When planning a vacation that will be special for the entire family, it’s important to keep in mind specific activities that will be engaging for both young and old. French Side Travel has put together a list of some of our favorite family-friendly tours in France that are sure to make your vacation unforgettable.
Favorite Family-Friendly Tours in France
Walk in the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel with A Private Guide
Take the opportunity to discover the other side of Mont Saint-Michel during a walk along the shore. Step into the water and sand, dance on the quicksand, and admire the landscapes and natural beauty of the Bay. Your private guided walk departs from Mont Saint-Michel, so it is the perfect activity to combine with a visit to the abbey. You’ll walk towards the Rocher de Tombelaine and back to Mont Saint-Michel. It’s also possible to include a seaside treasure hunt to discover the local sea creatures.
Discover the Beauty, History, and Culture of Provence in a Day
You will depart for Lourmarin, ideally on a Friday, which is market day, and have free time to discover one of the most beautiful villages of the Luberon. Don’t miss the Renaissance castle, beautiful vineyards (which you can visit and have a tasting organized), or the quaint galleries and artisanal shops. Stop for lunch in an exceptionally charming village like Lauris, Oppède-le-Vieux, Ménerbes, Goult or Gordes. Afterwards, you will continue the day by taking the Combe, a winding road, to discover from near or far the perched villages of Bonnieux, Lacoste, Ménerbes, Oppède-le-Vieux, Roussillon and Gordes. From the Marquis de Sade to Vasarely, they all have a unique story to tell, and by the end of the day you will know many of them!
Family-Friendly Stays in Provence
Hôtel Le Pigonnet
This luxury 5-star hotel, set in an elegant Provençal mansion, marries 18th-century style with contemporary refinements. The property grounds have a large garden so you’ll enjoy calm, but still be just a short walk to the city center.
Enjoy access to it offers an outdoor swimming pool, wellness area, and pétanque grounds.
Rooms feature modern amenities. Some offer a view of the garden and the Sainte-Victoire mountain from their balcony or terrace.
The casual fine dining restaurant serves regional cuisine. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the terrace in summer.
Private Family Luxury Tour of the Camargue
The largest river delta in Western Europe, the Camargue is a place of great biological and cultural diversity. You’ll feel the strong Spanish and Roman influences in the music, cuisine, and culture. Cattle breeding, bullfights, and horse riding are very common in this region. Begin your day at the ornithological park of Pont de Gau. Depending on the season, you can observe pink flamingos, various herons, or white stilts, to name but a few. You’ll discover the park’s species through a treasure hunt adapted to children.
For lunch, you’ll enjoy a traditional meal on one of the farms of Camargue.
The day continues to a manade – a livestock farm for the white Camargue horses. From there, a local guide will show you the hidden jewels of the wild and secret Camargue and immerse you in this special unique region through either a safari, or for the more adventurous, on horseback.
Private Guided Gourmet Walking Tour in Bordeaux
In Bordeaux, you’ll discover a combination of every ingredient of the French art de vivre: history, traditions, architecture, wine, and food. This gourmet city tour will take you to the most distinctive producers of local delicacies.
You will start your day by touring the historical city center of Bordeaux, classified on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Afterwards, you will go to visit a bakery, where you’ll smell the fresh bread right when it comes. You’ll be able to take the opportunity to discuss this moment with the baker.
Later on, the tour will be adapted to include more stops in gourmet shops. You might stop in the most famous chocolate maker in Bordeaux. In this shop, they’ve kept the secret of their recipes for several generations. The owner Thierry will lead a tasting of different chocolates: think ginger, green tea, or olive.
Another stop could be for a “Tour de France of Cheese” in a cheese shop. You’ll have an in-depth explanation of the process and characters of famous cheeses like Comté, Roquefort, Brie and more.
A Day On the Water: Private Boat Tour of Cassis and the Calanques National Park
During this unique day, you will both feel the heartbeat of the amazing Provence wild seaside with the Calanques National Park.
First, you will immerse yourself in one of the most beautiful landscapes of Europe, the Calanques National Park, an impressive limestone natural cathedral. You will reach its turquoise mediterranean waters, little hidden harbors and secret beaches by boat, which is the best way to enjoy its spectacular beauty. After enjoying the little Cassis village where the park ends, you will be driven across beautiful landscapes to La Ciotat. Once a very important shipyard in Europe, it is now focused on the yacht industry. You will have some free time to stroll along its little charming harbor.
Finally, you will continue toward the Castellet village, one of the most beautiful and characteristic villages of France, where you can experience pure Provence bliss. Seated on a hill, this medieval village from the 12th century is now well furnished with lovely shops, from handmade art to typical Provence products like gourmet olive oil, lavender soaps or wines from the nearby Bandol vineyards.
