The UEFA Euro league is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the international football calendar as it’s the main run up for the UEFA Champions League. The tickets for the matches can range anywhere between €25 to €895 meaning it can really add up when you include things like flights, hotels (if you can find one), travel expensive such as baggage and then the obvious smaller things like food and drink.
The flights to the final match match in Saint Dennis are due to fly up in demand and therefore price and the hotels average out at around 720 Euros (based on a three night minimum stay) for the Saint Dennis Final because the demand means the hotels can afford to add minimum stays to make people stay longer and pay more. This means that your UEFA Euro Experience can spark costs in the range of 2-4 thousand Euros per person after various taxes and expenses. So why not consider a motor home and save Thousands on your football experience with friends or family?
You can take our motorhomes away for a whole week and make the journey in your own time on the open road from between £995 and £1895, depending on your choice of motorhome. Even with the additional costs of food and drink on your journey and your ferry fee (£90 return.) your entire motorhome for a week can come costing less than the hotel if you travelled by plane. Then the added benefit of extra people only costing minimal amounts in comparison, it is well worth at least looking into with priory rentals.
Saint Dennis – Stade De France
Saint Dennis is a village that has became part of the greater Paris region as the city grew. It’s 10km north of the Paris city centre putting it very much within the city life. This city is where the opening ceremony and the first game of the tournament will be held along with the final match. This means that if you want to experience the UEFA Europa in its fullest then you’d be better off at this venue. Although the tickets can come at a slightly higher price.
Stade De Dennis is going to be the stadium used for the opening ceremony, opening match, semi finals and the actual finals. This makes this stadium one of the key vocal points when it comes to the UEFA Europa League. The stadium is the fifth largest in Europe and was originally the French world cup stadium. It is now used by the National French Football Team for home games and is the biggest stadium in France by around a 30,000 seat lead.
If you are into your music then you may have seen some of the larger names on the music scene at this stadium, people like U2, Rolling Stones, Jay Z, Cold Play and Eminem and so on. The stadium used to be used for large international rugby games and high-end domestic football matches. However, recently there have been talks of the French Rugby Federation getting their own stadium and leaving this one which means that it will only be used solely for football.
The Camp Sites
The Camping Hutopia offers camping in a forest setting in the large village/small town of Versailles. This means you can take your caravan and set up camp in the tranquil area just outside the city yet get to all the action with a small Metro ride from “Pont De Servres.” The Metro comes every 8 minutes and runs there and back until around 1.30AM on a weekend and 12.30 AM on a weekday meaning you have plenty of time to explore the city.
The camp site its self has drinking areas, a heated pool, bus routes into the town of Versailles and lots of other attractions for you if you aren’t at the football that day and want to make the most of your journey. There are also the nearby tourist places like the many museums in Versailles and the palace along with the whole of Paris being only a stone’s throw away.
The journey its self takes roughly 8-9 hours depending on traffic. This includes the obvious break of crossing the channel. Also, as it’s in your own time you can have a rest from your journey anywhere on the route and spend the night as the channel tunnel offers a flexible day early or day late travel service (where available). The journey has the option of passing through the city centre of Paris. However, we would advise taking the slightly longer secondary route just to avoid taking a camper van through the tight streets of Paris.
Marseille – Stade Velodrome
Marseille is a coastal city on the warmer southern coast of France sitting right on the north shore of the exotic Mediterranean sea. This gives it the features of an all out sun loving holiday while still having a city wide focus on live culture and domestic football. The cities football team won the UEFA Champions League Cup in 1993 and has made the UEFA Champions League Finals in 1991, 1999 and 2004. This makes this prestigious team and stadium perfect for holding the Semi Finals of the UEFA Europa Cup.
This is another stadium that was a venue in the 1998 world cup. Its home to the Olympique de-Marseille football team and was opened in 1937. It holds 67,300 people within the grounds, although the stadium has never reached its full capacity. It is where the 1937 world cup finals were won by Italy in a 4-2 match against Hungary.
The stadium is a category 4 stadium meaning it has all of the necessities a stadium of its size and prestige should have.
Le Nostradamus is a campsite based a short journey from the city of Marseille. It’s a luxury camp site that offers motorhomes the chance to stay in the luxury camp site for around 20 Euros a night with no minimum stay period. It offers water sports, night life, swimming pools and lots of other benefits for anybody who wants to join them for a stay. The camp is perfectly situated to be away from the mass tourism of the coast but close enough to access the city so you can get to the UEFA matches with ease.
