Although self drive family holidays are most common in France and other parts of continental Europe, it may not be enough relaxing and enjoyable as you expected it to be, particularly when you are driving a car with your children. Kids become restless halfway the journey wanting to get down and have fun as they lose patience very quickly, which may make the situation very much unpleasant to start off a holiday. It may spoil your journey as well as make it stressful. When planning for a self drive holiday across the Channel the first ferry route that comes to everybody’s mind is Dover to Calais which is the shortest route to the continent, though certainly not the best and cheapest option for all destinations. If you are starting off from the South-East of England via Dover to Calais, you need to take the roads around London, including the M25 which is not at all an ideal start to a pleasant and relaxing holiday!
Travellers, however, can prefer to travel with the ferries to France on the Dover-Dunkirque route operating exclusively for motorists, particularly on my holidays. Having direct access to the A16 and A25 motorways, this is the best suitable route for many European destinations including France, Belgium, Germany and many more. Another important thing you must take into consideration before going for self drive holidays is the type of ferry crossings you are opting for. A longer ferry crossings is ideal in many situations, especially it is more cost saving than the short ferry crossings as you can save on your fuel.
It is worth going for an overnight sailing with less driving than a short ferry journey combined with longer drive depending on your final destination, as it saves lot of cost on the ever increasing fuel prices. The added advantage of a longer ferry journey is it provides you ample scope to spend minimum time in driving and enjoy quality time with your family. It is much more adventurous than the regular ferry crossings. You will be thrilled to know about the range of amenities offered by the modern fleets of ships running on the Dover – Dunkirque route. Starting from the basic accommodations the ferry France provides club class seats, comfortable lounge area and cabins suitable for families. You can easily get off your car and take rest in these cabins which would make you refreshed by the time you reach the port to proceed for your desired destination.
They also offer you a surprising range of modern day facilities to make your journey relaxing and comfortable which includes bars and restaurants, cinemas, designated play areas for kids, great value onboard shopping etc. Thus your holiday starts as soon as you board the ferry vessel, much before you reach your actual destination.