Official Published School Holidays in France
All Saints holidays in France start one week before November and last one week and a half or two. Christmas holidays start a couple of days before Christmas itself and last two weeks encompassing New Year's day.
Winter holidays last two weeks and are distributed in France depending on zones between the second week of February and the first week of March. The Easter school holidays last two weeks and are distributed in France depending on zones between the second week of April and the first week of May.
Vacances scolaires en France.
The above page is in French but Google Chrome will offer to translate. The link above is direct to the education authority.
France Zone A areas include:
Caen, Rennes, and Nantes in the North West, Toulouse, Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon, Grenoble and Montpellier in the South, and Nancy-Metz in the North East.
Zone B areas include:
Aix-Marseille, Amiens, Besançon, Dijon, Lille, Limoges, Nice, Orléans-Tours, Poitiers, Reims, Rouen, Strasbourg.
Zone C include:
Créteil, Paris, Versailles along with Bordeaux in the South West.
The UK could learn a lot from the French example of zoning the school term times, there is less strain on the transport system, there is more availability with regards to holiday accommodation and there is less time spent watching the tailgate of the vehicle in front.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure that these half term school holiday dates are accurate, there are occasions when circumstances beyond our control may result in changes.
School Holidays in The Channel Island of Jersey and Guernsey
Why not choose France for your next school summer holiday break, with regular ferry crossings, the channel tunnel and low coast airlines, there really is no excuse to be sat on the M25 with the masses.
Must Eat Places in Paris;
You have not been to Paris, or to France by that matter, if you haven't savored the delicious macaroons. These small delicacies come in every flavor imaginable, and can be bought at any boulangerie (bakery), but the very best come from the exclusive confectioners specialized in macaroons: Ladurée. They have five different locations in Paris in which you can enjoy these sweet treats along with a delicious hot drink.
Don't be surprised if you have to wait in line to be seated: they're quite popular with locals and tourists alike. If you miss out while you are in town, do not worry: they have one location at the Charles de Gaulle airport that you can visit on your way out of town!
If sweets are not your thing, there is still something you can enjoy in Paris: delicious wines and cheeses. There are many bars that only serve wines, together with assorted platters of fromage (cheese) or charcuterie (meats) to accompany your choice.
Take advantage of every single moment of your two days in Paris to savor the city and take in its sights. If you need to get a quick bite while you're touring the city of light, avoid fast food chains and head straight to a boulangerie or local sandwich shop to enjoy three famed French products all at once: baguette, fromage and charcuterie.
Take a walk down the Champs-Élysées, the most famous boulevard in Paris. Its sidewalks are lined with an wide array of shops that fit every pocket: from affordable boutiques to haute couture by well-known designers. Ladurée also has a branch on this street, where you can indulge yourself in some mouth-watering macaroons, or any other delicious treat from their menu.
Family friendly half term break cottages in France - A choice of carefully selected holiday properties in France. Ideal for a half term break.
Holiday Let Exchange - selection of child friendly gites Friendly gites and chambres to let in France. This is our selection of places we, as parents, would really quite like to take our children on holiday in France.
Child Friendly Holidays - SPA France - La Croix Spa: for child friendly family holidays in France. Self catering cottages with heated pool and Spa for the summer holidays, winter breaks, weekends, short breaks and schools half-term.
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