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Holidays in France


Holidays in France

Family holidayWelcome to FrenchEntrée Holidays, a guide for those thinking about taking a holiday in France.

If it is accommodation in France that you are seeking, check out our selection of French holiday rentals, by visiting our Regions of France zone. If camping is your thing, visit our camping holidays zone. For luxurious accommodation, how about staying in a French château?

Holiday ideas can be found on our activity holidays zone. We also have sections dedicated to cycling holidays, boating and sailing holidays, walking holidays, golfing holidays and a winter sports zone. If you are taking young children on holiday, we have some fantastic ideas in our our family holidays section.

If you enjoy the finer things in life, you may fancy trying a food or wine holiday in France.

For advice on travelling to France or getting around France see our zones. We also have an interactive flight map on our flight guide. While for ferry routes to and from France check out our ferry guide.

For further information about holiday operators, services and equipment in France take a look at our Holiday Directory.

French Language - Hotels

For when you're staying at a hotel


Do you have a room on the ground floor? - Vous avez une chambre au rez-de-chaussée?

The shower is not working - La douche ne marche pas
more French hotel vocab & phrases...

Taking dogs on holiday

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows the entry of pets from certain countries into the UK, without passing through quarantine, using an EU pet passport. more...

Flying to France?

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Visit the FrenchEntrée Flights to France map to view the airlines flying from the UK airports to France.

King of the castles: the Loire's finest

Be our guest! Unusual accommodation picks

The cream of Chantilly

10 things to do in Provence

French cycling vocab

July/Aug issue of the magazine is out now!

small 104The new issue of FrenchEntrée is out now! It's packed with articles on French holidays from lovely Honfleur and La Baule to Hyères and the fête and folie of Bayonne's annual party. There are recipes from Nice, a special guide to food and drink holidays, plus the usual great mix of property buying tips and French lifestyle inspiration. Click here for a sample or consider our latest subscription offers.

All aboard! Sea trials for tall ship in Rochefort

HermioneVisit the shipyard, book a guided tour, enter the ship, admire l'Hermione's masts and spars… Then, in September, give her a wave on her way from Rochefort. more...

How about reducing the environmental impact of your next trip?

©discover media The world has become smaller but as we travel more and more, our carbon footprint is getting bigger ... more...

48 hours in the Aube

Between the lakes and the vineyards...

TroyesTop tips for how best to spend a weekend in Champagne country, from the medieval city of Troyes and the Côte des Bar vineyards to the Orient Forest and Clairvaux abbey - a masterpiece of French monastic architecture. more...

City breaks in Auvergne

Auvergne City BreaksAuvergne, in central France, is home to several cities perfect for a city break. These accessible, friendly cities offer everything you could ask for: shopping, restaurants and events, but on a smaller scale, perfect for discovering on foot. more...

Foodie Museums of France

© Regormark - Fotolia.comDiscover the country through its food. You'll find museums dedicated to all kinds of ingredients, from French bread and cheese in Alsace to snails in Champagne and fruit based liqueurs in the Limousin.

Save 25% on green fees at over 115 courses in France

GolfyIf you’re keen to keep practising your swing, investing in a Golfy Indigo Card will save you 25 per cent on green fees at all of Golfy’s 140 associated golf courses, as well as 15 per cent off accommodation at resorts and partner hotels.

King of the Castles: the Loire's finest châteaux

Ed pick AzayHistory and legend intertwine in the Loire Valley’s myriad of fairytale châteaux. Florence Derrick invites you to dream of a life of royalty as you discover this treasure trove of breathtaking architecture and pristine gardens. more...

Be our guest: 10 unusual places to stay in France

Airstream ed's pickThis summer why not consider swapping your regular gîte stay in France for something a little bit different? Here’s our pick of the more unusual accommodation available... more...

Travel insurance should be high on your packing list

©mpi brokersFrance is our nearest neighbour so no surprise that it’s a top destination for British travellers. But, because it’s so easy to access people forget that it's a foreign country ...

Family Adventure Holidays in France

Family Adventure HolidaysExcitement and Anticipation, Activities Indoors and Outdoors, Daytime and Evening, On and Off land. Sun, Sea, River, Exploring and Entertainment, all of these and more make up a fantastic Family Holiday.

Stunning French Châteaux Rentals

Planning a trip to France? Have you got your hotel sorted or are you looking for a different type of experience? Become your own ‘Lord of the Manor’ by staying for a week in your very own French château. more...

Your guide to France's ferry routes

See our guide to cross-channel French ferry routes and ferry operators more...

Gardens of distinction: Île-de-France & Côte d'Azur

Menton Botanical GardensThe National Museum of Natural History is an eclectic collection of some of France’s most important and distinguished gardens. Here we take a browse around four of the best, from Provence to Paris. more...

Accommodation in & around Cotignac

Chez Domaine holiday letLet Chez Domaine find the perfect holiday home for you and your family and friends. They have a good selection of well-appointed houses, village houses, villas and country cottages. All have been specially selected for their charm and comfort. more...

