A self-drive touring holiday with French Expressions allows you to discover the immense variety that France has to offer, travelling in your own car following a convenient ferry crossing or a quick trip through the Channel Tunnel. Having organised tailor-made holidays to France since 1989, we have a great wealth of experience in creating self-drive holidays and have put together a range of suggested itineraries that combine luxury hotels in popular destinations.
Travel arrangementsWe will tailor-make your self-drive holiday to suit your requirements, including a convenient ferry crossing that is most appropriate for you. We work with all cross-Chanel operators, allowing you the freedom of choice to determine the route and time. Ferries from Dover to Calais take around 90 minutes, whilst a journey in the Eurotunnel takes only 35 minutes. There are a number of other ferry routes which operate between the UK and France, ensuring that we will find a suitable solution no matter where you are travelling from or to. Most self-drive holidays in France will start along the north coast, although if your final destination is in the south-west of the country it may be more convenient to travel to northern Spain instead. We work with a number of hotels in Brittany, Normandy and Pas de Calais which work well as overnight stops, allowing you to break your journey as you travel southwards. You can then journey across the country, passing sleepy villages, grand chateaux and fields of wheat and sunflowers as you travel to your next hotel.Other types of touring holiday in FranceWe have also created a selection of suggested touring itineraries for fly-drive holidays where you travel to France by air and then collect a hire-car, and rail-drive holidays where you travel by train and then explore by hire-car. Our range of rail holidays to France allow you to relax in comfort as you travel southwards to your final destination.
French Expressions believes that the best way to experience the real essence of France is by driving along the highways and byways. Cross to France by ferry or Eurotunnel then journey across the country in your own car, ensuring a sense of space, freedom and independence. We will tailor-make your holiday to include travel to France by the most convenient means, and accommodation in as many hotels as you require. As we work with all cross-Channel operators, you have the freedom to choose the route and time that is most appropriate to your journey. Eurotunnel Le Shuttle crosses from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes, while the ferry from Dover to Calais takes around 90 minutes. Crossing durations vary greatly for other routes, with departures from Plymouth, Poole and Portsmouth to destinations along the northern coast of France. Alternatively, it may be more convenient for clients travelling from Scotland or the north of England to cross from Hull to Zeebrugge in Belgium. We include driving directions from the ferry port or Eurotunnel terminal to each of the hotels included in your self-drive holiday, as well as our own suggestions for sightseeing and local visits.Ferry crossings Prices in our suggested touring itineraries include a P&O Ferries crossing from Dover to Calais return or Eurotunnel for a car and all passengers. However we do work with other cross-Channel operators and will price your holiday based on other routes if you prefer. Alternative routes include Brittany Ferries Portsmouth to Caen, Portsmouth to St Malo, Poole to Cherbourg, and Plymouth to Roscoff, and North Sea Ferries Hull to Zeebrugge and Rotterdam. You may travel out and back on different routes so long as you travel with the same operator. It is possible to travel ‘Club Class’ with P&O Ferries, offering extra comfort on board with access to an exclusive lounge area. Please advise us at the time of booking your holiday.If travelling overnight on board a ferry, you will probably want a cabin, which we can book for you at the time of making your ferry booking. The prices do vary but we will advise you of this at the time of booking. Cabins for day-time use on long sailings are much cheaper and a very convenient and comfortable option.Sample prices in our suggested itineraries are based on the following sizes of cars:P&O Ferries - up to 6 metres in lengthEurotunnel - under 1.85 metres in heightP&O Portsmouth - under 1.83 metres in height and up to 5 metres in lengthBrittany Ferries - up to 5 metres in length and up to 1.5 metres in heightHoverspeed - up to 5.5 metres in lengthFor longer and/or higher vehicles an additional supplement will apply.Accommodation in FranceOur self-drive holidays include accommodation at one or more of the luxury hotels that are featured in the French Expressions programme. Sample prices in suggested itineraries are based on two people sharing a double or twin room and usually include bed and breakfast or half board. For the descriptions of the exact meal arrangements please refer to the itineraries and hotel information. Other information It is essential that clients have personal holiday insurance, vehicle breakdown cover and Green Card cover from your car insurance company for taking your car abroad.
French Expressions is an independent specialist tour operator which was established in 1989 and offers tailor-made holidays to France with flexible, personal service. We pride ourselves on interpreting your demands and requirements to provide you with the holiday that you want, ensuring a successful match between client and holiday. Flexible ArrangementsIn order for you to receive the holiday you want, we provide as much flexibility as possible. You choose the departure day, the duration, the type of hotel, the number of hotels, the room type, the board basis, method of travel and class of travel. Our arrangements, whilst inclusive of travel and accommodation, allow you ‘time-off’ in between, for example, if you want to visit friends or explore on your own for a while. We can quote you for accommodation only but you will find that the more arrangements we can include for you, the better value the holiday will be.How we price your holidayAll our holiday arrangements have been designed to afford you maximum flexibility and freedom of choice. We include travel arrangements, whether it be flight, ferry or tunnel crossing or rail travel as well as many nights' hotel accommodation as you want, in as many different places.Our Price GuaranteeWe guarantee that once you have made a firm booking with a deposit payment, there will be no increases in the price of your holiday due to currency movements. If, for any reason, there have been changes in the price of the holiday you want, you will be advised at the time of booking.Full Financial ProtectionFull financial protection is offered when you book a holiday with us. Our air holidays are ATOL protected, and we are a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited to protect non-flight packages. We are also members of ABTA and AITO (the Association of Independent Tour Operators), an organisation of some of Britain’s best specialist tour operators.
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