What do you think when you think of camping? Is it cold nights on rough ground, soggy socks and pitching tents in the rain? Well think again. A camping holiday with Canvas Holidays couldn’t be more different. We give you all the freedom of camping without the feeling of having to rough it. Picture yourself relaxing in comfortable accommodation, surrounded by beautiful countryside, enjoying a glass of local wine while the barbecue sizzles and the children play nearby…
Canvas knows camping
Canvas Holidays was the first tour operator to offer package mobile home and camping holidays to Europe 50 years ago. Today we consider ourselves camping experts, with a variety of hand-picked campsites across Europe. Our campsites combine all the features of a luxury hotel-style resort, with fantastic pool complexes, bars, restaurants and shops. There are also plenty of activities to enjoy from children’s clubs and tennis courts to golf courses.
You make the rules
One of the great advantages of a camping holiday is the total flexibility. You choose your own departure day, and stay on as many campsites as you wish. Travel is totally flexible too, with a choice of ferry crossings available, or a fly-drive option if you prefer. Once on site, the freedom continues – unlike hotels or guesthouses, you get up at your leisure, eat when you want and wear what you want to dinner. You set the pace of your adventure.
A unique holiday experience
A camping holiday is all about having fun away from the stresses of everyday life. Get outdoors, breathe the fresh air and enjoy the open space. The memories of your new adventures will last a lifetime – swimming outdoors, driving in Europe, taking the children to the bakery to buy your morning baguette or enjoying an al fresco breakfast.
Perfect for families
It’s hard to find a holiday that will appeal to the whole family, but we are experts at keeping everyone entertained. Campsites are designed with families in mind – you’ll find everything you need, from wonderful pool complexes and twisting waterslides to a wide choice of sporting activities and entertainment. Children will love the freedom to play outside all day, discovering new places and making new friends. What’s more, our FamilyExtra club is also available on selected campsites, meaning mum and dad can relax for a few hours, or you can take part in the activities as a family.
Camping is for couples too
Whether you love city sightseeing, relaxing on the beach or discovering the gastronomic delights of a region, we have ideal escapes for couples. Explore the vineyards close to our campsites in Burgundy, tour the Tuscan countryside or bask on the golden sands of the Côte d’Azur.
Travelling out of the main holiday season means that you can take advantage of quieter resorts, when the weather is often as warm. We also offer short breaks of 3-6 nights if you just want to escape for a few days or a long weekend. With many campsites within easy reach of regional airports, you can be relaxing on site within a couple of hours.
Luxury camping is not an oxymoron with Canvas! We have a fantastic range of accommodation available, starting with our spacious Maxi Tent. It has two separate bedrooms and a separate kitchen area, equipped with a four-ring cooker and grill, plus fridge and ice box. With a separate living area away from the kitchen, curtains at the windows and electric lighting throughout, this is no ordinary tent!
If you prefer a little more luxury, we have a range of mobile homes, from our 2 bedroom Classic to the 3 bedroom Deluxe. If you’re travelling with a big family group, why not try our exclusive Deluxe Lodges at Berny Rivière near Paris, which sleep up to ten people. For a more unique experience you could even stay in the heart of the French countryside in a Roulotte de Campagne, our bohemian-style gypsy caravans.
All accommodation is fully equipped with a comprehensive range of crockery, cutlery, pots, pans and kitchen utensils – everything you need for a great self-catering holiday. We also provide a garden patio set and barbecue.
We’re here to help
Taking a camping holiday with Canvas won’t leave you alone in the wilderness. When you arrive on site, you’ll be greeted by our friendly and knowledgeable team. Your accommodation is cleaned before you arrive, and someone is on hand throughout your stay, whenever you need them. You’ll also find a reception area packed with ideas for exploring the local area, plus a selection of books and board games to keep everyone amused.
What to take with you
All accommodation is equipped with pillows and blankets so you just need to bring sheets, pillowcases and towels, or you can use our linen hire service. We supply kitchen essentials like crockery, pots, pans and cooking utensils such as tin openers and scissors, but remember to bring dish cloths and tea towels. If you are arriving late at night, you may want to take a few basic items, such as washing up liquid, tea bags, coffee and sugar.
If you’ve never driven in Europe before, don’t panic, we have plenty of useful advice for first-timers on our website. Before you set off, remember that when driving in most European countries, it is compulsory to carry with you a spare set of bulbs, first aid kit, warning triangle and high visibility jacket, plus headlight beams must be adjusted for right hand drive.
Finally, you’ll need a GB/IRL bumper sticker, which we’ll supply with your tickets. Then you’re all set for your camping adventure!