Meeting up with Mickey Mouse and friends is just one of things you can do on a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland Paris
Orlando and Paris are not just separated by the Atlantic Ocean, but are a world apart in what they have to offer holidaymakers, outside of the traditional theme park activities. They are both action packed holiday destinations and we’ve cherry-picked the highlights of each on our list below – so you don’t miss a thing:
Top Five Reasons to choose a Holiday in Orlando
The Weather – Orlando isn’t called the “Sunshine State” for nothing – it basks in balmy, warm days in the autumn and winter months and hot, sunny days for the rest of the year. Average daily temperatures rarely drop below 22ºC on the barometer year-round.
Beach life – Think sunshine holidays and beaches are the best way of cooling down. Orlando gives you access to beaches in abundance – within an hour’s drive there’s Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach. While a two hour drive takes you to the Gulf coast beach hotspots of Treasure Island and Clearwater.
Shopping – Orlando is a shopper’s paradise. From prestigious shopping centre to enormous discount outlets, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Florida Mall, The Mall at Millenia, Orlando Premium Outlets, Downtown Disney and Park Avenue in Winter Park should be at the top of your shopping list.
Golf – The ladies are sorted with the shopping but what about the men? Golf is the obvious pastime to choose. And with no less than 110 golf courses within a 45-mile radius of Orlando, golf fans will be spoilt for choice. Time to tee off!
Food – You can dine your way round the world in Orlando. From Italian, Mexican and Chinese cuisine to steak houses, gourmet dining, seafood restaurants and all you can eat buffets, there’s plenty of options to tempt your taste-buds. That’s not forgetting the usual American fast food outlets serving up pizza, burgers and hotdogs.
Top Five Reasons to choose a Holiday in Paris
Famous Sights – Where do we start? Paris is home to the famous attractions of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur, Champs Elysee and the River Seine. Whizz around the city on the Metro and avoid the traffic.
Shopping – Paris is the world capital of fashion and the place to shop til you drop. From designer boutiques to markets, vintage shops and department stores, there’s plenty of opportunity for a spot of retail therapy in Paris. For designer shopping, there’s Rue Saint Honore, Avenue Montaigne and Rue de Sevres. Pick up a bargain at the weekend Paris Flea Market or the La Vallee Village designer outlet.
Romance – Paris isn’t called the ‘City of Love’ for nothing. What better way to impress your loved one than whisking her away on a Paris weekend break. Enjoy romantic strolls along the Seine or take to the water on a bateaux mouche cruise. Or dine under the stars, with the famous Paris landmarks and sights as your backdrop.
Culture – Visit the enigmatic Mona Lisa at the Louvre. The works of the great artists of the 19th century, including Monet, Gaugin and Cezanne, are on display at Musee D’Orsay. Rodin’s ‘The Kiss’ painting and ‘The Thinker’ sculpture, are waiting to be discovered at the Rodin Museum. Part of the Les Invalides & Musee de L’Arme is dedicated to Napoleon and his body lies there too.
Food & Drink – If there’s one thing the French take pride in, it’s their food and drink. Tasty cuisine is served up in traditional bistros, pavement cafes and gourmet restaurants around the city. Start your day with croissant and coffee, pick up a crepe for lunch and then enjoy moules frites (mussels and chips), oysters or frogs legs for dinner. A wide variety of cheese (the smellier the better) and tasty French wines complete the culinary picture.
If you want to see the best that Paris has to offer, contact the team at Hays Travel – either click the link here or give them a call on 0800 408 4130 (0191 457 0052 from your mobile). For Orlando holidays, contact Hays Faraway by clicking the link here or by phone on 0808 115 0737.