Enjoy the year of slow travel

2020 was dubbed as the year of slow travel… It didn’t quite go to plan but we want to keep the theme going with the aim of connecting Europe for a sustainable future, offering safe travel with lots of space, sea and views. Trips don’t always have to be a mad rush to the airport or busy stations, take the opportunity to experience the year of slow sustainable travel by ferry while reconnecting with loved ones.

The best bits about slow travel

Taking a road trip is the ultimate way to create this easy-going slow travel. Tour with with friends in one car, caravan or minibus with a direct sailing and create special moments as soon as you set off from home. This way you get to enjoy the private travel experience in your own private vehicle, continue the private feeling for more personal time with your nearest and dearest with a private cabin where you can finishing preparing your European road trip and arrive rested.

As a group, using one vehicle could be more environmentally friendly and driving means you also get to travel with all your luggage no restrictions! Perfect for summer if visiting one of Holland’s sandy beaches, why not pack your surfboard and beach equipment?

Families can take all their equipment for a camping adventure, babies buggies, kid’s favourite toys and more without the pesky “special luggage hold” it stays with you for most of your trip.

If you want to avoid driving, let the Rail & Sail package take the wheel with direct train services to the ports both ways so all you need to do is hop aboard.

Getting you started onboard

Relax while you travel by starting your break onboard, a holiday isn’t just about the destination but also about the journey.

Experience the hotel-at-sea – Visit the onboard cinema showing the latest films, the buffet and a la carte style restaurants, bars with 100% certified by the Rainforest Alliance cups plus onboard shopping for the latest popular high street brands where we use recycled bags!

Make the most of R&R time in a cabin for a true hotel experience. Save on a night in an expensive city hotel by sleeping onboard while you travel – cabins with en suite, TV, mini bar, cosy beds and a view of the sea.

Not only do you avoid the cost of a hotel but also some of the additional fees and tourism taxes in Holland.

Take your time to explore more places

Don’t fly to one destination, the Netherlands and the rest of Europe is at your disposal with direct sailings, drive through the Netherlands to beautiful locations along the coast like The Hague, if you like stay-cations in places like Cornwall you’ll love the Dutch equivalent.

City breaks are always good for a last-minute trip – Drive to Utrecht from The Hague in under an hour, this cosmopolitan city offers great attractions during spring like King’s Day where you’ll find decorated boats by the beautiful canals, Markets opening the eve of King’s Day and notably gigs in the Squares like Domplein.

Hamburg is less than a 5-hour drive from Holland, it’s Germany’s second largest city and home to the famous rail museum, the landmark St. Michael’s church, known locally as ‘Michel and a shopping district! Take a break from a day of exploring and try one of Hamburg’s renown restaurants or it’s green spaces and enjoy picnicking as the seasons start to warm up.


Read more about our story and some of the Green projects we’re proud of and enjoy planning your 2021 slow-cation with Stena Line for when the time is right, we’ve all earned a slow pace holiday to recoup from the tough year we had.

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