The best in gastronomy and culture from Lyon to Provence
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Day by Day
Day 1: Arrival in Lyon
Luxury Transfer from Lyon Airport to Hotel in Lyon
A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer from Lyon Airport to your accommodation in Lyon in a luxury vehicle (Mercedes E-V Class).
Suggestion – Miniatures and Cinema Museum
Enter the vast sets that were used for filming to 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 “Gremlins,” 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 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, you will leave for a journey into another dimension.
Suggestion – Enjoy Dinner at Restaurant La Mere Brazier in Lyon
In an elegant decor with and 1930s stained glass windows, experience the flavorful Lyonnaise cuisine at La Mere Brazier, a two Michelin-starred restaurant in Lyon. The chef prepares iconic dishes infused with creativity with prominence given to seasonal and local produce.
Overnight Stay with Breakfast in the Luxurious 5-star InterContinental Hotel in Lyon
Day 2: Private Visit with Afternoon at Leisure in Lyon
Private Guided Tour of Lyon, from the Presqu’île (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, Presqu’île is the heart of Lyon where superb squares like Bellecour, Célestins, and 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, a type of secret covered passageway.
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.
Suggestion – Lunch at Restaurant Le Tiroir in Lyon
Experience delicious French fine cuisine in Le Tiroir, a warm and cozy restaurant, well known for its tasty dishes and wonderful hospitality. Discover the refined semi-gastronomic, yet unpretentious cuisine here. It’s a place you will dream of returning to.
After lunch, you are free to choose which sides of Lyon you would like to discover.
Suggestion – Visit the Lyon Artistic Museum and the Modern Art Museum
The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon is a municipal museum of fine arts.
This museum, located near the Place des Terreaux, was restored between 1988 and 1998 and remained open to visitors during this time. The collections range from ancient Egyptian antiquities to modern art, making it one of Europe’s most important art museums.
The Modern Art Museum, designed by Renzo Piano, is located at the Cité Internationale, near the Tête d’Or park.
Since its inception, the museum has pursued an original acquisitions policy of temporary exhibitions developed in direct collaboration with artists or from works in their collection. The museum transforms itself for each artistic project, offering a completely different visit each time you visit.
Suggestion – Grand Hotel Dieu (Commercial Center)
With magnificent architecture, formerly a hospital, the Grand Hotel Dieu has been a symbol of life and modernity. The commercial center of this hotel satisfies the tastes of everyone, whether with shopping, entertainment, or food experiences.
It offers various fashion boutiques, well-being and beauty outlets, furniture, and decor shops. It also has a theater and a museum. This makes this commercial center an ideal place for shoppers looking for exclusive products and experiences.
Overnight Stay with Breakfast in the Luxurious 5-star InterContinental Hotel in Lyon
Day 3: Wine Tasting and Picnic in the Vineyards
Enjoy a Full-Day Private Tour in the Beaujolais Area
Your English-speaking driver-guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you on a day tour. Experience a visit and wine tasting at a winery as well as a delicious picnic in the middle of a vineyard.
Visit the Cellars & Wine Tasting in the Beaujolais area
During your visit, you can discover a century-old winery in the oldest wine-growing region in Beaujolais. Enjoy a walk-through in the vineyards, a visit to the wine cellars, and an introduction to wine tasting.
These vineyards and wineries are owned by families for generations and varieties of wines are been produced here. There is so much to discover about wines in Beaujolais which are brewed for centuries as their family tradition.
Also experience a walk through the vineyards while your guide talks about the region, its history, and the secrets of its wine-making tradition.
Picnic in the Organic Vineyards of Château des Bachelards
Enjoy a picnic with your friends and family in the organic vineyards of Chateau des Bachelards in the Beaujolais region.
The delicacies include a vegetable appetizer, hot dishes, a bottle of house wine, and an organic baguette. Those with a sweet tooth, desserts are also available.
Suggestion – Visit Oingt
On an afternoon at leisure, you can explore one of the most beautiful villages of France: Oignt. It is located in the heart of the Beaujolais region, west of Villefranche-sur-Saone.
The charming narrow streets and decorated houses link the village to medieval times. Be sure to savor some good wines, as it is an ideal place for wine lovers. There are several wine shops which offer wine tastings and restaurants with regional specialties that pair very well with the local wines.
