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  • A short cruise across the Channel

    On my recent trip to Brittany the ferry was very busy with both vehicles and foot passengers. Hardly surprising, as people stranded by the flight ban were, of course, taking to the sea instead.On my recent trip to Brittany the ferry was very busy with both vehicles and foot passengers. Hardly surprising, as people stranded by the flight ban were, of course, taking to the sea instead. Sea travel seems normal to me as I once lived on a Greek island and had to get a boat to go anywhere, but I was still reminded of just how easy and pleasant it is. On our outward journey from Portsmouth to Le Havre with LD Ferries we travelled overnight and managed to sleep well in calm seas. For the return we allowed time to stop in gorgeous Honfleur and resisted an expensive harbour view to enjoy one of those typically fantastic French lunches at a little restaurant called Relais des Cyclistes, close to the tourist information office. I can heartily recommend the set menu of three generous courses for just 12.50 euro, made all the more delectable for being eaten outside in warm sunshine. Once on board, the five hour crossing seemed to fly by. We found a nice sheltered spot on the top deck, watched the port and town disappear, dozed in warm sunshine, came inside, chatted and played cards and watched a glorious sunset across the sea. Ferry companies report increased bookings this summer after the ash crisis and no doubt train services to France will be popular too. If you’ve never tried these alternatives to flying, perhaps now is the time to –er- take the plunge?
  • August family saver fares on Brittany Ferries

    Brittany Ferries is offering 7 days in France for a car plus four people for £259 return during August - but you must book by 9th August

  • Book your travel and holiday services right here!

    Finding your ideal holiday let in France – one of life’s great pleasures. And when you’ve chosen where to stay, we can help you get there. We also have some really useful stuff to make sure your holiday goes smoothly.

    We love making life easy for our holidaymakers with one-stop booking for accommodation, travel and services.
    If you’ve never browsed our Travel section, now is the time to check it out. You’ll find:

    •    Car hire – we compare prices from all the major car rental suppliers to find you the best deal.
    •    Ferries – see all the routes to all the ports and use our easy search to find the best route and price for you
    •    Flights – see our recommendations for airlines offering both great value cheap flights to France and a quality, reliable service.
    •    Trains - For relaxing and environmentally friendly travel, book tickets for Eurostar, TGV, SNCF, Motorail and Snow Train services – and for trains within France
    •    European breakdown cover – our partner Breakdown Direct European has the experience and expertise to save your holiday with the minimum of hassle
    •    Mobile phones and internet – stay in touch and save money on mobile calls and internet in France with LeFrench Mobile
    •    Currency exchange - compare & save Up To 10% On Foreign Currency using our currency comparison tool powered by MyTravelMoney.co.uk.
    •    Holiday date guide – Not sure when the roads will be busy due to public holidays? Check out our month-by-month Holiday Guide with key dates, ideas and information for each month of the year
     Travel safely and have a wonderful holiday in France this summer!

  • France to Corsica - a fantastic ferry experience

    We’re all familiar with the crossings on the English Channel between the UK and France, either by Eurotunnel or ferry. But have you ever thought of making the ferry experience part of your holiday? I recently had the opportunity to do just this, travelling from Marseille to the wonderful French Mediterranean island of Corsica, a distance of approximately 330 kms. Whether you are looking to spend your full holiday on the island or just a part of it, it is well worth experiencing the overnight SNCM Ferry to reach Corsica.  

    Early one evening in October we boarded the SNCM vessel Pascal Paoli (named after Filippo Antonio Paquale di Paoli, who I later learned was a Corsican patriot and leader who designed and wrote the Constitution of the State). Swift embarkation allowed us enough time to become acquainted with our small but comfortable cabin with en-suite shower/WC before we sailed and to get ready for dinner on board ship. 

    A buffet salad entrée that was satisfying enough as a full meal was laid out enticingly in the dining room where one served oneself, followed by a choice of main meal and delicious desserts to die for (again help yourself buffet). Accompanied by a delightful Corsican Rose, this was a perfect way to start our trip to Corsica.  

    SNCM runs ferries from various ports along the south coast of France. You can either fly down to your Port of Embarkation or do as we did and take the Eurostar to Paris, making the simple change across stations via the efficient RER metro from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon. The speedy, comfortable TGV between Paris and Marseille added to the laid back mood of the trip as we relaxed into our seats and watched the French countryside fly by. From the station at Marseille it’s a short distance (metro or taxi) to the Place de la Joliette where we boarded the ship.

    For anyone staying along the south coast of France, a trip to Corsica makes an unforgettable experience and is well worth adding to your trip. Our photo shows the ferry at the island's port of Bastia.

    Aferry.co.uk have a wide choice of routes and ferry companies in the UK and Europe and you can compare prices in one easy hit! 

  • Get a Free Disneyland Paris Ticket with P&O Ferries

    P&O Ferries have launched a summer promotion from 1st July 30th September

  • Happy 2014 holidays in France

    As soon as the shortest day has passed and festive celebrations are over, our minds turn to the exciting thought of holidays. Here at French Connections, we are unashamedly dedicated lovers of France – and millions of you agree that, as a holiday destination, France really has it all. It’s that perfect combination of being able to relax in the sunshine amidst beautiful countryside, lounge on unspoilt beaches, soak up the culture and history, enjoy exuberant festivities and celebrations.

  • Love France on Valentine's Day

    Romance is in the air and I love to make Valentine’s Day really special with a short break or long weekend in France. It just feels like the right place to be. Travel is quick and easy from the south east with Eurotunnel or by ferry from Dover - and Northern France has some fascinating places to discover.

  • Marseille - Photo Friday 2 July 2010

    Marseille's location on the Mediterranean Sea has meant it has always been an important port. The old port is a particularly attractive place to visit.

  • New! Our complete guide to ferry routes and the best fares

    Our redoubtable researchers have been sweating over a hot screen and, as a result, we are now proud to bring you a single, user-friendly guide that combines:

    • Details of all ferry and tunnel crossings to France
    • Details of the providers
    • Guides to UK, Irish and French ports
    • A simple fare search for the very best deals and cheapest crossings

    France is blessed with several transport options for those visiting the country - and ferry travel with a car is the most popular. This is hardly surprising as the benefits include unlimited luggage, no airport formalities, value for money and frequent services that offer plenty of choice.

  • P&O Ferries £19 Day Trip Offer

    P&O Ferries have a great deal running until 10th February


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