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Lyon's history, culture, and castle retreat

2 Days | History & Culture

Lyon in Two Days - History, Culture, Castles, and Museums

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Enjoy an action packed two day trip to Lyon. Immerse yourself in Lyon's rich history at the vibrant Presqu'ile district, home to picturesque squares and luxury boutiques. Continue your day with a stroll through the enchanting Renaissance streets of Vieux-Lyon, and the Confluence museum. Take some time to relax and enjoy the castles of Beaujolais wine region. Lastly, explore another great museum and relish in a good nights sleep!

Day by day


Day 1: Lyon

Private transfer from Lyon Train Station your accommodation

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer from Lyon Train Station and your accommodation.

Private Guided Tour of Lyon, from the Presqu’ile (Bellecour Square) to Old Lyon

On either side of the Saône River, take a guided tour to discover two districts with very different atmospheres.

On the left bank of the Saône, the Presqu’île, the heart of Lyon where superb squares like Bellecour, the Célestins, the Jacobins are next to luxury boutiques, restaurants and remarkable monuments such as the Théâtre des Célestins.

On the right bank, you’ll find Vieux-Lyon, a colorful Renaissance district with narrow cobbled streets lined with Renaissance hotels and pierced by traboules.

This is an ideal route to soak up the atmosphere and the art of living in Lyon, from past to present. From the main streets to the Renaissance alleys, relive the great periods of Lyon’s history.

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Suggestion – Confluence museum

To begin with, the museum’s architecture is incredible! It is made of glass, concrete and stainless steel and stands erect like a beacon on the headland, at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers.

Such a building could only house an exceptional museum that of the confluence of scientific, technical and societal knowledge, encompassing Earth, humanity, history and geography. In other words, it is a door that opens out onto the world, the universe and knowledge in general. How fascinating is that!

In parallel to the museum’s permanent itinerary there are temporary exhibitions, important artistic and scientific conferences, world music concerts, thematic weeks and various events. The museum also boasts a bookshop store, brasserie and café.

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Day 2: Lyon - Mâcon - Lyon

Half-day Burgundy castles private guided driving tour

In this tour, you will explore an exceptional wine and historic heritage places that will show you the beauty of this territory.

You will start the day by visiting the impressive Pierreclos Castle with its outstanding architecture. It is a private historic monument, set among the vineyards on a rocky spur. The Castle displays an amazing range of furniture and interior decoration, all of which are remarkably well preserved. Here you can taste some of the best wines made in the winery.

Then, you will visit the mythical Roche de Solutré, classified as a “Grand Site de France, the giant rock apparently served as an important pagan ritual site. At the top, you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view over the Pouilly-Fuissé vineyards.

Finally, you will make a stop at a remarkable chateau, where you will be welcomed by the owner, and take a tour of the property. He will share with you his knowledge gained from decades of winemaking.

At last, you will end this trip with a wine tasting from the estate followed by some traditional snack of the region.

Suggestion for the afternoon – Miniatures and Cinema Museum

Enter the vast sets that were used for filming and discover a rich collection of authentic filming objects from the largest European and American film studios. Eight educational rooms illustrated with miniatures, animatronics, masks, prostheses, robots, costumes, creatures and monsters of all kinds, reveal many secrets about the special effects techniques used in the cinema. From “Spiderman” to “Mrs. Doubtfire”, including “The 5th Element” and “Gremlin’s”, more than 450 mythical pieces of film delight us throughout this dive into the very secret backstage of cinema.

Admire exclusively in Lyon the complete collection of Dan Ohlmann’s miniature scenes which are faithful reproductions on a 1/12th scale of our living spaces. His micro-sceneries, confounding in their realism, are surrounded by more than 1,000 masterpieces of patience and dexterity created by various miniaturist artists from all over the world.

By discovering Dan Ohlmann’s magical world and his own workshop, visible from the outside, you will leave for a journey into another dimension.

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About This Trip:

    • Enjoy 24/7 English-spoken telephone assistance while traveling
    • This itinerary includes transport, activities, guides, accommodations with breakfasts, and other listed services
    • Price is in USD per person, assuming double occupancy. Note that prices and availability are subject to change.

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