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How to Spend 3 Days in Lyon

How to Spend 3 Days in Lyon

With three days in UNESCO-listed Lyon, you have plenty of time to experience the city’s history, cuisine, and surrounding vineyards. Cross the Saône and Rhône rivers, step into the cathedral, taste world-renowned wine, and more. Here’s how to make the most of 72 hours in Lyon.

Day 1: Sights and cuisine

Get your bearings with a sightseeing adventure. Start your day on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, or try an e-bike or Segway tour. Visit Lyon’s famous squares, including Place Bellecour and Place des Terreaux, and stop by attractions such as the Ancient Theatre of Fourvière (Théâtres Romains de Fourvière). 

Foodies shouldn’t miss the chance to sample the cuisine in one of the top culinary destinations in the world—so spend the afternoon on a food tour with a stop at Paul Bocuse Market (Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse). Alternatively, history fans might opt for a tour about Lyon’s past. End your day wandering the cobblestoned streets of Old Town (Vieux Lyon), or ride the funicular to the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière (Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière) for sweeping views of the city.

Day 2: Vineyards and Alpine villages

Lyon is the perfect home base for a full-day French wine excursion to Beaune, Burgundy, Beaujolais, or Côtes du Rhône vineyards. A guided small-group or private tour from Lyon is your most convenient option for tasting local wines and exploring the rolling hills of the Lyon countryside.

Alternatively, several historic towns in the nearby Alps are also ideal day-trip destinations. Check out medieval Pérouges, or visit Annecy and its picturesque lake. End the day with dinner at a traditional bouchon.

Day 3: Museums and views

Time to hit the museums, so grab a sightseeing pass for discounts. The Cinema and Miniature Museum (Musée Cinéma et Miniature) is a must for movie buffs, while the Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts) offers a more traditional gallery experience. 

Later, take a break in Place des Terreaux, notable for its fountain. Then, hop on a tram up to the Croix-Rousse neighborhood, once the home of Lyon’s silk industry. Savor the city views before relaxing over dinner at one of the area’s celebrated restaurants. Wind up your stay in Lyon with a stop at the Big Pebble (Gros Caillou) for more fantastic views, then head down the hillside on atraboule.

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Beaune & Burgundy Vineyards Private Day Trip from Lyon

Beaune & Burgundy Vineyards Private Day Trip from Lyon

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Discover the history and culture of the Beaune and Burgundy vineyards on this private 9-hour tour from Lyon. Highlights include Côte de Nuit, the historic center of Beaune, the Gevrey-Chambertin winery, and Pommard. Wine tastings and round-trip private transport from Lyon hotels included. This private tour ensures personalized attention and a flexible itinerary.
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  • 9 hours
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$950.42
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Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Audio Commentary

Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Audio Commentary

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The perfect introduction to France’s history-filled city, this hop-on hop-off tour of Lyon makes stops at several attractions. Enrich your visit with audio commentary in multiple languages as you listen to anecdotes about the city, its people, and its heritage. Your pass is valid for the whole day, so you can get down—and back on—as many times as you’d like.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Lyon Attractions & Museums Card & Guide with City Map

Lyon Attractions & Museums Card & Guide with City Map

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Maximize your time in the vibrant Lyon with a Lyon City Card, your passport for exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonders of the city. Explore esteemed museums at your own pace and receive free admission to 22 of Lyon’s most popular cultural institutions. Enjoy free guided tours and river cruises; purchase souvenirs in sophisticated shops at a discount; and see free concerts and puppet shows with your indispensable card. Select from either a 1-, 2- 3-day or 4 day pass and receive a free brochure and map-guide to the city when you collect your card.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.75
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The Original Syrah Wine Tour - Afternoon - Small Group Tour from Lyon

The Original Syrah Wine Tour - Afternoon - Small Group Tour from Lyon

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Sample 10 different wines on a small group tour of the Rhone Valley.  Travel by private minibus allows you to relax and appreciate your surroundings. In addition to wine tasting, the four-hour tour includes a stop by a Roman Theater and a drive past the iconic sloping vineyards.  Visit two local wineries with your private guide. Gain an in depth understanding of wine production while sampling appellations of Condrieu, Cote Rotie, and more.
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  • 4 hours
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Pérouges & Annecy Private Day Trip with Food Tasting from Lyon

Pérouges & Annecy Private Day Trip with Food Tasting from Lyon

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Visit Pérouges—one of the ‘most beautiful villages in France’—and the alpine town of Annecy on this private full-day tour from Lyon. Admire the medieval monuments and tuck into a traditional breakfast in Pérouges, then enjoy a walking tour of historic Annecy or an optional cruise around Lake Annecy.
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  • 9 hours
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Beaujolais Crus Wines & Castles - Afternoon - Small Group Tour from Lyon

Beaujolais Crus Wines & Castles - Afternoon - Small Group Tour from Lyon

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Spend an afternoon sampling delicious Beaujolais in the Crus wine region. Ride by striking scenery like the Mont Brouilly volcano and charming towns like Régnié, Morgon, and Fleurie. Take in views of the region from La Madone Chapel, then head to a family winery to learn about wine production and sample different wines. Visit a larger Chateau for an atmospheric tasting in a cellar filled with oak barrels.
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  • 4 hours
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Beaujolais & Pérouges Wine & Food Tasting Private Day Tour from Lyon

Beaujolais & Pérouges Wine & Food Tasting Private Day Tour from Lyon

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Explore the historic villages and beautiful vineyards of the Beaujolais wine region on this private full-day tour from Lyon. Sample Beaujolais wines with a tasting at a distinguished winery, enjoy a delicious lunch (own expense) amid the Dombes vineyards, then taste regional specialty ‘galette’ in Pérouges.
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  • 8 hours
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Lyon New & Old Town E-Bike Small Group Adventure Guided Tour

Lyon New & Old Town E-Bike Small Group Adventure Guided Tour

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Lyon ranks among France’s most beautiful cities, with impressive architecture and quintessentially French culture—but hitting the main sites of interest on foot in a day is a challenge. On this tour, spin through the city by electric bike with your guide, and reach top attractions such as Bellecour Square, the UNESCO–listed Old Town, and the Tête d'Or botanical gardens with ease—with free time to explore on foot at your own pace.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Lyon Museum of Cinema Miniature Admission Ticket

Lyon Museum of Cinema Miniature Admission Ticket

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This is the ultimate movie fan’s dream. Spend a day in a musum that showcases props, costumes, models, masks, and miniatures from over 200 films. You’ll get behind-the-scenes information on how special effects such as explosions and disasters were filmed. You won’t have to waste time waiting in lines, as your admission ticket is included. Get access to props and miniatures from famous films that you won’t see anywhere else in the world. 
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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