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Ferries Companies Sailing to France
The following ferry companies sail regular scheduled services from England to France:-
- P&O Ferries - Operate freight and passenger services from Dover to Calais.
- DFDS Seaways - Operate freight and passenger services from Dover to Dunkerque.
- LD Lines - Operate freight and passenger services from Portsmouth to Le Havre.
- Brittany Ferries - Operate freight and passenger services from Portsmouth to Caen, Portsmouth to Cherbourg, Portsmouth to St Malo, Poole to Cherbourg and Plymouth to Roscoff.
- Condor Ferries - Operate freight and passenger services from Portsmouth to Cherbourg, Poole to St Malo and Weymouth to St Malo.
and from Ireland to France:-
Ferries To France and The Channel Islands
Passenger-only catamarans operated by Hugo Express (France 02 33 61 08 88) link the Channel Islands with two small ports on the western coast of Normandy: Granville and Carteret. Both usually operate between April and September, but services vary depending on the tides, so there may be daily ferries for five days, then a short break in service. The one-way pedestrian fare is around UK£40.
Services to/from St-Malo were undergoing changes at press time; contact the St-Malo Tourist Office for updates.
Ferries To France and Ireland
Irish Ferries has overnight services from Rosslare to either Cherbourg (18½ hours) or Roscoff (16 hours) every other day (three times a week from mid-September to October, with a possible break in service from November to February). A foot passenger/car and driver costs from €56/99; bicycles can be taken onboard for free. The €15 booking fee is waived if you book online.
From April to October, Brittany Ferries runs a car ferry every Saturday from Cork (Ringaskiddy) to Roscoff (13 hours), and every Friday in the other direction. Foot passengers pay between €146 and €180 for a bunk in an inside, two-person cabin with shower and toilet.
Ferries To France and Italy
From late April to mid-October, the Société Nationale Maritime Corse-Méditerranée has five or six car ferries per week from Marseille or Toulon to Porto Torres on the Italian island of Sardinia (Sardaigne in French). The crossing takes about 11 hours. The one-way adult pedestrian fare is around €118, plus €22 for a bunk in a shared cabin with shower and toilet.
Several ferry companies ply the waters between Corsica and Italy.
Ferries To France and North Africa
SNCM and Compagnie Tunisienne de Navigation link Marseille with the Tunisian capital, Tunis (about 24 hours, three or four a week). The standard adult fare is €276 one way for a seat, plus an additional €12 to €43 for a cabin. There are discounts for seniors and those under 25. In France, ticketing is handled by SNCM, which also links Marseille with Algiers (Alger in French; Algeria).
Two Moroccan companies, Comanav and Comarit link Sète, 26km (20 minutes by train) southwest of Montpellier, with the Moroccan port of Tangier (Tanger; 36 hours, once or twice weekly). Fares start from €250 one way. Discounts are available if you’re aged under 26 or in a group of four or more. In France ticketing is handled by SNCM.
Ferries To France and Spain
If you’re travelling between England and southwestern France, a couple of ferry services to/from nearby northern Spain are worth considering.
P&O Ferries links Portsmouth with Bilbao (Santurtzi port, 35 hours including two nights to Bilbao, 29 hours including one night from Bilbao), about 150km west of Biarritz, twice a week (once a week from late October to late March; no services from early January to early February). A one-way pedestrian ticket including a mandatory sleeping berth costs around €185.
From mid-March to mid-November, Brittany Ferries runs twice-weekly car-ferry services from Plymouth to Santander (24 hours), which is around 240km west of Biarritz. Foot passengers pay around €90 one way including a mandatory reclining seat.
Ferries To France and Enlgand
Fares vary widely according to seasonal demand (July and August are especially busy and the time of day (a Friday night ferry can cost much more than a Sunday morning journey; the most expensive tickets can cost almost three times as much as the cheapest ones. Three- or five-day excursion (return) fares generally cost about the same as regular one-way tickets; special promotional return fares, often requiring advance booking, are sometimes cheaper than a standard one-way fare.
Eurail passes are not valid for ferry travel between the UK and France. Transporting bicycles is often (but not always) free.
Ferries To Brittany
From mid-March to mid-November, Plymouth is linked to Roscoff (six hours for day crossings, one to three per day) by Brittany Ferries. The one-way fare for foot passengers ranges from UK£23 to UK£73.
Brittany Ferries also links Portsmouth with St-Malo (8¾ hours for a day crossing, one per day). Pedestrians pay from UK£48 one way; a reclining seat (UK£5) or cabin is mandatory for overnight sailings.
From April to September, Condor Ferries has at least one daily ferry linking Weymouth with St-Malo (UK£41, seven to 10 hours).
Ferries To Far Northern France
The Dover–Calais crossing is handled by SeaFrance (70min-1½hr; 15 daily). Foot-passenger fares start at UK£6 to UK£12 return. Fares for a car and up to nine passengers cost from UK£24 to UK£45 one way. P&O Ferries also operates a Dover–Calais service starting from UK£25 including a small car.
Ferries run by Norfolk Line link Loon Plage, about 25km west of Dunkirk (Dunkerque), with Dover from UK£19 one way for a vehicle and up to nine passengers, while Speed Ferries offers an ultramodern, ultrafast catamaran service between Boulogne and Dover from UK£19 one way for a vehicle and up to five passengers (50 minutes, five daily).
Ferries To Normandy
Transmanche Ferries operate the Newhaven–Dieppe route. The crossing (up to three daily) takes four hours. A one-way foot-passenger fare starts at UK£12; the one-way fare for a car and two adults starts from UK£33.