The journey its self consists of a 14 hour drive to the camp site which can be broken up with an overnight stay in a number of cities ranging from Calais, Lens, Saint-Quentin, Reims or Lyon. With the journey being so long it gives you the chance to split it into two 7 hour drives meaning you will have an evening and morning to be able to explore the city you choose or simply camp somewhere rural on the route and make the most of the infamous beauty that the French country side boasts.
Lyon – Grand Stade Ol
Lyon is an upper-class city based in central France. It boasts high-end night life, infamously amazing food and a diverse range of sporting teams ranging from one of Frances best rugby teams to Frances Olympique Lyonnais football team that has won the French championships seven times between 2002 and 2008. It’s safe to say that football is one of the key factors in this cities success and culture. As the city is so high class and culturally important it also has over 2,600 high street stores making it a bustling city where you can buy virtually anything.
The Stadium is under construction and will be complete in early 2016 allowing it to be ready just in time for the games. It is estimated it will cost between 350-450 million Euros and will be able to seat around 59,500 spectators. It is to replace the Stade de Gerland and will be home to the football club Olympique Lyonnais. It is due to hold UEFA Europa Semi Finals match so should hopefully be ready well within time to make it even better.
Camping in the Indigo Lyon is made easy with it having British speaking staff on site at all times, to be able to help communication when it matters. There is a train station next to the camp site that offers transit into the city until the early hours of the morning meaning you can enjoy the match and the night life before returning to get your head down after an amazing day, it also eliminates the stress of having to drive in the city.
The site has tennis courts, horse riding and gold available and you don’t need to bring any equipment along meaning that enjoying the other days when you’re not at the football is made simple. The whole area is packed with different things to be able to do as a tourist.
The journey its self takes around 11-12 hours depending on traffic and time of day with the majority of the driving being done in the French country side. This drive is easily completed within the 12 hours as there is a half way break due to the channel tunnel. This means that you are only really driving for 5 – 6 hours each time. However, if you did want to complete it over a two day period simply to give yourself more time to explore on the way there and back then there are lots of camp sites around Calais and Reims.
Lille – Stade Pierre-Mauroy
The once isolated island of Lille has now had its waters dry up meaning the city can truly flourish as part of the French mainland. It was once controlled by the Nordic people of Norway and Finland but is now a French city on the border of Belgium. This means it has a very distinct accent and language although the people still speak French they tend to speak Flemish which is a very popular language in the area.
The stadium its self was founded in August 2012, having been built primarily to give the LOSC a permanent grounds to be able to play there bigger matches. Their older stadiums in the past all had flaws and they have moved around a lot. However, they believe that this stadium is where they will be for a number of years as they said it has prime location and everything they need as a club. This category 4 stadium sits 50,186 people to be able to be best suited for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
Led Alouettes L’image is an amazing camp site with a metro link into the city running from Lomme Saint. This means you can enjoy all that the site has to offer and the entire city has to offer with only a 15 minute journey to be able to get between them. This site is also well known in the area as its one of the stopping points for the tour de France and a lot of people who go to watch the tour de France will stop at the site. It’s also very used when it comes to sporting events in Lille, so it means that the football atmosphere will follow you back to the camp. If you’re looking for an intense experience, while the football culture is live, then this is the place to be. UEFA Europa semi finals are due to be held here so this should keep the camp site in spirits before and after the big game.
The journey for Lille is only 6 hours when you are travelling to the football due to it being very close to Calais. This means that quarter finals on the first of July will be filled with British speaking tourists and it will bring the British football atmosphere to France.
Paris – Parc Des Princes
The City of Paris is the capital of France and is the city and is where Saint Dennis calls home. The city is very easy to get to from England and offers many different tourist attractions within its borders along with the obvious capital city nightlife and culture. Being the capital of France the football atmosphere is bound to be intense with its diverse population supporting virtually all the teams from across Europe.
The stadium its self is set in the heart of the city of Paris, the capital of France. It seats a total of 48,712 and with its amazing location and local football aura there is few stadiums better suited to hold games for the UEFA Europa league. Home to the prestigious club Paris Saint-Germain since 1973 and is a category 4 stadium. This is said to be the second best stadium in Europe for football atmosphere and after game aesthetics, well worth visiting if you are taking someone to their first match and want to make it one to remember.
