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LIST: CAMPING HOLIDAY (EUROPEAN) TOUR OPERATORS

These are UK tour operators specialising in self-drive, self-catering, family holidays in mobile homes or tents at holiday parks or campsites on the continent.
3 Seasons Elite 0870 7200 560 Fully equipped mobile homes and chalets in 100 European campsites. Part of the Mark Hammerton Group (see below)
Alan Rogers Travel Service 01892 55 98 98 For 35 years, the Alan Rogers Travel Guides have been providing reviews of campsites all over Europe. Now, the Alan Rogers name has become a specialist brand of the Mark Hammerton Group (see below) with a 'warts 'n all' brochure featuring 79 fully-inspected campsites across Europe. There is also a separate brochure offering a pitch and ferry service, with 225 campsites in 10 countries for those holidaying with their own equipment. (Best to view this site in IE, the search facility doesn't work in Firefox)
Blakes 08700 781300 Blakes Holiday Parks & Lodges 2004 brochure features 79 family fun parks and lodges (mobile home & chalet) through the England, Scotland & Wales.
Camping Cheque 0906 22 44 800 A 'go-as-you-please' touring system for campers, caravanners and motor-home owners travelling off-peak (IE not July/Aug). Each £8.50 cheque covers a one-night stay at 331 sites in 17 countries. Part of the Mark Hammerton Group.
Canvas Holidays 01383 629000 Pound sign Long-standing independent self-drive mobile home & camping holiday company.
Carisma 01923 287339 Carisma (yes, it is spelt that way!) specialise in top-end mobile homes at less well-known campsites with a good mix of nationalities (not dominated by UK holiday-makers) located right on the beach in either Southern Brittany, the Southern Vendee or South-west France. Their latest - new for the 2006 season - is at Les Sables d'Olonne in the Southern Vendee, and allows direct access from the campsite onto a glorious long sandy beach. They've also introduced a new and exclusive design of luxury 3-bedroom mobile home.
Charles Alexander 0161 688 8402 French camping holidays at 45 sites across France.
Eurocamp 0844 273 5676 Pound sign One of the key players in the camping holiday sector. They've been around since 1973 and they cover a huge range of holiday parks and campsites throughout Europe. They also have a very sophisticated website with 'virtual travel consultants' to help narrow your choice of holiday location. Sister brand, Keycamp, has now been 'assimilated' (as Capt Kirk might put it!) into the Eurocamp 'collective'.
Europarcs 0870 109 59 69 Specialists in self-catering mobile-home holidays in parks in France & Spain.
Fleur Travel 01253 593333 Self-drive camping and mobile home holidays in a choice of 20 campsites throughout France.
Forces Holidays 0870 240 1132 Holidays at over 100 campsites through Canvas (see above) exclusively for members of the Royal Air Force, Army, Navy, Reservists, M.O.D, Retired Members of H.M. Forces, Royal British Legion Members, U.S. Forces, Canadian Forces, N.A.T.O. Forces, Attached civilian to any of above, Police Force, Prison Service, Ambulance Service & NHS employees.
French Freedom Holidays 01724 282303 ** Ceased Trading 05/04/13 - Sudden ending. Under administration. Sad. ** "low cost" mobile home and camping holidays in Brittany, Vendee, Charente, Gironde, Gascony, Dordogne, Paris and the South of France.
French Life 08704 29 21 88 A small range of camping holidays in their portfolio of villas, cottages, & hotels. Mostly in the South & West of France.
Go Camping UK 01379 678711 Camping holidays in Norfolk and Suffolk. Holidays in bookable pre-pitched family tents or bring your own. Cycle tours offered too.
Holiday Cheque 0870 7200 560 Bargain pricing at 3 Seasons Elite campsites. Part of Mark Hammerton Group (see below)
Ian Mearns Holidays 01993 822655 Long-standing (21 yrs in 2006) specialist operator. Self-drive family camping & mobile home holidays in 14 French campsites.
Mark Hammerton Travel 01892 52 54 56 Mark Hammerton set up his specialist camping company in 1999 (he used to work for one of his competitors) and hasn't looked back. The Mark Hammerton group now has several camping-related brands each covering a particular niche: Alan Rogers Travel Service, Camping Cheque, Holiday Cheque, 3 Seasons Elite, and Mark Hammerton Travel.
Matthews Holidays 01483 285213 Self-drive mobile home & campsite holidays in French holiday parks, most close to beaches in Brittany and the Vendee.
Park Resorts 0844 210 2013 39 caravanning and camping holiday parks around the UK coast, particularly East Anglia and along the North Sea coast.
Select Sites 01873 859876 Select Sites specialises in arranging holidays for independent campers, caravanners and motor-caravanners travelling to Europe. They have a database of over 170 sites in Europe. As well as an advance booking service they offer a 'Tour As You Please' programme with prepaid vouchers.
Siblu Holidays 0871 911 2288 Pound sign Siblu (formerly 'Haven Europe') is an independent owner/operator of 15 French holiday parcs in coastal and rural locations from Normandy to the Côte d’Azur with plenty of nearby towns, beaches and attractions to explore.
South Lakeland Holidays 015396 78046 UK holiday park operator with 9 locations in the English Lake District and Morecambe Bay area, ranging from smaller caravan parks to larger holiday villages complete with timber lodges and leisure facilities.
Thomson Al Fresco 0870 060 1378 Thomson launched this new programme of campsite holidays back in Nov 03, featuring a wide selection of holiday parks in France, Spain & Italy, with a 3-tier range of specially designed (by Linda Barker) mobile homes.
Ugogo 08703 667 606 Mobile home specialist operator to 150 parks in France, Italy, Spain, Holland and Croatia.
Vacansoleil 0333 700 50 50 Longstanding Dutch-owned tour operator offering camping & mobile home holidays at 325 campsites in 16 European countries. Things to note: they offer a flexible booking system so family/friend groups can stay a combination of mobile home, fixed tents, or empty pitches (handy when some of the party want to bring their own tent); and their market, and pricing, is European (they have offices in several countries) so they are often cheaper at the end of Aug when the peak period is over for many Europeans.
Venue Holidays 01233 629950 Large family tents and mobile homes at campsites in Italy, France and Spain.

Notes

  • The Camping & Caravanning Club offer their members low ferry fares, insurance, and 144 campsites in 16 different countries.
  • In the UK, Haven Holidays operate 35 holiday resort villages/campsites around the coast
  • Suncamp Holidays (0870 432 8226) are an online agency specialising in campsites. You can book online for 154 campsites in 12 countries.
  • Ugogo (08703 667 606) is a specialist online agency combining low-cost flights with campsites in France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. They also sell holidays operated by some of the companies listed above including Eurocamp & Keycamp.

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