Test yourself against the Sir Bradleys, Froomes and Cavendishes of the real world by hiring bikes and seeing how far you can make it up the Spartan flanks of the Mont Ventoux. Collapse in the hamlet of Crillon Le Brave to your well-earned massage and Michelin-starred dinner.
Dave, Original Traveller
It can be difficult for Brits to sing the praises of our great rivals across the Channel, but there's little argument that France is essentially the perfect destination for a luxury holiday - a fact borne out by the statistics that the country is the most visited on Earth.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Sample some of La Vie en Rose - or should that be rosé - in Provence. Wonderful climate, legendary food and lazy days spent enjoying both together with some local pink wine are one of the world's absolute best combinations
- Lyon - a fascinating and much underrated city. France's capital of gastronomy (step aside Paris!) is choc-a-block with great bistrots, brasseries and high end gastro-temples to choose from
- The Côte d'Azur - legendary sweep of achingly beautiful and glamorous coastline. Ogle the world's blingiest super yachts, gasp at the price of a demi-pression in St Tropez and then retire to some of the world's most impressive historical hotels to enjoy those rather special views
- Learn more and find out when to go in our in-depth guide