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Lyon and Northern Provence: Food and Wine Culture

Current weather
23 °
When to go

March to October

Ideal lenght

4 days


A gastronomic and bucolic itinerary through Lyon and the vineyards of Northern Provence.  Lyon is often considered the capital city of gastronomy, even more since leading local Chef Paul Bocuse achieved worldwide fame.

The local "bouchon" restaurants are unique to the city, and the covered market is fantastic. The local industry was for centuries silk, and Hermes is still using the exceptional know-how of the city to manufacture its silkwear.

Northern Provence has plenty of sun and a rich soil to grow exceptional vineyards like Chateauneuf du Pape. It is also a beautiful region with a lot of history and stunning landscapes.

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Day 1 : Lyon, the capital city of gastronomy

You take your car at your arrival in Lyon (airport or train station) and you settle in your hotel. Your local guide will take you to discover the historical center and its typical passages.

You will enjoy yourself in one of these wonderful and typical "bouchons" (local bistros) and continue your gastronomic escapade to the Bocuse market and the city of gastronomy. Yummy...There are plenty of very nice restaurants at walking distance for your first dinner.

Discovering Lyon

The second largest city in France, Lyon is famous for its gastronomy, especially since its iconic Chef Paul Bocuse has sublimated the traditional local cuisine.
It is also a lively and majestic city with its Italianized city center inherited from the wedding of the King and Marie de Medici. Historical city, it is also a contemporary city with exceptional street art walls.

Market and "bouchon"

You walk through the Paul Bocuse covered market,  where you can find all the quality products that make the success of French cuisine.

Your guide will also have you try a "Bouchon", those bistros that only have the right to this name if they combine traditional gastronomy and a warm atmosphere. It is a very local tradition.

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