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Flexibility and freedom to explore with self drive breaks

A Self Drive holiday break across the channel gives you the freedom to explore your destination more closely and the opportunity to stock up on some great value wine, beer, food and souvenirs. It also allows you to take your golf clubs or more luggage with you - particularly useful when travelling with children. If you have a pet passport, it also means you can take your dog if the accommodation you are booking allows.

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France

Tree lined avenues, quiet roads and beautiful scenery make driving a pleasure.

France is always the most popular choice for a self drive break!

Whether you simply want to hop across the Channel to stock up on food and drink, or you wish to explore several regions of northern France, we can offer a self drive break to suit. Romantic weekends in chateaux, family trips to Disneyland® Paris , and city breaks in Paris !

Bargains can be found in supermarkets across France. However for real wine connoisseurs, a break to one of the wine regions is a must - choose from Champagne, Alsace,  Burgundy or the Loire Valley.

As specialists, we have provided all the information you need to help you choose where to stay, however as there is so much to see in France, deciding where to go may prove your hardest challenge.

 

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Alsace

Home to the famous Routes du Vin - an all year round favourite

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Amiens

A small city on the River Somme

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Arras

An historic and attractive town with much to offer

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Bayeux

A pretty medieval town, steeped in history

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Boulogne

A delightful fishing port with historical attractions

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Burgundy

The most famous wine producing regions of France

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Calais

Sample the flavours of France and shop for bargains

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Champagne - Discover More

Celebrate in style in this glorious region of France

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Champagne - Reims

Much more than just fantastic Champagne

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Champagne - Troyes

Picturesque town with traditional French atmosphere

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Clecy

Peaceful village with a beautiful, rocky landscape

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Deauville & Trouville

A glamourous resort with much to offer

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Honfleur

Famous for its rich artistic and historic heritage

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Le Touquet

Chic shops, restaurants, galleries and golf

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Lille

Cultural capital in the heart of Europe

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Loire Valley

The 'Garden of France'

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Normandy

Sandy beaches, elegant resorts, famous for D-Day

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Paris & Versailles

The ultimate choice for a city break.

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Picardy & Pas de Calais

Dozens of charming towns and villages, great food

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Self Drive Belgium

Belgium

Discover the cultural and gastronomic delights of Flanders.

The cities of Flanders are easily reached by crossing the channel to Calais or via the Hull-Zeebrugge route.

Understated and well worth exploring, Belgium is home to the capital of Europe, and the whole Flanders region is a fascinating mix of cultures, famed for its ornate architecture, luxurious chocolate, first-class cuisine and over 600 different types of beer.

Brussels and Bruges are the most popular choices , but Ghent, Antwerp, Leuven and Mechelen are all very rewarding for a self drive break. Travelling between the cities is easy, thanks to the efficiency of the motorway and rail network, so why not combine stays in two or more destinations?

 

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Antwerp

Belgium's capital of art, culture and diamonds

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Bruges

A medieval masterpiece - the Venice of the North

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Brussels

A contrast of old and new in the capital of Europe

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Ghent

A hidden gem in Belgium's crown

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Leuven

The seat of learning... and beer!

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Mechelen

The medieval City of Bells

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Ostend & Belgian Coast

The lively Belgian city by the sea

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Ypres

A charming Flemish town and living museum

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Holland

Amsterdam, the liveliest and most cosmopolitan city in Europe, is a welcome addition to Great Escapes.

Travellers are often seduced by the city's unique tolerant and freewheeling attitude.

One of the most artistic capitals, Amsterdam enjoys a broad spectrum of museums and attractions. This fascinating city is best explored by boat along its canals or by joining locals on their bicycles.

Must see:

  • Anne Frank's house
  • Vincent van Gogh & Rambrandthuis museums
  • Rijksmuseum - The National Museum
  • Albert Cuypmarkt - Holland’s largest market
  • Dam Square and the Royal Palace
  • The canals and colourful house boats
  • De Wallen- the best known red light district

Amsterdam is 3 hours 30 min's drive from Calais, 2 hours 40 mins from Zeebrugge or about 4 hours 30 mins by Eurostar (change in Brussels)

Did you know? There are more bicycles in Amsterdam than inhabitants!

 

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Amsterdam

Artisitic heritage, countless canals and colourful nightlife

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Germany

We are thrilled to introduce Cologne to our destination portfolio, one of the most diverse cities in Europe.

The old town is home to the magnificent cathedral, the Romanesque church Great St. Martin and the tower of the historic City Hall. The new Rheinauhafen waterfront area has become one of the most popular attractions in the city with its blend of modern architectural highlights, restaurants and cafés.

Must see:

  • The imposing der Dom Gothic cathedral  
  • Unrivalled views of the city from the cable car
  • The irresistible Lindt chocolate museum
  • Different aspects of the city from a boat trip on the River Rhine
  • The impressive Christmas markets scattered throughout the city in December

Cologne is in 4 hours 15 min’ by Eurostar or hours 4h 30 mins' drive from Calais

Did you know? Cologne has over 40 museums and 100 galleries and the Schildergasse is the busiest shopping boulevard in Europe.

 

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Cologne

Germany's fourth largest city

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