The village has a church and a tower on top of the hill that was constructed in the 14th century. You can visit it to admire golden wooden statues and a gothic choir. The tower in Oingt was the dungeon of the castle and was built in 1193.
Suggestion – Dinner at Restaurant Les Adrets in Lyon
Indulge in refined innovative French cuisine at Les Adrets restaurant in Lyon. The dishes are skillfully prepared and the cuisine is delicious and flavorful.
Beet and goat cheese tartlets, scallops with bacon, and pike soufflé with lobster sauce can all be tasted to as a part of this memorable dining experience. The meal wouldn’t be complete without the house wine, which is very tasty.
The staff is well-trained and welcoming. The service is irreproachable. The setting is charming and friendly. What more could you want in an authentic Lyonnaise meal?
Overnight Stay with Breakfast in the Luxurious 5-star InterContinental Hotel in Lyon
Day 4: Discover the Lyon Region and Enjoy a Barbecue in the Vineyards
Enjoy a Full-Day Private Tour in the Lyon Region
After your check-out, your driver will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to your hotel in Tain L’Hermitage. On the way we suggest you to discover the Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval. In the evening you will enjoy a barbecue in the vineyards.
Suggestion – Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval
Imagination has no limits here! Located in Hauterives, Le Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval is a classified historical monument. It stands out as a work of imagination of a postman, Ferdinand Cheval when he stumbled upon stones while delivering mail. He spent 33 years building this palace.
In the heart of the garden, this architectural marvel was admired by Pablo Picasso, André Breton and Max Ernst. The design includes hand-carved images of women and men among fantastical trees, storks sitting atop columns dripping with Gaudi-Esque whimsy, an extraordinary bestiary of marine and terrestrial animals, both real and imaginary, as well as mythical creatures such as fairies and giants alongside characters from Egyptian and Hindu mythology.
You can go for a guided tour or discover the place by yourself.
Barbecue in the Middle of the Vineyards with a Food and Wine Pairing
Enjoy and savor an authentic barbecue accompanied by delicious food and regional wines.
On the private terrace of the Hermitage Hill, experience a fantastic feast in the midst of the vineyards while you enjoy the breathtaking view of the Rhone valley.
Overnight with Breakfast in the Enchanting 4-star hotel FAC & Spera Hotel and Spa in the Lyon Region
Day 5: Explore the Ardeche Region with a Wine Tasting
Discover the Ardeche Region up to Avignon on a Full-Day Private Tour
On day five your driver will pick you up at your hotel after your check out and take you to a full-day tour all the way to the beautiful Provence. You are invited to discover different lovely villages in the Ardeche region, followed by a visit and tasting at a winery.
Suggestion – Explore the Beautiful Villages in the Ardèche Region
Located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-central France, Ardèche is mainly a rural department, nestled in the midst of wild nature and picturesque surroundings. Get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and have a fun-filled day in the cradle of nature. There are also many villages that are classed as ‘villages of character’ which are well worth the visit and make great photo opportunities.
Balazuc is one of the villages of character located halfway between Aubenas and Vallon-Pont-d’Arc and is one of the most beautiful villages in all of France. Overlooking the Ardèche River, the village is dotted with winding alleys and its historic center is home to old stone houses and small craft shops. At the foot of the village, a long beach allows you to refresh on sunny days.
It is in Vallon-Pont-d’Arc that you can start your descent down the river to Saint-Martin-d’Ardèche by canoe or visit the famous Chauvet Cave. It is Ardèche’s heritage where you can admire masterpieces of prehistoric cave art.
On the foothills of Cévennes, the idyllic village of Labeaume is nestled against limestone cliffs. There is also a large square shaded by hundred-year-old plane trees and a chapel with an extraordinary view of about twenty bell towers. From Labeaume, several hiking trails lead to numerous dolmens in the surrounding area
At the foot of the impressive cliffs, the charming village of Vogué with its small terraced houses and cobbled streets has all the characteristics of the ancient villages of Ardèche. A superbly renovated castle and suspended gardens with spectacular views on the banks of the river are what make this village picturesque.
With a history of over 2,000 years, the village of Alba la Romaine is an idyllic hamlet built around a basalt peak, a castle, and a volcanic peak. The village is surrounded by numerous vineyards. You can discover that the 15th-century ramparts in this medieval village are majestic. The village is clad in white limestone and black basalt, giving it a unique gothic atmosphere.
