France with little ones: tours you cannot miss!

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France is a dream destination for even our little travelers! At Bella Vita, we are expert travel planners and vacation experts with over 20 years of experience. But, we are also parents. This means that we understand every aspect of a trip with little kids. It can be daunting! There are different factors to consider for a vacation for a family with tiny ones. However, we are firm believers that travel should be fun and unforgettable for everyone – including children. We have arranged hundreds of holidays for our families with children. More so, these are tours that we have done with ourselves and our own little kids!

France is a great destination for anyone. A family with kids has an incredible range of activities that they can choose from here. All of our vacations are tailor made to your family – your needs, interests and dreams. This week, we are sharing some of our favorite kid tested, Bella Vita approved tours in France.

Paris: Private Louvre Mystery Tour for little ones

The world’s most famous art museum turns into an exciting adventure with an interactive treasure hunt! Little ones love this tour in an otherwise daunting museum. Your licensed guide will take you to the most famous pieces of the Louvre. These include the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace. You will also discover masterpieces of the Middle Ages, the Italian Renaissance, and Ancient Egypt! First, you will be given an introduction to each work of art. Secondly, you will need to solve various “problems and riddles”. Last but not least, you will have a blast discovering this amazing building and its inhabitants! Skip-the-line tickets and loads of fun are included in this educational discovery that little and big kids alike love!

Nice: Cooking Class for little chefs

Starting in the Cours Saleya market, you will meet our wonderful food guide and chef. Little ones will love exploring the amazing market! The narrow maze of centuries-old streets of the Vieux Nice opens up onto this splendid space lined with bars, cafés, and fish restaurants on either side and market stalls down the center. You will select the best meat and fish for your choice of menu. Make your way to her charming cooking atelier, where everyone will play a role in preparing the meal. A couple of hours later, sit down to an authentic Niçoise meal and toast your efforts with a glass of rosé or the beverage of your choice.

Versailles: Cycling tour

Explore and discover this iconic palace in all its grandeur. With a fun-filled game booklet in hand, uncover the Palace of Versailles. You will learn about the Kings of France in a way that has never been so much fun for the whole family. Begin with a guided visit to the Palace’s gardens. Then, there will be a break for lunch. Afterward, hop on your bicycles and let your guide take you to the other parts of the property. You will enjoy visits to the Trianon and Queen Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet. This visit to Versailles will surely be one of the highlights of your family vacation in Paris. Finally, your chauffeur will drive you back to your hotel. Little ones love the gardens, and bigger kids delight in the bike ride. It’s a special day!

Brittany: Sailing Experience

Board a vintage wooden ship for a beautiful day around Bréhat island. You’ll learn how to maneuver the boat and to navigate it between islands. Enjoy an on-board picnic, listening to the stories of this proud region. This tour is for older children. The kids will love helping and learning. A wonderful way to experience the stunning coast! Otherwise, should the weather not permit sailing, your private driver/guide will take you to explore the lovely port town of Roscoff and Balz Island. Here, you can rent bicycles for the day riding along coastal trails next to small beaches with nothing more than farmland and the ocean. You can also dine in a wonderful seaside restaurant or picnic amongst the many open pastures.

Loire Valley: Hot air balloons

Our Private 3-hour hot-air balloon experience is the ideal way to enjoy an aerial view of this beautiful area. For kids that are a little older, its an unforgettable experience. The sweeping vineyards, lush forests, and fairy-tale castles of the Loire Valley are even more impressive from above! Float over the UNESCO-listed landscapes of the Loire, Indre, or Cher Valleys. Spot landmarks like the Chateau of Chenonceau or the gardens of Villandry. And after “touch down” back on land, you will feast a tasting of local wines for the adults, cheese, and meats.

Luberon with little ones: full day private tour

If you want to discover the countryside, the Luberon mountain range will be an ideal place. See the limestone cliffs, oak trees, lavender fields (in blossom at the end of June and the beginning of July), quaint hilltop villages such as the extraordinary village of Gordes, the colorful Roussillon with its ochre cliffs, the mysterious Lacoste with its haunting ruins of the Marquis de Sade’s castle and/or the hilltop Bonnieux and its breathtaking views of the Calavon Valley.

Depending on where you are staying, we return through the peaceful village of Lourmarin facing its remarkable Renaissance castle. There are many hidden gems in Luberon. During the high season we will suggest an off the beaten path option.
Scene of the first conflicts between Catholics and Protestants, the Luberon area is outstanding from the historical point of view. A visit to the Village des Bories near Gordes is great fun with kids. And a wine tasting of Côtes du Luberon or Côtes du Ventoux wine is great fun for the parents!

Making Macarons in Paris!

Follow your chef’s instructions to discover the secrets to making French macarons. From the crispy shell to the creamy, tasty filling, everyone will be getting their hands deliciously dirty. While you are busy making your macarons, the chef will tell you all about the origin of these little bite-sized multicolored treats and how they have become the next best thing in French pastry. At the end of this experience, everyone will leave with their box filled with their own homemade macarons (if there are any left…). This tour is a hit with little ones and bigger kids alike (and also with us adults too).

France for kids and families

France has so many special tours and excursions for children of all ages. It’s a dream destination for all of us! Please contact us to learn more and see some of the sample itineraries we can put together. Traveling as a family is an experience to treasure. When done right, it will be the dream trip you will never forget!

We are happy and eager to help make your travel dreams come true!

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