2012 Holiday planner for France

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The weeks of 2012 Saturday to Saturday
Busy holiday weeks; 2012. A holiday planner, showing the busy and off-peak vacation / holiday weeks in France.

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Use this table to check the peak holiday weeks, when tourist traffic is heaviest and resorts most crowded, the intermediate weeks , and the off-peak weeks when holiday traffic is lightest, and hotels and resorts least crowded.
Key: Busiest holiday weeks _____ Busy weeks _____ :
Recommended off peak weeks (winter) _____ :  summer / autumn ______
Special events (throughout France) are highlighted in yellow:
  • Bank holidays (public holidays) are marked in red
  • Museums night 2012; 19th May Nuit des Musées - hundreds of museums open free until 1 a.m.
  • Gardens weekend: first weekend in June ( to be confirmed) - Journées des Jardins - thousands of public and private gardens all over France open for free visits. Some only open this weekend.
  • Music night: Fête de la Musique: Midsummer's Day. Many free concerts, plus music in the streets in most towns until midnight or later. In 2012 it's a Thursday night
  • Heritage Days - 15th-16th Sept. Journées du Patrimoine: an opportunity to visit monuments that are not usually open to the public, as well as those that are. Special guided tours at many locations.
  • NB: Weeks in the table below are indicated Saturday to Saturday inclusive, in line with common holiday accommodation and package booking habits.
Week
Sat-Sat
Dates
Sat-Sat
Holiday status / special events
Week
Sat-Sat
Dates
Sat-Sat
Holiday status / special events
Week 1: 31 Dec. - 7 Jan. Belgian schools on holiday

Week 27: 30 June - 7 July French school summer holidays
Week 2: 7 Jan. - 14 Jan.

Week 28: 7 July - 14 July French school summer holidays Public Holiday: Saturday 14th July
Week 3: 14 Jan. - 21 Jan.

Week 29: 14 July - 21 July French school summer holidays
Week 4: 21 Jan. - 28 Jan.

Week 30: 21 July - 28 July French school summer holidays
Week 5: 28 Jan. - 4 Feb.

Week 31: 28 Jul. - 4 Aug. French school summer holidays
Week 6: 4 Feb. - 11 Feb.

Week 32: 4 Aug. - 11 Aug. French school summer holidays
Week 7: 11 Feb. - 18 Feb. School holidays France - zone A *

Week 33: 11 Aug. - 18 Aug. French school summer holidays Public Holiday: Wednesday 15th August
Week 8: 18 Feb. - 25 Feb. School holidays France - zone A
School holidays France - zone C
School holidays in Belgium

Week 34: 18 Aug. - 25 Aug. French school summer holidays
Week 9: 25 Feb. - 3 Mar. School holidays France - zone B
School holidays France - zone C

Week 35: 25 Aug. - 1 Sep.
Week 10: 3 Mar. - 10 Mar. School holidays France - zone B

Week 36: 1 Sep. - 8 Sep. French schools go back: Tuesday 4th Sept
Week 11: 10 Mar. - 17 Mar.

Week 37: 8 Sep. - 15 Sep. 15th-16th Sept Heritage Days
Week 12: 17 Mar. - 24 Mar.

Week 38: 15 Sep. - 22 Sep.
Week 13: 24 Mar. - 31 Mar

Week 39: 22 Sep. - 29 Sep.
Week 14: 31 Mar. - 7 Apr. School holidays in Belgium


Week 40: 29 Sep - 6 Oct.
Week 15: 7 Apr. - 14 Apr. School holidays France -
zone A 
School holidays Belgium
Public Holiday: 9th April Easter Monday

Week 41: 6 Oct. - 1
13 Oct.

Week 16: 14 Apr. - 21 Apr. School holidays France - zone C
School holidays France - zone A

Week 42: 13 Oct. - 20 Oct.
Week 17: 21 Apr. - 28 Apr School holidays France zone C
School holidays France - zone B



Week 43: 20 Oct. - 27 Oct.
Week 18: 28 Apr - 5 May Public Holiday: - Tuesday 1st May
School holidays France - zone B

Week 44: 27 Oct. - 3 Nov. Public Holiday: Toussaint,  Tues 1st Nov.
French schools on holiday 
Belgian school half term.
Week 19: 5 May - 12 May Public Holiday: - Tuesday 8th May - VE Day

Week 45: 3 Nov. - 10 Nov. French schools on holiday until 7th Nov.
Week 20: 12 May - 19 May Public Holiday: Thursday 17th May - Ascension Day
Week 46: 10 Nov. - 17 Nov. Public Holiday: Armistice day 11th Nov.
Week 21: 19 May - 26 May Sat 19th May: Museums night - Free entry until 1 a.m
Week 47: 17 Nov. - 24 Nov.
Week 22: 26 May - 2 June Public Holiday: Monday 28th May - Pentecôte (Whit Monday - France)
Sat 2nd June: Gardens weekend

Week 48: 24 Nov. - 1 Dec.
Week 23: 2 June - 9 June Sun 3rd June : Gardens weekend
Week 49: 1 Dec. - 8 Dec.
Week 24: 9 June - 16 June
Week 50: 8 Dec. - 15 Dec.
Week 25: 16 June - 23 June Thursday 21st June - Fête de la Musique
Week 51: 15 Dec. - 22 Dec.
Week 26: 23 June - 30 June

Week 52: 22 Dec. - 29 Dec French school holidays
Belgian school holidays

* French school holiday zones: France is divided into three parts for certain school holiday dates. Zone C is notably the Greater Paris area, and the zone that causes most extra holiday traffic on the roads. Full details on French school holiday zones
Points worth bearing in mind:

Driving conditons: in busy holiday/ vacation periods, motorways towards holiday areas (and from holiday areas) are busiest at the weekend, particularly on Saturdays. During other periods of the year, Saturdays and Sundays are the best time to travel, as traffic is lighter, and there are less lorries / trucks on the roads. See Driving in France for more details.
Hotels, attractions, restaurants: Out of season, and specifically in places where tourism is the main industry, many hotels, restaurants and attractions are closed. Those that are open are often cheaper out of season that at peak periods. For more information about hotels, attractions, eating out, visit:

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