Take a short break in France from just pounds 39

The Independent and Independent on Sunday in association with Driveline Europe have arranged this super value short break offer to France. From just pounds 39 per person you can escape to France for a one night break and choose from a selection of top resorts in Northern France, most of them within 50 minutes drive of Calais. All properties have been selected for their individuality, charm or convenient location.

Choose from Nineteen selected properties

Each day between Friday 4th April and Monday 7th April in The Independent and Independent on Sunday we will be featuring a selection of delightful locations for you to chose from, such as Le Touquet, Montreuil, Boulogne and St Omer as well as charming countryside properties and city locations such as Lille and Arras.

What's included

The offer includes a 48 hour return car crossing with P&O European Ferries to Calais and one night sharing a twin/double room with shower (or bath) and continental breakfast. All prices are per person based on two or four people sharing a car. For a supplement you can upgrade your accommodation. The maximum stay abroad is two nights, the extra night price is indicated next to each hotel (maximum stay abroad 48 hours). For details of Le Shuttle see below. Simply refer to the price chart to see which category your chosen hotel falls into.

Crossing the Channel

Prices include up to, and/or 48 hour return travel on P&O European Ferries. If you wish to travel out or back with P&O European Ferries on or between 1-6 May or 23-31 May please add pounds 30 per car. If you wish to travel Le Shuttle from Folkestone add pounds 25 per car for bookings between April and June, or add pounds 30 per car during half-term or Bank Holiday. Between July and August the price for P&O European Ferries and Le Shuttle is the same. P&O European Ferries from Dover and Le Shuttle from Folkestone depart regularly. Please indicate on the booking form your approx. preferred hours of departure/return. Driveline will try to book you within two hours of your requested time. You must check in at least 40 minutes prior to the time indicated on your tickets. (Le Shuttle are not currently operating a turn up and go service, please allow plenty of time to purchase duty-free prior to travel).

How to Book

There is no need to collect tokens, simply complete the booking form above giving a first and second choice of departure date and hotel. Please make sure your first and second choice of hotel are from the same price category. The first date for travel is 18th April. Dates shown as not available are given as guidelines only and subject to change. Bookings must be received at least seven working days prior to your first requested date of departure. Bookings will not be accepted by telephone. Travel insurance is available at the special price of pounds 10 pp. Details of the cover are available from Driveline Europe Ltd in advance on request by calling 01707 660011. No refunds on insurance. All bookings will be verified by confirmation invoice and tickets are normally issued five days prior to departure. A binding contract between you and Driveline Europe Ltd will come into existence when Driveline despatch a confirmation invoice.

Terms and Conditions

All bookings are on request subject to availability. You must travel out and back with the same carrier. The offer is available to readers aged 18 years or over. You will require a valid EC passport and any necessary visas. The offer applies to cars up to 6.5m long only. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Some hotels charge tourist tax locally (approx. FF6 pp per day). Most hypermarkets/shops are closed on Sundays. Not all hotels have restaurants. Parking, where available may be extra. Readers should be aware that no changes, amendments, refunds or cancellations are permitted with this offer. In accordance with the Package Holidays and Package tours regulation (1992), Driveline Europe Ltd operate a Clients Trustee account whereby all monies paid to them by clients are held in a separate bank account until the contract has been fully performed i.e.. the return date as confirmed by Driveline Europe has passed. No cheques for departures within 14 days.

Hostellierie du Chateau des Tourelles


Le Wast A small village just 10 minutes drive from Boulogne.

Hostellierie du Chateau des Tourelles** A small family run Logis which offers a warm welcome and excellent home made cuisine. Rooms basic. Category A. Extra night pounds 22pp. Not available: 3/5, 26/6.

Aire Sur La Lys A quaint countryside location just 29 miles from Calais and St Omer.

Hostellerie des Trois Mousquetaires*** A small family run 19th century chateaux in seven acres of gardens, park land and lakes. Category C. Extra night pounds 45pp. Not available: 26, 28/4, 26/7.

Montreuil A delightful fortified town and the inspiration for Victor Hugo's `Les Miserables'. There is a charming market square, restaurants and small shops.

Hauts de Montreuil** The oldest inn in Montreuil. It has a restaurant and bar, wine cellars and cheese caves. Most rooms are in a new annexe. Category B. Extra night pounds 29pp. Not available: 11-12, 24-29/4, 17-18,23- 25/5, 30/6,

4-5/7, 25-27/7, 1-3/8.

Hotel de France. Originally a 17th Century coaching inn. It's interior has been subject to an unusual, yet artistic transformation which exudes character and curiosity. Category B. Extra night pounds 27pp. Not available: 5, 25-27/7 and 1-3/8.


A must for visitors interested in the arts, music, culture shopping and fine cuisine.

The Grand Bellevue*** An 18th century Bourbon hotel in the heart of the city. Add pounds 8 per night for room with bath. Category A. Extra night pounds 25pp. Not available: 8-10,

26-29/5, 4-6,13,17-19/6.

Hostellerie des Trois Mousquetaires

For single room supplement (pp per night) use extra night price. The car & 3 price refers to three adults sharing a room. One child sharing the parents room is pounds 15 per night (breakfast extra). For details and prices of hotels with family rooms for 2 adults and 2 children call Driveline Europe.

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