Lyon by First Class rail – brand new direct service from London
Prices starting from £449 per person
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Discover Lyon, France’s capital of gastronomy, on a journey taking just under five hours. Sample star Chef Paul Bocuse’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant: L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges, or try the city’s famous ‘bouchon’ restaurants: traditional taverns serving typical Lyonnaise cuisine. Enjoy the contrast between old and new as you explore the city’s historical sites and perhaps pay a visit to the newly opened science centre and anthropology museum, the Musée des Confluences.
4 night /5 day holiday by First Class rail, including 4 nights bed and breakfast in a double room at the Grand Hotel des Terreaux (4 star) in Lyon from £475 per person or at the Sofitel Lyon Bellecour (5 star) from £525 per person or at the Hotel Le Royal (4 star) from £595 per person (based on 2 people travelling together)
Day 1 – London to Lyon
Excitement builds this morning as you start your holiday with a stroll through the magnificently restored London St. Pancras International station. Appreciate the splendour of the beautiful red brick Gothic façade before you pass through the Eurostar terminal and board the Eurostar service. Feel yourself unwind at the comfort of your seat as you enjoy a light meal and drinks, whilst you gaze across the mesmerizing spectacle of the English countryside passing by. You journey under the English Channel before emerging at Calais for your onward high-speed journey through France and onto Lyon, France’s second city. On arrival at Lyon Part-Dieu station make your own way to your hotel for the next 4 nights, the elegant, highly-rated Grand Hotel des Terreaux (4 star), ideally located between the river Rhône and the river Saône.
Days 2,3 and 4 – Gastronomic capital of France
Whilst in Lyon make sure you visit the Old Town and the Croix-Rousse quarter, now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to uncover its narrow cobbled streets and trademark traboules, alleyways used by silk workers and, later on, the Resistance during World War II. Take the time to further explore Lyon, perhaps visit the huge 16th-century Gothic cathedral and astrological clock on Place St. Jean or take the funicular to the landmark Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière, topped by twin turrets. Lyon also boasts beautiful green spaces such as the Parc de la Tête d’Or, as well as a number of interesting museums, including the Centre d’Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation, which provides a fascinating and poignant reminder of Lyon’s role during the Second World War.
Day 5 – Lyon to London – Homeward Bound
This morning after a leisurely breakfast it is time to leave France’s second largest city as you make your way back to Lyon Part-Dieu station. Recline in your comfortable and spacious Standard Premier Class seat as your high-speed service transports you north through France and back to London in just under five hours. Savour the lasting memories of the past few days before you arrive back into London St. Pancras and onwards for the final stage of your route home.