Thursday, 6 October 2011 3:25 PM
The French Alps are a stunning place to go on holiday to explore with a touring caravan – imagine driving along winding roads with beautiful snowy mountain backdrops, lush forests and spectacular lakes.
When excitedly planning your itinerary, it is important you also purchase touring caravan insurance, as under French regulations you will be required to show your documents for both the vehicle and caravan.
However, there are also a number of financial benefits to having cover should something go wrong.
Once you have got this practicality out of the way, you can start deciding just what places to visit on your driving holiday through the French Alps.
What can I see in the French Alps?
Two beautiful regions make up the French Alps – Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur and Rhone Alps.
Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur includes the cities of Nice and Marseille, both of which offer plenty to see when on a caravanning holiday.
Nice is packed with museums and galleries such as the Matisse Museum, which sits on the Cimiez hill and is full of paintings and sculptures, along with other artefacts, left by artist Henri Matisse and his heirs.
With 35 beaches to choose from in Nice, you might decide to spend the day relaxing in the sun, or even try your hand at watersports. Sailing and water skiing could be what you are after, or perhaps you would prefer to take part in activities on land.
Golf, mountain biking, archery and horse riding are just some the many things you can enjoy in the city during your European road trip.
Buying caravan insurance that covers your contents, personal effects, awning and caravanning equipment is therefore a good idea. Should the worst happen and your caravan is subject to damage caused by vandalism or theft when you are away from your vehicle – or if you have items stolen – you can rest assured that your holiday budget need not be ruined.
If you drive through Rhone Alps, plenty also awaits you there. Lyon and Geneva are the major cities here and the region boasts eight nature parks. Take in the stunning scenery at your own pace, safe in the knowledge that you can get back behind the wheel at a time that suits you.
One nature park that is definitely worth a visit is the Parc de la Vanoise, which became the first national park in France in 1963.
The Rhone Alps region is also home to the world's biggest ski area, with the oldest resort being Chamonix in the northern Alps. The highest resort is Val Thorens, while Alpe d'Huez is known for its sun.
Should you have young skiers in your party, it is worth heading to Les Deux Alpes and Tignes to soak up some of the famous party atmosphere!
Don't ruin your holiday
When on holiday in the French Alps, you will want nothing to ruin your mood – or damage your finances.
This is why it is important to obtain caravan insurance quotes well ahead of your departure date so you have a policy in place before you set off. Having to fork out for repairs could put an early end to your break – something you definitely will not want happening in this amazing part of the world.
Once you have this sorted, you can start planning which national parks to gawp at and which ski slopes you want to hit!