We are 4 adults, 2 from South Africa and 2 from New Zealand, we would like to tour the French countryside by car and visit Paris for about 4 days where we would use public transport or walk. The best time for us is August, being school holiday time would these places be extremely busy or do families with children go to specific holiday destinations during the summer holidays? We are not planning on sea side holidays much rather the villages and smaller places.
We were thinking of a hired barge trip on one of the rivers. what is recommended for someone who has not seen France before?