Self-drive holidays to France

Tailor-made, self-drive holidays to France staying at luxury hotels throughout France and taking your own car with ferry crossing or Channel crossing included

A self-drive holiday to France is a rewarding way to travel and to explore the highways and byways of this scenically-diverse and appealing country. We have been arranging self-drive holidays to France since 1989 and have a great deal of experience in creating these holidays. With an Expressions Holidays self-drive holiday to France, we include a Channel crossing of your choice, whether it be the Channel tunnel or a ferry crossing, perhaps from Portsmouth or Plymouth to Normandy or Brittany, and then we make the hotel arrangements for you. The self-drive holiday can be a single-centre stay, perhaps just a short break to Normandy, the Champagne region or the Loire Valley, or a longer, touring holiday involving many overnight stops and perhaps a long-stay somewhere within the itinerary. Such a holiday might be a long stay in the Dordogne or Provence, with two or three overnight stops in each direction.
We have created a hand-made selection of suggested self-drive holidays and self-drive touring itineraries in France, giving you the opportunity to explore the country by car, travelling at your own pace whilst staying in luxurious and charming, personally-selected hotels, some of which we first started working with in 1989 when Expressions Holidays was established. All our hotel holidays to France are possible as self-drive holidays, although some destinations will necessitate overnight stops. How long you want to take and how complicated you want the itinerary to be, is up to you. We will tailor every holiday to suit your requirements.

Our hotels in France

All the luxury hotels that are featured by Expressions Holidays have been selected to provide high standards of comfort, service and cuisine. Our hotels are renowned for their charm and character, quality of surroundings and service whilst providing rest and relaxation amid an atmosphere of luxury and style.

Travel arrangements

We will tailor-make your self-drive holiday to suit your requirements, including a convenient ferry crossing that is most appropriate for you. We work with all cross-Chanel operators, allowing you the freedom of choice to determine the route and time. Ferries from Dover to Calais take around 90 minutes, whilst a journey in the Eurotunnel takes only 35 minutes. There are several other ferry routes which operate between England and France, ensuring that we will find a suitable solution no matter where you are travelling from or to. Most self-drive holidays in France will start along the north coast, although if your destination is in the south-west of the country it may be more convenient to travel to northern Spain instead. We work with many hotels in Brittany, Normandy and Pas de Calais which work well as overnight stops, allowing you to break your journey as you travel southwards. You can then journey across the country, passing sleepy villages, grand chateaux and fields of wheat and sunflowers as you travel to your next hotel. If you are travelling from Scotland or the north of England, it may be more convenient to cross from Hull to Zeebrugge. We can arrange that for you too.

Essential details

It is essential that you have personal holiday insurance, vehicle breakdown cover, a Green Card from your insurance company for taking your car abroad and an appropriate driving licence. All these items should comply with whatever rules are in place at the time of travel. The AA and the FCO should be consulted.

If anything it exceeded our expectations.
Mrs J, September 2017

Our self-drive holidays to France include

● Travel arrangements Channel crossing as required
● Single or multi-centre hotel stays using your own car
● Sample touring itineraries in your own car to book as they are or adapt
● Flexible durations and multi-centre stays
● Accommodation in personally-selected 4-or 5-star hotels

Included in all our holidays

● Concierge service
● Handcrafted helpful hints and local information provided with all our holidays
● Personal service by your sales consultant who looks after all aspects of your holiday
● Full financial protection with our ATOL (3076) for all holidays including a flight and our ABTOT for all non-air holidays

● Travel arrangements Channel crossing as required
● Single or multi-centre hotel stays using your own car
● Sample touring itineraries in your own car to book as they are or adapt
● Flexible durations and multi-centre stays
● Accommodation in personally-selected 4-or 5-star hotels

Call us on 01392 441245