 x 4, campervan and motorhome rental.

 

Driving Routes in Belgium

Exploring the internet and checking out tourist board guides, I have found the following driving route suggestions in Belgium.  They are not comprehensive and I would welcome additional suggestions.

This first suggestion is from the Rough Guide website.Rough Guide to Belgium

“Belgium’s southern reaches are a striking contrast to the crowded, industrial north, for it’s here in the south that the cities give way to the rugged wilderness landscapes of the Ardennes. Beginning in France, the Ardennes stretches east across Luxembourg and Belgium before continuing on into Germany, covering three Belgian provinces en route – Namur in the west, Luxembourg in the south and Liège in the east. The highest part, lying in the German-speaking east of the country, is the Hautes Fagnes (the High Fens), an expanse of windswept heathland that extends from Eupen to Malmédy. But this is not the Ardennes’ most attractive or popular corner, which lies further west, its limits roughly marked by Dinant, La Roche-en-Ardenne and Bouillon. This region is given character and variety by its river valleys: deep, wooded canyons, at times sublimely and inspiringly beautiful, reaching up to high green peaks. The Ardennes’ cave systems are also a major pull, especially those in the Meuse, Ourthe and Lesse valleys, carved out over the centuries by underground rivers that have cut through and dissolved the limestone hills, leaving stalagmites and stalactites in their wake.

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The obvious gateway to the most scenic portion of the Ardennes is Namur, strategically sited at the junction of the Sambre and Meuse rivers, and well worth a visit in its own right. The town’s pride and joy is its massive, mostly nineteenth-century citadel – once one of the mightiest fortresses in Europe – but it also musters a handful of decent museums, some good restaurants and (for the Ardennes) a lively bar scene. From Namur you can follow the Meuse by train down to Dinant, a pleasant – and very popular – journey, before going on to explore the Meuse Valley south of Dinant by boat or taking a canoe up the narrower and wilder River Lesse. From Dinant, routes lead east into the heart of the Ardennes – to workaday Han-sur-Lesse, surrounded by undulating hills riddled with caves, to prettier Rochefort, and to St-Hubert, with its splendid Italianate basilica. The most charming of the towns hereabouts, however, are La Roche-en-Ardenne to the northeast, a rustic, hardy kind of place, pushed in tight against the River Ourthe beneath wooded hills and renowned for its smoked ham and game; and Bouillon, a picturesque little place whose narrow streets trail alongside the River Semois beneath an ancient castle. Bouillon is situated close to the French frontier, on the southern periphery of the Belgian Ardennes and within easy striking distance of some of the region’s most dramatic scenery, along the valley of the Semois.

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If you’re visiting the eastern Ardennes, the handiest starting point is big and gritty Liège, an industrial sprawl from where it’s a short hop south to the historic resort of Spa and the picturesque town of Stavelot, with its marvellous carnival. You can use Spa or Stavelot as bases for hiking or canoeing into the surrounding countryside and to venture into the Hautes Fagnes, though the attractive little town of Malmédy is slightly nearer.”

Read more: http://www.roughguides.com/destinations/europe/belgium/ardennes/#ixzz3yXzxmE66

Brussels

Eastern Belgium is also covered in this guide:

Tourist information for Eastern Belgium:

Belgium, easily accessible from the UK and perfect for a short break, is a land of contrasts. The bustling cosmopolitan city of Brussells, the great port of Antwerp, the medieval gem that is Bruges, are perhaps best known, but Mons, Tournai, Ghent, Liege and Ieper all have something to offer. The flat lands of the north give way to rolling hills and woods which in turn rise to the lovely and unspoilt Ardennes region, perfect for walking cycling and canoeing amongst deep valleys and wooded hilltops. In the far south east is the lovely Duchy of Luxembourg, where the hills of the Ardennes extend to the outskirts of the city, which is well worth visiting in itself.

Map of Eastern Belgium

Towns and places of interest in Belgium and Luxembourg:
Click the place names to book hotels at great prices.

