Aquitaine Travel Guide

Clients of Alternative Aquitaine can book their travel arrangements directly with the supplier - we've provided a few signposts below...

Airport Transfers in Aquitaine: Sea Lifts and Atlantic Rescue will transfer to/from airports, railway stations and ferry ports as well as offering chaffeur services during your holiday. Child and baby-seats available free of charge. Fleet includes mini-buses

Ferry Crossings: Brittany Ferries offers multiple options for cross-channel routes, plus the long crossings to Spain - very handy for the south west corner of France!

Car Hire: Sixt is a well-known brand name and has excellent coverage at low-cost flight destinations in France. Holiday Autos is a good alternative.
Insurance 4 CarHire protects you against (huge) car hire excess charges, for a low annual fee - from GBP 49. It's been recommended to us by some of our owners.

Rail Travel: Very few clients think of the train when planning their travel to France. But we think this is a very civilised option, taking you all the way to south west France and you arrive in a relaxed mood. Biarritz and Arcachon are rail-friendly destinations.

Airport Parking & Chauffeurs: Purple Parking is the UK’s largest airport parking operator, and has specialised in car parking for the business and leisure travel market for over 18 years. You can park your own car at the airport, or choose a chauffeur collection service.  Parking4less is used by over 50,000 people each year to book their airport parking and airport hotels at Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester, Stansted and Birmingham airports.

Travel Insurance: The Voyager policy has been designed exclusively for self-drive holidays to France and mainland Europe and it has the security of being underwritten by AXA Insurance - one of Europe's largest insurers. Flexicover is an established travel insurance provider which has been trading for 25 years.

 

24.06.16 BREXIT

So, the nation has voted to leave Europe. How does this affect your holiday booking this summer?

It doesn't. Nothing will change.

If the balance payment is still outstanding on your holiday account, there is NO CHANGE to your original price. There will be no surcharging from us.

BBC Reality Check: 'Do I need a new passport?' and other Brexit questions 

Q&A: What does Brexit mean for travel?

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26.05.16 FUEL CRISIS & INDUSTRIAL ACTION IN FRANCE

Given the news today concerning the French workers' strikes at oil refineries, we just wanted to reassure clients who are currently in France, or who will be departing for France very shortly.

We have kept in close contact with our Area Manager (based in Hossegor) all week, and she has confirmed that there is currently no issue with fuel in south west France. Friends of hers have just driven south from Brittany, and have had no problems. We have two colleagues working in the area this week and they, also, have experienced no issues. It seems that the strikes are mainly affecting the north and north-western part of the country, particularly around the ports and in the cities.

Our current advice would therefore be as follows, but do keep an eye on the links below to stay abreast of any changes:

We hope this information helps - and we wish you an enjoyable stay in France!

STAYING SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

The following links are helpful resources both before you travel and during your holiday overseas:

  • Passports - https://www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/passports
  • Travelling abroad - https://www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/travel-abroad
  • Foreign Office advice - https://www.gov.uk/travelaware

If you or any member of your party have any disabilities, it is extremely important that we make the necessary arrangements to make your holiday go smoothly. We must therefore insist that you contact our offices on +44(0)1395 576655 or email info@alternative-aquitaine.co.uk before completing any reservation to ensure comptability for the holiday that you choose.

There is a very useful Checklist for Disabled and Less Mobile Passengers available on ABTA's website.

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