Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Family-Friendly France

Want a family holiday with a difference? We present you 10 exciting "Be There! Do That!" experiences that have your name on it! Go on...plan your own memorable family experience the French way!

A Stay to Remember

Have you always wanted to stay in the great outdoors? Then the Parc Animalier de Sainte Croix in Lorraine is your destination. Choose from exotic accommodation options such as Mongolian yurts, cabins on tree-tops or terra firma and tents and prepare for encounters with more than 1500 animals including bears, deer, wolves and bison.

If you prefer the contemporary comforts of hotel rooms, then a choice spanning luxury to value for money hotels, charming Bed and Breakfasts and cozy apart'hotels is yours for the taking!

Kiddie-Friendly Attractions

If you find yourself in the Loire Valley, plan an outing at the Chateau de Cheverny, the inspiration for Captain Haddock's Marlinspike Hall and guardian to a permanent Tintin exposition. In Dijon, the Owl's Trail has you and the kids scurrying all over in the search of the emblematic owl symbols sculpted all over the city.

On the Riviera, Nice unveils its facets to you through a treasure hunt. Have the kids participate in a riddle hunt with Filou the mouse at the magnificent Villa Ephrussi in Villefranche sur Mer.

Unique Museum Visits

Many monuments and landmarks in France offer you visits especially adapted for kids. Try a spot of treasure hunting at the famous Louvre Museum in Paris or discover celebrities at the Grevin Wax Museum.
If in the Riviera, put your kids' creativity to the test with art and sculpture workshops at the MAMAC Museum (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) in Nice. Say abracadabra and encounter the wonderful world of all things bizarre at the Museum of Curiosities and the Bizarre! 

Family Fun

Nantes in the Loire Valley offers you a healthy dose of fun. Hitch a ride with a local celebrity - the Great Elephant - where this mechanical marvel sprays water on unsuspecting passersby!

Fancy an African Safari near Paris? The Chateau de Thoiry is your best bet! This natural reserve provides you many opportunities to say bonjour to elephants, bears, pandas, lions and leopards.

Of Animated Encounters

An entire gang of famous animated characters waits to meet your family! Choose from meeting Mickey and Minnie in Disneyland Paris to Asterix and the Gaul gang in Parc Asterix.

Enjoy 25 different experiences at Futuroscope - a theme park located in Poitiers or have yourself a medieval encounter at Le Puy du Fou nestled in the Loire Valley. 

Getting Nautical

Get all aquatic at Marineland located in Antibes on the Riviera. Enjoy shows by mammals, killer-whales, dolphins and sea lions!

While in Nice, the Aigle Nautique offers you activities such as kayaking, diving and sailing. Catch a bit of the surf and sand on the exclusive seaside resort of Biarritz.

Festivities and Celebrations

With Christmas just around the corner, get festive with visits to Christmas Markets. Your best bets are the ones in Strasbourg (Alsace), Metz (Lorraine) and of course who can resist the festivities of Paris! Plan a trip to Nice in February to join the non-stop revelry and fun of the exuberant Nice Carnival!

Going Active

Set off on sporting adventures... The Rhone Alps region, home to majestic mountains, offers you plenty of opportunities to ski, paraglide, hike, trek or take on whitewater rafting! Go hot-air ballooning over vineyards or biking in the Loire Valley.

For Kids Only

From cooking classes to making their own perfume in Grasse, kids can surely discover their creative best.

If you find yourself in Paris at the Chocolate Museum, encourage your kids to participate in tempting chocolate workshops that end with yummy tastings!

Discoveries with a Difference

Embark on discoveries of iconic monuments and landmarks in cities such as Paris, Lyon, Nice and Dijon through Segway rides or in the comfort of authentic 2CV cars or through leisurely cruises.

If feeling extravagant, organise helicopter discoveries of chateaux in the Loire or over the resplendent coast of the Riviera!

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