Things to do in Rhone-Alpes

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Lyon: 50-Minute Festival of Lights Sightseeing Cruise

1. Lyon: 50-Minute Festival of Lights Sightseeing Cruise

Experience the annual Festival of Lights in Lyon from a different perspective on a 50-minute cruise along the Rhône River with audio commentary. Marvel at the Renaissance buildings of the city center from the water, and learn about how they once stood in the center of political and religious power in the Middle Ages. Travel through more than 2,000 years of history on the river cruise, and discover the rich heritage of the city during this annual celebration. Learn more about the UNESCO World Heritage city and its symbolic monuments. Admire the bold architecture at the confluence of the Saône and Rhône rivers.

Lyon City Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

2. Lyon City Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Choose a 1-day ticket for this Lyon hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour and discover the city’s landmarks and monuments. With 12 stops on the Green Line, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the sights of Lyon from an open-top double-decker bus. Hop on and hop off as many times as you like as you see the main attractions of the city, such as the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière, the district of Vieux Lyon, the Halles Paul Bocuse with local products, or the Parc Tête d’Or to admire the most beautiful roses. Organize your itinerary any way you like at your own pace. The Green Line offers a 1-day ticket for the hop-on-hop-off bus. Green line stops: • Place Bellecour • Terreaux • Mur Peint • Palais de Justice • Vieux Lyon • Perrache • Musée des Confluences • Berges du Rhône • Théâtres Gallo-Romains • Fourvière • Parc des Hauteurs

From Geneva: Guided Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

3. From Geneva: Guided Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

Visit the site of the first Winter Olympics. In Chamonix, experience majestic scenery on a drive through the Arve Valley and from the 12,605-foot viewing platform on Europe’s highest mountain. This day tour begins in Geneva with a drive across the French border through the glacier-fed Arve Valley. At Chamonix, marvel at the splendid backdrop of the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges. You’ll take the cable car up to Aiguille du Midi, which was the world’s highest cable car ride when it was launched in 1955. Enjoy breathtaking panoramas of this Alpine wonderland, with views into France, Switzerland, and Italy. Lunch will be at your leisure. You will also have the chance to ride the astonishing Montenvers rack railway to the Mer de Glace glacier. The journey on this electric train covers 3 miles of beautiful mountainous scenery before arriving at the longest glacier in France. Spend the day as you please. Wander by foot to discover the town’s many delights, such as Parc Loisir, Musée Alpin, Lac Gaillands or Atelier Les Racines. Chamonix is the world capital for outdoor activities: mountaineering, alpinism, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, trail running, and skiing.

Lyon: Guided Sightseeing Cruise

4. Lyon: Guided Sightseeing Cruise

Journey through more than 2,000 years of history on a river cruise of Lyon, and discover the rich heritage of the multifaceted city where ancient and contemporary treasures combine. Board the pleasure boat for an in-depth tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and admire symbolic monuments from another perspective as you are carried along the Saone River for 1 hour. See the Renaissance buildings of Vieux Lyon, the focus of political and religious power in the Middle Ages. Admire the bold architecture and learn about exceptional moments that have shaped the city's destiny. Listen to an informative commentary of Lyon through the centuries from your guide. 

Lyon: Musée des Confluences Entrance Ticket

5. Lyon: Musée des Confluences Entrance Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket to Musée des Confluence to discover the spectacular architecture and fascinating exhibits of this cutting-edge museum. Experience the world of the natural and the human at Lyon's showpiece waterfront attraction. Delve into a museum that situates itself at the confluence of knowledge, science, and culture. Admire the striking design resembling a floating crystal cloud of stainless steel and glass, and step inside the iconic building. Explore science and anthropology through fascinating exhibits on origins, species, societies, and eternities. Learn the story of human life and civilizations in the permanent collection. Enjoy inclusive entry also into the temporary exhibits. Feast your eyes on treasures like the massive dinosaur skeleton, as well as Egyptian mummies and fossils. Examine ethnographic artifacts and cutting-edge exhibits alike in this Lyon essential. Current Exhibitions "To the Ends of the Earth: Through the Eyes of Missionaries" (until May 8, 2022):This exhibition, through 2,300 objects belonging to the Pontifical Mission Societies, provides a fascinating look at our historical understanding of once-unknown cultures, and our modern perspective on this era of history. "On the Trail of the Sioux" (until August 28, 2022):Through the collections of François Chladiuk and other items, the exhibition aims to allow an honest and accurate expression of Sioux communities, who remain marginalized to this day. "The Rare Bird: From the Swallow to the Kakapo" (until December 31, 2022):With the second-largest collection in France of taxidermied birds, the museum has selected nearly 240 specimens for its exhibit to highlight the beauty of an animal under threat.

