Europe should not be ruled out as a destination, with lots of offer to holidaymakers. There are some incredible beaches, mountains, landscapes, cities, towns and resorts to be enjoyed. That’s why more and more groups from schools, care homes and hospices are hiring our Jumbulance accessible coaches and heading across to mainland Europe, with the reassurance that there are now more accessible accommodation and activity providers than ever across the channel.
Accessible transport to Europe
If you’re travelling outside of the UK, our specially equipped accessible coaches, Jumbulances would be our recommended form of transport.
You can feel safe in the knowledge that these vehicles were purpose built for the travellers it carries: features include an easy access wheelchair friendly lift for entry; stretcher trolley beds; a large accessible on-board washroom; complete with emergency medical equipment such as a defibrillator and resuscitation unit. We hire out our entire coaches, meaning that your group can take a holiday at your own pace. If you’re an individual and would like to travel on one of our Jumbulances, please get in touch.
If you’re travelling across the channel in a jumbulance or any other coach, both. P&O Ferries and Brittany Ferries are notably equipped with wheelchair friendly features such as lifts between the vehicle and travel decks, extra onboard wheelchairs and disabled toilets. It’s advised that travellers do indicate their needs when booking and both providers offer advice on how to make your crossing run as smoothly as possible.
Accessible accommodation in Europe
While we at Jumbulance do not offer accessible accommodation ourselves, we have many partner accommodation facilities that and can advise you on places to stay.
If you chose to book accommodation that we haven’t recommended here are some suggested questions you could ask:
- Does the property have wheelchair access?
- Are there disabled toilet or adult changing facilities available?
- If your facility has a restaurant is this accessible?
- What is the sleeping arrangement for those who require additional care?
Another useful tip is to ask about previous trips and whether the destination has welcomed care groups before. If possible, ask to speak to previous travellers to get their feedback too.
Some of our excellent accessible European holiday destinations include:
- Haus Rheinsberg Hotel, Germany
- Hotel Alpin, Pflersch, Italy
- Hotel Sonnschein, Niederau, Austria
- Hotel de Rijper, de Rijp Eilanden, Holland
- Le Fosso, Brittany, France
- Lourdes, France. Read about the Jumbulance trips to Lourdes here.
Some of our favourite accessible holidays in Europe
Le Fosso, Brittany, France
Located in Gomene, France, Le Fosso consists of two stone built houses placed in six acres of gardens and woodlands. The buildings are full of character and can accommodate groups with additional needs. Offering full board, half board and even self-catering options, it’s possible to have sole use of the site, which also boasts roll-in showers and support bars in every bathroom.
This accommodation is a 7 hour drive from Calais and has plenty going on, offering visiting groups day trips to the surrounding villages and seaside.
The world renowned beauty of Austria’s lakes, mountain and green scenery is more accessible than you might think.
Accessible accommodation can be found in the shape of the four star Hotel Sonnschein which stands tall up in the mountain village of Niederau. Offering half board accommodation for the 20 large bedrooms it houses, each with either a single or double sofa bed, makes Hotel Sonnschein a great choice for groups with one to one carers.
Guests have access to an outdoor pool, two indoor heated pools, jacuzzi in addition to two Physiotherm infra-red treatment booths. Each room comes equipped with spectacular views, as well as emergency pull cords and wide accessible shower cubicles for wheelchair users.
We hope that our advice can be of use during the planning stages of your upcoming holiday, please get in touch for further advice.