French school holiday dates 2016 2017

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The French school holiday calendar.  
For school holiday dates, France is divided into three parts. Knowing when French schools are out can be useful information when it comes to choosing when to travel to France.
   For French bank holiday dates, visit the week planner.

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Some websites that announce "cheap" ferry prices are actually charging more than the ferry companies themselves. For obvious reasons, online sites and resellers hardly ever ( - if ever) sell ferry tickets for less than the ferry operators are selling them for; on the contrary, they may well take a markup.

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Week-by-week holiday planner for 2016
or see this page for small-screen mobiles
For school-holiday purposes, France is divided into three zones: in recent years and for the coming years, all three zones have the same school holiday calendar from the start of the school year, in September, until the end of January. It is only the winter and spring holidays that differ - mainly in order to spread the season for French winter sports resorts.  
   One excellent time to visit France is in the late summer and Autumn, between the start of the school year and the Toussaint holiday.

2016 - 2017 French school holiday calendar

SW and Central France from the Atlantic coast to the Swiss border
Northern France, from the Loire Valley to Alsace, excluding Paris area + Provence
Greater Paris and Central southern France - Occitanie
Start of the summer holiday Tuesday 5th July 2016 after classes
Autumn term starts Thursday 1st September  2016
Toussaint - half term holiday period From Thursday 20th October 2016
to Wednesday 2nd November 2016 inclusive 
Christmas holidays From  Saturday 17th December 2016
to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive
Winter holiday Saturday 18th Feb 2017  to Sunday 5th March 2017 Saturday 11th February 2017
to Sunday 26th February 2017
Saturday 4th February 2017
to Sunday 19th Feb 2017
Spring holiday Saturday 15th April 2017 to Sunday 1st Mayl 2017 Saturday 8th April 2017 to Sunday 23rd April 2017 Saturday 1st April 2017 to Sunday 17th April 2017
French Whitsun weekend
Start of the summer holiday Saturday 8th July 2016

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