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How to Spend 3 Days in the Rhône-Alpes

How to Spend 3 Days in the Rhône-Alpes

The Rhône-Alpes is one of France’s top tourist destinations, and there’s little wonder why. It’s home to the world-class wineries of the Rhône River, prime skiing destinations, mountain scenery, and major cities such as Lyon. See below for an action-packed 3-day itinerary.

Day One: Food and Culture in Lyon

As one of France’s largest cities, Lyon boasts UNESCO status and an abundance of culinary offerings. For a speedy overview and prime views of Lyon’s riverbanks, explore via hop-on hop-off bus or e-bike. Alternatively, walking tours offer an intimate glimpse of highlights in Vieux-Lyon (Lyon Old Town), which include the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral.

In the evening, feast like a king: the late Chef Paul Bocuse, known for leading the nouvelle cuisine revolution in France, was based in Lyon and his 3-Michelin-starred restaurant L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges is among the city’s most lavish dining destinations. For a more informal experience, navigate the city’straboules (passageways) with ease on an Old Town food tour, which typically cover severalbouchons (local bistros) and include hearty fare such as sausages, duck pâté, and plenty of local wine. 

Day Two: A Pilgrimage to the Northern Rhône

The Rhône-Alpes region is just as well-known for its food as it is its wine. Venture south of Lyon along the Rhône River and you’ll find an abundance of the Syrah grape, known for its powerful, deep hue. Private or small-group day trips typically include convenient round-trip transport and offer a stress-free way to hop from vineyard to vineyard. Many tours include stops at revered appellations such as Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, and Condrieu, where you can taste coveted bottles and meet the winemakers themselves. The region’s vineyards are also known for their unique scenery of steep slopes that overlook the river, so be sure to bring your camera for the journey.

Day Three: Head for the Hills

The mountainous Rhône-Alpes region borders both Switzerland and northern Italy, and features some of Europe’s most popular ski resorts and highest peaks—including Mt. Blanc. On your third and final day, trade vines for snowy slopes and head to Alpine country. Depending on your preferred pace, venture to Annecy on a winter skiing tour or summertime hiking trip; it’s also right across the border from Geneva, if you fancy a Swiss immersion. 

You can also discover Grenoble: the city is a popular jumping-off point for winter sports fans, though in the summer it attracts canyoning enthusiasts. And if you’re really after adventure, explore the mountain resort of Chamonix. A range of group and private tours depart from Geneva and typically include round-trip transport, admission tickets for the Aiguille du Midi cable car and a passport to the Alps’ most spectacular scenery.

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Lyon Old Town Food & Wine Tasting Tour including a Bouchon Lyonnais

Lyon Old Town Food & Wine Tasting Tour including a Bouchon Lyonnais

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With its hidden “traboules” passageways, Old Lyon is a joy to wander on foot. Uncover its culinary secrets and access places only locals know on this small-group tour with a foodie guide. Dine at a typical “bouchon Lyonnais” restaurant, taste foods from brioche to pralines, and (naturally) sample plenty of local wine. Choose between morning and afternoon departures to suit your schedule.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.11
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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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$112.70
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Northern Rhône Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting from Lyon

Northern Rhône Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting from Lyon

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Part of the Rhône Valley wine region, Côtes du Rhône produces some of the most renowned wines in France, most notably its full-bodied reds. On this tour, enjoy an intimate tasting experience at two wineries in the Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie appellations, meet the winemakers, and sample a variety of Côtes du Rhône wines.
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  • 8 hours
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$159.26
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Northern Rhône Valley half day private tour

Northern Rhône Valley half day private tour

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Syrah and viognier are two grape varietals which thrive in the warm French sunshine, but knowing where to find the finest wine estates can be a challenge. On this tour, travel from your Lyon hotel to Ampuis and Condrieu, and visit traditional wineries in the Côte-Rôtie region. Wander among the vineyards as your guide explains the winemaking process, and enjoy five of the delicate wines with spectacular Rhône Valley views.
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  • 4 hours
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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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$25.93
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Northern Rhône Valley Wine Half Day Tour from Lyon

Northern Rhône Valley Wine Half Day Tour from Lyon

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On this half-day, wine-lovers tour from Lyon, you’ll follow the trail of Syrah and Viognier grapes through France’s northern Rhône wine region. Travel in a luxury, WIFI-equipped minibus to the celebrated wines’ original terroir. Visit the wine cellar of a scenic local estate in the Rhône Valley, stroll through panoramic vineyards in the village of Ampuis, and visit an exclusive winery in the Condrieu.
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  • 3 hours
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$48.15
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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
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Lyon Small Group Guided Electric Bike Tour with Food Tasting

Lyon Small Group Guided Electric Bike Tour with Food Tasting

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This 2.5-hour electric bike tour shows you the best of Lyon. Hop on your bike and cruise past the old city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Place Bellecour with its statue of Louis XIV; the colorful Croix Rousse tunnel; the banks of the Rhône, and more. Stop to enjoy a glass of wine with rosette sausage, local cheeses, cured ham, and cake in France’s culinary capital.
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  • 3 hours
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Lyon Old District : Private Walking Tour

Lyon Old District : Private Walking Tour

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This private walking tour will take you to the most famous landmarks of UNESCO world heritage site, Lyon. Expert, multilingual guides create the ideal tour for first time visitors. Being a private tour, it can be tailored to your own personal interests if you specify them at your booking. Experience Lyon, France’s famous gastronomic capital. This tour is perfect for the first time visitor to Lyon. Get a summary of Lyon's old district: one of France’s most beautiful and historical cities. The tour will take you through the enchanting neighborhood of Saint-Jean. and you'll also be taken through Lyon’s famous ‘Traboules'. Here, your expert guide will explain the fascinating history behind these ancient underground passageways a true highlight for many visitors to Lyon. If you have a mobility issue/ reduced mobility please let us know after you have made your reservation, so that we can adapt this tour to you. We are happy to have you with us!
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  • 2 hours
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$289.97
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Winter Ski Tour: Annecy City and Wine Degustation

Winter Ski Tour: Annecy City and Wine Degustation

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Visit the “Pearl of French Alps” - Annecy City, where you can learn about it’s rich history, see the city and relax at a cafe in the beautiful old town. To learn more about the region’s traditions, try local wine and find out what food suits it the best. While on this tour you will visit Annecy Castle and Palais de l’Ille plus the Palais de l’Ille museum.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,401.23
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