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All aboard for a fun-filled family trip to France on the ferry

All aboard for a fun-filled family trip to France on the ferry

In the second of a two-part series on holidaying to France with Brittany Ferries, we look at a mid-term family holiday with a difference. Now summer is drawing to a close why not plan an Autumn trip that is full of adventure!

What do you pack when travelling abroad for a week in the sun with your family? You'll need about a dozen outfits for each child, not to mention yourself. Your two-year-old refuses to go anywhere without his favourite - and bulky - toy. The baby comes with a massive changing bag and she definitely needs her buggy - and now you mention it, the toddler could do with a stroller as well.

You were thinking of renting a car to take in the spectacular sights of the French coast, so car seats for each child need to be considered.

At this stage, you're surrounded by luggage and wondering how you'll carry the bags as well as guide your children safely through a busy airport before navigating your way to your destination when you land, right?

It's time to picture a different situation.

Many visitors to Brittany enjoy staying in gites and cottages.
Many visitors to Brittany enjoy staying in gites and cottages.

Instead, fill your car boot and the roof rack with what you need, strap the kids into their seats with toys, tablets and treats to keep them occupied and happy, and drive aboard a comfortable ferry, where everyone can be entertained for the journey, making the trip just as enjoyable as the rest of your holiday. You could even bring everyone’s bikes for a cycling trip while you’re away.

Brittany Ferries offers two overnight sailings between Cork and Roscoff each week, so not only could you settle down in a comfortable cabin in Ireland and wake up in another country with your children, you’ll be well entertained on the way over.

Children enjoying the excellent facilities on board Brittany Ferries.
Children enjoying the excellent facilities on board Brittany Ferries.

There is a programme of children’s entertainment onboard the Pont-Aven, which takes 14 hours to reach its destination in Brittany. In addition, your kids could catch up with some great movies in one of two state-of-the-art cinemas or be captivated by the offerings in the computer games room. Of course, there is also free WiFi which is great for both parents and children.

There are great savings available onboard for the savvy shopper, so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect thank you gift for the neighbour who’s minding your house or the friend taking care of your dog. Speaking of Fido, there’s no reason he can’t join in the fun.

Pets welcome on board

Pets are welcome on board Brittany Ferries and instead of missing you at home, your dog could join you for the adventure of their life, saving you from expensive kennel fees and sad puppy-dog eyes.

If you're looking for a genuine home from home whilst on holiday, not too far away but somewhere completely removed, a cottage is the perfect solution. Your own base from where you can enjoy the freedom to come and go as you please.

Roscoff Harbour, the pleasant first view of Brittany for visitors travelling by ferry.
Roscoff Harbour, the pleasant first view of Brittany for visitors travelling by ferry.

Once you arrive in Roscoff there’s a variety of great things to do and places to see; set up base in one of the many cottages in the area and explore the French countryside. Nearby are charming châteaux, gardens, canals and rivers that are calling out to be discovered, as well as provincial towns and villages.

While the lights of Paris might be calling out to you, it would make for a more memorable family holiday if you point your car in the direction of one of the lesser-known areas of France. Stand out from the Disneyland Paris crowd on Instagram by sharing your photos from Concarneu, Carnac or Quimper. Forget the magic of Mickey Mouse - your kids will be convinced they’ve landed into Diagon Alley as they walk through the walled town of Concarneu or weave through the medieval streets of Quimper.

Take off on an incredible adventure for the whole family in Carnac. Forêt Adrénaline is located just 10 minutes from the centre of Carnac and offers 18 acrobatic courses suitable for all ages and all levels. Swing, jump, glide on ropes and masts from 50cm to 17 metres high.

Further afield is the port city of Brest, which has plenty to choose from to entertain your happy holidaymakers. After travelling via ferry to France, it’s the perfect place to continue your nautical-themed vacation. Little scientists will love Océanopolis, an ocean-oriented science and cultural centre with 50 different aquarium tanks.

In the Château de Brest, the oldest building in the city, Brest’s Naval Museum can be found. It features the command panels of a Second World War destroyer, which is sure to fascinate your little ones.

Enjoy the beauty and calm of Josselin, Brittany, France.
Enjoy the beauty and calm of Josselin, Brittany, France.

Great value special offers

With Brittany Ferries you save 15% on all Cork to Roscoff fares and onboard accommodation when you book at least 2 nights accomodation (4 if self-catering) from our vast selection of hotels, cottages, villas.

    Sail & Stay holidays include:
  • Return cruise on either the économie service Connemara or the flagship Pont-Aven to France with your car
  • Two nights on board with an en-suite inside 4 berth cabin each way

With increased sailings from Cork to Roscoff, Brittany is now even more accessible, with the ability to enjoy both short breaks and longer stay holidays. Not only is there a choice of two sailings a week and also services; no frills (Connemara) or cruise ferry (Pont-Aven).

Make your summer last longer and enjoy a break in Brittany this autumn. Avoid the hassle of flying and take our car packed with everything you need, and enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace. Visit Brittany Ferries for more info


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