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Take the ferry to France

You can take your own car so no need to worry about baggage allowance or busy airports. Travelling by ferry is a much more peaceful and restful experience than by aeroplane, although of course it does take a little longer.

There are several ferry lines that run between England and France. Most operate between different English and French ports to one another so the line that you choose will generally be determined by your departure and arrival ports.

SeaFrance run ferries from Dover to Calais: a crossing time of just an hour and one of the most popular routes for day trippers. They are currently offering just £29 each way for crossings this summer whether you return on the same day or not.

Norfolkline sail from Dover to Dunkerque and are offering deals on trips to France. The current best summer offer is just £24 each way for one car carrying up to four people. They are also offering short break fares from just £32. Visit their website at www.norfolkline.com to find out more.

Brittany-Ferries sail from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth to Cherbourg, Caen, St Malo and Roscoff. Again there are summer saver offers although these tend to be for the whole break rather than just your journey.

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