Driving is by far the most flexible option, where you are in control of your own timetable, can take as much luggage as you need (including sport & leisure equipment at no extra charge), stop en route as and when you choose and maybe visit a little vineyard on the way through Burgundy. You can also stay in more than one resort and take day trips to areas of interest, while maximising your leisure time in the resort.
Because we have negotiated great prices with the ferry companies and Eurotunnel we are able to offer the best value for money possible.
For independent travellers we can offer accommodation-only bookings. Most of our resorts are close to the international airports of Geneva, Grenoble, Chambery, Lyon or Turin (see our airlines and car hire companies sections).
We can also arrange competitive car hire.
Eurotunnel with Peak Retreats
All our inclusive holidays include a return Eurotunnel crossing with a car with a FREE FlexiPlus upgrade giving you not only the complete flexibility to travel on the next available departure (whenever you turn-up) but also dedicated Check-In lane, priority boarding and use of the dedicated lounge facilities with complimentary facilities (cars below 1.85m high only). Some supplements for peak dates apply, please see below.
Crossing time is 35mins, with up to 4 departures per hour. IMPORTANT: LPG vehicles not permitted
Last season 95% of our clients who used the FlexiPlus service rated it either Excellent (76%) or Good in their post holiday satisfaction questionnaire.“Flexi-Plus on the Eurotunnel was fantastic - we really appreciated bypassing the queues and the flexibility of not having to worry about what time we arrived at the Eurotunnel Terminal”.Mrs T. Le Christiana, La Tania (9th April 2011)
The benefits of FlexiPlus
Relax and enjoy your journey without having to worry about arriving on time for your departure. Leave from home or from the resort when you are ready and avoid the stress of having to meet a particular departure. During peak travel times, you are kindly requested to respect your reserved departure time as close as possible. The Eurotunnel service is very popular during these peak travel times.
Enjoy use of exclusive Check-in booths/lane where you will be offered the next available departure (3 per hour during most of the day).
Once you are in your designated FlexiPlus lane, you will be boarded on the next shuttle ahead of other passengers. Remember, first on, first off and onwards to your destination.
Designated parking place
If stopping off for a bite to eat or last minute shopping then you are entitled to park in the designated spaces close to the Passenger Terminal Buildings.
The FlexiPlus lounge
The lounge opens 06.00 to 22.00 daily, offering you complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and light meal.
Relax in comfortable surroundings with a free newspaper (one per car) or take advantage of telephone/fax/internet access facilities. There is a small shop for any last minute purchases. On your return enjoy the French FlexiPlus lounge; shop for alcohol and confectionery at fabulous French prices. Due to safety regulations of the FlexiPlus lounge parking area, vehicles over 1.85m high are not permitted to access the lounge facilities (but you can still benefit from all the other benefits).
FlexiPlus fares cost several hundreds £ when booked direct with Eurotunnel, so we are extremely pleased to have negotiated such great deal for you.
Ferry travel with Peak Retreats
Peak Retreats can also book the ferries from Hull-Zeebrugge/Rotterdam if you live in the North of the country or the ferry from the south coast across to France. Choice of Portsmouth-Caen, Poole/Portsmouth-Cherbourg, Portsmouth-St-Malo, Plymouth-Roscoff.
Travel supplements and reductions WINTER 2012/2013 – each way
35 mins crossing time
- up to 3 departures/hour
FREE FlexiPlus Upgrade for all bookings
FlexiPlus includes dedicated Priority Check-In, use of Exclusive Lounge with complimentary facilities* and priority boarding. *only available to cars up to 1.85m high
Eurotunnel dates 2013/2014**:
Out Folkestone-Calais 27-28/12, 14-15/02, 04-05/04
In Calais-Folkestone 04-05/01, 22-23/02, 12-13/04
P&O Ferries12/13 prices
Why P&O Hull-Zeebrugge/Rotterdam? Save miles in the UK and arrive first thing in the morning fresh and ready for your journey in either Zeebrugge or Rotterdam. Zeebrugge to the Alps is roughly the same distance as Calais whilst Rotterdam adds about 70 miles. The P&O ferry terminal is in Europoort which lies approximately 24 miles from the centre of Rotterdam.
Hull-Zeebrugge / Rotterdam
Crossing time 10-13 hours
1 overnight per day
Breakfast & Dinner, save up to 10% on board price by pre-booking. £24 for adults & £14 per child
Brittany Ferries 12/13 prices
6 hours crossing time
- up to 3 departures /day
(Fri out /
Also available Poole/Portsmouth - Cherbourg, Portsmouth-St-Malo, Plymouth-Roscoff
* car above 1.83m – add to above supplements
On board accommodation has to be booked on overnight crossings with P&O Ferries from Portsmouth & Hull and Brittany Ferries, please enquire for cabin and Club Class seats prices
EXTRA CAR £180 RTN (reductions for ferries)
Other Dover-Calais ferry routes options are available as per previous years, please contact our reservations team on 0844 576 0170 for further details
Please note that the supplements shown are calculated on the basis of our tour operator allocated space. Occasionally, space may not be available at these fares, in which case we may have to charge the operator's full brochure price. If this occurs, it will, of course, be made clear to you at the time of booking. The same operator must be used for the outward and return journey.
Miss the queues at the toll plazas and arrive on the slopes first..... Sanef, the French motorway operator has now extended its Liber-t automatic toll payment service to UK motorists. To use the service all you need to do is register online and they will send you a small electronic transponder (or tag) that you attach to your windscreen just behind the rear-view mirror. As you approach the barriers, a device by the barrier will read your transponder (or tag), securely extract your unique reference and then automatically open the barrier without you having to stop. View here to sign up
Snowchains (to buy or hire)
10% discount when you quote Peak Retreats
with Polar Snowchains – 01892 519933
To book your crossing please call us on 0844 576 0170
Opening times Mon-Fri 9am – 6pm (7pm Sept-Mar), Sat 10am – 4pm. Closed bank holidays and Sundays.