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    The only thing i plan / book is the outgoing ferry Dover - Calais online and that`s normally only a day or two in advance.

    The return is the same done online a day or two before we need it.

    The rest of the trip is made up day by day depending on how we feel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wooie1958 View Post
    The only thing i plan / book is the outgoing ferry Dover - Calais online and that`s normally only a day or two in advance.

    The return is the same done online a day or two before we need it.

    The rest of the trip is made up day by day depending on how we feel.
    I'm not very good at sticking to a plan even if I make one but I can see the wisdom making sure I am well up on stuff before I go so as to make the most of the time there.
    I'm going to go through the tunnel, partly because I go green before we are out of sight of land and partly because I have never done it before and this trip is about firsts. The tunnel is less than 100 each way if I book it now which in the school hols is as good as anything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by suneye View Post
    I'm not very good at sticking to a plan even if I make one but I can see the wisdom making sure I am well up on stuff before I go so as to make the most of the time there.
    I'm going to go through the tunnel, partly because I go green before we are out of sight of land and partly because I have never done it before and this trip is about firsts. The tunnel is less than 100 each way if I book it now which in the school hols is as good as anything else.


    If the tunnel is your best ( for health reasons ) option then that`s fine and as you are restricted to the school holidays that a very good price.

    We are lucky not being restricted time wise so our only concern is the weather.
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    Ferry would be a fair bit cheaper I bet if your watching the costs. Its just like being on a big bus. They are so stable these days. just sit in the middle in the lounge, you wont even know your at sea.

    We came back in late October in a force 9, the channel was white! Boat hardly moved. I was disappointed.

    Good tip about breakdown but we never bother with travel insurance. EHIC card has saved us so far and one of us always ends up in Hospital.
    Three weeks and your not going far. Its a risk I would take if your watching the quids.

    I wouldnt bother with an ACSI card for France either especially if your trying to save money. Just avoid campsites completely, there are few areas in France where they are necessary. Washing machines in Summer for three weeks?. Mrs D does all our washing in the van or sinks if we find them. Shorts and T shirts innit.
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    This was first posted by Sky 5 years ago and I still think it is the best posts I have ever read on here. A Few Tips For Your First French Trip.

    I would add that we had the camping card but never used it. We had the brake down insurance and did use it. Some serious horror stories about brits being ripped off by french garages so good to let the insurance sort them out. Also we shopped in the first supermarket we got to when we needed one and found them all good but be warned about about the 1 euro btls of wine . 2 euro btle chilled with a drop of lemonade

    Chill out out, relax and don't try to make ridged plans.. We rarely made more than 10 miles without stopping to enjoy something new and the french are happy for you to stop. Nothing like this country!

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    Quote Originally Posted by barryd View Post
    Ferry would be a fair bit cheaper I bet if your watching the costs. Its just like being on a big bus. They are so stable these days. just sit in the middle in the lounge, you wont even know your at sea.

    We came back in late October in a force 9, the channel was white! Boat hardly moved. I was disappointed.

    Good tip about breakdown but we never bother with travel insurance. EHIC card has saved us so far and one of us always ends up in Hospital.
    Three weeks and your not going far. Its a risk I would take if your watching the quids.

    I wouldnt bother with an ACSI card for France either especially if your trying to save money. Just avoid campsites completely, there are few areas in France where they are necessary. Washing machines in Summer for three weeks?. Mrs D does all our washing in the van or sinks if we find them. Shorts and T shirts innit.
    I can't find it cheaper by ferry, not at the end of July when everyone else wants to travel! I would like to go from Poole or Plymouth because we are nearer to these and they arrive nearer to Brittany where I would like to start out but these routes at the end of July are V.expensive but even Dover Calais is 150 each way
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    Quote Originally Posted by suneye View Post
    I can't find it cheaper by ferry, not at the end of July when everyone else wants to travel! I would like to go from Poole or Plymouth because we are nearer to these and they arrive nearer to Brittany where I would like to start out but these routes at the end of July are V.expensive but even Dover Calais is 150 each way
    Sometimes people like the camping and caravan club can get you serious discounts.

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    End of July might be the busiest time. If there is nothing in it then you may as well try the tunnel. Ive found with ferries though that the cost changes a fair bit depending on when your prepared to travel. We usually go out about 5pm and return about 9-10am. Some of the crack of dawn rates are often pretty good but that means staying at Dover and Im not keen on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tbear View Post
    This was first posted by Sky 5 years ago and I still think it is the best posts I have ever read on here. A Few Tips For Your First French Trip.

    I would add that we had the camping card but never used it. We had the brake down insurance and did use it. Some serious horror stories about brits being ripped off by french garages so good to let the insurance sort them out. Also we shopped in the first supermarket we got to when we needed one and found them all good but be warned about about the 1 euro btls of wine . 2 euro btle chilled with a drop of lemonade

    Chill out out, relax and don't try to make ridged plans.. We rarely made more than 10 miles without stopping to enjoy something new and the french are happy for you to stop. Nothing like this country!

    Richard
    Yes this post answers so many questions, have printed it out to refer to thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by suneye View Post
    I can't find it cheaper by ferry, not at the end of July when everyone else wants to travel! I would like to go from Poole or Plymouth because we are nearer to these and they arrive nearer to Brittany where I would like to start out but these routes at the end of July are V.expensive but even Dover Calais is 150 each way
    It's very unusual for the prices to be so similar, so thought I'd get a price for my van, one way, 4 passengers end of July. Cheapest price for ferry is 66.

    124 for train same day.


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