Lyon City Break
Where to stay in Lyon
Being the third largest city in France, travellers are spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodation in Lyon. Here are some of the best areas to stay in Lyon.
This neighbourhood makes a lovely base with plenty of fine dining, bars, cafes and shops that are just perfect if you are embracing the French concept that the finer things in life should be enjoyed at leisure.
Vieux Lyon (Old Town)
With a history dating back to the Roman era, the old town has an old-worldly charm that is hard to resist. If you want to have all the historical sites on your doorstep, a stay in Vieux Lyon will be a thrilling choice.
Fourvière is known for impressive Roman ruins, including Roman baths and a Roman theatre. This hill-top location also has La Tour Métallique.The Metallic Tower is often compared to the Eiffel Tower and looks stunning when lit up at night.
La Croix Rousse
This quaint neighbourhood was the hub of Lyon's famous 19th-century silk industry. The boho atmosphere attracts arty and creative travelers. The daily market, designer shops and brightly colored buildings all add to the attraction of this hilly area.
Stay in Confluence if you want to experience a more modern and trendy side of Lyon. With affordable accommodation options, the area where the rivers converge is buzzing with urban vibes. The Musée des Confluences Lyon is a main attraction with shops, dining and a vibrant riverside nightlife.
The picturesque city of Lyon is the capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in France. The Roman amphitheater, the famous “Traboule” in Vieux-Lyon, ancient architecture, excellent food and scenic sights like the Rhône and Saône rivers that flow through the middle of the city are just a few reasons Lyon is on our travel radar.
Sometimes in the shadow of cities like Paris, Marseille and Nice, our beautiful city of Lyon deserves attention with an incredible gastronomical scene, several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Lyon opera house and many interesting historical sights to enjoy.
What to do in Lyon
Buy a Lyon City Pass that covers Metro, bus, tram and funicular transportation, entry to museums, tours and shows, discounts on tourist attractions and more. It is an investment that will pay for itself many times over when visiting Lyon. With so much to see and do in Lyon, the pass has you covered.
See Lyon From The River
A one-hour guided sightseeing cruise on the Saone River, taking in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Renaissance buildings and charming riverside scenery, gives you an enchanting view of the city from the water. It's a trip that is educational, interesting and romantic. Get your guide
Vieux Lyon 4-Hour Food Tasting Tour
Taste the flavors of France during a half-day food tour that takes you around Vieux Lyon with a expert local guide. Meet local chefs and sample delightful dishes at each stop that includes seeing the Cathedral of St. Jean. You can purchase a ticket here.
See Lyon Old District On Foot
A guided walking tour of the ancient area of Lyon includes UNESCO landmarks, charming neighbourhoods and iconic stops like the famous Hotel Gadagne. Professional guides will customize your tour to take in places you are interested in and skip ones you've already seen. Get a private tour.
Day or Night Pedicab Tour
Riding around in a little pedicab is a fun way to get around the city. We recommend going at night when the city is lit up and looks totally dreamy. The famous monuments in Old Lyon and Saint Georges District are highlights of this tour with the driver as your tour guide. Segway and e-bike tours are also available. Get your guide
Party On A Boat
In Lyon, the locals embrace river life and just as there are restaurants and cafes on boats, there are also discos. Everyone is welcomed aboard for a party to remember. With disco lights flashing and the music pumping, you can get your groove on and dance the night away on the River Rhone.
What to see in Lyon
Lyon, formerly called Lugdunum, is an enchanting city for travelers who appreciate European destinations rich in history, culture and the arts. The impressive museums, art galleries, shops, cafes and architecture are all more amazing in real life than in the glossy travel magazines. Plus there are many unique sights to see like the ferris wheel in Bellecour Square and Museum of Gallo-roman Civilization.
The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
On top of Fourvière Hill, the grand Lyon basilica is visible from most spots in Lyon. The late 19th-century neo-Byzantine building honoring the Virgin Mary is one of the most notable landmarks in Lyon. The stunning panoramic city views complement the stained glass and mosaics of the basilica that holds the crypt of Saint Joseph and an art museum.
The Secret Passageways in Vieux Lyon
In the old city, you can still see the passageways (traboules) that date back to the 4th century. This is how silk merchants once got around the city. Some are open to the public, so you can wander the dark passageways that open into charming courtyards and back onto the streets. Many tours incorporate seeing the traboules.
Le Parc de la Tete d'Or
You could spend a whole day exploring the biggest urban park in France that has a zoo, botanical gardens, a lake with boat rides and a miniature railway. When the flowers are blooming, the park is a glorious sight. Pack some wine, cheese and fruit for a picnic and enjoy the sun, then follow the walking trails or rent a bike. The park is a must do in Lyon.
The Museum of Fine Arts
For art lovers, the Musée des Beaux-arts Lyon, will be a highlight of their travels. Seeing one of the biggest art collections in France that includes famous works by Rembrandt and Monet is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As well as French masterpieces, you can see Islamic and Greek art.
The Rhone and Saône rivers
Lyon is a dual-river city with the Rhone and Saône rivers converging. The Rhone River has an area of restaurants and cafes inside converted boats that have a laid-back vibe. The Saône side is fancier, with more high-end restaurants and superb cafes. Enjoy a coffee and pastry before your scenic riverside stroll. Drop by the Confluence City Center, where the rivers meet and learn about the organization's conservation efforts.
Our office in Lyon
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Lyon to Annecy
If you want to explore another beautiful French city without traveling too far, you can say bonjour to Annecy in less than 1.5 hours. The alpine city has a charming old town with brightly painted homes on cobblestone streets and canals.