Vicarious Books are proud to be the UK agent for ACSI Publishing BV. We highly recommend both the ACSI Camping Card and the ACSI Campsite DVD. The ACSI Camping Card has 1860 more participating campsites across Europe than Camping Cheque or other discount camping schemes. With the CampingCard ACSI discount scheme there is no upfront outlay for more expensive camping or freedom cheques that may not be used. The ACSI 2014 Campsite DVD has 8535 campgrounds listed. ACSI inspect all 8535 campsites annually, but only 2739 of these campsites are in the Camping Card discount guidebook, so not all campsites that have an ACSI sticker in reception are in the discount camping scheme. The ACSI campsite DVD is a computer database and the level of detail is far greater than is found in any campsite book. GPS coordinates are published in both the ACSI DVD and Camping Card Guidebook in the following format N44°52'51" E001°13'13".
There is no upfront commitment with the CampingCard ACSI and no Camping Cheques to purchase. Having bought the guidebook, card enclosed, simply present the Camping Card at reception of participating campsites to gain your discounted off season pitch price. Discounts are available most of the year, except July and August. Small charges can be made by the campsite to cover tourist or environment taxes and waste disposal.
The only thing you need to do is write your name and address on the back of the ACSI camping card, that presses out from the cover, (see bottom right of picture). You can of course use the campsites all year and at only £13.50 you only need to use it 1-2 nights to start saving.
A clever alphabetical key allows you to choose exactly the campsite you need; C means they accept dogs (which many do), E by a river, F by a lake, and G close to sea. I with public transports.
Countries covered by the 2014 ACSI discount Camping Card
ACSI inspects over 9000 campsites every year and many display the ACSI logo, but it is only the 2739 in this year's guide that offer discount camping. ACSI also produce a DVD campsite guide that lists 8535 campsites including the ones in the discount camping scheme, but does not entitle you to discounted pitch prices and does not come with the membership card.
Who should buy the ACSI Camping Card
Essential for all campsite users.
This excellent campsite guide can be used with your laptop, but does not require an internet connection, so is perfect for travelling around. Covering 8535 campsites in 30 countries, each entry is full of detailed information about the site, often with pictures.
ACSI Campsites Everwhere
Andorra (5), Austria (283), Belgium (151), Croatia (134), Czech Republic (102), Denmark (320), Estonia (19), Finland (121), France (2386) and Corsica (42), Germany (1110), Greece (153) and Crete (11), Hungary (129), Ireland (56), Italy (713) and Sicily (45) and Sardinia (42), Latvia (33), Lithuania (25), Luxembourg (50), The Netherlands (686), Norway (182), Poland (98), Portugal (95), Romania (19), Slovakia (22), Slovenia (28), Spain (453), Sweden (269), Switzerland (228), Turkey (42) and the UK (519).
Extremely detailed information is provided about the ablutions, for example 1236 French campsites provide toilet paper, 2195 have individual wash cubicles with hot water, and 762 have heated toilet blocks. Other French campsite gems are the 2152 sites that have WiFi access and the 1724 that are suitable for the disabled. Surprisingly, only 764 sites have a water point within 50 metres of every pitch, allegedly 2246 receptions have English speakers during the day.
The ACSI DVD allows far more information to be contained than in book format, and you can search and sort campsites based on your own preferences. For example of the 2386 campsites in France 134 are open all year, 75 of these have shaded pitches, 48 of these have heated sanitary facilities, 53 of these have lit roads and paths, and 48 allow a dog on a lead.
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There is route planner software (like autoroute) included; it is this programming that forms the structure of the guide. When you select a country maps come up with little red tents representing the campsites. Now you can plan your route between campsites to include your own points of interest.
Reservations could not be simpler, you can produce a letter in the relevant language by filling in a simple tick box form, you may then email these to the address provided.
Disabled information is provided in the following way:
Disabled persons: extra amenities in the sanitary facilities
Special parking spaces for disabled people.
Minimum system requirements to install the DVD:
Vicarious Books is the UK ACSI Agent.