From the heady scent of Provence's sprawling lavender fields to the enduring glamour of the Cote D'Azur, France is a diverse and colourful country with something to occupy even the most travel weary of visitors. Lose yourself in culture, shopping, gastronomy, monuments of a bygone age and the glorious towns, villages and cities steeped in history.

DISTANCE FROM AIRPORT TO CITY CENTRE: Paris: 25 kilometres, Nice: 7 kilometres, Lyon: 20 kilometres | TIME ZONE: Summer: GMT +2 hours, Winter +1 hour | CURRENCY: Euro (EUR) | LANGUAGES: French, with English often spoken in main tourist areas |