2009 Holiday planner for France
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The weeks of 2009 – Sunday to Saturday

Busy holiday weeks; 2009 holiday planner, showing the busy and less busy vacation / holiday weeks in France.
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   _____ :          Low season (winter) _____ :   Low season summer / autumn ______

Special events (nationwide) in yellow:
  • Museums night 2009; 16th May Nuit des Musées - hundreds of museums open free until 1 a.m.
  • Gardens weekend: 6th-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 2009 it's a Sunday night
  • Heritage Days - 19th-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.
Week Dates    Holiday status / special events
 Week  Dates  Holiday status / special events
Week 1: 4 Jan. - 10 Jan.  
Week 27: 5 July - 11 July  Public Holiday: Tuesday 14th July
 French school summer holidays
Week 2: 11 Jan. - 17 Jan.  
Week 28: 12 July - 18 July  French school summer holidays
Week 3: 18 Jan. - 24 Jan.  
Week 29: 19 July - 25 July  French school summer holidays
Week 4: 25 Jan. - 31 Jan.  
Week 30: 26 July - 1 Aug.  French school summer holidays
Week 5: 1 Feb. - 7 Feb.  
Week 31: 2 Aug. - 8 Aug.  French school summer holidays
Week 6: 8 Feb. - 14 Feb.  School holidays France -  zone A*
Week 32: 9 Aug. - 15 Aug. French school summer holidays
 Public Holiday: Saturday 15th August
Week 7: 15 Feb. - 21 Feb.   School holidays France -  zone A
  School holidays France -  zone C*

Week 33: 16 Aug. - 22 Aug. French school summer holidays 
Week 8: 22 Feb. - 28 Feb.   School holidays France -  zone B*
  School holidays France -  zone C
  School holidays Belgium

Week 34: 23 Aug. - 29 Aug.  French school summer holidays
Week 9: 1 Mar. - 7 Mar.    School holidays France -  zone B
Week 35: 30 Aug. - 5 Sep.  French school summer holidays end 2 Sep
Week 10: 8 Mar. - 14 Mar.  
Week 36: 6 Sep. - 12 Sep.  
Week 11: 15 Mar. - 21 Mar.  
Week 37: 13 Sep. - 19 Sep.  19th-20th Sept  Heritage Days 
Week 12: 22 Mar. - 28 Mar.  
Week 38: 20 Sep. - 26 Sep.
Week 13: 29 Mar. - 4 Apr.  
Week 39: 27 Sep. - 3 Oct.  
Week 14: 5 Apr. - 11 Apr.   School holidays France -  zone A
  School holidays Belgium

Week 40: 4 Oct. - 10 Oct.  
Week 15: 12 Apr. - 18 Apr.  Public Holiday: 13th April  Easter Monday - School holidays France -  zone A
  School holidays France -  zone C
  School holidays Belgium

Week 41: 11 Oct. - 17 Oct.  
Week 16: 19 Apr. - 25 Apr.    School holidays France -  zone B
  School holidays France -  zone C

Week 42: 18 Oct. - 24 Oct.  
Week 17: 26 Apr. - 2 May    School holidays France -  zone B
  Public Holiday: - Friday 1st May

Week 43: 25 Oct. - 31 Oct.  French schools on holiday - Toussaint week
Week 18: 3 May - 9 May   Public Holiday: - Friday 8th May - VE Day
Week 44: 1 Nov. - 7 Nov.  French schools on holiday until  Wed.
Week 19: 10 May - 16 May  Sat 16th May: Museums night - Free entry  until 1 a.m
Week 45: 8 Nov. - 14 Nov.  Public Holiday: Armistice day 11th Nov.
Week 20: 17 May - 23 May  Public Holiday: Thurs.  21st May Ascension
Week 46: 15 Nov. - 21 Nov.  
Week 21: 24 May - 30 May  
Week 47: 22 Nov. - 28 Nov.  
Week 22: 31 May - 6 June  Public Holiday: Monday 1st June - Pentecôte
  Sat 6th June: Gardens weekend

Week 48: 29 Nov. - 5 Dec.  
Week 23: 7 June - 13 June   Sun 7th June : Gardens weekend
Week 49: 6 Dec. - 12 Dec.  
Week 24: 14 June - 20 June  
Week 50: 13 Dec. - 19 Dec.  
Week 25: 21 June - 27 June  Sunday 21st June - Fête de la Musique
Week 51: 20 Dec. - 26 Dec.  
Week 26: 28 June - 4 July  
Week 52: 27 Dec. - 2 Jan.  

* 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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