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Cheap France Day Trips Discounts & sales incl P&O 'free' wine with £23 day rtn

Last updated: 15 Apr 2014
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Ooh la la! You can hop over to France for a few hours or a day, whether on the boat or by train.

This is a list of super-cheap French trip deals so you can say "au revoir!" to expensive Channel crossings. Routes include Dover to Calais or Dunkirk by ferry and London to Paris/Brussels/Amsterdam via coach.


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P&O logo P&O £24 Dover-Calais car day rtn + 6 btls of wine*Six 'free' btls of wine (norm £18ish) with cross-Channel trip


If you’re looking to make a day trip across the Channel, you may want to grab this deal before it sails. Go via this P&O Ferries* link - the code DIRECTDT should be auto-filled - to get six 'free' bottles of wine (norm £3ish each) when you book a Dover to Calais day return for a car or motorcycle from £24 return.

You have to book by 11.59pm on Tue 24 Mar for travel until Wed 25 Mar and the £24 return is valid on Sun-Fri return journeys only (Saturday sailings are from £29).

Tickets we found that cost £24 in this offer are usually £20-£30 for a return ticket alone. So, although you may be able to find a return ticket slightly cheaper, when you factor in the six bottles of Vive La Vie wine (worth £18ish), this works out as a decent offer if you’re heading over to stock up on booze anyway. 

How to ensure you get the deal

When you book your ticket via the link above, make sure it says 'Promotion' next to the selection you've picked. Return tickets that cost exactly £24 (or £29 on Sat) are 'saver' tickets and will show up as £12 each way. This is its most basic ticket type and there is no flexibility on travel dates and time and they're non-refundable.

Make sure you bring your booking reference number on the day to check-in. Show your voucher (issued at check-in) in the onboard shop on the outward journey only to get your six bottles of Vive La Vie red, white or rose wine. You can't mix and match your wines.

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Up to nine people can travel together in one car. The earliest ferry out is at 00.45am and the latest inbound ferry leaves Calais at 11.25pm. Excludes mini buses, motor homes, vans, caravans and trailers.

Pets are not allowed. If wine is unavailable, P&O Ferries will offer a substitute wine. Tickets are subject to availability. 

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle logoEurotunnel swap Tesco Clubcard points*£10 of Tesco Clubcard points can be swapped for £30 Eurotunnel vouchers

From Folkestone
Go online to Tesco* to convert your Clubcard vouchers. Tesco will send you an email token code within 24hrs.

Once you've got your code, make a booking by ringing 08448 79 70 88. Travel tokens can be used as full or part payment, but you won't get change; the remainder goes back on your Clubcard. Simply pay any extra on a debit or credit card (there are no fees).

Finally, be sure to arrive 30 minutes before your departure time.
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Reward tokens can't be refunded, transferred or exchanged, used in conjunction with any other offers, Eurotunnel products such as insurance or travelling with a pet or with the frequent traveller programme or flexi plus tickets.

See the full T&Cs and Eurotunnel for more info.
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