Aquitaine Travel Guide

If you are making plans to travel in Europe after 31 January 2020, do have a look at ABTA's excellent latest travel advice page which provides helpful & important information regarding visas, transport, travel documents and insurance.  

ABTA Latest Brexit Travel Advice


The latest published Government advice on Brexit can be found here:  and there is also specific infomation on visiting the EU after Brexit here:


The AA's provides helpful general travel advice for driving in France:  The most important thing to note is that if you are driving to France after 31 January 2020 you will need an International Driving Permit (IDP) which is specific to the countries through which you will be passing.  To drive to France directly from the UK you will need a 1968 IDP and your driving licence:  An IDP can be purchased at a cost of £5.50 from Post Office branches in the UK and will be valid for 3 years.



If you are considering taking a pet to France with you then you should contact your vet ideally 4 months before you travel in order to ensure that you are able to comply with any pet travel restrictions that are related to Brexit.



Here is a link to the latest Foreign Office travel advice, both general information and for France specifically: ​

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 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.

Another option is Europe Transfer who offer 10% discount to Alternative Aquitaine clients. Pop on to their website to book direct using code AA10. Europe Transfer is an independent transfer company providing luxury yet affordable airport transfers from Biarritz, Bordeaux, Bilbao and San Sebastian to destinations throughout Aquitaine and north west Spain. We provide a transfer that forms part of the holiday rather than just getting you from A to B and so we offer clients a business class style transfer at affordable prices. We do this through the quality of our vehicles and drivers, together with added features such as WiFi, iPads packed with films and Netflix, headphones, USB charging points and cables. We also offer clean MaxiCosi child and baby seats free of charge, for those requiring them. Our VW Caravelles seat 8 passengers, with leather seating, individual climate control and plenty of luggage space.  

Also try: Atlantic Rescue and Sun Transfers.

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: Holiday Autos is a well-known brand name and has excellent coverage at low-cost flight destinations in France. Sixt is a good alternative. To cover yourself against extortionate car hire excess charges, you could buy an annual policy from Insurance for Car Hire.

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.


We know all of our properties very well and pride ourselves on having visited every location in our portfolio.  If you or any member of your party have any disabilities, we would be very keen to ensure that we find a holiday property that will be suitable for your needs.  Please contact our offices on +44(0)1395 576655 or email before completing any reservation to ensure compatibility 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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