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Lyon Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, December 2014

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Lyon is France's gastronomic capital, with endless piggy-driven dishes and delicacies to savor, and a bounty of eateries in which to do so. Throw two mighty rivers, a couple of Roman amphitheaters and a generous dose of Renaissance architecture into the pot and the city is a sure-fire winner.

Day 1: A Silky History

Lyon was once a city of silk weavers, and its landscape is still woven with their history: you can start your day by wandering the traboules, covered medieval alleys once used by the silk workers to transport their wares – you’ll find them mainly in Vieux Lyon. Visit the Atelier Passementerie to see where the weavers once worked (and maybe pick up some modern examples of the craft), then move on to the Maison des Canuts to learn more about the weavers’ history, including the violent 1830s uprisings over bad pay and conditions. Swing by the Musée des Tissus to see a whole host of silky treats, including pieces woven for Marie Antoinette and Queen Victoria. Smooth!

Day 2: Roman Lyon

Lyon was once Lugdunum, a Roman colony begun in 43BC. The most significant ruins can be found near the Fourvière Basilica. Roam over two ancient theaters and the Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls. Wander around and get a feel for the old glory days, then visit the Gallo-Roman museum to make sense of it all. If you pick up a Lyon City Card, it will give you free admission to the museum, as well as unlimited use of public transport and a host of other discounts.

Day 3: The Wind in Your Hair

It would be easy to spend all your time in Lyon indoors, fingering silks and chewing on pigs’ trotters, but on day three it’s time to blow the cobwebs away. Spend the morning in the Parc de la Tête d'Or, drifting around the lake on the boat or smelling the roses. Take a funicular up to the top of Fourvière Hill and exult in the view. And to finish, why not take your very own tour of the city in a Citroen 2CV?

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Lyon Electric Bike Tour with Food Tasting

Visit top Lyon attractions and get a taste of France’s culinary capital on this electric bike tour, a nearly effortless way to sightsee. Exploring Lyon’s ...  Read more

Location: Lyon, France
Duration: Varies

From USD $49.78

Lyon City Card

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This is your passport for exploring the museums and attractions of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The easy-to-use city card offers total sightseeing ...  Read more

Location: Lyon, France
Duration: 1, 2 or 3 days

From USD $27.38

French Pastry and Dessert Class at L'atelier des Chefs in Lyon

Enter the world of French desserts with this 2-hour pastry course in Lyon, France's culinary capital. At L'atelier des Chefs, a famous cooking school, follow ...  Read more

Location: Lyon, France
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.58

Lyon by Night: Electric Bike Tour with Food Tasting

Watch the streets of Lyon come alive at night on this 3-hour tour by electric bike; a fun, effortless way to sightsee. Spin through the UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: Lyon, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.22

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