Lyon Day Tours
The narrow cobbled alleyways and the famous traboules of the city allows paths to many places to visit in Lyon. Once home to the silk traders, these secret covered passageways reveal renovated architectural treasures, spiral staircases, and Italian-style galleries. They run in the direction of the Saône and gave the city’s silk workers access to the riverbank, making it easy to transport textiles whilst affording them shelter from the elements.
The Parc de la Tête d’Or is one of the country’s largest urban parks, with a zoo and France’s foremost botanical gardens. Housed in an old abbey from the 1600s, the Musée des Beaux-Arts is France’s second-largest fine art museum after the Louvre in Paris. Incredibly, Ancient Theatre of Fourvière is still a performance venue during the annual Nuits de Fourvière drama festival some 2000-years after construction. A selection of tours in Lyon takes you to unusual places to visit. Discover a collection of murals dotted throughout working-class neighbourhoods and less-known areas.
Things to do in Lyon
The traboules tours give a fascinating insight into life during the abundant silk trade in the 16th century; around 40 remain open to the public. The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon is a treasure trove of artefacts from Asia and Egypt plus a wealth of European art that includes van Gogh and Renoir.
Food in Lyon
Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse houses the famed indoor food market and almost five-dozen stalls selling endless gourmet delights and an impressive white-wine and shellfish brunch. Taste authentic rich Lyonnais cuisine in a bouchon or head to one of the many restaurants that serve Coq au vin or Lyonnaise potatoes.
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Museums in Lyon
Amongst a host of impressive museums is Musée des Confluences, eponymously named after its location at the Rhône and Saône rivers’ confluence. The futuristic structure is one of the city’s iconic landmarks and home to various science and humanities collections. For ancient artefacts visit The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon.
Day trips from Lyon allow you to explore Burgundy’s Unesco World Heritage status vineyards recognised for the region’s centuries-old history of viticulture. The region offers some of the most beautiful countryside with verdant rolling hills speckled with yellow mustard fields, beautiful waterways and medieval villages serving fine wine and food.