Can I do this trip without flying?
Yes, this is a great option for a No Fly Holiday, taking your car with Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth or Plymouth.
This 'No Fly' option would cut the carbon footprint for this trip by around 65%.
Because you wouldn't be paying for flights, luggage or seat selection, in the context of a long trip like this, the difference in price is not substantial. That includes your own sleeping cabin too.
There are regular sailings between Portsmouth and Santander/Bilbao, and between Plymouth and Santander, and we will happily advise on your options. Essentially what we would do is start the holiday on day 7 and end then run it all the way through from there, ending on day 6. That means you will stay in Bilbao at both ends, making for an easy journey to the port. Because of the long road journey between Barcelona and Seville, it makes more sense to catch the high speed train between these and therefore have two hire cars, leaving yours in England. You could instead take your own car (and therefore save the car hire cost included here) and we'll work out a good plan so you don't lose a whole day crossing the country!
Timed right, in 2021 you will spend one night aboard the ferry in each direction. As of 2022, outbound sailings from Portsmouth will take around 30 hours and require two nights on board. The pay off for this is that the new ferries will cut carbon emissions by a further 25% compared to the current boats. The return journeys are usually then just one night. There are no planned changes for the Plymouth route, so it's one night both ways. You will usually have breakfasts and dinners included.
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