I should start by saying that I have never taken a ferry to Europe. Have only been twice and have flown both times.
I live in the east mids and wanted to take the kids to efteling in the may half term.
Will the following work? 1. Ferry from Hull to Rotherham, arrive in the am 2. Drive to efteling, stay for 2 nights 3. Drive to Paris, stay there for 2 or 3 nights 4. Drive to Calais and take ferry back to Dover 5. Drive home
How long does it take from the reported ferry arrival time to actually bing on the road? How long does immigration, etc take?
Also on the return leg, is Paris a good idea? (have never been) or should we go somewhere in Brussels and take another route back?
Kids will be 8 and 5 and DH will be travelling to.
we always drive but stop off in Bruges which is lovely. Rotterdam is a bit of a nightmare though unless its in the middle of the night. Its ring road after ring road. Prefer the drive from calais or Zeebrugger
We actually stay in Centreparcs but have also stayed in the town Walwijk once. Its about an hour drive either from Rotterdam or 3 hrs to Calais if i remember correctly. Zeebruger is 2 hours but a bit longer on ferry. I prefer a longer drive and a lot less time on ferry. We stopped using Hook of Holland when they stopped the fast crossings. Last time we were at Kempervennen which isnt far from Eftling and spent the day in Bruges on way back. But we have stayed over night in Bruges before.
we did similar - newcastle-amsterdam week at cp including visiting eftelling then came back dunkirk-dover -cheaper and less busy than calais when we travelled - booked the lounge on the boat which was excellent. no issues through customs/ etc at either side.
my kids really enjoyed the playmobil land on the edge of paris - cheap and good few hours fun.