Overall we had a great time. We arrived at the Cityrama meeting place and borded a large bus that took us to the train station. We were given tickets to and from Lyon and our approximate itenerary for the day. The train was great very scenic. We were picked up by a car, the only downside that the driver spoke no English and did not explain what we needed to do when he dropped us off in the middle of Lyon town square. We figured out that within half an hour a tour bus will come for a hop-on-hop-off tour of Lyon. We walked around until that time. The bus came, it was a great tour of the city, very beautiful and historic. Make sure to sit on top, there is an audio. Stay on the bus till the end. Than we had about 45 minutes for lunch, there were plenty of choices around the town square, but even a sandwich is great in France. Then we went back to our original stop and were picked up by a small bus, to fit about 10, with a driver and English speaking guide. Because we had Spanish speaking people on tour as well, she did both English and Spanish during the tour. We went to the wine country, about 40 minutes from Lyon, and for a bout three hours toured around the many wineries and wine villages, stopping at one for a free wine tasting, and at another for a much bigger wine tasting, at the end. It was very beautiful, informative, and enjoable. By 6:30 pm we were dropped of back at train station and were back in Paris at 9pm. It was a great day, and although expensive, it was worth the price.
This was a great day trip. The train station turned out to be right by our hotel. We met our tour guide, who took our lunch orders. We borded the train and rode for about 35-40 minutes. Two block from train we were taken to a market - huge square covered with food stands, anything and everything. We were given about 40 minutes to buy anything we want, and I wish we had more time because it was awesome but overwhelming. Then we went about 10 minute walk through the city of Versailled, very cute. We went through the back entrance to the Versailles Gardens and started the tour. The Tour guide was informative and funny, which was great. We walked through the gardens for about two hours, it was magnificent Then we had a picnic lunch (a huge bagette and pastry and water - all delicious), plus all the food we bought at the market, by a beautiful lake with plenty of fish, who also enjoyed some of the food). We had a free hour here, so you can walk around after. Then we had about another hour and a half for the gardens and then an hour and a half tour of the inside of the palace, which was spectacular. We were given tickets back prior to the palace tour and chose to leave ourselves after the tour, or you can meat your guide and go back all together. The group goes back to the train stop by Eiffel Tower, and ours was on the opposite side, but the ticket back is good for either train. If you a first time to France and don't speak any French, this is a great option, great day!
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