The cloud-piercing, wrought-iron Eiffel Tower is instantly recognizable as "the city of lights", Paris. As are the broad Arc de Triomphe guarding the glamours avenue des Champs-Elysees, flying buttressed Notre Dame cathedral, lamplight bridges spanning the Seine and art nouveau cafes wicker-chair-lined terraces.

France is also home to some of the world's finest cuisine and wines. Enticing patisseries, boulangeries (bakeries), formageries (cheese shops) and colorful street markets are perfect for putting together a picnic to take in the city's beautiful parks and gardens.

Explore the city's artistic treasures - Renoir, Rodin, Picasso, Monet and Van Gogh, just to name a few. Paris is one of the world's great art repositories, harbouring treasures from antiquity onwards.