2015 Holiday planner for France

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The weeks of 2015 Saturday to Saturday
Busy holiday weeks; 2015. A holiday planner, showing the busy and off-peak vacation / holiday weeks in France.

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Prepare your holiday in France, decide when and where to go, what to take with you, where to stay and how to get there.



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French school holiday dates 2015 - 2016
Use the table below 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:
For driving information concerning peak holiday periods and avoiding heavy traffic , see Driving in France
  • Bank holidays (public holidays) are marked in red
  • Museums night 2015; Saturday 16th May Nuit des Musées - hundreds of museums open free until 1 a.m.
  • Gardens weekend:  weekend  5th - 7th June - 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 2015 it's a Sunday night, so it will be a bit less active year.
  • Heritage Days - 19th and 20th 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: 27 Dec. - 3 Jan. French and Belgian schools on holiday

Week 27: 27 June - 4 July
Week 2: 3 Jan. - 10 Jan.

Week 28: 4 July - 11 July French school summer holidays 
Week 3: 10 Jan. - 17 Jan.

Week 29: 11 July - 18 July Public Holiday: Tuesday 14th July
French school summer holidays
Week 4: 17 Jan. - 24 Jan.

Week 30: 18 July - 25 July French school summer holidays
Week 5: 24 Jan. - 31 Jan.

Week 31: 25 Jul. - 1 Aug. French school summer holidays
Week 6: 31 Jan. - 7  Feb.

Week 32: 1 Aug. - 8 Aug. French school summer holidays
Week 7: 7  Feb. - 14 Feb.  School holidays France -
zone A

Week 33: 8 Aug. - 15 Aug. French school summer holidays
Public Holiday:
Saturday 15th August
Week 8: 14 Feb. - 21 Feb.  School holidays France -
zone A
School holidays France -
zone C - Paris region
School holidays Belgium

Week 34: 15 Aug. - 22 Aug. French school summer holidays
Week 9: 21 Feb. - 28 Feb. School holidays France - 
zone C Paris region
School holidays France -
zone B

Week 35: 22 Aug. - 29 Aug
Week 09: 28 Feb. - 7 Mar. School holidays France -
zone B


Week 36: 29 Aug. - 5 Sep. French schools go back: Monday 31st August
Week 10: 7 Mar. - 14 Mar.

Week 37: 5 Sep. - 12 Sep.
Week 12: 14 Mar. - 21 Mar.

Week 38: 12 Sep. - 19 Sep. 19th - 20th Sept Heritage Days
Week 13: 21 Mar. - 28 Mar

Week 39: 19 Sep. - 26 Sep.
Week 14: 28 Mar. - 4 Apr.


Week 40: 26 Sep - 3 Oct.
Week 15: 4 Apr. - 11 Apr. Public Holiday: 6th April Easter Monday
School holidays Belgium
 

Week 41: 3 Oct. - 10 Oct.
Week 16: 11 Apr. - 18 Apr.  School holidays France -
zone A
School holidays in Belgium


Week 42: 10 Oct. - 17 Oct.
Week 17: 18 Apr. - 25 Apr School holidays France - zone C Paris
School holidays France - zone A



Week 43: 17 Oct. - 24 Oct. French schools on holiday 
Week 18: 25 Apr - 2 May Public Holiday: -
Friday 1st May
School holidays France -
zone B
School holidays France zone C Paris area

Week 44: 24 Oct. - 31 Oct Public Holiday: Toussaint,  Sunday 1st Nov.
French schools on holiday 
Belgian school half term.
Week 19: 2 May -  9 May Public Holidays: -
Friday 8th May - VE Day
and Thursday 29th May - Ascension Day
School holidays France - zone B


Week 45: 31 Oct. - 7 Nov.
Week 20: 9 May - 16 May Public Holiday:Thursday 14th May - Ascension Day
Week 46: 7 Nov. - 14 Nov. Public Holiday: Armistice day Wednesday 11th Nov.
Week 21: 16 May - 23 May Sat 16th May: Museums night - Free entry until 1 a.m


Week 47: 14 Nov. - 21 Nov.
Week 22: 23 May - 30 May Public Holiday: Monday 25th June - Pentecôte (Whit Monday - France)


Week 48: 21 Nov. - 28 Nov.
Week 23: 30 May - 6 June Sat 6th June : Gardens weekend
Week 49: 28 Nov. - 5 Dec.
Week 24: 6 June - 13 June Sun 7th June : Gardens weekend

Week 50: 5 Dec. - 12 Dec.
Week 25: 13 June - 20 June Friday 21st June - Fête de la Musique
Week 51: 12 Dec. - 19 Dec.
Week 26: 20 June - 27 June

Week 52: 19 Dec. - 26 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:

Travel section index Ferries to France Driving in France Routes to the Alps & Provence Routes to southwest France

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