Below are a selection of locations that are popular for overnight stays en-route to the Alps.
The capital of the Pas-de-Calais department, Arras is located approximately an hour from Calais. The town is centred around two large squares, the Grande Place and Place des Héros and many of the surrounding buildings have been restored to their pre-war condition.
Located in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France, approximately 2h 30m from Calais, Reims is one of the centres of Champagne production and it is well worth taking a tour of one of the Champagne houses. The town has a good range of shops and restaurants, making it a good place to spend an evening before carrying on with your journey to the Alps.
Troyes is located on the Seine, approximately 93 south of Paris and 3h 30m drive from Calais. The town has been in existance since roman times and many half-timbered houses dating back to the 16th Century still remain.
The capital of the Burgundy region, Dijon is approximately 190 miles south east of Paris and just over five hours drive from Calais. Dijon is home to some of France's finest cuisine and famous regional dishes include Beef bourguignon and Coq au vin, so it is a great place to stop over and spend an evening.
Annecy is the capital of the Haute-Savoie department and sits on the northern tip of Lake Annecy , approximately 22 miles south of Geneva. The town is located close to the Tarentaise Valley and makes an excellent stopover for people visiting the Three Valleys, Paradiski and Espace Killy ski regions.