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Make The Most Of This Valentine's Day With A Romantic Break Across The Channel 

Date published: 27 January 2012

 With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Leading Dover – France ferry operator, DFDS Seaways (formerly Norfolkline), can provide romantic couples with a quick getaway to some of Europe’s most romantic cities.

And with crossings starting at £29 each way for a car and up to four passengers, a romantic weekend away doesn’t have to break the bank.

As the only ferry operator offering travel from Dover to Dunkirk, couples are able to benefit from an easy route into mainland Europe, to visit a number of romantic places, both in France, as well as Belgium, Switzerland, Holland and Germany.

Chris Newey, passenger director for the English Channel at DFDS Seaways, said: “Europe is home to some of the most romantic destinations in the world for couples to visit. And with a whole host of romantic destinations just a short car journey from the port of Dunkirk, including Bruges, Paris and Lille, it couldn’t be easier to get away for Valentine’s Day or longer!”

Newey continued: “With crossings sailing from Dover to Dunkirk up to 12 times a day, and no luggage restrictions, couples can really make the most of what a number of European destinations have to offer.

For those that are planning something extra special, passengers can also choose to upgrade to the First Class Lounge, which costs from as little as £12 extra per person. This allows couples to make the most of a relaxing environment during their crossing across the Channel.

For ideas on where to take your loved one, DFDS Seaways suggests the following:


France’s Champagne Region

Just two and a half hours drive from Dunkirk is Reims, the centre of the world famous Champagne Region. Romantic couples can celebrate Valentine’s Day by sampling some of the world’s best bubbles whilst on guided tours which include the Taittinger champagne cellars and the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin house.


Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go hand in hand and less than an hour from Dunkirk is the medieval town of Bruges.

The picture book town, known as ‘the Venice of the North’, is interwoven with waterways and canals, perfect for romantic walks. Why not take in the history of the city with a romantic horse carriage ride around the city?  

 Bruges main square



France’s fourth largest metropolitan area is a cosmopolitan city of culture, entertainment, shopping and history. Vieux Lille, is the city’s oldest district, and the winding cobbled streets are full of antique and jewellery shops, perfect to buy that special someone a special gift to mark Valentine’s Day.


The historic harbour town of Dunkirk has some of the best Flemish food on offer. Within the town centre is a number of Michelin starred restaurants including the Hostellerie Le Fox, which has a number of traditional dishes on its menu, served with a modern twist. After enjoying a romantic meal, why not take in the stunning sights of Dunkirk and beyond whilst at the top of the 13th century tower. The views make it one of the most romantic places in France, and a perfect place to propose to your loved one.
For more information about DFDS Seaways, or to find out about the latest sailing times and book tickets, visit www.dfds.co.uk/ferry-to-france or telephone 0871 574 7241.

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