Day trip to France
A day trip to France is a fantastic way to get away from it all and see something different.
Whether you’re looking for something to do at the weekend, want a romantic day away, fancy a day out with your friends or maybe just want to explore by yourself, a day trip to France is perfect.
There are a number of different companies offering day trips to France. Therefore no matter where you’re travelling from you’ll be able to find a great deal.
Where to go and what to see?
A day trip to France is a great way of finding out more about the country. Furthermore it really is surprising how much you can fit into a day. However the key to a successful day trip to France is to ensure you make the most of the time you have.
As your time is limited it’s more important than ever to know where you’re going and what you want to see when you get there.
Gone are the days when a day trip to France was simply all about the duty free shopping. There are still however bargains to be had on a variety of goods including alcohol and food.
You’ll also be surprised at the sheer number of things to see and do within a short distance of the ports. Beautiful towns and villages, art, shopping, regional food, historical sites and stunning scenery including forests, farmland and beaches.
The cheapest way to travel is as a foot passenger. However although as a foot passenger you will be able to see lots at the port, to make the most of your journey we recommend taking a car.
Within an hour or two of the ports, you’ll find an infinite number of fantastic attractions, towns and villages to visit. Those interested in the war especially love day trips. Once off the ferry, a short car journey will see you in amongst the many historical sites. Dunkirk and Omaha beach, bunkers, cemeteries and a large number of museums await you.
Day trip to Calais
Calais is a highly popular tourist resort with plenty of things to see during a day trip.
The coastline boasts plenty of sandy beaches, whilst the town features a plethora of renaissance architecture. Calais is also a popular location for shopping with lots of shops and restaurants.
Day trip to Dunkirk
Dunkirk was the capital of culture for 2013 and it’s not hard to understand why.
The perfect place for a day trip, Dunkirk offers a wealth of shopping and dining opportunities as well as some lovely beaches, architecture and history. This stunning port is also well known for the famous evacuation during WW2 with a commemorative museum and cemetery.
Day trips from Dover to Dunkirk are operated by DFDS Seaways and start at just £39.
Day trip to Caen
Caen is a beautiful and vibrant city in Normandy and is the perfect place for a day trip. The city is filled with pleasant restaurants and shops selling locally produced foods.
Areas in and around Caen are steeped in medieval history including the Château de Caen, the Abbaye aux Hommes and of course the famous Bayeux Tapestry depicting the battle of Hastings.
Furthermore Caen is also perfectly placed for those looking to find out more about WW2. Within a short distance you can explore each of the D-Day beaches and many museums.
Day trips from Portsmouth to Caen are operated by Brittany Ferries and start at just £24.
Day trip to Cherbourg
Cherbourg is often overlooked by visitors but it’s perfect for a day trip.
Famous for its maritime and naval history and its spectacular coastline, you won’t be disappointed by spending the day in or near to Cherbourg.
Some interesting places to visit include the Cité de la Mer, the Musée de la Liberation and nearby Carentan which is famous for the role it played in WW2.
Day trips from Portsmouth to Cherbourg and Poole to Cherbourg are operated by Brittany Ferries and start at just £24.
Day trip to Le Havre
Le Havre is one of France’s busiest ports and as such highly popular with visitors from all over Europe.
Although you’ll find plenty of restaurants, shops and attractions in Le Harve to make the most of your visit you may want to visit a few other wonderful places nearby. These include the cliffs of Etretat, Honfleur and Rouen.
Day trips from Portsmouth to Le Havre are operated by Brittany Ferries and start at just £24.
Day trip to St Malo
St Malo is a beautiful walled city that boasts and interesting seafaring history.
Well known for its stunning ramparts and privateering history, St Malo boasts a number of fantastic places to visit and things to see.
Stunning beaches, the museum, Grand Aquarium and Fort National are just some of the great places to visit. Other places nearby include Dinard, Cancale and the famous Mont St Michel.
Day trips from Portsmouth to St Malo are operated by Brittany Ferries and start at just £24.
Day trip to Roscoff
Roscoff is an idyllic village offering plenty of traditional Breton charm both in its architecture and also its food.
The village is often overlooked due to the ferry port being outside of the centre. Visitors to Roscoff however are often amazed by its beauty and charm.
Along with the many restaurants and small shops you’ll find in Roscoff there are a number of great places nearby to visit. These include the Ile de Batz, Morlaix, Carantec and further afield, Brest.
Day trips from Plymouth to Roscoff are operated by Brittany Ferries and start at just £24.Book Now