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2018 Holiday week planner for France

Choose the best weeks for your trip to France

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French school holiday dates  2018 - 2019
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.

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Special events (throughout France) are highlighted in yellow:
  • Bank holidays (public holidays) are marked in red
  • Museums Saturday 19th May Nuit des Musées - hundreds of museums open free until 1 a.m.
  • European Gardens weekend:  weekend  2nd - 3rd 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 2018 it's a Thursday night.
  • European 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: 30 Dec 6 Jan.

Week 27: 30 Jun - 7 July French schools out from 7th July  
Week 2: 6 Jan. - 13 Jan.

Week 28: 7 July - 14 July French school summer holidays
Public Holiday:
Sat 14th July
Week 3: 13Jan. - 20 Jan.

Week 29: 14 July - 21 July French school summer holidays
Week 4: 20 Jan. - 27 Jan.

Week 30: 21 Jul. - 28 Jul. French school summer holidays
Week 5: 27 Jan. - 3  Feb.

Week 31: 28 Jul. - 4 Aug. French school summer holidays
Week 6: 3  Feb. - 10 Feb.

Week 31: 4 Aug. - 11 Aug. French school summer holidays
Week 7: 10 Feb. - 17 Feb.  School holidays France -  zone A

Week 32: 11 Aug. - 18 Aug. French school summer holidays Public Holiday: Wednesday 15th August
Week 8: 17 Feb. - 24 Feb. School holidays France -  zone A
 School holidays France - zone C

Week 34: 18 Aug. - 25 Aug
Week 09: 24 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: Monday 3rd Sept
Week 11: 10 Mar. - 17 Mar.

Week 37: 8 Sep. - 15 Sep.
Week 12: 17 Mar. - 24 Mar

Week 38: 15 Sep. - 22 Sep. 10th-11th Sept Heritage Days
Week 13 24 Mar. - 30Mar. .


Week 39: 22 Sep - 29 Sep.

Week 14: 30 Mar. - 7 Apr.

Week 40: 29 Sep. - 6 Oct.
Week 15: 7 Apr. - 14 Apr.  School holidays France -  zone A

Week 41: 6 Oct. - 13 Oct.
Week 16: 14 Apr. - 21 Apr School holidays France -  zone A
 School holidays France - zone C

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

Week 43: 20 Oct. - 27 Oct French schools on holiday 
Week 18: 28April -  5 May School holidays France -
zone B

Week 44: 27 Oct. - 3 Nov. Public Holiday: Toussaint, Thursday 1st Nov.

Week 19: 5 May - 12 May Public Holidays:
Tues 8th May VE Day
Thur 10th May Ascension


Week 45: 3 Nov. - 10 Nov. Public Holiday: Armistice day Sunday 11th Nov.
Week 20: 12 May - 19 May


Week 46: 10 Nov. - 17 Nov.
Week 21: 19 May - 26 May Sat 19th May: Museums night  Free entry until 1 a.m
Mon 20th May Public Holiday: Pentecôte

Week 47: 17 Nov. - 24 Nov.
Week 22: 26 May - 2 Jun

Week 48: 24 Nov. - 1 Dec.
Week 23: 2 Jun - 9 Jun Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd June : Gardens weekend
Week 49: 1 Dec. - 8 Dec.
Week 24: 9 Jun - 16 Jun

Week 50: 8 Dec. - 15 Dec.
Week 25: 16 Jun - 23 Jun Thursday 21st June - Fête de la Musique

Week 51: 15 Dec. - 22 Dec
Week 26 23 Jun -  30 Jun 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 + the extreme south of France (Provence - Languedoc-Pyrenees), 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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