The Camping Location would be Camping Hutopia as like Saint Dennis it offers prime location for travel links to the stadium. It has the nearby route 9 metro link which takes you directly to the Parc Des Princes for a mere 1.80 euro return and runs until around 1AM. The camp site is actually located just outside the city of Paris but this works in your favour as Paris its self has boasts very narrow streets and camping in Versailles allows you to be able to have easy access to the city yet still be able to enjoy a stress free travelling experience and less traffic around your camping location.
The journey its self consists of driving for around 8-9 hours. We would advise taking the secondary route by selecting to avoid tolls. This avoids toll booths while at the same time redirecting you around the outskirts of Paris meaning you can eliminate the hassle of dealing with traffic. The journey is more than short enough to be able to complete in one day as the channel crossing offers a break from driving for around 30-45 minutes allowing you to be able to relax and rest before completing the last 2-3 hour leg of the journey.
Bordeaux – Futur Stade De Bordeaux
Bordeaux is the wine capital of the world and you can tell by the various small stores selling wine throughout the city and the various Christmas markets that sell malted wine. This makes the city come alive in the summer and winter months with the different variations of the French signature drink. Bordeaux also offers an amazing country side life with its rolling hills of vineyards and very rural feeling even in the city.
This stadium was only opened in May 2015 so it’s very new indeed. It’s able to seat 43,000 and is now home to the FC Girondins De Bordeaux. It is used for both football and rugby games and is set to host the semi finals for the French Rugby Union Top 14 season.
The location of the Du Lac Le Village just on the very outer edge of Bordeaux makes for the perfect location to stay if you’re watching the UEFA Europa cup. There are recreational sports like football and tennis that you can play on site along with easy travel links into Bordeaux. The location of this site mixed with the great price and activities available to the visitors make it a top pick for people when they visit the city. This will surely be busy and fairly full close to the UEFA Europa tournament so it’s worth booking in advance.
The journey from our Northwich office takes an anywhere between 12-14 hours depending on traffic around the Paris and Tours. The journey can be made in one day but we would advise stopping for the night somewhere between Paris and Calais to be able to relax and explore the north French culture. You could maybe even stop in Paris or Lille the night before if there is a match on and watch from one of the many pubs to be able to get in the mood for the big game. Bordeaux is going to be holding the UEFA Europa Semi Finals so we would advise driving down two days before the match as most people will be arriving there the day before or on match day causing a lot of extra traffic.
Saint Etienne – Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
The city is located in southern France and is known for its football success. Although the small city seems very rural on appearance, with little going on within the boundaries of the city centre, it boasts a large amount of sporting success in the back streets hidden from prying eyes. All you need to do is stray into the back streets or to the nearest recreation centre to see that the youth of the city rely on football as a way of life. This is one of the main reasons that it has been selected for the UEFA Europa League match even though it’s so small in size.
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard is one of the smaller stadiums in next year’s UEFA Europa league cup. Although the stadium is in fact a multipurpose stadium, its main focus is football where it holds bigger games like 1984 European Football Championship and the Football World Cup in 1998. In total is can hold 35,616 people but is due to do under renovation to upgrade it to be able to hold 42,000 people. The stadium is home to the AS Saint-Etienne football team.
Camping Val De Coise is the best campsite as it is close proximity to the town of Saint Etienne. This allows you to be able to experience the rural nature of the City and surrounding areas. The camp site has pools, a forest on one side and views of rolling fields to the other and is easily accessible by the local nearby town.
The campsite boasts activities such as tennis, children’s playground, fishing and petanque. This means that when you aren’t watching the football or exploring the city you can relax on site in the sun of southern France.
The journey takes between 12-14 hours depending on traffic. We would advise trying to avoid Paris to altering the route where you can as it tends to have narrow streets and a lot of traffic making travelling a lot more difficult. If you avoid Paris you shouldn’t be more than 12 and half hours in transit, so long as traffic conditions stay relatively normal. We would recommend travelling to Riems and staying the night there before making the second leg of the journey to split up the 12-14 hours travelling.