French Xmas traditions and where they come from

France at ChristmasThere’s more to Christmas than roast turkey with all the trimmings. In fact, the French celebrate with capon and chestnut stuffing, foie gras and oysters. FrenchEntrée invites you to explore the parts of France where these traditional ingredients originated. more...

Exploring France's most beautiful villages

St GuilhemSprinkled around France are some of the prettiest villages on earth. We look at the history of these Plus Beaux Villages and why they are such special destinations for Francophiles. more...

Luxury all-inclusive hotel barge cruises

Go BargingEuropean Waterways is the largest luxury hotel barging company in Europe, offering 6-night cruises on a large fleet of fully-crewed barges along the canals and rivers and lakes of Europe. France is the most popular hotel barging destination and we offer hotel barge cruises in Burgundy, the Midi, Alsace-Lorraine, Gascony, Bordeaux, the Loire Valley and Champagne. more...

Freewheel River Cruises – travel in style along France’s great rivers

Freewheel HolidaysRiver cruising is very much ‘à la mode’ these days. Reasons for this popularity are easy to identify: so much is included in your holiday price; standards of accommodation and food are impressively high; itineraries and excursions allow you to see many attractions in your chosen area; and river cruising is a very pleasant, social way to enjoy a holiday. more...

15 fabulous things to do by the sea

sailing boat smallestHeading for the coast in France? You have a whopping 3,427kms to choose from, so hone your holiday choice with our pick of 15 fabulous things to see and do. more...

Travelling by train

Useful vocab

Gare du NordHelpful words to smooth your way between the la salle d’attente (waiting room) and la voiture buffet (buffet car) via le guichet (ticket office). Here's hoping there's no travaux (engineering works) and that you arrive à l’heure (on time).

Discover the history of Périgord, Dordogne

Itineraries for your Dordogne holidayPart of the Aquitaine region in Southwest France, just an hour’s drive to the east of Bordeaux, Dordogne Périgord is one of the most historic and picturesque départements in France.

Chez Nous celebrates 30 years

30 years of Chez NousChez Nous is celebrating 30 years offering holiday-makers some of the loveliest self-catering properties in France. makes it easy to find your ideal cottage, which can be booked directly with the property owner.

Enjoying Nature at Cap d'Agde

Cap d'Agde NatureFor those with a love of flora and fauna generally, there’s plenty to look forward to during your holiday in Le Cap d’Agde. Find out more here.

Save 25% on green fees in France

GolfyIf you’re keen to keep practising your swing, investing in a Golfy Indigo Card will save you 25 per cent on green fees at all of Golfy’s 140 associated golf courses. Visit

Europe’s market leader in river cruises

Croisi EuropeFrench family-run company building, owning and operating almost 40 elegant ships. From French Canals to European and Asian rivers and coastlines, CroisiEurope offers the largest destination cruises among the marketplace.

Explore France by Bike or Boot

Headwater Holidays
Headwater offer very relaxing cycling and walking holidays throughout France; Alsace, Brittany, Burgundy, Dordogne, Loire, Pyrenees, Provence. We’ll move your bags for you too! Try today.

Celebrate in style!

InnTravelEnjoy a special getaway at a traditional auberge in northern France. Good food, fine wine and champagne included!

Boating Holidays in France

Le Boat boating holidaysA self-drive boating holiday in France with Le Boat offers a chance to experience glorious French countryside and tucked-away waterside towns and villages from a truly enchanting and unique perspective. As a member of Tui Travel Plc, your money’s in safe hands.

Breakdown Direct European breakdown cover

European breakdown cover Breakdown Direct offers you great value European breakdown cover and first class service, with 24/7 emergency support from AXA Assistance, one of the world’s leading emergency assistance companies.

Ski 2 Freedom

Fun in the snowSki 2 Freedom is a not-for-profit foundation that provides comprehensive information on snow sports and mountain activities to meet the requirements of people with a disability or special need, so that they have an independent choice of location and activity.

Dreaming of Provence?

Provence info adPicture yourself on holiday, sipping rosé by the pool... Now come and explore the pretty perched villages surrounded by lavender fields and sunny vineyards - find out more.

Freewheel River Cruises

Freewheel HolidaysFrance, with its great rivers, is an ideal destination for a river cruise holiday. Freewheel Cruises offer some superb itineraries on the Seine, the Rhône and Saône. See what’s on offer at

Travel light. Downsize luggage.

Box On LineYour toiletries delivered to any holiday or business address in France, Corsica & Monaco. Out of your bag into a box! Visit today.

Exploring France on water for over 20 years

France AfloatAs French Canal specialists we offer well informed advice, varied locations, quality boats & a flexible, friendly approach... Contact us now!

Luxury French Château Holidays

Simply ChateauOliver’s Travels offers the widest range of self-catering châteaux and luxury villas for rent. Book online direct with the owner on

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