The Ardennes
The Ardennes comprise almost half of Belgium. Beautiful wooded hillsides plunge into deep ravines riddled with caves. Small towns and villages shelter under steep hillsides. Rivers wind their way through undulating countryside. Wonderful walks are everywhere, never difficult but always rewarding. Canoeing, boating and mountain-biking are popular, and cross-country skiing in winter.

Namur
Namur is the gateway to the very lovely western Ardennes. The town is dominated by a magnificent citadel – reached by cable car – posesses some good museums, and the narrow streets close to the river house some excellent restaurants and lively bars. Near the town is the Abbaye de Floreffe. Travel by boat from Namur to Dinant, surrounded by steep cliffs and with a citadel of its own. Enjoy the wild scenery of the nearby river Lesse by canoe, or visitRochefort, situated amongst perhaps the most beautiful scenery in the Ardennes with ample opportunity for walking, canoeing and mountain-biking.

The Ardennes
La Roche-en-Ardennes is a beautiful and romantic town, topped by a ruined castle and surrounded by hills. Good restaurants and bars make this an excellent base for the wonderful countryside around, where all levels of walking, mountain-biking and canoeing take place. Further southwest isSt Hubert, deep in the forest and an excellent centre for easy walking. Visit the nearby Euro Space Centre and the Parc a Gibier animal park. Bouillon, close to the French border, has a superb castle, an interesting museum, several decent restaurants, and is a great centre for exploring the wild and lovely Semois valley and wooded hills. The forests and hills continue all the way to the border with Luxembourg.

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Liege is a large industrial city but is the gateway to the eastern Ardennes, the main town being Stavelot, with pretty streets and an abbey. Here also is Spa, supposedly the first health resort in the world. Further east is theHautes Fagnes, a wild and open heathland plateau.

Luxembourg
Luxembourg is more than just its city. The rocky hills of the Ardennes extend into the Duchy, and there are more than 130 chateaux and castles. The scenery is lovely, ranging from the Ardennes to the gentler slopes of the river Moselle in the southeast, flanked with vineyards. Luxembourg city enjoys a spectacular setting, straddling the green gorges of two rivers. Visit the Old Town on the upper plateau and enjoy the sturdy ruins of its fortifications. Descend by elevator or steps to the valley floor. Eat at the many good restaurants and take in the lively clubs and bars.

There are several round trips for bikers that offer good sight-seeing routes too on

Best routes for bikers

There are other websites that give good routes but they are few and far between, especially for motorhomes and campervans.

There is a new publication due out in March 16f called All the Aires Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg that lists the motorhome stopovers.

Campsite guide Campsites in Belgium

Find the perfect Aire in France

Find the perfect Aire in France

Heading for France in your motorhome and want to know the best places to stay without breaking the bank? Vicarious Media has just the ticket in the form of All the Aires France, available in a North and South edition. Each guide has 304 A4, full colour pages, with 12 Aires detailed at once. Those places that have closed in the past 12 months are marked with the letter X on the included fold-out, sheet map. Also, Aires on the motorway are marked with letters. If you order both books or just one book, you get one map. The mapping is also printed on the inside front and back covers of both volumes to provide a quick reference. Each map has the north of France on one side and the south on the other.

The full range of features in the two guides includes:

• 3,034 inspected and photographed Aires throughout FranceIf you're heading south, these are the place to go
• New larger A4 format featuring 12 Aires per double page
• One foldout planning map included
• 1,272 Aires re-inspected and 334 new Aires added to guide
• Detailed information about parking facilities and any charges
• Directions, considering the best approach for motorhomes
• Coordinates in GPS format
• Symbols key also in French, German, Spanish and Italian
• 765 LPG stations listed with GPS co-ordinates

You can purchase both volumes together for £24.99 at the Vicarious Shop, or separately for £15 each.

courtesy MMM magazine

campervan hire in France www.campervans.com

Campsite Finder UK and Europe

Campsite finder UK and Europe

Campsite Finder
http://www.outandaboutlive.co.uk/Campsite-Finder/

Search over 6,000 campsites and holiday parks in the UK and Europe for motorhomes, caravans, tents and holiday homes.

This is also the home of the Premier Parks group – a collection of the finest parks across the British Isles.