Lyon
France
By Libby Wilke

Built by the Romans in the 1st century BC, Lyon, France, has survived the renaissance, world wars and more, and continued to be a thriving urban settlement, offering great cultural significance.  So important is this city’s history, in fact, that UNESCO bestowed upon Lyon the status of World Heritage Site.

WhatsCheaper.com invites you to explore this piece of history for yourself, and discover all that makes Lyon so fascinating. Flights into Lyon's Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS) provide the easiest access to the city, and WhatsCheaper.com is more than happy to help you find the best price. Just click the link (https://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to get started!  There is too much of Lyon to see in just one day, so we are sure you’re going to want to spend the night.  Let WhatsCheaper.com find you great rates at hotels in the city! Follow the link (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to the booking page!

The first sight we want to highlight is the Fourvière district of Lyon, located on a hill west of the old town. You can (and really should!) reach the top of the hill by way of the funicular (an inclined cable railway), the oldest functioning funicular in the world. Once on top, be sure to check out the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière.  The basilica, whose architecture draws from both Roman and Byzantine styles and is impressive in itself, offers an excellent panoramic view of the city and river Saône below.  Located near the basilica is Lyon's Tour métallique de Fourvière (slightly less charming in English- Metallic tower of Fourvière).  Similar in appearance to the Eiffel Tower, this steel tower reaches up to 357 meters above the main city, making its top the highest point in Lyon. The tower is a functioning TV tower, but unlike Paris's famous tower, entrance into the Tour métallique de Fourvière is not open to the public. Finally, Fourvière also where you will find the Théâtres Romains de Fourvière.  The old Roman theater, built when the Romans built the city in 15 BC, is mostly a tourist attraction now, but hosts the Nuits de Fourvière festival.

Next, WhatsCheaper.com recommends checking out Vieux Lyon, or the Old Lyon district.  These narrow cobblestone streets along the river Saône tell stories dating back to the Middle Ages. It is in Vieux Lyon you will find St, Jean Cathedral, a beautiful mixture of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Inside the cathedral is an astronomical clock, that rings daily between noon and 4pm, and we feel this is very much worth seeing. There is a dress code for the cathedral, so dress appropriately! Adjacent to the cathedral is St. Jean Archaeological Garden, the site of remains of structures as old as the 4th century.

Finally, WhatsCheaper.com urges you to resist turning in early, as Lyon really comes to life after the sun goes down.  Many of the city’s buildings and monuments are illuminated, creating one of the most beautiful and romantic settings you will find in all of Europe. We highly recommend a drink in one of the bars in the Presqu'île district and a walk along the bank of the river Saône or through Place Sathonay (also beautiful in the daytime for a cup of coffee) under the city’s lights.

With so much history to its name (and more sights and monuments than we have room for here!), the capital city of the Rhone-Alpes region makes a fascinating stop for history buffs, culture connoisseurs and everyone else. Check out the links above for flights and hotels, and begin planning your Lyon itinerary with WhatsCheaper.com!

MUST SEE IN Lyon LIST:

  • 1. Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvire
  • 2. Vieux Lyon and St. Jean Cathedral
  • 3. Musees Gadagne
  • 4. Croix-Rousse
  • 5. Presqule District
  • 6. Musee des Beaux Arts
  • 7. Musee d'Art Contemporain
  • 8. Parc de la Te d'Or
  • 9. Ile Barbe
  • 10. Boat trips on the Seine

Lyon EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Journes Grame and Musiques en Scne - March
  • 2. Original Festival - April
  • 3. Lyon Gay Pride - June
  • 4. Fete de la Musique - June
  • 5. Les Montgolfires d'Annonay - June
  • 6. Jazz Vienne - June/July
  • 7. Les Musicades - September
  • 8. Castagnades d'automne - October
  • 9. Grand Lyon Film Festival - October
  • 10. Fetes des Lumires - December

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Hilton Lyon
70 Quai Charles De Gaulle, Lyon, 69463, France
By Sara Falardeau

When planning a trip to France, choosing a hotel that embodies the chic-yet-charming vibe of the French is a must. If you’re exploring vibrant Lyon, nestled between Paris and Marseilles, the Hilton Lyon hotel is an ideal place to rest between excursions. Located only 30 minutes from the Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, the hotel overlooks the Rhone River and the beautiful Tête d'Or Park. Nearby attractions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Art and the Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon. Myriad shopping options and the Lyon Congress center are both within walking distance.

When you step into the airy lobby, you’ll be ushered to a room or suite with a king-sized bed or two twin beds. Bathrooms boast a separate shower and bathtub so you can soak off the trip before donning the plush bathrobe provided. Then, enjoy the plasma TV, complimentary wifi or the view from balcony – most rooms have one. When you’re ready to explore, a safety deposit box, ATM and car rental desk simplify your exit. Not sure where to go? The multi-lingual staff can provide suggestions, help you sign up for a walking tour, or assist you in renting a bicycle.

Fine dining is another must in France, and the Hilton Lyon makes it simple to satisfy that requirement. The hotel is famed for its delicious Sunday brunches, served al fresco on the terrace. Later in the day, enjoy classic French cuisine at La Brasserie, spicy Thai at Blue Elephant, or cocktails and sushi at Spark Bar, all onsite. Go ahead and enjoy the extensive wine list – you can sweat away your indulgences in the fitness room, hot tub, sauna or jogging track.

When your 12 p.m. checkout rolls around, you won’t want to leave – but you’ll be glad you chose to stay at the Hilton Lyon during your travels. Book your room in this beautiful hotel today with WhatsCheaper.com (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Holiday Inn Lyon - Vaise
13d Avenue Victor Hugo Tassin Lademi Lune, Lyon , 69160 France
By Fatimah Abdur-rahim

The Holiday Inn of Lyon, France is an elegant hotel situated off of Highway A6. This suburban location is just 10 minutes from the Perrache Train Station. Check in time starts at 2 p.m. with free car parking. The Holiday Inn of Lyon welcomes your pets for a nightly fee.  If you are in town for work this hotel provides satisfying accommodations for all of your needs. The hotel has free Wi-Fi and six meeting rooms that are supplied with a digital projector, microphone, flip charts and more.

For comfort and peace vacationers can choose an executive, suite or single bed guestroom. All rooms include a desk, shower, hairdryer and coffee maker. The Holiday Inn Lyon has a flat screen Television located in each room including the lounge. Cable television access is available in every room. Guest can feel free to let fresh air in by opening the double glazed windows. If you need to make a phone call the hotel provides phone access in each room. High speed internet is available for guests to stay in touch with family or business contacts.

The Holiday Inn Lyon offers a wide range of amenities. The hotel provides guests with a newspaper and they can also spend time at the pool. There is room service available and a restaurant located on the first floor. The restaurant menu offers an appetizing selection and kids eat free. The Holiday Inn offers a terrace in the summer for your enjoyment. There is a health and fitness center on-site that has free weights, treadmills and other equipment. For your convenience the hotel offers check out time from morning until 12 p.m. The Holiday Inn Lyon is truly a peaceful and serene place for business or pleasurable visits. Book your reservation now with WhatsCheaper.com by clicking this (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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