Routes to southern France
easily accessible hotels
from Calais to Paris, Languedoc, central southern France or northeast
Easily accessible hotels
|Quality 3 or
4-star classic independent hotels
|Upscale chains such
as Mercure or Holiday Inn
|Midscale chains such as Campanile, Kyriad or Ibis
|Budget hotels - 1 star or 2 stars.
Ace, Ibis Budget,
F1 and others
clusters: more than one hotel of
Overnight stops on the way...
listed on this
have been carefully
these are hotels that are close to the exit, easy to find,
and not located
in noisy industrial zones.
► Click any coloured marker on the map
a info box will show up with details of the easy to find hotel
in that location. Click
the link in the info box to book online at best
rates. Links on the map take you
to the hotels' own websites or other booking sites,
NB: "Close to the exit" does not mean noisy. All these
modern hotels are well insulated and soundproofed.
and hold to move the map around in its frame
to avoid the tolls?
: Slow roads through
- Discover a leisurely route down through France on tranquil
byroads, taking in attractive small towns and villages, magnificent
châteaux, forests, historic abbeys, valleys and mountains. A
guide in three parts.
Leave Calais on the A16
motorway following signs for Boulogne
The motorway is a toll-motorway from Boulogne to Abbeville
Just before Abbeville, take the free A28
motorway to Rouen
is sometimes a bit slow, but this is the only bit of hassle on the
route, and the route is well signposted.
At the entrance to Rouen the A28
on down through the tunnel, then across the Seine. (The Pont Mathilde
bridge, closed from 2012 to 2014, has now reopened). Immediately after
the Seine, turn 270° right, following signs for Paris and Evreux
Evreux & Orleans .You will join the A13 motorway south
About 10 km south or Rouen, leave the A13 motorway for the A154
motorway, which then becomes the N154
almost to Dreux
, you have about 10 km on the N12
(straightforward, old-style dual carriageway, sometimes busy). At the
start of the town, leave the N12 following the signs for Chartres
all modern dual-carriageway as far as Chartres
Chartres, about a third of the remaining 40 km of N154 as far as the
motorway is now motorway-standard dual-carriageway. A new 8km
stretch was opened in May 2013. Traffic normally flows freely on the
remaining relatively straight single-carriageway sections as far as the
After joining the joining the A10
motorway all the way. At Orleans, the motorway divides and you have
are three possible choices :
(for Languedoc and Spain) via A71
This route is not recommended for cars with heavy caravans or in
as the A75
Clermont Ferrand has - as well as the Millau Viaduct
(toll) - several long steep hills, and a long stretch at up to
1100 metres altitude, that can be snowed up in winter.
the Dordogne, central southwest France) via the A20
This motorway is free from Vierzon until after Brive la Gaillarde.
southwest France and western Spain), via A10 (toll).
At Orleans, the A71+A20
At Vierzon, south of Orleans, the