Domaine de la Mordorée – Visit the Vineyard and Wine Tasting
During your visit, walk through the vineyards and listen to the guides’ passionate explanations of the Domaine de la Mordorée’s values, learn about organic farming principles, and learn about the vineyard work.
You’ll be taken to the Plateau de Vallongue to take in the view of the Cru de Tavel vineyards, the village, and the surrounding reliefs. The loop concludes with Tavel’s historic village, rinsing and cooling courtyard.
After a 3km walk, you will end with a tasting at the Domaine de la Mordorée of several vintages produced from the vineyards visited, particularly the rosé wines of Tavel.
After this exciting activity, we recommend strolling through the lovely provencal village of Les Baux-de-Provence and having dinner in a cozy restaurant.
Suggestion: Visit Les Baux-de-Provence
Clinging to an ancient limestone, Les Baux-de-Provence is a typical Provencal fortified hilltop village situated in the Regional Natural Park of the Alpilles. It was mainly built between the 15th-16th centuries and is listed among the “most beautiful villages of France.”
Nestled in the Alpilles mountains, it offers great views of the plains, the Mediterranean Sea, and the stunning rocky landscape of the Alpilles. Narrow cobbled streets wind car-free past ancient houses, up to splendid castle ruins sitting on top of a rocky outcrop above the village. The small chapel was built in the 12th century.
The Carrières de Lumières is an ancient quarry now used for regular exhibitions with artworks projected against the quarry walls – a real spectacle of light and sound! The theme of the spectacle changes every year.
Suggestion – Dinner at Restaurant Le Mas d’Aigret in Les Baux-de-Provence
Indulge in refined Provencal cuisine on the superb terrace with a crystal clear view of the Alpilles and the Château des Baux. The dishes are prepared using fresh local and seasonal products. Typical gourmet dishes will also be prepared for special occasions.
Overnight Stay with Breakfast in the Beautiful 5-Star Hotel Baumanière in the Heart of Provence
Day 6: Wine Tasting and Jeep Ride in Camargue
Enjoy a Full-Day Private Tour from the Deep Provence to the Camargue Region
Your driver will pick you up at your hotel for a day tour with unique experiences.
Private Tour of Domaine du Mas de Rey with Wine Tastings & Snacks
Explore the past of Domaine du Mas de Rey, one of the oldest wine-producing Mas Camarguais, which over many centuries has inspired many families to cultivate rare and local grape varieties. Chasan, Caladoc, and Marselan are bespoken wines famous worldwide. A majestic sphinx in the cellar still bears witness to each of the owners as they have left an incredible mark on the estate. The estate dates back to the templars of the 12th century and has survived until today with a commitment to organic farming.
Your guide will introduce you to different producers in the region. The olives come from the Cornille Mill in the Baux valley and the Bastidettes provide the tapenades and other spreads. Don’t miss the delicious fruit juices from the Grand Mas du Roy. Enjoy an aperitif and a tasting of four wines!
Suggestion – Visit Arles
Arles is a city with an antique past that has been recognized by UNESCO for its Roman and Romanesque monuments, its pilgrimage routes (Santiago de Compostela, Rome and Jerusalem), and also for the world-renowned Camargue Regional Nature Park – a member of the World Biosphere Reserves network.
Arles is the gateway to the Camargue at the delta of the Rhône River, among some of Europe’s most beautiful natural sites. Its flora and fauna – protected by the Camargue Regional Nature Park – are exceptionally rich and varied. To the north of the city stretches the Alpilles Regional Nature Park, with agricultural land and Mediterranean forests, which is a habitat for more than one hundred rare or protected species. The city of Arles is closely connected to the Post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh whose stay in Arles was one of the most productive periods in his career, with over 300 paintings and drawings completed in 15 months. This quiet activity is followed by an extraordinary action-packed tour.
Get away from it all on a jeep. Accompanied by your guide, you will discover the 500 hectare estate, divided between rice paddies and pastures. The famous white horses will go with you for this ride off the beaten track which will take you close to the Camargue bulls. By jeep, your guide, a native of the region, will reveal to you all the hidden gems of the wild and secret Camargue.
Suggestion – Dinner at Restaurant L’Aupiho Domaine de Manville in Les Baux de Provence
The delicate and thoughtful cuisine of Restaurant L’Aupiho elevates it to new heights.
