Ferry and self drive holidays
Modern car ferries are comfortable vessels with bags of facilities and, on longer sailings, have entertainment and cabins for overnight journeys. Or opt for a channel tunnel crossing with Eurotunnel. Ferry bookings must coincide with dates booked in accommodation.
To get an idea of the distance in miles between ferry ports and parcs and help you plan your journey refer to
our route planner
You can book a selection of ferry routes online with us via the yellow 'Check availability and book' panel. The routes shown below can be booked via the Al Fresco Reservations team 0844 774 1414
Calls cost 5p per minute plus network extras.
Book early to avoid disappointment. On some crossings, additional fuel supplements may apply.
FREE SHORT SEA FERRY SAVER on 2015 holidays - see below
Choose your ferry destination
FREE SHORT SEA FERRY CROSSING on 2015 holidays
Your accommodation price includes a midweek low season off peak Dover-Calais or Dover-Dunkirk ferry crossing at nil supplements for one standard vehicle and passengers with P&O Ferries and DFDS. Book before 31st March 2015. Parcs where applicable will vary, please confirm at time of booking. The free ferry is available on selected dates and times though the year:
|Dover - Calais||P&O Ferries||Standard season - OFF PEAK||Any day||Departing UK: 1 May - 21 May 2015, 24 May - 16 Jul 2015, 23 Aug - 30 Nov 2015. Departing France: 1 May - 29 May 2015, 1 Jun - 24 Jul 2015, 30 Aug - 30 Nov 2015.||Off peak sailings Outbound 14.01-06.00, Inbound 00.00-14.00.|
|Dover - Calais||P&O Ferries||Summer Season - OFF PEAK||Outbound: Sun - Thur, Inbound Mon - Fri.||Departing UK: 22 May - 23 May 2015, 17 Jul - 22 Aug 2015Departing France: 30 May & 31 May 2015, 25 Jul - 29 Aug 2015.||Off peak sailings Outbound 14.01-06.00, Inbound 00.00-14.00.|
Short sea ferry crossings - UK to France
If you prefer a short sea ferry crossing then there are several to choose from depending upon the location of your holiday parc or any overnight stops in France you may want to take along the way. Some of the most popular short sea crossings are shown below, but please do contact us if a different route is more convenient for you and we'll be happy to make enquiries on your behalf.
With the newest and the biggest fleet on the channel and up to 46 sailings a day and a crossing time of only 90 minutes, P&O ferries offer the most frequent service on the Dover to Calais route. For those travelling with children, the family lounge offers a child-friendly area for them to play and watch animated films. You can also treat yourself and upgrade to the luxury of the spacious club lounge at £14 per person each way - an exclusive lounge, complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks, newspapers, waiter service and snack menu.
DFDS Seaways - Dover to Dunkirk, Dover to Calais
DFDS now offer a range of sailings and routes to get you to France quicker. Dunkirk port offers quick and easy access for routes to Holland and Belgium as well as southern France. Please call for details and prices.
|Dover - Calais||P&O Ferries||1 hr 15 mins||up to 2 services per hour at peak times||Off peak sailings Outbound 14.01-06.00, Inbound 00.00-14.00.Peak sailings Outbound 06.01-14.00, Inbound 14.01-23.59|
|Dover - Dunkirk||DFDS Seaways||1 hr 45 mins||Service every 2 hours||Off peak sailings Outbound 20.01-07.59, Inbound 22.01-08.00|
UK to Spain
Portsmouth to Santander/Bilbao Sail with Brittany Ferries direct to the Basque country on a leisurely one or two night mini-cruise. There are a range of departures and options all saving fuel and enhancing your experience of your Al Fresco holiday whether heading to Aquitaine in France or making the 400 mile journey over to the Mediterranean across Spain's sweeping plains. For all night sailings, ferry companies oblige you to purchase a cabin or reclining seats.
Plymouth to Santander Relax on board the Brittany Ferries flagship Pont Aven with a host of bars, eateries and entertainment offerings.
|Plymouth - Santander||Brittany Ferries||19 hrs||weekly||Outbound Sun 16.00. Inbound Wed 21.00 or Thur 15.00 depending on date.|
|Portsmouth - Santander||Brittany Ferries||Out 24hrs, In 26hrs||weekly||Outbound Wed 11.00 or Tue 17.00 depending on date. Inbound Mon 15.00 or 16.00|
|Portsmouth - Bilbao||Brittany Ferries||35hrs outbound, 29hrs inbound||2 to 3 times weekly||Conventional ferry schedules vary|
Ferries from Uk to Holland and Belgium
We can arrange crossings from the UK to Holland and Belgium, which are ideal if you are staying on our holiday parc in Wassenaar, and also if you want to take a shorter route to the Italian parcs.
|Hull - Rotterdam/Zeebrugge||P&O Ferries||From 10.25hrs to 15hrs||Daily||Rotterdam Out 21.00 (up to 11hrs) In 21.00 up to 13hrs. Zeebrugee Out 19.00 (up to 13hrs), In 19.00 (Up to 15hrs). Out Rotterdam 21.00, In 21.00 (10hrs)|
|Harwich - Hook of Holland||Stena Line||6hrs 30 mins||Twice daily||Out 09.00/23.45, In 14.30/22.00|
|Newcastle - Amsterdam||DFDS Seaways||15.5hrs||Daily||Out 17.00, In 17.30|
Western channel crossings
Some of the most popular western channel crossings are shown below with some bookable via our website. Please do contact us if a different route is more convenient for you and we'll be happy to make enquiries on your behalf.
|Portsmouth - Cherbourg||Brittany Ferries||High speed service 3 hrs||Once daily||Off peak Outbound 08.00 or 15.45. Peak sailings all other times|
|Poole - Cherbourg||Brittany Ferries||Fast craft 2 hrs 15 mins. Conventional ferry 4 hrs 45 mins day sailings, 6hrs 30 mins nightsailing||Conventional ferry once or twice daily. Fast craft once daily.||Fast craft - Out 07.30, In 11.30). Conventional ferry - out 09.00/14.15/23.15, In 09.00/18.30/23.00|
|Portsmouth - Caen||Brittany Ferries||Fast craft 3 hrs 45 mins. Conventional ferry 6 hrs||Once daily Fri, Sat, Sun. Conventional ferry up to 3 times daily.||Fast craft (Outbound 07.00 Inbound 12.30) Conventional ferry - day, 6 to 7.5hrs night - Out 08.30/12.30 on Wed/14.30/23.30, In 08.00/16.30/23.00|
|Portsmouth - St Malo||Brittany Ferries||8.45hrs day sailings. 10.45hrs night sailings||Once daily||Outbound 20.30, Inbound 10.30|
|Plymouth - Roscoff||Brittany Ferries||6 hrs day sailings. 7hrs to 9hrs night sailings||Once to three times daily||Conventional ferry - timings vary|
|Poole/Weymouth - St Malo via Jersey/Guernsey||Condor Ferries||From 4hrs 35mins from Poole or from 5hrs 15mins from Weymouth||6 to 7 days each week||High speed service, schedules vary|