Europe offers travellers an opportunity to enjoy dramatic landscapes, quaint traditional villages, centuries of history and a variety of cultures. Motorhome tours of Europe allow travellers to enjoy the open road and see more attractions along the way. Motorhome travellers have a variety of options when planning a European journey, from guided caravan tours to independent motorhome camping.
Euro Motorhome Tours offers chauffeur-driven motorhome tours throughout Europe. Tour operators make all travel arrangements, and guests can choose custom destinations and routes. Rates range from £542 to £734 per week, plus fuel costs.
GB Privilege offers a variety of escorted tours for guests travelling with their own motorhomes. Tours range from 5-day getaways to 6-week extended journeys. Tours can include the Provence region of France, Switzerland or special seasonal journeys, such as a Christmas market tour.
European Motorhome Tours offers 30- to 37-day motorhome tours to countries throughout Europe. Tours include a fully equipped motorhomes, and guests travel in caravans of 12 motorhomes or less.
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Independent tours allow travellers to choose their own destinations and routes, and travel at their own pace. Independent journeys allow more freedom but require more research and travel arrangements from travellers, such as motorhome purchase or rental, campsite arrangements and route planning.
Obtaining a Motorhome
A variety of companies rent or lease motorhomes, including Abimo Motorhomes in Belgium, DRM in Germany and Northern Leisure in the United Kingdom. Travelers also have the option to purchase a motorhome from a European dealer, with a buy-back option. This allows travellers to enjoy a European journey, while avoiding the problems associated with selling the motorhome at the end of the tour.
European campgrounds range from basic sites to more feature-rich campgrounds, with bars, tennis courts, restaurants, swimming pools and shopping facilities. The majority of campgrounds in Europe include showers, bathrooms and electrical and sewage hookups. Rates vary, and, typically, a charge applies for each adult and child staying overnight in the motorhome.
The majority of motorhomes purchased, rented or leased in Europe will include a propane tank to operate heaters, hot water tanks and refrigerators. Electric heaters can reduce heating costs by preserving propane at campsites with electrical hookups. Wi-Fi Internet service is not common at campgrounds in Europe; however, travellers with laptops can find Wi-Fi Internet service at cafes and libraries in larger European cities.
ACSI Camping Card
The Camping Card International, also referred to as ACSI Camping Card or CARNET, can offer a savings for motorhome travellers at campgrounds throughout Europe. More than 1,800 campgrounds accept the card and offer campsite rates of £11 to £14 per night for card members.
Motorhome travellers can obtain free point-to-point travel directions online using Google's mapping services. Michelin's website offers free point-to-point route planning, along with weather, restaurant, sightseeing and hotel information. Rand McNally offers traditional folding maps of European countries, cities and regions.
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