You can fly into Nantes and hire a car, or you can drive
from the UK crossing the Channel by ferry or tunnel. We are located about 3 hours' drive from the Channel port
of St Malo, and about 4-5 hours from the ports of Roscoff, Cherbourg, Caen and Le Havre.
It takes 6 hours on the motorway to drive from Calais and the Channel
tunnel. Nantes airport is a good hour away.
are daily flights to and from Nantes airport from the UK and Ireland. You
can fly into Nantes, hire a car at the airport (which you can book at the same
time as your flights using rentalcars.com), for the duration
of your stay at Dolphin Gites.
you are flying from the UK, Flybe fly to Nantes from Manchester,
fly to Nantes from London Gatwick and Liverpool.
can also fly to La Rochelle (1hour 45 from our gîtes) from London
Stansted or East Midlands with Ryanair.
also fly from London Stansted to Poitiers (2 hour drive).
you are travelling from Ireland, you can fly Ryanair from Dublin to Nantes
or you can sail from Cork to Roscoff in Brittany.
speaking travel agent working with the major operators (Brittany Ferries and Irish
Ferries). They can provide discounts on some ferry crossings. You
can contact them by telephone or e-mail.
should check the regular price of the crossing before contacting them
and you should quote Dolphin Gîtes in order to qualify for the
00 33 2 31 69 98 54 (Tony Cluskey, based in France)
distances from Dolphin Gites to the cross channel ports are listed
Malo/ 170 miles
Havre/ 290 miles
is a quick crossing which only takes about 90 minutes. You will make a big
saving on the price of the crossing, less than half the price of the other
cross-channel routes. The journey from Calais to La Chaize Giraud
takes about 6 hours, depending upon your driving speed. Don't be put off
by the distance, as the roads in
France are excellent, the density of traffic is much less and there are no heavy goods vehicles
on the road on a Sunday.
- Cherbourg or Caen
These are longer crossings (5 to 6 hours) giving you time to
unwind and and enjoy the luxury facilities the modern ferries have to offer,
eg. bars, restaurants, shops
and cinemas. Many people prefer taking the night
crossing with a cabin or reclining seat, so that they are refreshed for the journey ahead of
them in the morning. From
Caen it is motorway all the way (non-toll) and will take around 5
hours, but from Cherbourg the first 100 miles are on A roads and later some
of the motorways are toll.
- St Malo
popular crossing. The night crossing takes about 10 hours but if
you are asleep in your cabin you will be unaware of the time. This crossing leaves the shortest drive in France in the morning
(about 3 hours).
the recent completion of the TGV (high speed train) Nantes to Paris, it
is possible to combine your stay at Dolphin Gites with a trip to
Paris. You may wish to see the sights, or visit Disneyland. The train
journey takes 2 hours, so a day trip is certainly possible,
however, an overnight stay would be more relaxed.