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  • Travel to the French Alps - Eurotunnel Shuttle

Ski Drive Package: Eurotunnel & Ferry

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How do I get to the Alps for my ski holiday?

Ski Collection offers Eurotunnel inclusive packages with free FlexiPlus upgrade at selected dates. If you prefer, you can also book a ferry for your self-drive ski holiday (or if you're organising your own travel then we can book just your accommodation). Read on to find out more about our travel options and the benefits of driving to the French Alps. 


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Eurotunnel Inclusive

Why fly when you can drive!

Driving to the Alps is by far the most flexible option; you are in control of your own timetable, you can take as much luggage as you need (including ski equipment at no extra charge) and stop en-route as and when you choose (see our selection of en-route hotels). Having a car in resort also means you can visit other nearby ski areas.

Driving to the Alps also represents fantastic value for money - we've negotiated great prices with Eurotunnel and the ferry companies. Our Eurotunnel inclusive packages even offer a free FlexiPlus upgrade at selected dates!

Eurotunnel Prices 2018/19
FOLKESTONE-CALAIS
Travel supplements and reductions - please note the below are EACH WAY

All our ski holiday packages include a return standard Eurotunnel crossing for a car with a FREE FlexiPlus upgrade on selected dates. FlexiPlus not only gives you the complete flexibility to travel on the next available departure (whenever you turn-up) but also dedicated check-in lane, priority boarding and use of the lounge with complimentary facilities.

Begin your journey in style with a pit-stop in one of the new FlexiPlus lounges, which are now open on the UK and French sides. Take advantage of complimentary refreshments, newspapers and WiFi. 

Car+8 passengers

FlexiPlus upgrade supplement is nil except dates below:

£15 supplement Easter:
OUT 01-09/04/19
IN 09-16/04/19

£99 supplement Half Term:
OUT 11-19/02/19
IN 18-28/02/19

Supplements for an extra car on a booking (plus above supplements) - please contact us for a quote based on your travel date and Eurotunnel ticket type.

35 mins crossing time - up to 3 departures/hour. IMPORTANT: LPG vehicles not permitted.

From May 2018, the new FlexiPlus lounges accepts high vehicles. 

Why book Eurotunnel FlexiPlus?

Flexibility

Relax and enjoy the journey without having to worry about arriving on time for your departure. Leave from home or from the resort when you are ready and avoid the stress of having to meet a particular departure.

Priority Check-In

Once you are in your designated FlexiPlus lane, you will be boarded on the next shuttle ahead of other passengers. Remember, first on, first off and onwards to your destination.

Designated Parking Place

If stopping off for a bite to eat or last minute shopping then you are entitled to park in the designated spaces close to the Passenger Terminal Buildings.

The FlexiPlus Lounge

NEWS May 2018 - New FlexiPlus lounges are now open on both the UK and French sides of the Eurotunnel. Begin your journey in style with a pit-stop in a dedicated FlexiPlus lounge. The lounge opens from 06.00 to 22.00 daily offering you complimentary refreshments, newspapers and WiFi. 

From May 2018 - the new FlexiPlus lounges will accept high vehicles (previously only vehicles under 1.85m were permitted).

 

Eurotunnel FlexiPlus Testimonials

"FlexiPlus is as always an absolute life-saver!" Miss C | Le Hameau du Puy, SuperDévoluy

"Flexi pass gives a real edge. Great way to start and finish the holiday." Dr R | Le Hameau du Kashmir, Val Thorens

“The Eurotunnel FlexiPlus was excellent. As we were driving a long way and experiencing very bad weather in the UK this allowed us to leave earlier and as we had made up time catch the earlier connection. Very welcome addition to the package.” Mr H | Le Refuge du Golf, Flaine

“FlexiPlus was fantastic! We were first on the next shuttle after picking up our wonderful free picnic boxes and other refreshments/papers & mags. Highly recommend.” Mrs P | Le Telemark, Tignes

Miss the queues at the toll plazas and arrive on the slopes first.....

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Sanef, the French motorway operator has now extended its Liber-t automatic toll payment service to UK motorists. To use the service all you need to do is register online and they will send you a small electronic transponder (or tag) that you attach to your windscreen just behind the rear-view mirror. As you approach the barriers, a device by the barrier will read your transponder (or tag), securely extract your unique reference and then automatically open the barrier without you having to stop. Sign up here.

Ferry Travel Information

Peak Retreats can also book P&O ferries from Hull-Zeebrugge/Rotterdam if you live in the North of the country or ferries from the south coast across to France. Choose from Dover-Calais with P&O and Portsmouth-Caen, Poole/Portsmouth-Cherbourg, Portsmouth-St-Malo, Plymouth-Roscoff with Brittany Ferries.

