HOLIDAYING IN FRANCE: GO THE FERRY WAY!

France is a very diverse country with a rich heritage and culture. This good old enemy of the Brits has both lofty mountains and sunny beaches and not to mention a milieu of fancy restaurants and boulangeries. So if you are looking for a holiday package that will please you both aesthetically and gastronomically, then France is the way to go!

What to see

This very popular destination for tourists has many attractions to boast of. Some of the must never miss destinations include-

  • Chartres Cathedral– This cathedral of French High Gothic Style is a feast for the eyes.
  • Mont Saint-Michel– It is a small tidal island is famous for the Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel
  • Palais des Papes– This Pope’s Palace is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the world.
  • Chateau de Chambord– This chateau is as old as the French Renaissance.
  • Gorge du Verdon– This long canyon is a fine specimen of nature’s art.
  • Palace of Versailles– It used to be the official palace of the French Kings till 1789.
  • Chamonix– Ski resort at the heart of French Alps.
  • Dune of Pyla– This sand dune is one of the tallest in Europe and has a spectacular view.
  • St Tropez– The summer abode of rich guests.
  • Eiffel Tower– This is a symbol of Paris.
  • Louvre– This historic monument is one of the largest museums in the world.

Apart from these you can also visit historic cities, spa resorts and the beautiful countryside. Also, you must not miss out on the gorgeous museums and other big cathedrals.

Which way to go

Generally people prefer to go to France by air or by train. But if you are in a mood for something adventurous then try the ferry as an alternate transport. In the ferry you discover a less charted and a more primitive form of France which is in a way a treat itself. There are number of ferry services that you can opt for. Here are a few of them:

  • Brittany Ferries- This award winning ferry company provides ferry services between England and France, France and Spain, Ireland and France and England and Ireland. This company provides a variety of choices of routes and can be a little expensive but is worth every penny. Of course if you want to go a little cheap then visit their site and check for the latest discount offers.
  • LD Lines- It usually plies between Newhaven-Dieppe and Portsmouth-Le Havre. It is services are not as frequent as the Brittany Ferries but it is cheaper. Its price can go as low as £50 for night crossing in a four- berth cabin.
  • Condor Ferries- This ferry service is fast and has a crossing time of about 7 hours. You can avail a ride on the ferry for about £230-260, depending upon the time.

Other options include – Eurotunnel, P & O Ferries, DFDS Seaways, etc.

Tricks to go cheap

  • Check for discounts in the official websites of these ferries.
  • Do not forget to compare prices in websites such as discoverferries.com, ferrysavers.com, ferryoffers.co.uk oraferry.co.uk.
  • In different ferries different travelling times can be cheaper. So if you want to save money try availing those times. Sailing at night can be the cheapest.
  • Another quick tip- Try to travel mid-week or may be during school holidays and always go for short breaks.
  • Sometimes you may get charged for using cards. So try to beware of that because it adds to the fare.

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