We recently took Sydney a VW T5 Campervan across the water to France for a couple of days in Paris and then headed up to Euro Disney in our camper.
The ferry crossing from Dover to Calais was only about 90 mins, so barely time to grab a coffee and the French coastline was in sight. After disembarking the 180 mile trip towards Paris seemed easy – by then we had covered several miles that day, before arriving at a campsite to the north of Paris which welcomed campervans and campers alike.
On our first day we headed off to climb the Eiffel Tower, it was a crisp clear morning and we waited amongst the crowds at the base for about an hour before we made the ascent.
We were lucky that the skies were beautifully clear and we got a fantastic view across the city of Paris and the surrounding area, picking out most of the tourist destinations that we planned on squeezing into our few days. We were up the Eiffel during the day, but the view of the city after dark must be stunning. The whole trip up the Tower was like a big adventure for our two children who wanted to explore every corner and ride every lift!
Just a short walk from the Eiffel Tower we managed to pick up a river cruise taking us around the sights of Paris from The Seine. The cruise was a great way to see many of the famous and spectacular monuments that Paris has to offer including Le Grand Palais, Le Louvre and La Cathedral Notre Dame.
We headed back to the campsite and settled there for the evening, planning our next day in the city. Off bright and early, we headed off to Le Louvre to see the Mona Lisa. The Musée du Louvre is current in the midst of its Pyramid Project where they have created a number of spectacular glass pyramids throughout the building.
With so much amazing art and sculpture this is a “must see” monument in the centre of the city – the silence throughout the museum becomes more of a hustle and bustle as you reach the area housing the Mona Lisa. The busy through were keen to gain their own glimpse of the world famous artwork, with family shots and selfies being endlessly taken of the enigmatic lady herself.
With so many different exhibits to look at time soon ran away and keen to make the most of our day we headed off to L’Arc De Triomphe at the western end of the Champs Elysees linking old and new Paris – the area was dripping with jewellery and designer clothes outlets. We were limited for time but tripped through the subway to get up close to the monument, though would have liked to of understood more by perhaps taking the guided tour. Our time was unfortunately running out in Paris, it was time to get back to the campervan and head off to see Mickey Mouse and friends.
We made good time to Euro Disney and set up camp there for a couple of nights, the campervan parking is pretty much on the park, so once we had arrived there was no more driving for our campervan for a couple of days.We made the most of our two day passes and did Disney from morning til night, cramming the days with roller coasters, train rides, theme shows and more.
To some people’s disappointment “It’s a Small World” was closed but everything else was running at full speed. We stayed into the evening to watch the procession lit up by its colourful floats and all the Disney characters doing their turn. On the first night we stayed late and watched the brilliant firework display that they put on every night. We returned the next day to do film studio tour taking in more rides and special effects provided by the movie makers. We ran out of time at the end of the second day with more than a few things still on the to do list.
A campervan trip is a great way to explore France and easy to drive around Paris plus a fun, cheap way to visit Euro Disney. See the whole fleet here and find out more about our holiday campervan hire service.