DATES: 2023 May 28th-June 8th  ( 12 days/ 11 nights )

COST: € to be confirmed, per person based on two people per car, sharing a hotel room

The cost of the tour is based in euros due to the uncertainty of predicting conversion rates of sterling to euros.

12 DAY TOUR the cost, per person, is based on two people, per car, sharing a hotel bedroom and ferry cabin and include the following:

  • Accommodation in 4 star stylish hotels ( 9 nights )
  • 3-course dinners, ( 11 nights )
  • breakfast daily in hotels
  • Rally plate
  • Comprehensive road book with daily itineraries and detailed route instructions
  • Michelin map with the route highlighted
  • Services of a Tour Director throughout the tour
  • Overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St. Malo with a Club class cabin (We offer a cost reduction to participants who prefer to make their own ferry arrangements).
  • Return overnight ferry from Santander to Portsmouth with a Club class cabin (We offer a cost reduction to participants who prefer to make their own ferry arrangements).


  • Lunches, snacks, coffees, etc.
  • Drinks with dinner
  • Entry to places of interest eg. chateaux, museums, gardens, villas, etc.
  • Autoroute tolls


A 12 days/11 nights tour down France's Atlantic Coast starting with an overnight ferry crossing to St. Malo and finishing in Santander, northern Spain where we catch the overnight ferry back to Portsmouth.

The tour has been designed to be relaxed with 9 nights in 5 hotels, which means that we are spending two nights in each of four hotels so that you can explore the local areas.

Our first hotel, for two nights, is the Domaine de la Breteche, a 5* Relais and Chateau hotel in Missillac, near the ???. The following day we visit ??? with an optional boat trip in the. On our 4th day we then drive south along the Atlantic coast to La Rochelle then cross the bridge to the Ile de Re, an island now joined to the mainland by a toll bridge. Here we stay 2 nights in the chic resort of St. Martin de Re with its charming harbour area.

Our next hotel stop is Arcachon Bay, just south of Bordeaux, where we spend another two nights in the stylish town of Arcachon on a bay.

We then continue south along the Atlantic coast via Biarritz to St. Jean de Luz, another stylish resort, where we spend another two nights.

We then drive over the border into Spain to Santillana del Mar one of Spain's most beautiful villages. The following day we catch the afternoon overnight ferry from Santander to Portsmouth.



Day 1 Sunday, May 28th

Overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St. Malo

Our overnight ferry leaves Portsmouth at 20.15

Once onboard and checked in to your cabin, meet up with fellow tour participants in the a la carte restaurant for dinner.



Day 2 Monday, May 29th

St. Malo to Missilac  ( miles)

The ferry arrives in St.Malo at 8.30 and we assemble at the quayside and then drive south to Loheac where we visit the Manoir de Automobile, a classic car museum.



Lunch is in the nearby village

After lunch, we continue south-west to Rochfort-en-Terre, one of France's most beautiful villages, our afternoon coffee stop.




After coffee, we continue down to Missillac where our hotel for the next two nights is located






Dinner tonight is in the hotel's restaurant.

Day 3 Tuesday May 30th

Missillac, local excursion


Day 4 Wednesday May 31st

Missillac to Ile de Re ( miles)

Our route takes us south to La Rochelle, our lunch stop.



After lunch, we cross the toll bridge onto the Ile de Re.

Our hotel for the next two nights is located in St. Martin de Re on the north of the island.

Dinner, tonight, is in a local restaurant on the harbour.

Day 5 Thursday June 1st

Ile de re , local excursion

Today we relax around the beautiful St.Martin or, for those more adventurous, you can explore the island by car.


Day 6 Friday, June 2nd

Ile de Re to Arcachon  ( 175 miles)

We leave the Ile de Re and return to the mainland and head south via Rochfort and Saintes to Arcachon, just south of Bordeaux

Here our hotel for the next two nights is located


Day 7 Saturday, June 3rd

A day relaxing around Arcachon Bay

Today we stay local and explore the local coastline


In the afternoon we visit Lapin, a quaint Fisherman's village, where almost all the houses are made out of wood.

Dinner tonight is in our hotel

Day 8 Sunday, June 4th

 Arcachon  to St. Jean de Luz ( 110 miles)

We leave Arcachon and return to the motorway and head south to St. Jean de Luz, just south of Biarritz.



Our hotel, for the next two nights, is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Atlantic.


Day 9 Monday, June 5th

St-Jean de Luz, local excursion  

Today, you can relax around the hotel and explore the pretty town


Day 10 Tuesday June 6th

 St. Jean de Luz to Santillana Del Mar, (  145 miles)

We leave St. Jean de Luz, join the motorway and drive across the border into Spain and on to Santillana del Mar, one of Spain's most beautiful villages, where our Parador hotel for the last night of the tour is located in the old medieval town


Day 11 Wednesday June 7th

 Santillana Del Mar to Santander (  20 miles)



Here we catch the 15.15 overnight ferry to Portsmouth which arrives Tuesday at 14.45


Day 12  Thursday  8th June

The Santander ferry arrives at 14.45