I need some advice please. My family will spending a week on the French Riviera for a week and will then be hiring a car from Nice airport in the first week of October.
Our plan is to drive to Chamonix from Nice and to go via the most scenic route possible. We are not worried about the time spent driving and are not concerned with a 2 day car journey either way. We will have to be back in Nice to return the car and catch our flights home (allowing for a night's rest in Nice before the flight.) The total car hire days from collection to drop off at Nice airport will be 7 nights however my full driving itinerary needs to start and end in 6 days.
I have seen from other forums that the quickest and most scenic route is via Italy. On Google maps there seem to be 2 routes, which one is the correct one? I know we will have to drive through the tunnel. If we overnight, where do you suggest?
We will be travelling on Schengen Visas so I assume that this won't be a problem entering Italy from France and vice versa. I will confirm with my car hire company (Alamo) that it is ok to drive the car into Italy before setting off.
Is it best to do the same route on our return to Nice, or is there another route? Again, we are happy to overnight along the way provided the town is pretty and somewhere worth stopping for.
We would like to spend a day or two in Chamonix itself.
Your suggestions and advice would be most appreciated. Tips on route safety or road quality issues would also be welcomed.