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Lyon, the Ardeche & Beaujolais

(Tour code: 6MLS)Provencál scenery and the enchanting Train de l’Ardèche

Enjoy a gastronomic tour in vibrant Lyon. Cruise the River Rhône, discover Beaujolais country and travel through the Ardèche by heritage train.

Tour Highlights
  • Lyon
  • Cruise on the River Rhône
  • Excursion on the Train de l’Ardèche
  • Full-day excursion to Beaujolais Country
  • Two wine tasting excursions
  • Les Halles food tour
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Lunches
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Rhone Cruise Excursion

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Day 1

London to Lyon

Meet at our dedicated Departure Office in London St Pancras, then join the Eurostar to Paris before the TGV to Lyon, whose historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Spend five nights here at the Ibis Styles Confluence and enjoy dinner tonight.

  • Dinner
Saone Cruise
Day 2

Les Halles food tour

We begin today with a guided tour of Lyon, a city boasting an array of beautiful architecture, the historic Old Town has been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Set in the heart of the city, this area of narrow alleyways is home to more than 300 lovingly restored buildings, making it one of Europe's best preserved Renaissance complexes. Lunch is included today in the form of a guided food tour at the city's incredible food market - Les Halles Paul Bocuse. Boasting five dozen stalls selling gourmet delights, this is the perfect spot for lunch, tasting some of the freshest local specialties as you go. This afternoon take a cruise along the Saone and admire the architecture of Lyon's waterfront.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Excursion
  • Saone Cruise
  • Les Halles food tour
Day 3


A full-day tour of Beaujolais Country takes you through the scenic countryside, passing vineyards where the acclaimed wine is produced. Stop en route for a wine tasting in this area known as 'Pays des Pierres Dorées', after the golden coloured stone of the region. Continue to the medieval village of Oingt for lunch, followed by free time, before travelling to Cave Clochmerle for another wine tasting after which you return to Lyon.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Excursion
  • Wine tasting
Day 4

At leisure in Lyon

Today is at leisure in Lyon, perhaps make a visit to one of the city's excellent museums, followed by a traditional Bouchon Lyonnais; a popular combination of local food, Beaujolais wine and an unbeatable atmosphere.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Ardeche Scenery
Days 5-6

Lamastre and Home

Enjoy an excursion on the recently reopened Train de l'Ardèche, which takes you through the magnificent mountain scenery of this undiscovered region. From the town of Tournon, the heritage train runs through the Doux Valley to Lamastre - about 20 miles. The route passes through valleys and gorges, past neatly tended vineyards and alongside picturesque hilltop villages. On arrival in Lamastre, enjoy a superb, authentic lunch in a local restaurant. You then have some free time to explore this charming town before returning to Lyon on a scenic coach drive. After a free morning in Lyon on Day 6, return to London on the direct Eurostar.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 5, Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 6 , Breakfast
  • Train de l’Ardèche

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

*Where possible the rail excursions will be steam-hauled.


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