The chef prepares the dishes using locally sourced ingredients. The cuisine of l’Aupiho is available to be enjoyed in the interior courtyard, which was Manville’s former agricultural domain. The terrace, shaded by century-old plane trees and refreshed by the swimming pool and fountain, is ideal for a summer lunch or dinner.
Overnight Stay with Breakfast in the Beautiful 5-Star Hotel Baumanière in the Heart of Provence
Day 7: Wine and Private Visit in Aix-en-Provence
Discover the Picturesque Provence around Aix-en-Provence on a Full-Day Private Tour
After your check-out, your driver will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to your hotel in Aix-en-Provence. On the way, we suggest you explore the Silvacane Abbey. Afterward, you will discover a winery and enjoy a wine tasting, followed by a private visit to the city of Aix-en-Provence.
Suggestion – Silvacane Abbey at La Roque-d’Anthéron
The Silvacane Abbey is a Cistercian abbey in the Bouches du Rhone community of La Roque d’Antheron. It gets its name from the reeds of the Durance River, which runs alongside the abbey. It is the newest of three Cistercian abbeys in Provence and the only one that has ceased monastic activity. The abbey has been owned by the town of La Roque d’Anthéron since January 2008.
Time travel through history and understand the Cistercian influence at Silcacane Abbey. Wander in the high stone vaults and discover the church, dormitory, cloister and other varied rooms. The abbey bookstore offers a large selection of books along with varied items like calligraphy caskets, CDs, jewelry, essential oil, soap, honey, herbal tea, and products of the land.
Private Visit & Tasting at Château de Beaupré
You will be welcomed in the courtyard of the estate and then will be briefed on the history of the vineyard, which has been around since 1855.
Your oenological expert will highlight the viticulture techniques and the wine-making methods. From the vineyards to the vat room and the barrel cellar, Château de Beaupre will have no more secrets for you!
At the end of your visit, you will have a wine tasting.
Private Guided Walking Tour of Aix-en-Provence
Go on a walking tour of Paul Cézanne’s hometown: enjoy the Cours Mirabeau and its cafés, the many fountains, private mansions, the Mazarin district and its 17th and 18th century buildings, the passages and alleys of the Vieil Aix, Albertas Square… this city has a truly exceptional history!
Continue your exploration of the culture in Aix-en-Provence with our following suggestions!
Suggestion – Hotel de Caumont
This townhouse in the Mazarin district has become a chic and elegant meeting place at the heart of the cultural life of Aix-en-Provence thanks to its prestigious exhibitions and, over at the garden, the charm of its café. This sublime mansion built between “courtyard and garden” represents an excellent example of French 18th-century architecture. You can finish your visit with lunch in the lovely tearoom if you wish.
Suggestion – Dinner at Restaurant Chez Charlotte in Aix-en-Provence
Enjoy a delicious house wine, a scrumptious parfait, and a delectable tartare in the midst of luxurious decor and a serene atmosphere at the restaurant Chez Charlotte. Mouth-watering desserts like Tarte Tatin and cheesecake with red fruit coulis or apple crumble must be savored during your culinary journey.
Overnight with Breakfast in the Provençal-Style 5-star Hotel Villa Gallici in the Heart of Aix-en-Provence
Day 8: Wine Tasting and Sunset Motorboat Cruise
Explore Marseille and the Surroundings on a Full-Day Private Tour
Your driver will pick you up at your hotel after your check out and take you to your last destination of this unique trip.
Private Prestige Tasting at a Winery
Your day tour will start with a visit to a winery. During your visit, you will enjoy a winery tour that includes a visit to the winery as well as a briefing about the estate’s history, the winemaking process, and the secrets of the Palette terroir.
The tour will be followed by a wine tasting with a cocktail snack.
After this experience, we recommend having lunch in the following restaurant that offers a stunning sea view.
Suggestion – Lunch at Restaurant Peron in Marseille
Located on the Corniche, Restaurant Peron offers a spectacular view. Restaurant Peron brings to life the magic of a table overlooking the sea in elegant and relaxed surroundings.
The menu features beautiful and refined local gastronomic cuisine with Mediterranean aromas. A timeless setting that enhances this restaurant to a level of distinction.
As the restaurant is located next to the sea, we recommend staying a little bit in this area and to discover the seaside of Marseille.
Suggestion – Marseille and the Seaside
The beautiful city of Marseille, one of the oldest in France and in Europe has been a large trading port since ancient times and was founded by the Greeks around circa 600 BC. This historic city is a haven for tourists where one can explore diverse places, from beaches to monuments, from architecture to the large port.
