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TRAVEL INFORMATION

. . . things that might help to arrange your holiday

Cooking holidays are not like the mainstream package holidays that most people are used to. These are bespoke holidays tailored to the requirements of a select few and organised by individuals or small businesses motivated by their enjoyment of their way of life and a desire to share it with you for a brief period.

Being for few in numbers and having none of the buying power of the big multinational travel companies travel arrangements are rarely, if ever, included in a cooking holiday. The reason for this is twofold. Firstly, as I have said there is not the economy of scale to make it cost effective, and secondly, with low-cost flights booked via the Internet now firmly here to stay it is far more cost effective to book your own flights.

Booking your own flights means that you can arrange to fly from where is most convenient to you and by cutting out the middle man you benefit from low pricing.

The same logic applies if you wish to travel by car to a cooking holiday in France. It is cheaper and easier to make your own arrangements, whether it is the booking of a cross channel ferry, raveling through the Chunnel or flying to your destination and then hiring a car locally.

Listed below are links which you may find useful. The list is not exhaustive and you may find others by searching the Internet.

AIRLINES  
 

Ryanair was Europe’s original low fares airline and is still Europe’s largest low fares carrier. In the current year Ryanair will carry over thirty-four million passengers on two hundred and twenty low fare routes across nineteen European countries. They have twelve European bases and a fleet of over one hundred brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with firm orders for a further one hundred and twenty-five new aircraft, which will be delivered over the next seven years. These additional aircraft will allow Ryanair to double in size to over seventy million passengers per annum by 2012. Ryanair currently employs a team of 2,600 people, comprising over twenty-five different nationalities.

Source: Ryanair web site

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EasyJet mission statement:
To provide our customers with safe, good value, point-to-point air services. To effect and to offer a consistent and reliable product and fares appealing to leisure and business markets on a range of European routes. To achieve this we will develop our people and establish lasting relationships with our suppliers.

Source: EasyJet web site

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Flybe believe that low fares do not mean low service! In comparison to the budget competition, Flybe continues to focus on the service they provide in order to satisfy the needs of their valued customers. Whether you are an occasional leisure traveler or use Flybe regularly for business you will find a product that suits your needs.

Source: Ryanair web site

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Our Company
Opodo is the first truly Pan-European travel service created to address the real needs of today's traveler. We offer access to over 500 airlines, 45,000 hotel properties and more than 7,000 car rental locations worldwide - as well as travel insurance, all on an easy to use and inspiring site. Opodo is owned by nine of Europe's leading airlines: Aer Lingus, Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa and by GDS and travel technology provider, Amadeus.

Our Website
Opodo aims to provide travelers with the tools, information and inspiration they need to go where they want, when they want and how they want. Opodo hopes to bring an end to online travel frustrations. We have undertaken extensive research to find out what travelers really want in online travel, and have provided a service to suit. Our site is built for ease of use and aimed at those with limited time or people seeking inspiration to help plan their travels. Opodo will set new levels of customer service, connecting you with real travel experts who will provide advice and information and help you book your perfect holiday or business trip. Best of all, we offer thousands of special fares to popular destinations to make Opodo the first choice in online travel.

Source: Opodo web site

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FERRY OPERATORS  
 
Brittany Ferries has a great route network to help you quickly reach fantastic destinations in France and Spain. Their direct routes to Brittany, Normandy and Spain take you closer to your holiday destination, saving you miles of unnecessary driving. Also, their service to Santander on the Pont-Aven is by far the quickest way to reach Spain by ferry.

Services continue throughout the winter, so once the summer crowds have gone, you’ll be able to enjoy these destinations even more. Their arrival ports in France and Spain are delightful places to visit in themselves, and they’re all well connected to the main road networks to speed you to an onward destination.

Source: Brittany Ferries web site

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Norfolkline is now part of DFDS Seaways

Motorist's only
Their passenger service is dedicated exclusively to the motoring passenger and with no coach parties or foot passengers there are less crowds in their lounges, bars and restaurants.

Award winning ferry service - judge it for yourself
Readers of The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph voted Norfolkline Best European Ferry Operator in 2004. They were also voted as the leading cross channel operator in 2004 by the readers of The Guardian and The Observer.

Source: Norfolk Line web site

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P&O Ferries has the largest and best fleet of vessels serving the English Channel and North Sea routes to the Continent.

Source: P & O Ferries web site

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In the UK: the Eurotunnel terminal is situated at Folkestone in Kent off junction 11A of the M20. The Junction is clearly signposted 'Channel Tunnel' along the motorway. On leaving the motorway follow the approach road to their Check-In booths.

In France: the Eurotunnel terminal is situated at Coquelles in Pas-de-Calais off junction 42 of the A16 motorway. The junction is clearly signposted 'Tunnel sous la Manche' along the motorway. On leaving the motorway, follow the approach road to their Check-In booths.

Source: Euro Tunnel web site

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TRAVEL INSURANCE  
 

Travel insurance from the post office is up to 50% cheaper* than some high street travel agents and free for under 18s**. To get a quote and buy online, enter your cover type and travel details on the web site or call free on 0800 169 9999. Calls may be recorded or monitored.

* Based on a single trip of 15 days in Europe for two adults and three children.

** Free cover for named dependent children under 18 when traveling with a parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt or legal guardian who has travel insurance from the post office.

Source: Post Office web site

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