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Why Visit Lyon?

Not only is Lyon the capital of the Rhône département in France and a UNESCO World Heritage site, but it is also considered the gastronomic capital of the world. Lyon boasts a range of top Michelin starred restaurants, phenomenal bistros and smaller restaurants with eye-popping menus and fantastic traditional cuisine. It’s here in Lyon where you can find high-quality and local foods at affordable prices. 

On top of Lyon pleasing all tastes when it comes to food, it’s also an excellent city when it comes to the best local wines. Wine holidays to Lyon are multifaceted. With it being fortunate enough to be situated between the vineyards of Beaujolais and Burgundy, as well as Côtes du Rhône in the south, Lyon is able to offer a world of outstanding food and wine tours hitting all the best places. 

This profound city allows visitors to go on both a gastronomic and historical journey, exploring magnificent architectural landmarks a tasting delicious foods and wines along the way. Visitors arriving in the wintertime, on the 8 December will also get to see the famous lights festival “Fete des Lumières” which lasts for four magical days. This city is a must for any travel agenda, from city escapes to vineyards holidays due to its close proximity and easy access to many nearby destinations and attractions.

Plan Your Visit

Best Known Grapes

Popular grapes grown in Lyon, in the wine region of Rhône include Syrah, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier, as well as Chateauneuf-du-Pape.    

Best time to visit

The best time to book your wine holidays to Lyon is during the autumn months (October and September) and the spring months (March to May) for many reasons. One of them being the quieter streets, free from the hordes of tourists, and another reason is the weather. Lyon during the autumn brings cooler temperatures in addition to the significant vibrant foliage and the spring months brings perfect weather to engage in all activities with ease.
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How long to stay

If you're here for a quick visit, then two full days will be enough to see the sights. However, if you want to experience the city in a leisurely pace, then 3 to 4 days is advisable. As mentioned, there are quite a few half-day and full-day tours you can book that can show you the best of what Lyon has to offer, including the gorgeous wineries and vineyards surrounding it.   
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How to get there

The best airport for those arriving in Lyon is  Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport . It's the international airport of Lyon, located in Colombier-Saugnieu and 25 km east from Lyon's city centre.
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