Avanti Destinations: Highlights of LyonDay 1 Lyon Arrive by train and check into your hotel, the 3-star Hotel Charlemagne, located in the Presqu'ile, the peninsula in the heart of the city. Tonight, you'll have a traditional dinner at the Restaurant Bouchon Chabert, located in the Presqu'ile near the Hôtel-Dieu, the medieval hospital. Please arrive on your own at 7:30 p.m. for your reservation, and present your voucher (beverages and tip not included). Centrally Located Hotel In Lyon, (D) Day 2 Lyon
This morning after breakfast you'll take a tour of the city.
Private Lyon Tour: Depart for a 2 hour sightseeing tour of the major points of interest of the city: the Presqu'ile, the Rhône and the Saône river banks, Fourviere hill, and the old city of Lyon. Lyon was founded by the Romans in 43BC, at a strategic point at the confluence of two important rivers, the Rhône and the Saône.
After the tour, continue to explore Lyon on your own. Begin with the Place des Terreaux, Lyon's beautiful central square. Then explore Vieux Lyon, the oldest part of the city, on the west bank of the Saône. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has several interesting Gothic and Renaissance buildings. Stroll the narrow streets of this area and check out some of the small shops.
In the afternoon, you'll have a wine tasting experience. Please arrive on your own at the Bar a Gones, located at 5 Place St. Paul, at the north end of Vieux Lyon. Reservations are not required; you can arrive any time between 4 p.m. and midnight, Tuesday through Saturday. You will be served two glasses of local wines with a plate of cold meat and saucisson from Lyon.Centrally Located Hotel In Lyon, (B) Day 3 Lyon After breakfast, head for the train station to start your next Avanti adventure! Centrally Located Hotel In Lyon, (B)
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