Old Lyon & Auvergne
The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region offers a collection of destinations to satisfy every taste! Come to explore and admire the rich cultural and gastronomic heritage, including Lyon, France’s famous gastronomic city, the wine route of the Beaujolais and its famous vineyards and the Auvergne with its immense tracts of land and range of dormant volcanoes.
• 5 nights Half Board accommodation (3 nights in Lyon and 2 nights in Clermont Ferrand)
• Return ferry/Eurotunnel crossing from the UK
• Entrance to Oenopark Hameau Duboeuf, the biggest wine park in Europe
• Guided half day excursion to “The Golden Stones” area in Beaujolais
• Guided walking tour of Lyon (2-3hrs)
• Visit of a silk workshop “La Maison des Canuts”
• Rhône River Cruise
• Entrance/Visit to L’Aventure Michelin Museum “The Bibendum”
• Panoramic des Domes train return ticket • Guided Panoramic tour of Clermont Ferrand (2-3hrs)
Optional Lunch in one of Lyon’s certified Bouchons (traditional restaurant)
- Day 1 Get settled into your hotel base recommended by ICT Arrival and settle into your base.
- Day 2
Beaujolais The Crus Region Morning discovery all along the wine route of the unique heritage of the Beaujolais region and its famous vineyards : Chénas, Moulin à Vent, Brouilly, Fleurie, …. First stop in the famous Oenopark HAMEAU DUBOEUF. This museum 15 themed rooms which tell the story of over 2000 years of winemaking with explanations on the different stages of fabrication, the raw materials, evolution and the use of these materials are presented in videos and displays. A wine tasting is proposed at the end of the visit. 2 to 3 hours.
In the afternoon THE GOLDEN STONES On the way down, stop at the top of the Mont-Bouilly for a stunning panorama on the vineyards. Then second stop in the Clochemerle village : Clochemerle is a 1934 French satirical novel by Gabriel Chevallier. It is set in a French village in Beaujolais, inspired by Vaux-en-Beaujolais and deals with the ramifications of the installation of a new urinal in the village square. Winetasting in the cellar of the village. Then, direction the Golden Stones area known for its use of local limestone containing iron oxyde which gives it a distinctive golden colour and where charming and typical little medieval villages are perched on the top of the hills. Stop in Oingt, which is a classified and restored medieval village overlooking the valley of the Azergues rive. It is listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France.
- Day 3
Guided Tour to Vieux-Lyon In the morning Guided Tour from Fourvière to the Old Lyon 2- to 3-hour guided tour on foot Starting at Fourvière Esplanade, this tour will take you back through 2,000 years of history in Lyon. Visit the Roman theatres, and relive the foundation of Lugdunum in 43 BC. Cross the threshold of the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière, an iconic monument in the city, and walk through the Rosary Gardens to the narrow Renaissance alleyways in Vieux-Lyon, where you'll get to see Saint Jean Cathedral and the district's famous traboules (passageways).
Afternoon Visit to a Silk Workshop in the footsteps of Lyon's former silk workers (known as the Canuts), discover the history of silk in Lyon and why the city was renowned all over Europe for it. Relive the times when 30,000 weavers were to be heard working on their weaving looms throughout the city, and admire their unique know-how.
- Day 4
Rhone river cruise and Clermont Ferrand Morning : River Cruise in Lyon before heading for Clermont Ferrand
Afternoon: Clermont-Ferrand guided tour during two hours of discovery among the volcanoes, the urban atmosphere of the historical capital of the Auvergne. Set on a volcanic hill, the old centre of Clermont will reveal itself to you as you wander along the pedestrianized streets flanked by mansions and with fountains dotted around. See the majestic Gothic cathedral built from Volvic lava and the Romanesque basilica Notre-Dame-du-Port (listed UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Chaine des Puys-Limagne fault is a site about to be listed on UNESCO’s world heritage and will be the first natural site in mainland France to be inscribed on the List.
- Day 5
Puy de Dome, Volcanoes and the Aventure Michelin This morning departure for the ascension to the summit of the Puy de Dôme via the Panoramique des Dômes train. Inseparable from the image of Auvergne, the Chaîne des Puys comprises 80 volcanoes, stretching out in a north to south row nearly 60 kilometres long. The Puy de Dôme, with the prestigious label Grand Site de France, is the jewel of the range, peaking at 1,465 meters high. Visitors can reach the site on foot or by the rack railway, the Panoramique des Dômes. It takes ten minutes to be on the top of the summit with the train.
We will end our stay in this fabulous region with a visit to L 'Aventure Michelin Museum " The Bibendum"
- Day 6 Departure After breakfast make your onward journey home