Culture and Tasting Tour of Lyon

Lyon, France
Located in eastern France, on the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon is a grand foodie city in a famously food-centric nation. However, there is much more to this metropolis than a rich culinary heritage. Lyon enjoys about 2,000 years of history, dating back to when it was a provincial capital in the Ancient Roman region of Gaul. That history continued through the middle ages and the Renaissance, and there are vestiges of all of it even today on Lyon's streets.  

This experience reveals the history, culture—and yes, flavors—of Lyon on a walking tour of the city. It covers much ground, from the historic Presqu’île (peninsula) heart of the city (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to the alleyways and Renaissance-era mansions of Vieux-Lyon (Lyon Old Town), located on the quays of the River Saône. It's in these alleys of Old Lyon where the foodie tour begins, as a local expert guide recounts the city's gastronomic heritage via culinary anecdotes. This is followed by tastings at the Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, a labyrinthine municipal market whose various food stalls are a delight for the taste buds.

Next is a visit to the historic Croix-Rousse neighborhood, which abounds with colorful houses and tree-filled plazas. This is the heart of the weaver's district, and beyond food, the most lasting cultural legacy in Lyon is that of silk weaving (silk and textiles were the region's biggest industry in the 19th century). Indeed, many houses in this riverfront neighborhood were formerly weavers workshops, and the end of this tour involves a visit to a functioning workshop that culminates with a silk printing demonstration.

Itineraries with Culture and Tasting Tour of Lyon

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