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Family Holidays in France

Family Holidays in France

France Family Holidays

5 of the Best Places to Visit on Family Holidays in France

Rocamadour: Clinging precariously to the cliffside, Rocamadour is a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the Chapelle Notre Dame and the Romanesque Gothic Basilica of St Sauveur. To access the site, the Grand Escalier (Great Staircase) passes up 216 steps to each of the three levels. Towering above the Alzou Canyon stand crumbling houses, towers and a castle keep where you can learn about the legend and history of Rocamadour. The area has been an important pilgrimage site on the ‘Way of Saint James’ for many centuries and you can walk in the footsteps of ancient kings.

Meyronne: The pretty village of Meyronne lies in the Midi-Pyrenees region of France and resembles a scene from a fairy tale with its cobbled streets and distinctive buildings that teeter on the riverbank. There’s plenty to explore on foot or by bike around the village itself or you can simply soak up the views down by the river as you snack on delicious French cheeses. It’s also a great place for mingling with the locals at one of the pavement cafes.

Souillac: Throughout the town of Souillac you’ll see ancient sites, stone houses with shuttered windows and strewn in wisteria, and vibrant squares where the locals gather for their morning coffee. The town is most famous for its 12th-century, Byzantine/Romanesque Abbey of Saint Marie which was designed in the shape of a Latin cross. You can also visit the ruins of Souillac belfry which was damaged during the Wars of Religion, see the collection of dolls and mechanical toys at the Musee de l’Automate, or cycle to the beautiful Jardins de Cadiot.

Saint-Vincent-de-Cosse: Standing above the Dordogne River between La Roque-Gageac and Saint Cyprien, Saint-Vincent-de-Cosse is a handsome village with ancient churches, Perigord-style houses, two small castles, and a stone fountain at its centre. Many of the buildings have round towers and painted shutters and a great way to see them on family activity holidays in France is by canoeing along the river, where you’ll also spy various chateaux on the hilltops. There are some wonderful walks around the village that lead you to vantage points looking out over the Dordogne countryside.

Carennac:  The village of Carennac is one of the most beautiful destinations on our family adventure holidays in France. Dusty stone cottages and 16th-century manor houses line the streets and lush countryside fringes the Dordogne River. Discover the medieval history which dates back to the 11th century at the Romanesque church of Saint Pierre and admire the ornate carvings, cloister and mise au tombeau sculpture. The Renaissance Chateau des Doyens, once home to the dean of the priory, is another magnificent site to explore and tells tales of fascinating Carennac’s past.

We recently embarked on the Egyptian Family Adventure with our two children, aged 10 and 13. Our guide, Sayeed, truly stood out – he was not only friendly but also exceptionally knowledgeable and impressively organized. From the moment we were picked up at the airport, Sayeed efficiently managed hotel check-ins and all our excursions, making the entire trip stress-free. The itinerary unfolded seamlessly, taking us from the bustling streets of Cairo to the awe-inspiring Great Pyramids and the enigmatic Sphinx, perched on the desert’s edge, creating a captivating contrast between ancient and modern Egypt. These pyramids, with a history spanning thousands of years, are a testament to the remarkable ingenuity of their builders. Remarkably, the Great Pyramid, the largest among them, stands as the sole surviving Wonder of the Ancient World. In the afternoons, we had leisure time to unwind at our hotel, explore Cairo, or delve into the treasures of the Egyptian Museum, home to the world’s most extensive collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including the astonishing golden riches from Tutankhamun’s tomb. Sayeed’s advice to rise early for visits to the Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple was spot on. We also explored the Aswan High Dam, Philae Temple, and were treated to an evening light show at Karnak Temple, which vividly retells the dramatic history of ancient Thebes. Our journey concluded in Hurghada, a lively coastal resort perfectly situated for sea-based and desert adventures. After a midday meal, we embarked on a semi-submersible vessel resembling a yellow submarine, offering us a glimpse into the captivating underwater world of the Red Sea’s coral area. Snorkeling was also on the agenda, allowing us to explore the underwater beauty before returning to solid ground. Overall, our trip was a remarkable experience, thanks to Sayeed’s expert guidance and the meticulously planned itinerary. The Highlights: Our exploration of Egypt was a remarkable opportunity to discover many of the country’s iconic attractions. With knowledgeable and responsible guides, the trip was impeccably organized, making it particularly family-friendly. Egypt’s rich history and culture left a profound impression on us, making our overall experience truly exceptional. Accommodations and Transportation: The quality of our accommodations was commendable. This charming destination, characterized by its captivating allure and privileged location, boasted impeccable service overseen by a capable management team. The highlight was undoubtedly the expansive swimming pool, perfect for relaxation. The culinary offerings were equally exceptional, providing a delightful dining experience. The hotels consistently maintained a high standard of quality and demonstrated a strong commitment to respect and courtesy. Optional Tours and Additional Costs: It’s important to note that most of the tours in the itinerary are optional, not mandatory. This means that to fully immerse yourself in the experience, you’ll need to budget extra funds. Regrettably, the cost of these optional trips can feel disproportionate to the face value of the entry tickets to the sites visited. While independent organization is possible, it may not always be straightforward. In conclusion, the Egyptian Family Adventure provides an incredible opportunity to explore Egypt’s treasures and immerse yourself in its history and culture. It’s well-organized and family-friendly. However, it’s crucial to set realistic expectations regarding budgeting for optional tours and additional costs. Despite these considerations, our overall experience in Egypt was unforgettable, and we are actively considering another Exodus family adventure holiday for 2024. We extend our gratitude to Exodus for facilitating this enriching journey through Egypt.

Samuel Ganta Egyptian Family Adventure

An amazing adventure holiday that the whole family loved. It was a perfect balance of wildlife adventure and opportunity for my 9 year old to play at the hotel pools and beaches. she enjoyed the wildlife adventure part just as much as the pools and beach. I thought we managed to get so many things into two weeks including a few of the options. We all thoroughly enjoyed the adventure and would recommend it to anyone interested in nature.

Robert King Costa Rica Adventure Family Holiday

Incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. We saw such a lot- mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects. The experience of being in the rainforest is unique and totally different to anything we had experienced before.

Helena Doucas Costa Rica Adventure Family Holiday