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Culinary Capital of France
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice. Between Paris and Marseille in the Rhône-Alpes region, Lyon is the third largest city in France. Not only was this city a mainstay of the French Revolution, it's also a mainstay on tourist itineraries, offering colorful neighborhoods with architectural marvels. Some of the most notable attractions are the narrow passageways unique to Lyon named traboules, built during the 4th century, that pass through buildings and link streets on either side.
This vibrant metropolis has a significant influence on the software industry with a particular focus on videogames, and in recent years, it has fostered a growing local tech startup sector.
The Saône and the Rhône rivers provide many opportunities for boating, water sports, river cruises, and outdoor sightseeing. Be sure to dine in Lyon--the Culinary Capital of France and perhaps the world--at a "bouchon," a friendly restaurant serving local dishes and local wine, such as Côtes du Rhône and Beaujolais. Use our France online road trip planner to arrange the details of your trip to Lyon and other destinations.
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$3 BOOK WITH VIATOR Vieux Lyon Cultural & Historical Walking Guided Tour (English) Vieux Lyon Cultural & Historical Walking Guided Tour (English)
Duration: 2 hours
$3 BOOK WITH VIATOR Lyon City Historic Neighborhoods Guided Walking Tour (English) Lyon City Historic Neighborhoods Guided Walking Tour (English)
Duration: 2 hours
$34 BOOK WITH VIATOR Lyon Highlights & Secrets Walking Guided Tour (small group) including Funicular Lyon Highlights & Secrets Walking Guided Tour (small group) including Funicular
Duration: 3 hours
$83 BOOK WITH VIATOR Lyon Old Town Half-Day Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties Tasting & Lunch Lyon Old Town Half-Day Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties Tasting & Lunch
Duration: 4 hours
$31 BOOK WITH VIATOR Lyon Small-Group Guided Electric Bike Tour with a Local Guide Lyon Small-Group Guided Electric Bike Tour with a Local Guide
Duration: 2 hours
$29 BOOK WITH VIATOR Lyon Attractions & Museums Card & Guide with City Map Lyon Attractions & Museums Card & Guide with City Map
Duration: 24 to 96 hours
$26 BOOK WITH VIATOR 1 or 2-Hour Pedicab tour of Lyon 1 or 2-Hour Pedicab tour of Lyon
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
$16 BOOK WITH VIATOR Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Audio Commentary Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Audio Commentary
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