Nice – Allianz Rivea
This is another French gem located on the Mediterranean giving it a diverse range of people and commerce from across the Mediterranean. It is also very diverse when it comes to foods and other aspects of the city as it has been for years one of the main tourist hotspots and trade hubs for France. This has caused tourism and cuisine to come to this city from all over the world and it shows in day to day life in its vibrant bustling streets.
The Allianz Rivea was built to replace the Stade Municipal du Ray in 2013. It is now used like most French stadiums, mostly football with a few rugby matches. It has a total of 35,624 seats for spectators. It’s based right in the heart of nice meaning that the atmosphere rivals a few of the other higher ranking more expensive stadiums even though it is shy of the scale they have in size.
Magali takes the top spot for the local camping. It is within the city boundaries of nice meaning you don’t even have to travel and you’re already in the city. This little green pocket of land within the city is patrolled by security night and day for your peace of mind and has lots to offer in the way of horse riding, archery, swimming, water sports and WIFI everywhere on site.
The journey is the longest out of the locations that the UEFA Europa league visits. It takes roughly from 15-17 hours depending on traffic. It is well worth spending the night in Reims or Chalons en Champagne as this is the half way point and driving for 17 hours in one day is a long period. You can take an extra hour onto your route and spend the night in Paris but to rid traffic difficulties we would advise camping in Versailles. To reach the city we advise getting the line 9 metro into the Paris city centre to explore then return to the campervan in the evening as the metro runs late.
Lens – Stade Bollaert Pelelis
This is one of the more homebound journeys. The city its self is in the most northeast region of France where the language is more Flemish than French. This colder region of France is still lively in the summer months. The city of lens is within close proximity of Lille which is the much larger city to the northwest. Lille is another city where the UEFA Europa winning title is being competed for so the local tensions will be running high in the area if both teams run through to the cup. Hopefully a bit of friendly competition will liven the atmosphere?
The Stade Bollart Pelelis is one of a two stadiums in lens but is the biggest by a few thousand spectators so is classed as the main stadium. It was constructed in 1933 and is home to RC Lens. It has a total capacity of 41,229 spectators which is more people than live in the whole city. This just goes to show how many people flock to the city to watch the matches they hold.
The camp site for the win is the Camp Des Roses which is a short drive or bus ride from the city centre. There is the added benefit of the campsite being in-between lens and Lille so there is bound to be a lot of people on site there to watch the football in the two cities. The site boasts activities ranging from fishing, boating and other more relaxed water sports. There is also lots of attractions in the area including a paintball within 10 minutes of walking and a horse riding farm a short drive away
The journey to lens has to be one of the shortest on the UEFA Europa cup tour. It will only take a mere 6 and a half hours to get from northwich to lens. This actually works out faster than flying as you would need transport to the airport, getting through security, the flight and then getting through security and to the venue on the other side. This means that not only is a motorhome more economical for this journey it’s also more efficient with time.
Toulouse – Stadium De Toulouse
Toulouse has always been on for forefront of art, science and culture. Bringing music culture from various genres such as underground deep house, pop culture and even a variety of classical music. It is also home to the European Space Centre and it’s the head quarters for airbus meaning that the people here tend to have a lot of money and know exactly how to spend it with the variety of high-end stores and theatres, the fine arts are easily found. At the same time, with all of the different industries calling it home there is a wide array of younger generation working and learning in the city making the nightlife very vibrant.
The stadium is the largest stadium in Toulouse and the seventh largest in France holding 35,472 people in total. It is used for football matches when the big games are being played such as UEFA Europa. However, it is more commonly used for rugby games, most commonly the top 14 cup and the Heineken Cup. It is based on an island in the centre of Toulouse city making it very easy to get top on public transport but a pain on foot.
Toulouse Le Rupe is set 7km from the city centre and an easy tram or bus ride away from the Toulouse stadium. This means that you can enjoy the city of Toulouse and all of its culture along with the football its self by simply taking a short ride into the city. With various water sports available on the facing lake and a wide array of restaurants and late night bars a short 5 minute walk from the camp site it makes everything you could possibly need ready for you when you need it.
This journey is one of the longer ones with it taking between 13-15 hours depending on traffic conditions. It could be worth considering an overnight stay in Orleans because this is a very long amount of time to be at the wheel for. Of course this driving period does include the break you will get on the channel crossing.