Two thousand years of history shaped France’s third-largest city: Lyon, at the confluence of two rivers, surrounding the waterways with Roman ruins and Renaissance architecture. This southern city lures you in with a legendary food scene set in Michelin-starred restaurants and traditional bouchons. Walk off memorable meals along the riverside promenade or through cobbled alleyways and chic districts.

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Look to Lyon for an unforgettable (and gastronomic!) trip to France. Check off top Lyon attractions like the futuristic Musée des Confluences, located where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet, the Renaissance buildings of Vieux Lyon, and the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière. Ease into your vacation with our packages to Lyon, including flight and hotel bundles, tours and more!

LYON TRAVEL GUIDE

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Language

French

What to eat

Specialties of Lyonnaise cuisine: cervelle de canut (herby cheese dip), quenelles de brochet (pike dumplings in a creamy sauce), sausages, Lyonnaise salad (with thick bacon and a poached egg) and Saint-Marcellin cheese.

What to bring back

Wine from the nearby vineyards of Beaujolais and the Rhône valley, chocolates from local artisans like Chocolats Voisin, pink pralines and Le Petit Prince merchandise (its author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, was born here).

Fun Fact

Yes, Lyon was once an important Roman capital called Lugdunum and a centre for the French Resistance during WWII, but it also played a starring role in the invention of cinema! This is where the Lumière brothers shot their first film, Workers Leave the Lumière Factory, on a street now named Rue du Premier Film. Visit the Institut Lumière for more info on the city’s cinematic legacy!

Important Info

For more information on all necessary travel documents and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.