often said that Vendée
offers the best climate in easy travelling distance from
Less than half a day's drive from Caen, Cherbourg or St
Malo. The nearest airport is Nantes which is about 1 hour's drive.
driving distances to Dolphin Gites from the cross channel ports are listed
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.
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).