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  • Autumn sunshine, city breaks and half-term getaways

    With warm sunshine flooding the hills, pastures, lakes and beaches of France, this is the perfect time for an Autumn getaway to enjoy the relaxing peace and quiet of late season destinations. And the bonus of great value accommodation in both countryside and cities!

    Of course, Paris in the sunshine is hard to resist – but try other beautiful cities in France for a long weekend or mid-week break. Romance is in the air in Annecy in the Haute-Savoie, with clear air, lakeside strolls and mountain views, also in Carcassonne, where winding medeival lanes take you on a trip back in time.

    Hop on a train to visit sunny Avignon, the city of the popes, Bordeaux for the wine harvest or Tours for the Loire chateaux. For history there is Chartres, while for glamour and beaches, Nice is hard to beat.

    At French Connections, you can find your destination, choose your accommodation, book your ferry, train or plane and even tick off travel insurance and currency exchange. Start with our complete guide to the best City Breaks in France.

    For a family break at half-term in late October, the iconic Disneyland Paris is perfect. Why not plan a holiday combining the charms of Disneyland with a taste of the enticing land of France by renting a holiday home nearby? Get special offers, holiday rentals, hotels and more in our guide to Disneyland Paris.

    Families will also enjoy a city break or a relaxing stay in the French countryside. Check out our special offers and late deals to snap up a beautiful farmhouse or villa for a fraction of the summer cost and enjoy outdoor activities and eating out in typically French local towns, with the advantage of the excellent euro exchange rate.

  • Beating the May bank holiday crowds

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    Lots of people will be looking to escape the UK for the early May bank holiday weekend or late May half term week – and you may want to avoid battling through the major airports. So why not load everything in the car and hop across the channel to a cottage, villa, gite or chateau in France?

    If you want to totally chill with the family - and save some money- grab a spacious holiday home rental, stock up on vin du pays along with some fresh bread, pate and cheese and stretch out in the sun while the kids are happy in the games room, pool or garden. These days most holiday lets have flat screen TV with British channels and wi fi access, so everybody can be happy.

    Holiday homes from home are still available throughout France, and you can book a three bedroom house that sleeps six with its own garden and pool for as little as £400 a week. This is fantastic value when compared to a hotel and you’ll have loads more space and can save on eating out.

    Accommodation ranges from romantic hideaways for two to comfortable farmhouses and chateaux where the extended family can relax.

    With an early ferry crossing to Calais, you can reach Champagne country, Normandy, Brittany, the Loire Valley, Charente-Maritime and even the Dordogne in a day. And if you don’t want to travel far, there are some beautiful spots for a short break in the Nord/Pas de Calais, close to Le Touquet, Montreuil, Old Hesdin and St Valery sur Somme.

    Search availability now for the early May bank holiday or for the late May half term

  • Fantastic half-term family breaks at French theme parks

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    France is home not only to Disneyland Paris but also some of the best theme parks in Europe. They make a great family adventure and are still open during half-term week later this month.  Although most theme parks do have hotels on site, they can be costly and get booked up in advance. We offer a range of self catering holiday homes near to most parks, which can be a more affordable option and give you more flexibility to enjoy local French life. Here’s our top picks:

    Disneyland Paris
    Disneyland Paris is the biggest theme park in France. The enchanted kingdom offers sensational attractions, breath-taking parades and a fairytale backdrop...And of course, there’s the chance to meet Mickey, Minnie and all their Disney friends wandering around the site!

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    Futuroscope
    Situated in Poitiers, Western France, Futuroscope (top photo) is one of France’s most visited parks – and most of its attractions are indoors, so perfect for October. It’s all about multimedia, cinema, audio visual and robotic technology of the future.

    The Astérix Park
    Inspired by the famous comic book, Parc Astérix is based on the adventures of Asterix, Obelix, Getafix and their friends. It features a range of rides and attractions with an ancient history theme.

    Vulcania
    The Vulcania theme park gives visitors the chance to experience science through sense and feelings and features underground tours and film shows exploring the story of volcanoes. Attractions include magma explorer, angry earth, earth machine and the unveiled planet.

    Use our guide to theme parks in France to find more detail on these and other options and to choose accommodation in the vicinity of your favourite park.

  • France in February – Family half-term or Valentine hearts and flowers?

    Both Valentine’s Day and school half-term holidays occur this month – and both are great opportunities for a trip to France.  How do you choose when there’s a lot to be said for either?

  • Half term in France - fantastic family bargains

    This year, most schools are timing half-term holiday to coincide with the Royal Jubilee in early June - which is a fantastic time to be in France! Lots of families are planning to hop across the channel, but that doesn't mean it's too late to make a booking. In fact, there are some particularly mouthwatering holiday homes not only still available but offering great discounts for weeks throughout May and June, so it's well worth taking a look at our Special Offer pages.

    If you don't want to travel too far, La Riviere is a two bedroom apartment in a historic riverside building at St Lormel in Brittany's Cotes-d'Armor. It's elegantly furnished with all mod cons, on the doorstep of shops, restaurants and a play park and just a few minutes drive to no fewer than eleven sandy beaches and coves so typical of this beautiful coastline. Remaining weeks in June are on offer at just £339 a week for up to five people.

    In the sunny and ever popular Lot-et-Garonne, La Croix de Loubas is a complex of three traditional stone houses that sleep ten, eight and six people and can be rented together or separately. There's an acre of garden with play area and swimming pool and the village of Penne d'Agenais is very close by, with the attractive town of Villeneuve sure Lot also easily accessible. The offer is a 20% discount in May and June.

    Charente-Maritime is both popular and accessible and here you can stay at Maison Poirier, a 200 year old beautifully renovated cottage with pastel washed walls and blue shutters. It's at the heart of the Cognac and Pineau producing region, in a small hamlet close to the village of Migron. There are three large bedrooms sleeping eight in all along with two bathrooms and, outside, a swimming pool and lots to keep youngsters happily occupied. A 25% discount is on offer for remaining weeks in June.

    There are even more ideas available for the exact dates you want at our last minute bookings