The pristine and breathtaking beaches of Calanque Port Pin and the beaches of Calanque d’En Vau with their vivid turquoise waters are some of the most important places to visit without fail. Climb the steep and jagged cliffs or go hiking to the beach from Cassis or take a swim in the beautiful waters. The serene surroundings are perfect for adventure.
The charming little fisherman’s village of Les Goudes is a perfect place to unwind. Littered with huts, restaurants, and fortifications, the village is perfectly located near the dream spots of Callelongue or Cap Croisette. On Sundays, people come from the city center and visit the Cabanons (basic houses built by workers), as Massilia Sound System says in its song “Dimanche aux Goudes.”
The Kennedy Cornice (ledge) was named as a tribute to the then recently assassinated US President John. F. Kennedy. Along the ledge is the longest bench in the world which is 3 km in length where you can pick a spot and admire the stunning view of the Frioul islands.
Also visit the imperial Palace of Pharo, built by Napoleon III for his empress Eugenie in 1858. This remarkable monument served as the only military institute in Europe specializing in the field of tropical medicine. Until 2013, for more than 100 years, the palace was home to doctors, and civil and military medical technicians to practice medicine.
At the end of the day, a unique experience awaits you – a sunset boat trip!
Sunset Boat Trip from Marseille with Private Boat Tour and Skipper
Enjoy the sunset exploring the coast of Marseille with your own skipper. Choose between an excursion to the Calanques National Park or a discovery tour of the Côte Bleue and Frioul islands.
Discover the spectacular Calanques National Park. Sail through the narrow passage Cap Croisette, your gateway to the heart of the park. The Calanques are white limestone cliffs dotted with secluded coves and beaches. The park stretches between the coast of Marseille and Cassis and is a playground for hiking, snorkeling, sunbathing, and, of course, sailing.
Côte Bleue and Frioul Islands:
Sail northwest of Marseille. This stretch of coastline is less well-known than the Calanques National Park southeast of the city but no less spectacular. Pass a variety of secluded beaches, villages, and islands in the middle of the Calanques. You may recognize the village of l’Estaque. Paul Cézanne owned a house there and made it a frequent motif in his works. On the way back, you will pass by the Frioul Islands. The Château d’If there is an important setting in Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo.
Overnight with Breakfast in the Sumptuous 5-star C2 Marseille Hotel
Day 9: Private Visit of Marseille
Marseille Private Walking Tour
You will start your last day of this trip with a walking tour of France’s oldest city. The geography is breathtaking, as it is nestled between the turquoise Mediterranean Sea, rocky inlets, and rising hills. The Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde Basilica overlooks the city from a prominent hill. It’s affectionately known to the Marseillaises as the Bonne Mère (Good Mother). It was originally settled by Phoencian traders 26 centuries ago. Today it’s a dynamic place that has long attracted people from the Mediterranean and beyond. Today it’s outgrown its once-troubled reputation to becoming a beautiful, sprawling, and intensely interesting destination.
Afterward, we recommend having lunch at the following restaurant.
Suggestion – Lunch at Restaurant Saisons in Marseille
Enjoy and relish an instinctive feast at the luxurious one Michelin star restaurant in Marseille. This restaurant offers four different types of menus – Imagination, Nature, Saison, and Initiation.
In a warm and contemporary atmosphere, you can savor the delicacies like cod brandade topped with radish and pomegranate pickles; broccoli marinated in Corsican beer, buckwheat-studded tops, broccoli cream, and oozing Corsican ham; nickel fregola Sarda. All the dishes draw their inspiration from the Mediterranean and Corsican regions.
If you have some time before your journey home, we suggest you to stroll through the Halles de la Major.
Suggestion – Halles de la Major (Covered Market)
Fresh products from the Mediterranean and from all over the world are served here with sympathy. You should not miss a detour to the covered market Halles de la Major situated in the center of Marseille. You will be welcomed by qualified craftspeople and producers to discover their exceptional products.
At the Halles de la Major, you can taste anything you want, from the greengrocer to the butcher, passing by the fishmonger, the cheese maker, or the wine merchant, all varieties of flavors and quality products are found there.
Private Transfer in a Luxury Vehicle: Marseille to the Marseille Airport
At the end of your trip, a chauffeur will pick you up for a private transfer between Marseille and the airport.
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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