Given the fact that there are a number of options to drive to France from the UK, it is understandable that driving holidays and adventures in France are very popular. However, it may be that you decide to head to France on your own accord and then hire a car over there. There are many different driving routes and holidays to choose from in France, and you may be better off leaving your car at home. Hiring a car for a French adventure will give you the opportunity to find a spacious car that is comfortable for all of your touring party and it will minimise the amount of miles you put on your own car. No matter what route you take, you may end up clocking up a lot of miles in an attempt to see the very best of what France has to offer.
La Route des Crêtes
This is a stunning route with a great deal to recommend it. You will see The Vosages, a mountain range which previously formed a boundary between France and Germany. There is a thick forest around this mountain range, which is similar in look and feel to the Black forest of Germany. This route also takes you close to the Rhine, offering the opportunity to stop off and explore. If you take the Crest Road, you will travel through a mountain, with the route being carved through the peaks of the local area. This is an excellent area to tour with plenty of cheese regions and hiking routes on offer, handy for people who want to experience a wide range of what France has to offer.
La Côte d’Or
While being far from the longest driving route in France, at just over 40 miles and stretching between Dijon and Santenay, this is a route that will be adored by peo0ple that love wine. This may not be the best temptation to have when you are taking part in a direct car hire adventure but with careful planning and swapping of drivers, you will find that everyone can enjoy the local produce and vintages. This tour will pass you through areas like Marsannay-la-Côte, Gevrey-Chambertin, Vosne-Romanée, Nuits-St-Georges, Beaune and many more.
The Gorges of the Ardèche
While this is a road that can be travelled in a day, even with a few stops and walking tours thrown in along the way, it is worth it for the views of the stunning waterway. The path that has been marked out in the canyon has led to this region being described as the Grand Canyon of France and there are plenty of caves and grottos for adventurous explores to check out and view. You will need to have your camera ready for a trip to this part of the country as there are many stunning sights and unique areas.
La Route des Grandes Alpes
When it comes to versatility, and stunning views with some of the most panoramic sights you will see in Europe, taking a trip to the French Alps is highly recommended. Reaching the base of Mont Blanc will leave you in no doubt as to the effort and drive shown by the people who have scaled this mountain but there are many stunning sights such as glaciers and mountain passes. Your time on this route can be as long or as short as you like and there are a number of towns and ski resorts to be found along the way.
You can 2whizz through the region in 2 days or you can enjoy it at a more leisurely pace. With areas like Chamonix and Avoriaz in this area, there is no need to rush your journey. If you are looking to take this journey, you should be aware that there are some parts of the route which are only open at the height of summer. If you are touring France at the peak of the summer tourist season, this won’t be a problem but it could be an issue if you are looking to head abroad at other times of the year.