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Heathrow to Normandy to CDG Please help with transportation details

Heathrow to Normandy to CDG Please help with transportation details

Jul 22nd, 2013, 12:22 PM
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Heathrow to Normandy to CDG Please help with transportation details

Our plan for May 2014 is to fly into Heathrow rent a car for a week and explore southern England. Then we want to go to Normandy and explore that area with a different rental car.

Should we rent the car at Heathrow and return at Heathrow and take the Eurostar to Paris. Then rent a car and drive to Normandy?

Or can we rent the car at Heathrow and return near Dover and take the Eurostar from there?

Or should we take the ferry across the channel and rent a car in Calais, and drop it off at CDG when we fly out?

Where is the best location (city) to rent the car in France if we will be arriving via train and flying out of CDG? We have another week in France.

we have already spent time in Paris and London so do not plan on time in these cities.

Need some ideas on the best way to plan this trip. Not sure if the Eurostar of ferry would be more cost effective, plus the issue of car rental and drop off.
Thanks for any suggestions
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Jul 22nd, 2013, 12:38 PM
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Why not rent the car in Heathrow, drop it off at an English port with a ferry to Calais, Dieppe, Cherbourg or St. Malo, and pick up the car for your French tour at the arrival port to be returned to CDG at the end of your trip?
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Jul 22nd, 2013, 12:55 PM
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The classic Normandy for American tourists is in and around Caen and Bayeux - the D-day Embarkment beaches which are quite a ways from Calais - but frequent ferries run from southern England like Portsbouth to Oustreham - a few miles from Caen - and where you can rent a car or to Cherbourg where you can also rent a car. There are even some overnight ferries though catamaran-type boats in the day do it in just a few hours with fares - this would be the most logical if you want to go to the classic Normandy for Yanks - the Bayeux area and Bayeux makes a wonderful base just a few miles from the D-Day beaches - just about the only city in the area not blitzed during WW2 and a lovely old town with a famous cathedral and famous Queen Matilda's Tapestry documenting the Norman Invasion of England in 1066 - now in a local museum (https://www.google.com/search?q=quee...=1600&bih=1075).
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Jul 22nd, 2013, 01:03 PM
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Look at the options with Brittany Ferries, we often take the ferry from Portsmouth to Caen, no need to head over to Dover unless you are in Kent. Really depends on where you plan to travel in England, southeast or southwest.

You can get on Eurostar at Ashford, Kent and get off in Calais, just over half an hour. You could look at that as an option.
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Jul 22nd, 2013, 01:44 PM
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Oustreham being the port for Caen - buses from the docks go to the town center if you cannot collect your rental car at the docks.
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Jul 22nd, 2013, 05:48 PM
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Thank you for your replies. I did not even think about taking a ferry from Portsmouth. Now to decide where we want to spend our time in Southern England.
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