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THEME PARKS & ATTRACTIONS PUY DU FOU DESTINATIONS


LEFT: La Cinéscénie


RIGHT: Le Bal des Oiseaux Fantômes


NEED TO


KNOW


● The park is open from April to early November.


● Clients will need two days to see the whole park.


● Expect a very


French experience – not everyone speaks perfect English! Only 14% of the 2.3 million visitors last year


were from outside France.


Our dapper waiter served our drinks and first course, then ran to the stage to perform the can-can with aplomb


recommend. As we took our seats in the packed belle époque-style restaurant, with low lamps glowing on the tables, our dapper black-tie- adorned waiter served our drinks and first course. Minutes later, to Joe and Nina’s astonishment, the waiters ran to the stage – performing the can-can, singing and dancing with aplomb. A fun and interactive cabaret


ensued, similar to those performed at early 20th-century French cafes, while we ate, drank and laughed, still being served our food by the same waiter between ‘dance shifts’. “I am a dancer, not a waiter,” he


explained in broken French afterwards to Joe and Nina, though they took some convincing. “Is that really true?” Nina whispered to me afterwards. To say we were all blown away is an understatement. Every show and attraction we visited was a spectacle, a story, an education and a surprise packed into one – we simply haven’t visited anywhere else quite like it. The chances are, your clients haven’t either. Book it: Two nights’ bed and breakfast for a family of four at a themed on-site hotel, including two days’ park entry, costs from €568, based on a stay this autumn, before the park closes on November 4. A Pass Emotion costs an extra €14 per person per day. A one-night stay for a family of four


at on-site hotel La Villa Gallo-Romaine, with two-day park pass, one-day Pass Emotion, and breakfast, costs from €400, excluding flights, in next year’s Easter holidays. Most clients organise car rental


from the nearest airport, at Nantes. For those travelling by train, there are shuttles from Angers TGV station to Puy du Fou. Agents can book direct via the park’s trade site at puydufou.com/en/user


● The park is big, so it involves a fair amount of walking. But it doesn’t feel packed, even in peak season. There is a train for clients with


reduced mobility to get around.


● Five on-site


hotels offer more than 400 rooms in total. Each is dedicated to a different period in history, from ancient Rome to the 18th century.


● There are 27 places to eat in the park and its hotels, from fast


food to gourmet cuisine.


● Translation headsets are available, or


Puy du Fou’s app translates shows into four languages. There is Wi-Fi coverage across the park.


30 August 2018 travelweekly.co.uk 67


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