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The old town of Lyon from across the river.
Visit Lyon in One Day from Paris
Visit Lyon in One Day from Paris
Visit Lyon in One Day from Paris
Visit Lyon in One Day from Paris
Visit Lyon in One Day from Paris
Visit Lyon in One Day from Paris
The exterior of Gare de Lyon in Paris.

Visit Lyon in One Day from Paris

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A one day trip from Paris to the enchanting city of Lyon

Now booking for 2021!

Even Parisians recognize that Lyon is the premier culinary city of France.  A day trip to Lyon is a must for foodies, but fascinating Roman, medieval and religious history round out your day.  Our rule of thumb in European touring is if the Romans built it, you will love it.

Price: $245 per person ($365 with 2nd Class Rail, $430  with 1st Class Rail).

Tour is available every day, year round except for national holidays.  All admissions included.  Limit 8 people per group.  Larger groups can be accommodated -  contact us for details.

A statue in the main square of the Bellecour area of Lyon, France.

Arrive in Lyon via high speed rail from Paris.  You'll have to get up early for this one (your train leaves at 7:00 a.m.) but it is worth it. 

You will be met at the station and then enjoy a 2 hour pedicab tour of the Old Town and Presqu'ile, the beautiful peninsula between the Rhone and Saone rivers that make up the heart of Lyon.  After a genuine bouchon lunch, you'll embark on a 2.5 hour walking tour of the famous traboules (fascinating passages through Old Town Lyon), the Basilica, and the Roman Amphitheater, still in use to this day.  A ticket on the funicular to the topmost hills of Lyon is included.

By the way, if you have been to a bistro in Paris and had French onion soup, thank Lyon.  The bouchon dining style came to Paris via Lyonnaise workers in the 19th century.  The definition of a bouchon is very strict, in fact there are only 24 recognized in the city.  Cozy tablecloths, family style dining and exactly 46cl of house wine in a round glass must be included.

A typical Bouchon restaurant in Lyon, France.

After the walking tour, clients will have free time to visit the Silk Museum, Confluence Museum, Le Petit Musee de Guignol (puppet museum) or just stroll and shop before their 7 p.m. train to Paris.  Upon arrival back in Paris, consider a final bite at Le Train Bleue, the famous restaurant inside the station.

Note: Staying over is an option.  You can enjoy a late dinner, or save your appetite for the next day and a trip to the countryside for a lunch at Paul Boucose' family home, the restaurant L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges.

Lyon in a Day - What's Included?

Tour Price Includes:

  • Round trip train station transfer in Lyon
  • 2 hour Presqu'ile pedicab ride
  • 2.5 hour Old Town walking tour
  • Entrance to the funicular
  • Prix fixe bistro lunch
  • Includes Basilica visit
  • Includes Amphitheater visit

Not included:

  • Round trip transfers from your hotel or apartment in Paris to the Gare de Lyon train station.

Rail Information

Occasionally, last minute or high season rail prices will be higher than the prices listed above. We will always contact you before booking if this is the case. If you are not booking your rail through Link Paris, please do not book your train tickets until the correct rail times are confirmed by us. Rail tickets are emailed as a .pdf document for home printing.