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How to Spend 3 Days in Lyon

How to Spend 3 Days in Lyon

With three days in UNESCO-listed Lyon, you have plenty of time to experience the city’s history, cuisine, and surrounding vineyards. Cross the Saône and Rhône rivers, step into the cathedral, taste world-renowned wine, and more. Here’s how to make the most of 72 hours in Lyon.

Day 1: Sights and cuisine

Get your bearings with a sightseeing adventure. Start your day on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, or try an e-bike or Segway tour. Visit Lyon’s famous squares, including Place Bellecour and Place des Terreaux, and stop by attractions such as the Ancient Theatre of Fourvière (Théâtres Romains de Fourvière).

Foodies shouldn’t miss the chance to sample the cuisine in one of the top culinary destinations in the world—so spend the afternoon on a food tour with a stop at Paul Bocuse Market (Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse). Alternatively, history fans might opt for a tour about Lyon’s past. End your day wandering the cobblestoned streets of Old Town (Vieux Lyon), or ride the funicular to the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière (Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière) for sweeping views of the city.

Day 2: Vineyards and Alpine villages

Lyon is the perfect home base for a full-day French wine excursion to Beaune, Burgundy, Beaujolais, or Côtes du Rhône vineyards. A guided small-group or private tour from Lyon is your most convenient option for tasting local wines and exploring the rolling hills of the Lyon countryside.

Alternatively, several historic towns in the nearby Alps are also ideal day-trip destinations. Check out medieval Pérouges, or visit Annecy and its picturesque lake. End the day with dinner at a traditional bouchon.

Day 3: Museums and views

Time to hit the museums, so grab a sightseeing pass for discounts. The Cinema and Miniature Museum (Musée Cinéma et Miniature) is a must for movie buffs, while the Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts) offers a more traditional gallery experience.

Later, take a break in Place des Terreaux, notable for its fountain. Then, hop on a tram up to the Croix-Rousse neighborhood, once the home of Lyon’s silk industry. Savor the city views before relaxing over dinner at one of the area’s celebrated restaurants. Wind up your stay in Lyon with a stop at the Big Pebble (Gros Caillou) for more fantastic views, then head down the hillside on a traboule.

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Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Audio Commentary

Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Audio Commentary

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The perfect introduction to France’s history-filled city, this hop-on hop-off tour of Lyon makes stops at several attractions. Enrich your visit with audio commentary in multiple languages as you listen to anecdotes about the city, its people, and its heritage. Your pass is valid for the whole day, so you can get down—and back on—as many times as you’d like.
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Lyon Attractions & Museums Card & Guide with City Map

Lyon Attractions & Museums Card & Guide with City Map

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Maximize your time in the vibrant Lyon with a Lyon City Card, your passport for exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonders of the city. Explore esteemed museums at your own pace and receive free admission to 22 of Lyon’s most popular cultural institutions. Enjoy free guided tours and river cruises; purchase souvenirs in sophisticated shops at a discount; and see free concerts and puppet shows with your indispensable card. Select from either a 1-, 2- 3-day or 4 day pass and receive a free brochure and map-guide to the city when you collect your card.
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  • 1 to 4 days
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Segway Grand Tour of Lyon - 2-hours

Segway Grand Tour of Lyon - 2-hours

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Zip around Lyon on a fun and easy-to-ride Segway and cover double the distance in half the time. Follow your guide along the scenic Rhône and Saône riversides, glide around Tête d'Or Park, and hop off to take photos of Place des Terreaux, Place Bellecour, and the Cité Internationale.
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The Original Syrah Wine Tour (2:00 pm - 6:30 pm) - Small Group Tour from Lyon

The Original Syrah Wine Tour (2:00 pm - 6:30 pm) - Small Group Tour from Lyon

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Sample 10 different wines on a small group tour of the Rhone Valley.  Travel by private minibus allows you to relax and appreciate your surroundings. In addition to wine tasting, the four-hour tour includes a stop by a Roman Theater and a drive past the iconic sloping vineyards.  Visit two local wineries with your private guide. Gain an in depth understanding of wine production while sampling appellations of Condrieu, Cote Rotie, and more.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Pérouges & Annecy Private Day Trip with Food Tasting from Lyon
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Pérouges & Annecy Private Day Trip with Food Tasting from Lyon

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Visit Pérouges—one of the ‘most beautiful villages in France’—and the alpine town of Annecy on this private full-day tour from Lyon. Admire the medieval monuments and tuck into a traditional breakfast in Pérouges, then enjoy a walking tour of historic Annecy or an optional cruise around Lake Annecy.
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  • 9 hours
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Private Gourmet walking tour of Lyon and Les Halles Paul Bocuse covered market
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Private Gourmet walking tour of Lyon and Les Halles Paul Bocuse covered market

Discover Lyon’s famed gastronomy with this private half-day culinary walking tour. Follow your guide to explore different neighborhoods and taste cheese, chocolate, and wine. Learn about the city’s culinary history including its bouchons (small, traditional restaurants). Visit Halles Paul Bocuse and taste several local specialties at one gourmet market. 
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Beaujolais & Pérouges Wine & Food Tasting Private Day Tour from Lyon
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Beaujolais & Pérouges Wine & Food Tasting Private Day Tour from Lyon

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Explore the historic villages and beautiful vineyards of the Beaujolais wine region on this private full-day tour from Lyon. Sample Beaujolais wines with a tasting at a distinguished winery, enjoy a delicious lunch (own expense) amid the Dombes vineyards, then taste regional specialty ‘galette’ in Pérouges.
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  • 8 hours
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