Discussion in 'Continental Touring' started by Inthezone, Mar 21, 2014.
last minute decision to go to france for easter, anyone know the best deals at the moment?
Depends where you are looking to cross between .and size of rig
Dover Calaise seems the cheapest with DFDS
I would ideally like to go thurs 17th April late and come back on easter sunday, and it doesnt matter where from or to as I have no plans, unit size is 8.7m long 2.2m high
Did Le Havre - Portsmouth last night DFDS - 7m MH, 2 passengers + cabin £117 one way - about half the price of Brittany Ferries:thumb:
I'd do some shopping about as Easter is always a busy time with people escaping to Europe so you may find that you won't get a "cheap as chips" price
Are you really only 2.2 metres high? My PVC is 2.6.
eurotunnel still has availability, especially if willing to travel late evening and thank goodness they don't worry about height and length too much
Try this link
your dates come out as £131 if i read it correct up to 10m 2 adults
it is since he went into the car park with the hight barrier
Sorry fat finger moment by me its 3.2 high
France at Easter
I got the tunnel in the end probably not the cheapest but wife didnt fancy the ferry so we are going late thursday before good friday, once across I will want to find an Aire to park up until friday morning, any ideas?
Then I havnt a clue where to go as its our first trip over, probably go towards the west, have ordered the all Aires book and some euros
any tips would be welcome
citie europe follow signs onto motorway, 1 junction ( about 1 mile ) then off, follow motorhome sign its near the police station and simple walk to the shop:thumb:
you essentially have a choice of 3 aires in Calais
the closest to the Tunnel is the one at Cite d'Europe - basically a car park for motorhome use but overnighting is allowed. that would be my preference.
in Calais, there is one right at the harbour entrance (west side - very busy at times as it's likley to be when you get there). the other is the Quai - it's very big and convenient, but pretty soulless. but handy of you just want an overnight crash
from Calais - loads of options for you for things to see. Boulogne is worth a visit, and has some good eating and drinking places.
I'd head to the Baie de Somme as it's just a fab area of nature reserve. there are aires at St Valery and Crotoy (two of them here). http://www.baiedesomme.fr/en
Yeah, but if you want a pleasent place to stop, even though it's probably the opposite way to where you are going, give gravelines a go 20 mins up the motorway 6 euros 5 minute walk into very nice town and right by the marina, and if you want a meal , Rudys restarunte just across the bridge , auchen and lidl within a mile. In short everything you could want:thumb::thumb::thumb: and if you are into fags , another twenty mins and you are in Belgium , a lot cheaper than France, no need to find a warehouse , same price at any bacca shop.
to an extent I wouldn't disagree but if the OP is arriving late, keep it simple and stay at the Cite
I did say it's probably the wrong way, but we like it that much it's always our first stop wherever we are going in France , easy to get to and from off the motorway.
LOL - you cross posted after I edited mine as I read that you mentioned about the wrong way after I posted so did a swift edit!!
If I cross late I'd rather find the closest aire and get bedded down asap rather than drive more than needed. don't get me wrong, I like the Gravelines aire but it's just little bit too far for a late crossing for me
Here is the address for CITE EUROPE, WEST OF CALAIS, SAT NAV COOR,
50.932865 1.811056 OR N50 55.971 E1 48.670 BOULEVARD DU KENT, FREE PARKING NO SVS right by big supermarket and other shops in precinct. Regards Garry Flatpackchicken
if your heading west this is a beautiful place for a stop lake with boats and watersports lovely walks and an aire overlooking the lake also handy for some of the war museums around the area
les vielles forges sat nav
3 /4 hours from calais
If your head west from the tunnel then Bologne sur mer is not to far, Le Touquet is nice and little further, then Le Crotoy a little further still, then st vallery sur somme.... about an hour from the tunnel if you use the motorway.
we used le Crotoy as our first and last night aire when we drove to Normandy last year as it's easy to get to and its massive so easy get a spot. Nice little town with lots of restaurants.
what time does your tunnel land in France this would be the deciding factor for me where to stay on the first night.
I did once look at cite Europe but I wasn't to sure, few illegals roaming around made me a little uneasy. Maybe if there had been a few more vans there I might have felt a little easier.
I find this site useful when planing http://www.campercontact.com/
have a good trip
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