There’s a 4¼-hour crossing (two or three per day) from Poole to Cherbourg with Brittany Ferries. Foot passengers pay from UK£48 one way.
On the Portsmouth–Cherbourg route, Brittany Ferries and Condor Ferries have two or three car ferries a day (five hours by day, eight hours overnight) and, from April to September, two faster catamarans a day. Foot passengers pay from UK£38 one way.
Brittany Ferries also has car-ferry services from Portsmouth to Caen (Ouistreham; six hours, three per day). Tickets cost the same as for Poole–Cherbourg.
LD Lines offers an afternoon service from Le Havre to Portsmouth (7½ hours, from UK£9.90), and an overnight crossing in the opposite direction.
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More About France
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for over twenty years (93.9 million visitors in 2011) and it's geographically one of the most diverse countries in Europe.
Its cities contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany and Normandy.
France is renowned for its gastronomy (particularly wines and cheeses), history, culture and fashion. It's 22 regions that each have something unique to offer are:-
Paris. The City of Lights. And of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre, Saint-Germain, the Opéra and hundreds of attractions for every taste known to civilized mankind. A visit to Paris should include a day-trip to Versailles where French royalty brought the classical French style to its apex.
Alsace. The European region. Strong French and German influences. Lovely wine routes and oh so charming villages. Strasbourg, Colmar, Mulhouse is what you want to see.
Aquitaine. Bordeaux vineyards and the beaches of the Atlantic. The Basque Country. Castles and Medieval villages in Perigord. Biarritz, Pau and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port are here. Big with wine lovers history buffs, river vacationeers and surfer dudes.
Auvergne. A sparsely populated land of volcanic plateaus and large valleys with an impeccable standard for environment. Clermont-Ferrand. Aurillac. Preferred by active vacationeers who crave the open-air and its majestic environment.
Burgundy. The land of fine wines. Dijon and the Cote d'Or. Beaune, Chablis, Auxerre and Macon are here. Knowledge of good wine is a not requirement to enjoy this region fully.
Britany. Where the land meets the sea. Bretagne is a wonderfully unique land that has entranced man since the beginning of time. The rugged coast has some of the finest beaches in Europe.
Corsica. The Mediterranean jewel. Ajaccio, Bastia, Bonifaccio and Porto Vecchio are lined up with a stunning coastline and sun-seekers from around the world.
Centre. Rolling 2 hours south of Paris, the 'Valley of Kings' is the king of Valleys. Royal chateaus abound between Tours and Blois. A visit to Chambord, Blois, Amboise, Chenonceau is a must.
Franche-Comté. Beautiful but rugged, this region has seldom appeared on the radar of travelers to France. It's a fantastic homebase for a laid-back vacation of enjoying France's rural culture.
Languedoc-Roussillon. Be tempted by the varied sites of this land of contrasts. Camargue extends to the sunny shores of the Mediterranean. Cathar castles stand proudly at the foot of the Pyrénées mountains, and the fortified city of Carcassonne and the 49-metre high Pont du Gard will instantly hold you spellbound.
Midi-Pyrénées. From the sea to the mountains the region is full of beautiful cities and villages, rich with history. Toulouse, the pink city, is a must see. Barges float quietly along the banks of the Canal du Midi.
Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Heir to an industrial past, the region has turned towards tourism. It's the entry place for British tourists coming on the chunnel or on hovercrafts from Dover. Don't miss Lille, one of France's most fun big cities.
Normandy. Green pastures, fishermans villages famous cheese. D-day beaches and WWII tours mix with medieval art. Caen, Rouen, Bayeux, Honfleur, Deauville and Monet's Giverny are where the tourists go.
Picardie. Lovers of history will find many places to visit in this flat land: Amiens boasts one of the most beautiful French cathedrals, while the cities of Chantilly, Compiègne still evoke the royal atmosphere of their past. Senlis and Gerberoy take us back all the way to the Middle Ages.
Pays de la Loire. Water is everywhere here between the sea and the Loire itself. Unjustly ignored by tourists from abroad, the region is getting rave reviews from all who visit.
Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur. The sunny charm of France joie de vivre sparkles in Provence. The Riviera has been home to the rich and famous since fame was inventend. Nice, Marseille, Cannes and St-Tropez are among the most visited spots.
Rhône-Alpes. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the mountains and world-class ski resorts (Chamonix amongst them) as well as the many water sports in the Gorges de l'Ardèche. Lyon is known throughout the country as the place for fine gastronomic delights.
France is not only very diversified, it also offers most of what you can possibly be looking for for your vacation. Whether it's an adventure vacation, a spa, just lying on a beach, castle-hopping, shopping or people-watching you can do it all in France.
Each of the 22 regions of France has its own charm, culture, peculiarites, gastronomy, wines, history and people.
Traditionally the most visited regions in France are:
- Ile-de-France (Paris)
- Riviera and the Cote d'Azur (with Nice, Cannes, Marseille, Toulon, and little world-reknown villages such as Saint-Tropez, Cassis, Gordes, Avignon...)
- The Loire Valley
There is always something to discover in France and the best and most comfortable way to travel to France and back home again is by ferry on one of the numerous ferry services from England to France or from Ireland.
Ferry prices vary considerably depending on which route you choose. Generally the cheapest route is the short sea route across the English Channel which is Dover to Calais, so it is worth using the ferry ticket price compare service below before you decide which is the most suitable route for you to France.
Ferry Passengers travelling from Dover by ferry to France go through French passport/identity card checks in the UK before boarding, rather than on arrival in France. Passengers travelling from all other UK ports to France go through French passport/identity card checks on arrival in France.
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