Why P&O Hull-Zeebrugge/Rotterdam? Save miles in the UK and arrive first thing in the morning fresh and ready for your journey in either Zeebrugge or Rotterdam. Zeebrugge to the Alps is roughly the same distance as Calais whilst Rotterdam adds about 70 miles. The P&O ferry terminal is in Europoort which lies approximately 24 miles from the centre of Rotterdam.

Crossing times Hull routes - 10-13 hours with 1 overnight crossing per day
Dover route - 90 mins with crossings every 45 mins at peak times

For more information about P&O Ferries, (including cabins, sailings, schedules), view here
For more information about Brittany Ferries, (including cabins, sailings, schedules etc), view here

P&O Prices 2018/19
Travel supplements and reductions - please note the below are EACH WAY

Dover-Calais - Car+9 passengers: deduct £75 each way. For peak dates* only, deduct £50 (not in addition)
Hull-Zeebrugge/Rotterdam - Car+2 passengers: deduct £73 each wayFor peak dates* only, deduct £38 (not in addition)

Extra passenger - £8pp each way
Pets - £15-17 each way
Club lounge - £12pp each way
Priorité - £12 per car each way
Length - £28 per m above 6m each way (17/18 prices)
Height - £28 per m above 2.4m each way (17/18 prices)
Breakfast & dinner - £26/adult each way and £13/child each way (17/18 prices)

* Peak Dates for DOVER - CALAIS 21, 22, 23 December 2018; 05, 06, 07, 19, 20, 21 April 2019; CALAIS - DOVER 21, 22 April 2019
 Peak Dates for for HULL - ROTTERDAM / ZEEBRUGGE 21 December 2018; 12, 13, 18 April 2019; ROTTERDAM / ZEEBRUGGE - HULL 21 December 2018; 26, 27 April 2019

Brittany Ferries Prices 2017/18
Travel supplements and reductions - please note the below are EACH WAY

Car+5 passengers

Portsmouth-Caen: deduct £25 each way. Then for weekend* only, add £22 each way
Poole-Cherbourg (Economie): deduct £30 each way. Then for weekend* only, add £22 each way
Portsmouth-Le Havre (Economie): deduct £30 each way. Then for weekend* only, add £22 each way
Portsmouth-St Malodeduct £30 each way. Then for weekend* only, add £22 each way
Plymouth-Roscoffdeduct £30 each way. Then for weekend* only, add £22 each way

Additionals:
Extra passenger - £24pp each way
Cars above 1.83m - £28pp each way
Extra car on booking - £220 per car

*(W/E Fri out and Sat in)

On board accommodation has to be booked on overnight crossings with Brittany Ferries. Please enquire for cabin and Club Class seat prices.

Holiday Inn Express En-Route Accommodation in Folkestone, Kent

If you would like to stay close to the Eurotunnel terminal the Holiday Inn Express is the hotel our Directors would recommend from personal experience. The hotel is new, good value and it is the closest hotel to the terminal. The Express by Holiday Inn, Folkestone, is situated very conveniently for the Channel Tunnel and Dover Ferry Port. Ideally situated next to J12 of the M20, five minutes from the Eurotunnel and ten minutes from the Dover Ferry Port, the hotel is ideal for those stopping over en-route to France.

Rooms sleep 2-4 in either double, twin or family rooms.

The rooms have air conditioning, direct dial telephone, TV, tea/coffee maker, radio alarm clock, desk, cot on request and are non-smoking. The bathroom has a hairdryer. Additional information - pets welcome at a charge. Check availability, prices and to book a room (plus full room description) at the Holiday Inn Express Folkestone.

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Please note that the supplements shown are calculated on the basis of our tour operator allocated space. Occasionally, space may not be available at these fares, in which case we may have to charge the operator's full brochure price. If this occurs, it will, of course, be made clear to you at the time of booking. The same operator must be used for the outward and return journey.

Snowchains (to buy or hire)

We've arranged a special discount for Ski Collection clients with Polar SnowChains. So if you're looking to buy or hire snowchains, ask us for details when you book your holiday.  

Polar Snowchains | 01732 360638 | www.snowchains.com

 

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Snowchains may be required on certain roads in the mountains when there is snow on the road. You'll see the blue and white snowchain road sign on lots of road in the Alps indicating that snowchains are necessary in certain conditions.

On Saturdays when it is snowing, the French police will often stand at the bottom of these roads and will prevent any vehicle without special equipment from going any further. Cars equipped with snow tyres will only need to add chains if snow is very deep and has not been cleared at all (when driving out of a steep driveway for example). Snow tyres are also not so good on pure ice. 4x4 vehicles make it a lot easier to drive in snow conditions but snowchains are still required in certain circumstances, so the advice is still to have them, even with a 4x4 vehicle.


Snowchains are like insurance. You will be extremely glad you have them if you arrive in the French Alps late at night and find yourself stuck 20 miles from your final destination or if you get stuck early in the morning trying to get out of your car parking space in the resort on the day of departure and there is no one around to help you!

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