We sail from Dover to Calais on the 7 AM ferry and need to be at check-in no later than 6 AM. Please ensure you refuel in Dover before boarding the ferry. Russ will be waiting for you to assist with check-in if needed, and on the ferry, we will meet for a briefing and to issue 2-way radios. After disembarking the ferry in Calais, we have a 6-hour journey to Beaune where we will spend our first night of camping.
We Have another 6-hour journey to Niece, where we will be camping next to the Mediterranean sea.
We buy provisions and head into the Alps for the first proper day of your holiday. We will skirt the Italian border as we head to the Vesubie campsite near St Martin.
Today we will be heading towards Col du Parpallion via the Col de la Bonetta, the route of the Tour de France to our wild camping destination.
We drive to Claviere on the Italian border to our next campsite.
We cross the border into Italy and drive on to our next campsite at Suza.
We travel to Val D’isere via Lac du Mount Cenis on the Hannibal Trail to our next campsite at Col de L’iseran.
We drive the mountain passes to Valloire, passing castles and ski resorts to our next campsite.
We spend the whole day at the famous Valloire 4×4 show, acclaimed to be the best show of its kind in Europe. You can book an off-road tour around Valloire, spend your day wandering around the show or explore the town. The whole town is taken over for the show, and there is lots you can do, the choice is entirely yours.
Today we head for Dijon via Col du Galibier, another stunning Tour de France route, to our campsite for the night.
We travel back to Calais to catch the ferry to Dover.
You will need…
- International Driving Permit for France (1968) and Italy 1949 (they are different). You can get them from your main post office.
- European Assistance for your vehicle and holiday and medical insurance.
- V5 & MOT Certificate originals (if the V5 is in your company name you will need a letter from the company authorising you to drive it).
- Green card/vehicle insurance
- European Travel kit
- Spares for your vehicle such as U/J’s, fuel filter, air filter, drive belt, oils for transmission/diffs and any known item that is known to be a problem with your model. For example, in-tank fuel pump on a TD5 Defender. Try and get on a sale or return basis from your local dealer.
- Good roof or ground tent (we can hire you a RV3 Oz-Tent)
- All-season sleeping (temp can drop at night)
- Cooking and camping gear, for example, table chairs, fridge or cool box (cool boxes drain a lot of power). I have a 52-litre fridge as a backup, all-weather clothing, including winter clothing hats, gloves, coat, summer clothing and everything in between
Ardventures’s lead vehicles carry extra fuel, water, tools, recovery/winch equipment so that you don’t have to. We also provide 2-way handheld radios, a compressor, puncture repair kit and diagnostics for Landrovers and Jeeps and an emergency tracker response SPOT Rescue unit.