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EUROPEAN TOURING COSTS

For an updated table for recent trips 2010 to 2013 click here

We have often been asked how much our trips to Europe cost so below I have added a breakdown of the various costs in GB pounds for each trip. 

Since we retired we have taken trips for about two months from May to July each year.

The total holiday cost includes everyday food costs which we would spend at home anyway. We rarely eat out in restaurants etc but we occasionally treat ourselves to attractions such as cable cars, museums and boat trips. We also take maybe the equivalent of one week's worth of food from the UK.

ACSI sites are those listed in their Camping card low season discount scheme which have given us considerable savings against normal site fees. We tend not to use electric hookups except where it is included in the site fee as at the ACSI sites. 

Some aires we have listed as free had a 1/2 charge for fresh water, grey water disposal and electric hookups which we rarely use. Others charge an all in fee which may include services or an extra fee for water etc. Over the years we have found the number of totally free aires has reduced considerably. 

Installation of a 6Kg (11 litre) Gaslow refillable LPG cylinder has saved us a considerable cost, although the installation was around 200, but we consider it was worth it for the convenience.
With our new motorhome we have replaced the 6Kg Gaslow bottle with an 11Kg (21 litres net)bottle with a Calor 6Kg as a reserve. 

2005 tour   Auvergne, Jura and Alsace in France, Tuscany, Umbria, Marche and Lakes in Italy
2006 tour   Slovenia via Bavaria, Germany, Dolomites and Lakes in Italy and French Alps
2007 tour   Western France, the Pyrenees and Northern Spain 
2008 tour  Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary 
2009 tour  France, Switzerland, Italian Lakes, Auvergne France
2010 tour France Provence and Brittany
2011 tour  France Spain and Portugal

Year

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Total Mileage  5582 5730 4495 4352 3964 4000 4370
Fuel gallons / mpg 198 / 28 204 / 28 168 / 27 150 / 29 146 / 27 142 / 28 160 / 27
Fuel cost 633 603 574 776 590 634 770
Europe Camping
Total nights away/cost 58/330 51/289 54/237 56/449 58/374 57/248 56/513
Nights on campsites /fees 38/320 30/253 23/201 29/355 31/354 20/204  37/510
min /
max site fee paid
4.60 / 17.20 3.20 / 17.20 5.50 /
12.75
 2.84 / 21.75 6.55 /
17.50
8.10 /
16.75
5.30 /
28.80
nights on ACSI sites 16 20 8 14 21 9 11
Aires, Stellplatz, Aree di Sosta
Nights on aires, stellplatz & wildcamps / cost 20/10 21/36 31/36 27/ 94 25/20 37/44 19/3.10
min /
max fee
3.45 / 5.85 3.40 / 6.80 2.40 /
5.14
2.40 / 9.50 1.70 /
6.90
2.75 /
9.20
0/3.10
free nights (wild) 17 (3) 17 (4) 22 (1) 10 (1) 22 (3) 27 (0) 18 (12)
LPG
LPG refills 
Litres 
cost
Gaz 907
15? 
65 
Gaslow
28 12.50 
Gaslow
30 
 14
Gaslow
33 
19
Gaslow
40 
 21
Gaslow
66
37
Gaslow
34
25
 
Ferries Dover/ Dunkirk return
unless stated
88 73 68 135
Harwich - Hook
out 105 
Newhaven - Dieppe 
ret 29 Dover  - Calais 
65
P&O
Dover - Calais
52 P&O Dover Calais

419 Brittany Bilbao Portsmouth

Total Holiday Cost 1299 1343 1027 2094     1769
  1 = 69p 1 = 68p 1 = 68p 1 = 79p 1 = 86p 1 = 90p 1 = 88p

page updated 30 Sep 2013

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