Discussion in 'Continental Touring' started by simi, Aug 26, 2012.
Hi all, going Dover to Calais 3rd September anyone else:BigGrin:
Going on 1st by tunnel (with dog)
Going on the 21st to zeebrugge heading to the south of France if that helps.
going on 3rd by tunnel:BigGrin:
trip to France
Going on 2nd - Calais to Annecy (probably). I say probably because not booking ahead we can always change our mind. We have 3 weeks to meander down and back. Where are you off to or don't you know?
Our only 'planned' stop is Oradour-sur-glane, however even our minimal planning tends to be subject to hourly alteration so may not in fact go anywhere near there.:Cool:
So are we :thumb::thumb:
Going on the 4th by tunnel never been before nothing planned as yet
We may well be crossing on 4 Sptember, probably through the tunnel - though not booked it yet. Then planning to head towards the Dordogne and see what the weather brings. Perhaps carry on south if not too good there. But only have about 3 weeks available.
I've just booked mine so will be going at 12.36 by tunnel with one dog/cat/ferret
The Dordogne was roasting hot when we travelled through it on Friday. Stopped in the Lot region and it was roasting there too:thumb:
going by tunnel to France
We've never considered going by tunnel to France as we though it must be a lot dearer than the ferry. However I see that lots of you go by tunnel. Is it cheaper or is the speed the attraction? Culd be twmpted.
same for us tunnel on the 4th and down to to the Dordogne do you recommended a site there
It is usually a bit more expensive through the tunnel, although a lot of folk use their Tesco vouchers to get free crossings. We certainly did on our last two trips, this time last year and earlier this year. However, we haven't got quite enough vouchers at the moment because we don't shop at Tesco very often these days. And also, you really need to book slightly further ahead to use them.
When I was looking at the costs a few days ago, I could get a return for 2 passengers and the van for £88 on the ferry and about £153 through the tunnel.
The thing is, we've come to really like using the tunnel because it's so convenient. There are up to three or even four trains an hour, you don't need to leave the vehicle, and we usually have a bite to eat in the van and a drink made from a flask of boiling water (can't use gas on board). All very chilled and relaxed.
You can arrive at the terminal up to 2 hours before your scheduled crossing and they'll always put you on an earlier train if they've got space (which they most likely will have at this time of year). And if you need to change your booking in either direction, at any time, it's dead easy - no admin charges - just ring up and re-arrange. May have to py a bit more if there are only more expensive fares available - but there's not usually a lot in it.
So to sum up, from our perspective, it's probably worth paying a bit more to go on the train - certainly a very quick crossing at only 35 minutes. Generally efficient loading and unloading too. :thumb:
Looks like quite a few heading to the dordogne, perhaps we should have an informal meet. Hang on though that would mean I would have to plan to be in a particular place at a planned time, no can do:Rofl1:
Ah ha, I can recommend quite a few sites there, but suspect you'll only be interested if you like naturist camping. :Wink:
There are at least three available in the ACSI discount scheme too, which is handy from our perspective.
Happy to make some recommendations if you're still interested. :thumb:
Does seem like quite a few folk going but - like you - we're not making any firm plans. We'll just go with the flow, armed with plenty of places to stay that are of interest to us. Lots and lots of naturist sites in France. :thumb:
We find the tunnel really easy to use, no waiting around, only takes 35 mins and straight off the other end, cite Europe 5 mins away for overnight stop before or after trip, so much easier with our dog.
As we like to be different ... we're going to UK on 13th September. :Cool:
fortunately only for a week .... :BigGrin:
And we are going to France on 13th, only for a week, may see you going the other way stcyr!!