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2017 Alpine Trip

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22nd - 30th July. Route all planned out.

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Firstly, links to the 2014 trip and 2016 trip ;)

 

 

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Where we going?

Starting at the Bourg-Saint-Maurice, touching Northern Italy before heading into Switzerland to tackle the "Ring" then into Austria.  After the Grossglockner in Austria we finally end up at BMW Welt.

When?

22nd-30th July 2017

Which passes?

See posts below

Itinerary?

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Where can i stay?

Take a look here, hundreds of places to stay, to suit all budgets.

Getting to France?

You've 2 options, ferry or Eurotunnel. Eurotunnel fares are from around £20 each way (per car) and ferry can be even cheaper, but take 3 times as along. Eurotunnel are taking bookings now.

www.eurotunnel.com

Driving in France / Switzerland / Italy / Germany / Austria

Here is a list of things to take / be aware of when driving in abroad:

  • A GB sticker displayed on the back of your car, unless your vehicle has 'Europlates' that already display this information.
  • A warning triangle that you must place on the road in the event of a breakdown, to alert other drivers that you're there.
  • A high visibility jacket that you must put on before exiting the vehicle in the event of a breakdown or if you're pulled over by the police. Keep hi-vis jackets inside the passenger compartment of your vehicle, not the boot.
  • Headlamp converters, which will re-align your headlights so that they don't dazzle oncoming motorists when driving on the right.
  • From July 2012, motorists in France will be required to carry an NF-approved single-use breathalyser. Our Alcosense Single Use Breathalyser is fully NF-approved, and comes in a twin pack so you'll still be covered if you use one.
  • During the winter, snow chains must be fitted to your tyres when driving on snow-covered roads in compliance with the relevant road signs.
  • If you're travelling with children under 10, make sure you take along the correct child car seat for their age and size.
  • It's also recommended that you carry a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit to assist you in emergency situations, and a set of spare car bulbs in case you need to replace one.
  • In built-up areas in France, priority is given to vehicles coming from the right - known as "priorité a droite".
  • It's against the law to carry any radar detection equipment. If your sat nav has a speed camera detection function, you must switch it off.
  • You should use dipped headlights when driving in poor visibility during the day.
  • If you are stopped by the French police and handed a fine, you should always make sure you are given an official receipt.
  • Valid full (not provisional) driving licence
  • Driving licence paper counterpart - if you have a photocard licence
  • Vehicle registration document (V5c) - the original not a copy
  • Motor insurance certificate
  • Passport(s)
  • 112 is the European emergency call number you can dial anywhere in the European Union in case of accident, assault or in any other distress situation.

Tolls Roads

For France you can either pay as you go with credit card or Euros, or pay for a tag, which requires mounting in the windscreen. You'll then get billed the following month, and pay the toll bill via Direct Debit. See here for more details.  But for Germany, Austria and Switzerland you'll need a sticker in the windscreen.  These can be bought in advance or at service stations in the appropriate country.

https://www.saneftol...-Faq.List/#1.0.

Book your Euro Tunnel journey and get money off your French Motorway Tag:

http://www.eurotunne.../Sanef-Tolling/

Or use this link and get €5 off:

https://www.saneftol...0130708-FFEB0CC

Tolls / Vignettes for other countries can be ordered here:

https://www.tolltick...ang=en-GB&mnu=c

Where to check the status of the mountain passes?

http://www.adac.de/r...RFAATysTAGAL__#

 

More Info?

 

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Day 1

Calais -> Bourg-Saint-Maurice (630 miles)

Entirely up to you how you get there :)

And the first pass of the trip is the Col du Petit Saint-Bernard, which if you know your films, is the pass driven at the very beginning of The Italian Job.

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Day 2

Bourg-Saint-Maurice -> Furka Pass (259 miles)

Day 2 sees us leave Italy behind as we tackle Switzerland, where we can find passes such as, Col du Grans Saint Bernard, Nufenenpass, Saint Gotthard Pass, Furka Pass, Susten Pass, etc.

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Day 3

Furka Pass -> Hauptstrasse (67 miles)

Day 3 is a kinda rest day, as we'll be taking the legendary Furka Pass Steam Railway to Oberwald, a chance to relax and unwind after 2 days of hard driving.  There is one pass to tackle though, en route to the next hotel.

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Day 4

Hauptstrasse  -> Bolzano (212 miles)

Today sees us get back to the driving and move from Switzerland to Italy and the Dolomite region, passes to be tackled?  The Julierpass, Passo del Bernina, Passo di Gavia and the Stelvio.

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Day 5

Bolzano -> Ovaro (211 miles)

Day 5 sees us stay firmly in Italy and do one pass after another after another :)  Too many to list them all, but includes Passo Gardena, Passo Campolongo, Pordoi Pass, etc

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Day 6

Ovaro -> Munich (205 miles)

We leave Italy behind and head towards Germany, but not without cutting across Austria and the famous Grossglockner pass.  When we drove this pass last year, it was so busy, you could barely move in parts.  It's a massive location though, huge car parks, beer and shops.

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Additional post?  Not sure.

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Day 7

Munich -> Stuttgart (135 miles) (TBC)

Day 7 is a rest day, as we take a guided tour of BMW Welt.  After we start to head home via a stop over in Stuttgart (TBC) and our first chance to hit the limiter on the cars on the limit free Autobahn.

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Day 8

Stuttgart -> Calais (446 miles)

Continuing our journey home and once again chance to take advantage of the limit free Autobahn.

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Info for first 3 days updated :)

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Yup, i like to think so. Will post up the other days soon.

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All days are updated :)

Anybody and everybody is welcome.  I've already booked my eurotunnel crossing and hotels.  Hotel information can be provided if you want to tag along.

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Sam   

MJN you bugger. Sounds marvellous! Was really keen on the last one, but with work it didn't work out.

Can you answer the following:

total miles? total cost of tolls? total cost of trip (excluding fuel, as it varies)?

How many are going and what kind of metal? Do you have a full map, err, mapped out?

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13 minutes ago, Sam said:

MJN you bugger. Sounds marvellous! Was really keen on the last one, but with work it didn't work out.

Can you answer the following:

total miles? total cost of tolls? total cost of trip (excluding fuel, as it varies)?

How many are going and what kind of metal? Do you have a full map, err, mapped out?

Total miles this time round, i think it adds up to about 2200 plus your mileage from home to Dover / Folkstone.

Tolls? Minimal for the east of France and coming back will be through Germany and Belgium, so no tolls. Toll tag for Switzerland is about €38, Austria is about €10 for 10 day pass, German "emissions" stick about €7.

Hotels are costing around €100 per night, including breakfast. That is 3 of us in a family room.

Diesel is cheap abroad.

Just two cars going at the moment, my 335d and the GF's 330d.

Full route planned out and already downloaded to car.

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I'll post overview shortly 

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Get saving :)

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MICK 330   

mjn, 

What a trip! Awesome!

Just aint got time to do it :mad:  

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Gotta make time for these kinda things :)

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