As the largest country in Western Europe, the appeal of France goes well beyond the charisma of its infamous capital. Whether it’s the dramatic coastline of Brittany, the chateaux of the Loire Valley, the lush vineyards of Bordeaux, to the glitz and glamour of sun-drenched St Tropez – France is a rich and beautiful fusion of diverse landscapes, cities and cultures. The food and wine are of course famous – and deservedly so – with delicious patisseries around every corner and delectable vintages freshly pressed from the vine. There is more wide open green space than you can imagine, it’s an unforgettable experience for families and nature lovers. And yes – Paris must not be forgotten – a unique, vibrant and romantic city that is the epitome of chic… In fact the hardest part of any visit to France is deciding where to start and how much to pack in!

Depending on where you decide to start your Gallic adventure, you have a choice of airport. In the north, Paris has two airports – Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly – with Charles de Gaulle handling the majority of flights from all over the UK. Other major international airports are at Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille and Nice, which gives plenty of scope for exploring this magnificent country. Easyjet and Ryanair have regular budget flights available if you’re watching the pennies, with Air France and British Airways being at the higher end of the scale.