Picture low-lying farmland, purple meadows, Mediterranean coastline and dazzling beaches. Add the towering heights of the snow-capped Alpine mountains and you’re well on your way to discovering the diversity and beauty of France. The Cote d’Azur is known for its intoxicating cocktail of glitzy Riviera towns, charming fishing ports, exciting Corniche roads and the scent of the maquis and lavender. Then there’s the sophistication of Cannes and St Tropez, with palm-lined boulevards and luxury yachts. Contrast this with the timeless charm of hilltop villages with views through the purple haze of distant mountains and landscapes of lavender and cypresses that inspired Van Gogh, Cezanne, Renoir and Matisse. France also offers skiing where the sky is blue, the air is cold and fresh, and a field of virgin snow is laid out at your feet. The spectacular mountains offer some of the finest and most extensive skiing areas in the world, from the toughest, wildest black runs to the longest reds and most gentle beginner runs.