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Cheap France

Posted on 19 May 2009 by Dan Johnson

There’s lots of rubbish written about the price of holidays to the Eurozone. The fact is that self-catering in France is still one of the best value holidays you can take – much better than spending a week in a tent in the UK (think how much you’ll spend when it rains); flying halfway across the world for a better exhange rate (the flights cost a fortune) or going back to basics, when that means no pool, no entertainments and no life nearby (and think how bored the kids will be).

So, fill up your car with goodies, book yourself a ferry crossing (see the money saving tips below), buy yourself a book of the best BBQ recipes and head to France! Use the ideas below to save even more, and post your own great ideas too.

Free accommodation upgrades in Brittany: Bigger is better, and there are free holiday home upgrades available at Domaine de Kerlann in southern Brittany.

The parc has indoor and outdoor pools and a splashzone for kids, and is close to white-sand beaches, countless craggy coves and serene seaside villages. So after a long day exploring, the extra space of a top-of-the-range holiday home is welcome for families who want to stretch out and relax.

A seven-night stay in the biggest three-bedroom holiday homes starts from £679 for the week departing 3 July, including a £196 booking discount and saving £77 on the  accommodation upgrade.

Beat the Euro exchange: Convert your pounds into siblu’s new Euro Voucher and you can beat the low exchange rates on the high street.

We pay 1.25€ for every pound, so change £200 and you’ll receive 250€ in vouchers, compared to around 215€ from the Post Office and travel agents. There are no charges to buy or return vouchers, and unused vouchers are changed back at the same rate.

The Euro Voucher can be used at restaurants, bars, shops and with activity providers at 11 siblu holiday parcs across France.

Sail away for less money: Travel in comfort, avoid baggage restrictions and make lengthy check-in times a thing of the past by travelling to France by ferry.

The easiest way to save on many routes is to book your crossing with your accommodation provider, who can pass on exclusive ferry rates. Siblu, for example, is offering Brittany Ferries’ weekend Poole to Cherbourg return routes in July and August from just £192, saving £108 on brochure prices and cheaper than the same crossing booked directly with the operator.

Fares are even cheaper if you can travel midweek. We offer return Poole to Cherbourg crossings with Brittany Ferries from just £156, saving £72.

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2 Responses to “Cheap France”

  1. campinginfrancefan says:

    I have to say, after a ‘cheap’ Sun deal at a holiday park in the UK, I was amazed how much more money I spent on this holiday than I ever did on a French campsite.

    The French sites are much less ‘commercial’ in that you don’t have to fork out money for amusements every step of the way, plus in france you tend to have a lovely outdoor garden area, complete with dining table, chairs and a BBQ. The kids loved the kids clubs and the pool areas – they were out and about in the fresh air, makes so much difference from being at home.

    We used to save a fortune by having a BBQ rather than having to eat out in a restaurant. Plus my hubby actually wanted to cook! (What is it with men and fire?)

  2. Korin says:

    Who needs to spend a fortune when you have the fresh air, sun and a swimming pool on your door step? Kids are not interested in trapsing around expensive tourist attractions, all they want is to roam free in the sun. Give them a bike and you can have a (cheap) glass of wine by the pool or on your mobile home terrace. If you choose to camp in the UK then you’re more likely to spend more on entertainment if the wheather is bad, which let’s face it is highly likely!


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