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Sea crossings


Just as you have taken great care with the selection of your holiday property and destination,we believe that the choice of travel arrangements is equally individual:somemay opt for a short hop across the Channel, perhaps taking a few days’ leisurely drive through France;othersmay prefer the relaxation of a longer crossing,spending one or two nights at sea.


Vintage Travel does not tie you in to pre-arranged travel packages, so you are free to choose fromany of the operators on these pages.Whether your choice is for the shortest route by ferry or one of the new high speed craft,or by the longer ‘mini-cruise’sailings to France or Spain,our staff will be happy to guide you through the options and help compare prices for your journey.


Driving distances


The following table gives approximatemileages fromthe ferry ports to towns near to our properties.The information is based on the route planning facility on www.viamichelin.co.uk,using themileages given as ‘Recommended byMichelin’.


In Miles Calais Cherbourg St Malo Caen Roscoff Santander Avignon 606 Marseille 665 Biarritz


664


Bordeaux 540 Toulouse 599 Florence 870 Perugia Urbino Ancona Pula


915 898 926 992


648 705 529 406 555 945


1035 1005 1033 1082


634 695 439 315 464 956


1048 998


1034 1093


572 625 509 385 537 869 959 929 958


1006


723 778 524 400 549


1045 1137 1097 1123 1182


537 585 151 267 336 945


1037 1053 1105 1207


Crossings to Spain Brittany Ferries operates luxurious cruise ferries to Spainwith a choice of routes fromPortsmouth and Plymouth to Santander and Bilbao. The Cap Finistère and sister ship Pont-Aven offer comfortable cabins, stylish lounges and plenty of onboard entertainment including cinemas, swimming pool and a choice of quality restaurants.


Portsmouth–Bilbao (Cap Finistère) PORTSMOUTH–BILBAO DEP Fri 1700


ARR Sat 1800 DEP Sun 2315 ARR Tue 0730


BILBAO–PORTSMOUTH DEP Tue 1030 DEP Sat 2045


Portsmouth–Santander (Cap Finistère and Pont Aven) PORTSMOUTH–SANTANDER DEP Wed 1200 ARR Thu 1300 DEP Tue 1700 ARRWed 1800


Plymouth–Santander (Pont Aven) PLYMOUTH–SANTANDER


DEP Sun 1530 ARRMon 1200


ARRWed 0930 ARR Sun 1900


SANTANDER–PORTSMOUTH DEP Thu 1530


ARR Fri 1430 DEPMon 1500 ARR Tue 1400 SANTANDER–PLYMOUTH DEPWed 2100 ARR Thu 1600


Crossings to France Sailing fromPortsmouth,Poole and Plymouth,directly to thewestern Channel ports of Caen and Cherbourg,StMalo and Roscoff,aswell as Cork to Roscoff, Brittany Ferries offers a great choice for travellers tomake the journey part of the holiday.


Begin your holiday in style and enjoy superb on-board facilities, with the relaxed continental atmosphere for which SeaFrance has become renowned.


Latest in the fleet is the SeaFranceMolière, the first ship ofmore than 200metres on the Dover-Calais route.Together with the Berlioz and Rodin, the SeaFrance fleet runs 15 sailings in each direction every day with a crossing time of just 70minutes.


Seafrance From £40 Book now


www.vintagetravel.co.uk/ seafrance


On board each of the SeaFrance ships you can enjoy fine cuisine in La Brasserie, with waiter service and all the trimmings expected froma French restaurant,whilst Le Relais is an excellent self-service restaurant where you will find a wonderful range of value formoney food.Alternatively enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in the comfortable surroundings of the Le Parisien Café,or relax with a drink and take in the views fromthe picture windows of the Latitudes bar.


Portsmouth–Caen Passengers on this route have a choice with up to 4 daily crossings,on either the Fastcraft taking just under 4 hours,or a classic cruise ferry with both daytime and overnight crossings.FromCaen, there are excellent road links to the Autoroutes to the south and west.


Portsmouth–St Malo The longest Channel crossing, sailing direct into Brittany and giving the shortest driving distance to the south-west.Average sailing duration is 8¾ hours, with daily crossings (overnight fromPortsmouth / daytime return fromStMalo).


Portsmouth and Poole–Cherbourg Brittany Ferries’shortest crossings, with a journey time of 2–3 hours on one of the high speed services,or amore leisurely crossing by cruise ferry.


Plymouth–Roscoff Brittany Ferries’only route to France fromPlymouth brings you direct to Brittany in a 6–8 hour journey, with a choice of daytime and overnight crossings.


Cork–Roscoff Flagship cruise ferry Pont-Aven sails overnight fromCork once a week (Saturday), returning fromRoscoff on Friday overnight.


Call 01954 261431 for exclusive discounted rates


On-board accommodation Air conditioned cabins, two-berth, four-berth with own facilities, the choice varies fromship to ship.On certain routes there are also luxury Commodore Class and De Luxe cabins – these are very popular so book early.


For reservations call 01954 261 431 or book online at www.vintagetravel.co.uk 185


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