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Ophorus Tours - Lyon

Rhône-Alpes

Lyon

Discover the captivating city of Lyon, nestled in the heart of France. Lyon's rich history, exquisite gastronomy, and vibrant culture make it a must-visit destination for travelers. Explore its UNESCO-listed old town, tantalize your taste buds with traditional Lyonnaise cuisine, and immerse yourself in the city's artistic and architectural wonders.

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Learn more about Lyon

Lyon: The Heart of French Culture Nestled at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon captivates visitors with its rich history, world-class gastronomy, and vibrant arts scene. This comprehensive guide unlocks the best of Lyon, making it easy for international travelers to explore its hidden gems and unforgettable experiences. Immerse Yourself in Lyon's Top-Ranked Attractions Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière: Perched atop Fourvière Hill, this iconic landmark offers breathtaking panoramic city views. Marvel at its intricate architecture and stunning mosaics, making it a must-visit for history and architecture enthusiasts. Vieux Lyon (Old Town): Step back ...

Lyon: The Heart of French Culture

Nestled at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon captivates visitors with its rich history, world-class gastronomy, and vibrant arts scene.

This comprehensive guide unlocks the best of Lyon, making it easy for international travelers to explore its hidden gems and unforgettable experiences.

Immerse Yourself in Lyon's Top-Ranked Attractions

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière: Perched atop Fourvière Hill, this iconic landmark offers breathtaking panoramic city views.

Marvel at its intricate architecture and stunning mosaics, making it a must-visit for history and architecture enthusiasts.

Vieux Lyon (Old Town): Step back in time and wander through the enchanting Vieux Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Explore its labyrinthine cobblestone streets lined with well-preserved Renaissance buildings and discover the unique traboules, hidden passageways that date back to the Middle Ages.

Lyon's Culinary Delights: A Feast for the Senses

Lyon's reputation as a French gastronomic capital is well-deserved. Indulge in traditional dishes like the hearty Coq au Vin (chicken in wine) or the delicate Quenelles de Brochet (pike dumplings).

Explore the vibrant Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse market overflowing with fresh local produce, cheeses, and regional specialties.

For an unforgettable culinary experience, time your visit during the famed Les Bouchons Festival, a celebration of Lyonnaise cuisine with wine tastings and food fairs.

Immerse Yourself in Lyon's Creative Soul

Gallo-Roman Museum: Delve into Lyon's fascinating Roman past through captivating exhibits and artifacts showcased at the Gallo-Roman Museum.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC Lyon): Embrace contemporary art with thought-provoking exhibits and innovative installations at the MAC Lyon.

Musée des Beaux-Arts: Housed in a stunning 17th-century building, the Musée des Beaux-Arts boasts a collection of masterpieces by renowned artists like Picasso and Monet.

Festival of Lights: Witness Lyon's magical transformation during the annual Festival of Lights in December. The city becomes a captivating canvas of light installations, mesmerizing locals and visitors alike.

Unwind and Explore: Lyon's Outdoor Escapes

Rhône and Saône Rivers: Take a leisurely stroll or rent a bike to explore the scenic banks of the Rhône and Saône rivers. Enjoy the picturesque landscapes and vibrant riverfront activities.

Parc de la Tête d'Or: Lyon's largest urban park offers a tranquil oasis perfect for picnics, relaxing by the lake, or renting a rowboat. Explore the on-site zoo or simply unwind amidst the lush greenery.

Monts du Lyonnais: For a more adventurous escape, venture to the nearby Monts du Lyonnais regional park. Embark on scenic hikes, breathe in fresh air, and marvel at breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

Explore Beyond Lyon: Enchanting Day Trips from the City of Lights

Lyon serves as a fantastic base for exploring the captivating region of Rhône-Alpes. Consider incorporating some of these unforgettable day trips offered by Ophorus Tours into your itinerary.

Unveil the Enchantment of Annecy: Journey to the picturesque town of Annecy, nicknamed the "Venice of the Alps." Glide along the crystal-clear waters of Lake Annecy, explore the charming canals lined with colorful buildings, and soak in the breathtaking mountain scenery.

Burgundy Wine Country, A Toast to Tradition: Embark on a delightful excursion to the renowned wine regions of Burgundy. Visit prestigious vineyards like Beaune and Côte d'Or, learn about the winemaking process from experts, and indulge in tastings of exquisite Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines.

The Villages of Beaujolais, A Gastronomic Adventure: Venture into the rolling hills of Beaujolais, a region famous for its Gamay grapes and delicious cuisine. Explore charming villages like Oingt and explore the medieval castle ruins. Savor a traditional Beaujolais lunch and learn about the unique winemaking traditions of the region.

Wine Trails Beckon: Uncorking Delectable Experiences near Lyon

Lyon's location makes it a perfect starting point for indulging in the renowned wine regions surrounding the city. Explore the rolling vineyards, charming villages, and rich winemaking traditions with these captivating day trips offered by Ophorus Tours.

Beaujolais, A Celebration of Gamay: Embark on a delightful journey through the picturesque Beaujolais region. Explore charming villages like Oingt and soak in the beauty of the rolling hills.

Learn about the unique production of Gamay grapes, a staple of the region, and indulge in tastings of the light and fruity Beaujolais wines, including the famous Beaujolais Nouveau.

Savor a traditional Lyonnaise lunch and discover the unique winemaking heritage of Beaujolais.

Northern Rhône Valley, Where Syrah Reigns Supreme: Venture into the prestigious Northern Rhône Valley, known for its bold and complex Syrah wines. Visit renowned appellations like Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage, and explore the steep slopes where these grapes thrive.

Learn about the meticulous winemaking process from local experts and savor tastings of world-class Syrah wines, known for their depth, structure, and aging potential.

Practical Tips for a Seamless Lyon Experience

Getting Around: Lyon boasts an efficient public transportation system with buses, trams, and metro lines. The city is also very walkable, especially in the central areas.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Lyon is from April to October when the weather is pleasant for outdoor activities. The festive atmosphere of the December Festival of Lights is another highlight.

Language: French is the primary language, but English is spoken by many tourism industry professionals. Learning a few basic French phrases can enhance your experience.

Currency and Payments: France uses the Euro (€). Credit cards are widely accepted, but it's a good idea to carry some cash for smaller purchases and markets.

Lyon, a city that seamlessly blends history, gastronomy, and culture, invites you to discover its hidden treasures.

Embrace the charm of Vieux Lyon, savor the flavors of Lyonnaise cuisine, and explore the city's vibrant arts scene.

Whether you're a history buff, a food lover, or an outdoor enthusiast, Lyon offers an unforgettable experience. Start planning your Lyon adventure today!

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Reviews from our Lyon trips

  • Steve S.

    30, Oct 2023

    Thank you for arranging today’s tour with Magalie. She was fantastic - very knowledgeable and she told us things and took us to places we never would...
  • Judy

    04, Jul 2023

    Wanted to follow up with you to let you know that my son and daughter in law had the most wonderful day on the wine tour. They said the guide was great...
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