Best Destinations for Short Breaks to France

Best Destinations for Short Breaks to France

In 2018, 8.56 million Brits chose France for their holiday. That makes it the second most popular destination for British holidaymakers after Spain. It's not hard to see why France ranks so highly. It's close to the UK so we can get there by train through the Channel Tunnel, by boat across the Channel or by air. If you shop around, you can get a flight for less than it costs to travel to London by train from other parts of the south. And there are a lot of popular destinations including city breaks to Paris, beach holidays to Nice or holidays to the wine regions like Bordeaux or Burgundy.


For a romantic breakaway, you can't do much better than Paris. You could begin the day by having breakfast at La Palette Café. Why not follow breakfast with a stroll around Musée de la Vie Romantique then stop for a picnic lunch at Canal Saint-Martin? After lunch, you could take a walk along the Seine then enjoy the sunset at Butte Beygeyre. Make sure you book a luxury hotel and why not book a ferry crossing rather than taking a flight so you can avoid the airport hassle.

Disneyland Paris

A short trip to Disneyland Paris is often enough for the kids to enjoy everything on offer without busting the parent's holiday budget. Getting a deal that includes hotel and park tickets, as well as the Eurotunnel fare, is often the cheapest way of taking this dream holiday. You can stay at the park or nearby but if you choose to stay at the park, select Extra Magic Time as this allows access to the park before the crowds are let in.

Wine Regions

If wine if your thing, head to one of France's many wine regions. What about taking a Bordeaux wine experience holiday? Finding a tour operator offering a luxury chateau and a wine-tasting experience isn't difficult but which area should you visit? Loire, Bourdeaux, Champagne? There's a lot of choice. You might need to organise a tour that takes you from Paris to towns of Reims and Épernay in the historic Champagne region of France and then onto Alsace. Burgundy and then across to Boudreaux.

Adventure Breaks

If checking out the wine regions, holidaying in Disneyland or taking in everything Paris has to offer doesn't do anything for you, why not check out a cycling holiday in Normandy? There you will find a varied coastline that includes white-chalk cliffs and sandy beaches. If cycling sounds too much like hard work, why not taking a horse-riding holiday in Normandy? The Seine Valley is a favourite destination for holidaymakers looking for adventure.

To Consider Before Your Purchase

What time of year to go? The best period is between April and June as there are fewer tourists.

Our Notes

  • If you’re heading to Disneyland for a specific ride, make sure it’s open as rides have scheduled maintenance periods.
  • If you’re driving in France, you’ll need a valid driver’s licence and make sure you can prove that you are insured.
  • July and August are the most popular months for holidays in France.

What Do They Say on Other Sites

“Great location for Disney and great space and comfort for cost.” (Jenn B reviewing hotel stay at Disneyland Paris on Trip Advisor)

“If you are considering a trip to Champagne, this is the only way to do it.” (Trike336 reviewing Champagne Region Tour on Trip Advisor)

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