Dover-Calais car & passengers day return + 6 bottles of wine - £27 @ P&O Ferries
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Dover-Calais car & passengers day return + 6 bottles of wine - £27 @ P&O Ferries

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Found 7th Nov 2016
The deal is back, not even the anti-jungleteers can object this time.
Book by 2nd December 2016 for travel between 10th November and 5th December.

Done this many times having splendid lunches from Le Crotoy on the Somme to Bruges in Belgium. Time to stock up on christmas booze and de-stock les chocalatiers

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With Brexit will they bring back duty free?

@brainsys

Can you recommend some places to visit within reach of Calais and also, some good places to eat?

Many thanks

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largeruk

@brainsysCan you recommend some places to visit within reach of Calais … @brainsysCan you recommend some places to visit within reach of Calais and also, some good places to eat?Many thanks


The best places we found so far are in Le Crotoy, Bruges and Montreuil all around an hours drive from the ferry port. Remember decent family run French restaurants are strictly 12 to 2pm so we normally take the 7.35am which gets in around 10am continental time ferry to give plenty of time to park and get orientated before settling down for a good slow meal. Boulogne 'old town' is another obvious destination though the restaurants there are more mediocre.

Which restaurant is best? Depends on your tastes and budget. Tripadvisor has been our friend in finding little gems. Bruges in particular can be very expensive but those near the wall (literally less than 10 mins from the Grand Markt) are both better and ludicrously cheap. Remember in Belgium Flanders region use English or Dutch. Speaking or emailing in French is not always appreciated. Given that most Flemish/Dutch folk speak better English than us shouldn't make that a problem.

The best small restaurants are family run and usually close one day in the week so double check their opening hours before committing. Their websites and the Google sidepanel when you search their name give this info.

We usually get a 7pm ferry back. Gives you time to walk off the meal and do a supermarket for reprovisioning one's wine and beer cellar. The P&O red isn't great but it is drinkable and to some of us that is all that matters (hic).

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I should add that parking outside Bruges city wall is free and easy particularly to the north east unlike the big station car parks to the south. There are park & rides (though we walk) and on-street parking. Boulogne around the old city is also free/unlimited. Montreuil is free. Le Crotoy is the only one you have to pay or park well out of town. However if you like fish you may want to go nowhere else.

I use Google Streetview to reconnoitre likely parking places. Its so helpful making the street familiar before you even arrive.
Edited by: "brainsys" 7th Nov 2016

bit dodgy going to calais isn't it

Shame there are no 3 day tickets for apx £45, seem to be £65..

Love to give this a try but would make it a hell of a long day traveling down from Manchester...

The wine provided on these deals is awful but most of us have friends who aren't too fussy and will take them. The main thing is that it's a good price for a day return with up to 9 people and your car.
I generally head to Carrefour at Cite Europe and sometimes to Adinkerke for cigarettes. If you're heading to buy wine/food then avoid Sundays when the supermarkets are closed.
P&O provide a guide for a walking tour of Calais.
poferries.com/med…pdf

free refugee included

Stuntgut

With Brexit will they bring back duty free?

nah sorry mate money going to fund nhs

If you don't fancy their wine (which is sometimes not available and they give you Rose instead) then use the code EXPRESS which on a like for like basis was £10 cheaper for next week.
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