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Diane Geddie, City Breaks Specialist

"Lyon is a fantastic city for all lovers of food, I always make sure I take a trip to a traditional bouchon for Lyonnais cuisine and I recommend you try the quenelles, which is a dish of creamed fish. I also recommend foodies to visit the famous Les Halles de Lyon, the indoor market selling the best quality products from the region, although expensive, this is where you can find the best of the best in terms of produce and wine. Not only a city for foodies, but the place to be for pleasure seekers, Lyon is home to museums, bustling drinking scenes and great shopping!"

Celebrated as the gastronomic capital of the world, Lyon also vaunts diverse buildings, pretty cobbled streets and sparkling rivers.

From its ancient beginnings as the Roman capital of Gaul, through Italian-inspired Renaissance times to today’s modern skyscrapers, Lyon has much to offer any architecture buff. Explore the traboules (corridors) and courtyards of the UNESCO-recognised Old Town by foot and indulge in the ‘bouchons’ (old-fashioned bistros) on Presqu’ile peninsula, nestled between the Rhone and Saone rivers.

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Beautiful architecture
  • Café culture
  • Culinary arts

Osprey Holidays top tips

For four days around Dec 8th each year, the ‘festival des lumières’ transforms the city into a wonderland of lights. Book early!

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice 
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of  hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 484,344
Languages French
Currency Euro
Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Distance from airports
Lyon Airport 28km
Railway stations
Gare de Lyon-Perrache

Tours and Excursions

Beaujolais Gourmet Wine Tour

Tour the southern part of the Beaujolais region, a beautiful area with rolling hills and hilltop villages, known for its Beaujolais Nouveau. Your driver-guide will introduce you to the region and you will visit a winemaker’s estate where the local producer will share winemaking secrets and you will sample some wines accompanied by cold meats and cheeses.

Old Town Food Tour

A must for any food lover, on this half day small-group tour you will meet local suppliers and sample artisanal produce from the region. Your local guide will share their passion for gastronomy and introduce you to products synonymous with the city of Lyon during a tour that includes at least six tastings and lunch.

Full Day Northern Cotes du Rhone

The morning will be spent in the Hermitage region, south of Lyon. Admire stunning views at the Hermitage hill Belvedere before visiting a local winery where you will sample five to six Côtes du Rhône wines. After some free time for lunch you’ll head north to the Côte-Rôtie vineyards where you will meet with a winemaker and taste several more wines including Saint-Joseph, Condrieu and Côte-rôtie AOC.

We would be happy to arrange an excursion for you. To discuss options with a member of our knowledgeable team or to book, please contact us on 0131 243 8098.