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    This years family hol involves me driving to our rented French farmhouse. I have got the Sat Nav disc but the one thing I am worried about are the Toll Roads. Last year had a rented car from Biarrritz and only did short run to our campsite but had to use 2 toll roads I think the first was a flat fee one it was only about 60 cents the second one appeared to be tell em where your going and they didnt speak English so I guessed and handed over a few euros.
    This year its calais-hotel 1 night-farmhouse and farmhouse-calais coming home. Could someone explain how the main toll roads work? I did find a french route-planning site that suggests the total cost will be about 30 euros.

    At least my honeymoon is in Wales and doesn't involve any tolls (cue the sarcasm)

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    Firstly if you use the severn bridge ( which you will if you're going to South Wales ) then you WILL pay a toll.

    I presume you're going to God's little acre or Swansea and The Gower as it's more commonly known .

    Now for France.

    Go on viamichelin.com and look for the route finder. It will tell you distance, time and price for both tolls and fuel ( just put your car details in first ). You may ask for fastest , shortest, avoid tolls etc. It even tells you the toll for each part of the road you're on - although check just before you go incase it's been increased. I print this out and find it the best for France as is their road atlas.

    You can also go into your sat nav menu and ask for toll-free routes etc. I still look at the route myself and don't always go by what they say.

    For the tolls, best to go to the booth that has someone in it because if you haven't got the right money

    The tolls operate by picking up a ticket at your first 'check-in' and then either
    (A) paying here or (B) giving the ticket in at a later booth and paying a fee dependant on how far you've travelled and through what area.

    Autoroutes in the west of the country are either free or charged at a cheaper rate so as to attract people to this area.

    Where are you going to ? might be able to help with a few short cuts I've discovered over the years myself.

    Doing Boulogne - ile d'oleron myself ( at least 8 hours and £100 fuel/toll each way ) Good job the ferry was only £58

    MOST IMPORTANT. UK credit cards don't work in 99.999 % of their unmanned petrol stations unless stated ( probably about 2 or 3 in the country and they'll be near Calais ) and Diesel is much cheaper than here ( about 20% last time I went, so unless you're going on a Sunday fill up around Calais. )
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    Pembokeshire so I guess I'll beusing the Bridge!

    We are going to The Charente region expecting to do A16, A28 N10 stopping at Hotel near Alencon on the way down.

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    where, coast or inland ? don't worry , won't visit

    If you haven't been here before you MUST visit Puy Du Fou
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    Wales or France?

    Tesco vouchered the tunnel so thats a freebe!

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    Didnt think of that

    there's a petrol station as soon as you get out of tunnel - though maybe dear fuel.

    France, though pembs is lovely too ( if you like walking )

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    www.maisondhibou.freeserve.co.uk inland about 1 1/2 hrs from coast.

    I'm not too worried about refuelling too soon into France will get it when I need it. We are going on a Friday which will help.

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    If you really want to avoid paying the toll on the severn bridge, you can enter Wales by heading slightly North of Gloucester then heading towards Ross on Wye. That will get you into Wales free of charge. But it is prob a darn sight easier using the bridge if you don't know the way very well.

    I just refuse to pay to get into Wales! Not like it's a foreign country or anything!

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    If you haven't been here before you MUST visit Puy Du Fou[/quote]

    Looks good! we are planning to go to Futuroscope (more tesco vouchers)

    Anyone been?

    Would happily go Ross on Wye way but its first day of honeymoon so have other considerations

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    Looks great, the type of place we'd like, well, who wouldn't !

    must admit that I find the ' British ' owned gites to be more expensive than similar 'french' owned gites. here's one we've stayed at twice near Poitiers.
    http://www.moulinlaverre.com/

    La Rochelle is lovely but get there early as it's a pain to park after 10am. Boat trip out to Fort Boyard is good as well, we're staying on the island where that great beach is, that you can see from the boat.

    Been told Futuroscope is not for under 12's, ( if you're taking any ), by several people, looks amazing as you drive past.
    Poitiers itself was disappointing. Cognac was very pleasant on a saturday and we had a great lunch across from the tourist office that looked bland on the outside but was chocca with locals.

    Puy du Fou is a series of sit-down shows, no rides. The Ben Hur show in the collisseum and the bird show are fantastic. Again, get there early. There is a night show on friday/saturdays in the summer 10pm - 1am with a cast of 900 locals but you have to book in advance for this.

    There is also a great zoo just north of Royan at La Palmyre, one of the best we've been to. Have a great time

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