Pedal Through Paris during a Private Guided E-Bike Tour of the City of Light
See the real Paris during this fabulous guided e-bike tour. You might come across a hidden game of pétanque at the oldest Parisian monument as you discover all the twists and turns of the Marais. Marvel at the Jardins des Plantes and effortlessly climb the slopes of the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève. Get a look at the student life of the Latin Quarter and then the artists’ cafés of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Next, follow the grandeur of the Obelisk in Place de la Concorde and travel in time on your way to Les Champs-Élysées. Amidst all the bustle and excitement of this legendary city, your guide will reveal the relaxing calm of the quiet refuges of Paris. This is a perfect opportunity to take beautiful snapshots and unforgettable memories back home!
Family Friendly Stays in Paris
Le Pavillon de la Reine
This hotel is a deeply romantic hideaway in the heart of Le Marais. Built in 1612 by King Henry IV of France, this 17th century residence converted into a 5-star hotel is tucked away from the galleries and shops of the Place des Vosges.
Set back from the Place des Vosges, often referred to as the most beautiful square in the world, this hotel is a true haven, with a wonderful sense of place. Privately owned and family-run, it offers the understated sophistication of a private home with all the service, charm and elegance of a grand palace.
The historical setting is retained in the design, with a brilliant mix of rich, contemporary interiors and original antique furnishings and oil paintings.The hotel’s 56 bedrooms and suites is embellished with its distinctive façade and a private courtyard garden, awash with greenery.
The fine dining menu from the Michelin starred restaurant celebrates seasonal ingredients from carefully selected producers and takes a dinner on a voyage from land to sea.
The lounges have the feeling of a private library, with intimate seating, antique furniture and open fireplaces. Boasting a brilliant mix of chic interiors, they are a cosy hideaway where guests can relax and unwind.
Private Kid-Friendly Cultural Driving Tour in the Loire Valley
Your licensed driver-guide will pick up you at your hotel for a unique day experiencing the best of the Loire Valley. Discover a private château and stroll through its splendid gardens. Children will be invited to dress up in medieval costumes and enjoy a treasure hunt or a workshop. For lunch, you’ll enjoy a farm-to-table meal made entirely with products from the castle’s garden in the magnificent setting of the park. To finish the day, you’ll stop in Chinon to trace Joan of Arc’s footsteps.
Full-Day Tour of Provence’s Lavender Fields
Visit the high plateau to experience one of Provence’s emblematic sites: the blooming, fragrant lavender fields. From mid-June to August, the high plateau blooms in breathtaking purple. Enjoy scenic routes away from the crowds. Get ready to take beautiful photos!
The tour includes the Albion plateau, and the villages of Sault and Banon. The wild nature surrounds Sault, perched on a rocky promontory. It dominates a plain dedicated to agriculture where lavender predominates offering in summer a unique palette of colors. Leaning against the Albion plateau, between the mountains of Lure and Ventoux, Banon has an authentic and natural character. Surrounded by fields of lavender, plains, and hills delicately perfumed by aromatic plants, a checkerboard of striking colors is drawn around the village.
Private Scavenger Hunt to Discover the World’s Most Famous Museum from a Different Angle
One of our ultimate favorite family-friendly tours in France is a private scavenger hunt at the Musée du Louvre. While adults take in the highlights of the historic museum with its many treasures, children will get their own specially-designed booklets and a pencil. They’ll look for clues and answer questions as they walk through the different wings of the museum. At the end of the scavenger hunt, the children will be rewarded with a surprise gift.
Private Walking Tour of Old Lyon with a Storyteller
Follow the guide-storyteller in the secret covered passageways of Old Lyon. You’ll learn about the incredible adventure of Petit Pierre, and his thirst for science. This adventure allows you to discover the Lyon of the Renaissance, the great Lyonnais figures of the 16th century and the magic of this district.
“Our story begins in the time of King François I. Petit Pierre was an orphan who knew the constellations by heart. One day, he heard the young Louise Labbé talking about Copernicus’ discoveries. He decided that he had to go further, to know more. To do so, he was helped by a mysterious magic book. But first, he had to reckon with the wiles of the evil master Nicolas”.
Guaranteed emotion and thrills! The story is fictional, but based on real historical elements, and includes historical characters. We recommend this visit for children from 6 to 12 years old, as well as for their parents!
We hope this list of our favorite family-friendly tours in France is helpful when choosing a vacation that will be memorable for your children. French Side Travel would love to help you plan a dream trip to France with a custom, completely tailor-made itinerary. Some of our favorite destinations in France include Paris, the South of France, Normandy, and Paris. Get in touch with a travel designer today to start the planning process!