Main pic Lyon Bridge River Saone c) Tristan Deschamps

Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France and a Roman city on two rivers. 

We recommend:   

  • Visiting Lyon’s amphitheatres, the top of Fourvière Hill by funicular and the Basilica  
  • Shopping at Les Halles, an amazing indoor market with all the best food shops in Lyon 
  • Performing at the Vienne Jazz Festival or the Provencal Festival of Youth Orchestras in July 
  • Wine tasting in the Rhone Valley

Provence is famed for its unique character and abundance of charming towns, beautiful beaches and fields of sunflowers and lavender.  

  • Exploring the beautiful beaches of the Côte d’Azur 
  • Experiencing a traditional French market selling local produce, such as cheeses, wine and lavender products
  • Uncovering Roman history in Arles, Nimes and Orange 
  • Discovering the preserved towns of Aix-en-Provence and Avignon 
  • Wine tasting in Chateauneuf-du-Papes 


Travel Information

To reach Provence

  • Allow 15 hours from Calais by coach
  • Eurostar direct to Marseille
  • Nearest airport: Nice or Marseille

To reach the Rhone Valley

  • Allow 11 - 12 hours from Calais by coach
  • Eurostar direct to Lyon
  • Nearest airport: Lyon