DFDS Launches ‘See Ports’ Campaign to Encourage UK Travellers to Visit French Port Towns
Exclusive discounts for top attractions and events in Calais & Dunkirk.
Every year, DFDS transports more than 1.8 million passengers to the French ports of Calais and Dunkirk using their popular ferry crossings from Dover, and yet only a small percentage take the time to enjoy these bustling port towns for themselves.
DFDS, in partnership with the Calais Tourism Office and Dunkirk Tourism Office, has launched ‘See Ports’ – a campaign encouraging its passengers to take the time to experience all that these vibrant towns have to offer. DFDS is also offering exclusive discounts for local attractions such as the World War II Museum in Calais and Princess Elizabeth Restaurant and Tea-room in Dunkirk, in addition to free entry to Dunkerque Wine and Beer Fair (26-29 October), to further entice people to visit*.
To launch the campaign, DFDS visited both Dunkirk and Calais to ask locals and visitors what it is that they love most about the destinations – with the beaches, good food and culture being popular choices in both towns.
Calais has long been an important gateway for trade – however this friendly town is the perfect spot for anyone wanting to spend a long weekend in a quaint, traditional setting.
Residents describe the town as both interesting and endearing, with the beach being a favourite spot for those seeking sun, sea and sand in the warmer months. Alternatively, for those looking to try out adrenaline pumping water-sports, the beach provides ideal conditions for wind-surfing and kite-surfing year-round.
Following the success of last year’s blockbuster film Dunkirk, a record one million visitors travelled to the historic city of Dunkirk in 2017. Tourists are welcomed by locals who love sharing everything there is to do and see, with many taking the time to visit the famed World War II Museum, as well as the iconic beach and coastline.
Dunkirk is also an underrated haven for foodies – visitors can enjoy the unique gastronomic offering on board the Princess Elizabeth and join the locals at one of the bustling bistros offering fresh fish, cheeses and wine from the region.
DFDS operates daily sailings between Dover-Dunkirk (from £39 each way for a car with maximum of nine people) and Dover-Calais (from £45 each way for a car with maximum of nine people).
To book a trip, or to find out more about the exclusive ‘See Ports’ offers ranging from discounted entrance fees for museums, gardens and historical sites, to sporting activities, and food & drink, visit dfds.co.uk.
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Elsa Findlay/Charlotte Wright/Arabella Halfhide/Rachel Sewell/Katie Raby
T: +44 (0)20 3440 8930
DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of around 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.
DFDS prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe. In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Newcastle to Amsterdam and Newhaven to Dieppe.
DFDS has been named the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last 7 years (2011-2017) as well as ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ (2012-18).
DFDS currently operates up to 54 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes. DFDS also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam. In addition, the DFDS network includes a passenger and freight service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four daily sailings and is operated by Transmanche Ferries.
For further information about DFDS, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes from the UK, visit www.dfds.co.uk.