While France may be a mecca for food and wine lovers, it is also a fabulous destination for family trips. You can explore the museums and architecture in Paris, bike through Bordeaux, relax on the beaches in Nice, and more!
Our partners at A&K shared a few great tips for family travel to France. (See their full article here!)
Family Friendly Hotels:
• Le Meurice, Paris: In the words of the hotel “Le Meurice likes children and the children like Le Meurice!” Thanks to its perfect location in the 1st district of Paris, families can relax at the hotel and the children have fun. Visits to the Jardin d’Acclimation, the Parc André Citroën, or even cruises on the Bateaux-Mouches can be organised.
Children can enjoy Carousel rides in the Tuileries Garden while parents go shopping on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. They can also play with custom-made wooden toy boats to sail in the pond in the Tuileries Garden. A treasure hunt can be organised at the hotel with the Pistache mascot. Le Meurice has created a passport given to the children upon their arrival taking their family on a (re)discovery of Paris’ little-known delights. Their very own passport maps out a trail of the city’s most magical sights.
• Grand Hotel Bordeaux and Spa:Located in the heart of the city of Bordeaux the hotel’s has been authentically restored, maintaining its grandeur and prestige. The hotel warmly welcomes families and has recent;y created a Family Suite which offers a ‘Le Concierge des Enfants’ service in partnership with the French childrenswear brand Bonpoint. This includes complimentary amenities for children aged 0 – 12 years, such as soft toys, sweets, bathrobes, slippers, USB films and more.
• Sweet Treat Tour: Take a mouth-watering tour beginning with a transfer to the Chocolate Museum. The Choco-Story tells us about its history through 4,000 years of making chocolate from the Olmecs to modern day. Discover the method of making gourmet chocolate and its luxurious taste, from the milky smoothness of Costa Rica to the fruitiness of Peru, not forgetting the sweet cocoa beans of Vanuatu! Afterwards, continue on to your macaroon tasting tour where you will walk you through the streets of St Germain and gain an insight into the French macaroon, which dates back to 1791 according to Larousse Gastronomique, the world’s classic culinary reference book. (5 hours, driver and guide).
• Centre Pompidou for Children: The Centre Pompidou houses the National Museum of Modern Art, Children’s Gallery, movie theaters and cafes. The building alone is worth a visit for children, all metal and bright colours inside and out. Ride the exterior tube-like escalators to the top floor for panoramic views of the Marais. Kids will get a kick out of the early 20th century modern art – Miro, Matisse, Mondrian, Dubuffet, in the museum. On ground level is the Children’s Gallery (Galerie des enfants) where there is a small exhibit just for children, such as artwork with heads in all shapes and sizes! (3 hours, driver and guide)
For more information on family travel to France with A&K, contact your Brownell Travel Advisor.