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A two-week family holiday in France for under £750

Etretat beach, Normandy

France is the most visited holiday destination on the planet, famous for its gastronomy, culture and diverse landscapes. It is a popular choice for Brits, being only 20 miles away from England, with a range of ferry routes available to get there. As ferries allow you to bring your own vehicle, whether that’s a car or a campervan, as much luggage, liquids and sports equipment as you want, don’t charge extra for you to sit together (or roam around the decks) and even allow you to bring your pet with you, they offer great value for families wanting to go abroad this summer.

But is it possible for a family of four to have a holiday for under £750? We looked at peak travel dates from 17-31 August 2024 and this is what we found.

Best value: pack your tent and gear and head over to Normandy for a family beach holiday for as little as £744.

Normandy is a relaxed holiday destination with activities (and food) to please the whole family.  With its iconic cliffs at Étretat, family-friendly beaches, the Seine regional natural park and the Velomaritime coastal cycle path, there are plenty of things to do for free. This year Normandy is marking both the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy and 150 years of Impressionism with special events and exhibitions throughout the spring and summer. Add to the mix, the delights of locally produced Camembert, Calvados and fresh seafood and you have the ingredients for a memorable family holiday.  

Pitch your tent for the best value holidays

Camping provides the cheapest family holiday in France. Bring your tent (or van) and stay at Camping Domaine de La Catinière, near Honfleur. A pitch for a tent is £430 for 14 nights or £535 for a van with an electric point.

Take the ferry from Dover to Calais for a car and a family of 4 from £214* with DFDS, Irish Ferries or P&O Ferries. You can also sail from Newhaven to Dieppe with DFDS from £257* return.

Fuel and motorway tolls based on a hatchback family unleaded car are £100 return from Calais to Honfleur and £46 Dieppe to Honfleur.

*Prices correct as of 25 April 2024

Total: £744 via Calais (£733 via Dieppe)

No tent, no problem!

If you don’t have a tent or van then you can upgrade your stay at Camping Domaine de La Catinière, with a Coco Unusual Nature 2-bed suite in a mobile home with terrace for £940 for the two-weeks.

Total: £1,254 via Calais (£1,243 via Dieppe)

Prefer a holiday cottage?

Le Theil Bocage cottage in Normandy Credit: Brittany Ferries

If camping is not your thing and you like the comfort of a proper roof over your head, a soft bed and a private bathroom then packages with Brittany Ferries which include the ferry and a cottage are available from £1,556.10 for two-weeks departing 17 August.

Ferry from Portsmouth to Caen for a standard car and family of 4 departing 17 August, staying in a detached cottage in Swiss Normandy. https://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/holidays/details/qn1153/le-theil-bocage

Total: £1,556.10

Extra money saving tips from Discover Ferries:
  • Avoid toll routes to reduce the cost of driving but be aware that this adds considerable time to your journey.
  • Bring your own camping fridge and cooker and stock up at the hypermarket to save on food costs.
  • Dining out? Eat your main meal at lunch time, restaurants often have a great value plat du jour.
  • Members of the Caravanning and Motorhome Club get a discount at many campsites when booking through the club website: https://www.caravanclub.co.uk/overseas/france/normandy/le-domaine-de-la-catiniere/
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