Have you decided that France is going to be your next family holiday destination? Great choice! France is a place with so much to offer, including a wide range of kid-friendly attractions, which will be discussed in this post. To ensure you make the most of everything that France provides you need to plan in advance. That is exactly what this post is all about: helping you to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Read on to discover some useful tips about taking a family holiday to France, from how long you should spend in each location to booking accommodation.
Crafting your itinerary for your trip to France – The first thing you need to do is put together an itinerary. France is filled with so many amazing places to visit, and so you need to decide what cities and towns you want to experience, and you need to plot how you are going to get from one place to the next. Needless to say, you will probably be incorporating Paris into your trip. After all, this is the most famous part of France, and there are so many incredible and world-famous attractions to enjoy. Versailles tours from Paris are a must, as is a trip to the Eiffel Tower, of course. If you really want to explore Paris, you should give yourself at least four days. Most people will then opt to visit two other parts of France, and if this is the sort of thing you are looking to do, around two weeks in total will be perfect, or ten days at the least.
But, what other parts of France should you incorporate into your trip? Well, luckily, you aren’t short of options. The city of Carcassonne is a popular choice for families. It looks like something from a Disney film, as it is a medieval walled fortress city. If you want to incorporate some skiing and mountain activities into your trip, you should head to the home of Mont Blanc, Chamonix. There are plenty of coastal options as well, such as St Tropez, which is near Cannes and Nice. In the south of France, Biarritz is a good choice. Both Biarritz and Bordeaux can be incorporated into your trip with ease, as you can travel here from Paris using the TGV train. If you are doing a European tour and you are going to be heading to France from Britain, Brittany is an easy first stop to make when visiting France. This is a calm and rugged coastal location.
Finding accommodation in Paris – There is no denying that finding accommodation in Paris can be a challenge. Of course, this is not because there is a lack of it, but it is because you are traveling as a family and because accommodation can be very expensive. You will find that most of the beautiful old buildings in the city provide a stunning place for your trip, but they will not accommodate a family of four people or more in one room, which can be a challenge if you have more than one child. A lot of hotels do not have family suites or connecting rooms. This is why it is important to do some digging online and book your rooms in as far in advance as possible. It is also worth pointing out that a lot of the hotel rooms can have single-pane windows, which means they can be very noisy. If possible, you may want to request a quiet room at the back of the hotel so you can all get a good night’s sleep. After all, there is nothing quite like tired children to make your holiday trying.
Planning activities that your children will enjoy too while visiting France – Now that you know about creating an itinerary and choosing the best accommodation, let’s take a look at some of the best activities for families with children in France. A lot of regions will have their own tourism board, which will list local activities, markets, and special events, so it is definitely worth checking this out. There are also a lot of fun and thrilling activities, like zip lining, which is great for family bonding. As mentioned earlier in the post, Versailles is a wonderful way to spend a day with your children. When visiting Versailles, a guided tour is definitely one of the best options, and it certainly pays to arrive early, as it can get exceptionally busy here. You can also make sightseeing more fun and exciting by taking a tour on a bike. There are a number of companies that offer bike tours, and some have numerous options for children. Needless to say, a trip to Paris would not be complete without seeing the Eiffel Tour. It is definitely advisable to book tickets online in order to save time. However, you are still going to need to wait in line after the first landing, so do keep this in mind. Try to leave yourself some time free too, as there are lots of cafes, bakeries, parks and such like that you will want to explore at a leisurely pace.
Hopefully, you now feel more prepared for your family trip to France. After all, the last thing you want to do is get on your flight home feeling unfulfilled because there were so many other things you wanted to see and enjoy but did not get the chance to. A bit of careful planning beforehand can go a very long way, especially when you have children.