Lyon City Pass: Public Transport & More Than 40 Attractions

6. Lyon City Pass: Public Transport & More Than 40 Attractions

With the Lyon City Card, the gates to France's second-biggest city are open! Save time and money while discovering its secret alleyways and magnificent museums. Visit 23 museums for free with your Lyon City Card, and make the most of 48 things to do and 25 discounts which cover the whole of Lyon's cultural offerings. You'll also get complimentary access to Lyon's public transport, as well as access to bike tours, visits to the Fine Art Museum, river cruises, and much more. Have fun! Museums and temporary exhibitions : • Priority access to Musée des Confluences • Fine Arts Museum of Lyon • OL Museum (football team) • Gadagne Museums: history of Lyon and puppets of the world • Modern Art Museum (open only for temporary exhibitions) • Contemporary Art Institute (only open for exhibitions) • Museum of Gallo Roman Civilization • Museum of Textile ( renovation till 2026) • Lumière Museum • Fourvière Museum of Religious Art • Printing Museum • Center for the History of the Resistance and Deportation • Little Guignol Museum • Museum of Cinema and Miniature • Tony Garnier Urban Museum • Museum of Henri Malartre’s Automobile • Gallo Roman Museum of St Roman en Gal • Ampère Museum • Electricity Museum • La Sucrière at pôle Confluence (open only for temporary exhibitions) • Doctor Mérieux Museum Marcy l’Étoile • Eccly - Espace Culturel du Christianisme à Lyon • Cultural Judaïsme Institute Visits and activities (depending on availabilities – check for times): • Guided walking tours by the Greater Tourism Office (reservation necessary) • A visit to the roof of the basilica of Fourvière (April-November) • Cruises on the Rhône and Saône Riviers with Lyon City Boat (April-October) • House of Canuts • Silk Museum (Soierie vivante) • Mini World priority access • Lyon City tram reduction Shows (limited number of spots, reservation advised): • Guignol Theater in Lyon • Compagnie des Zonzons (Guignol) • House of Guignol • Guignol theater Grand Hotel Dieu • Un Gone de Lyon (Guignol) • Planetarium Public transportation included: The liberty offer gives you access to Lyon’s bus, metro, funicular railway, and tramway networks. Valid for24h, 48h, 72h or 96 hours, depending on the validity of your card. Discounts with Lyon City Card: • Shows: National Opera of Lyon (except end of year shows), Célestins’theatre, Lyon’s theatre, theatre of Nouvelle Génération, Théâtre National Populaire, Maison de la danse, Comedie Odeon, Improvidence theatre. • Visits – tours: Cyclopolitains (tours by bike), guided bus tours, biked guided tours by Lyon City Bike, Lyon le Grand Tour, Fourvière France Aventures, Aquarium du Grand Lyon, Segway Tours, Léo & Go cars location service, Lyon Tuk Tour, Lyon City Tram, babysitting Marypop, Coddy Games urban escape game, Restaurant boat Hermès • Option: Vélo’v (rent a bike ). • Shopping • Galeries Lafayette Part Dieu: Services privileges: shopping bag and accompaniment by a personal shopper on appointment, 3 macaroons offered with purchase of 40 euros or more. • Printemps: Welcome champagne in the private area and privileged support by a personal shopper • Confluence Leisure Center: Special offers at 32 stores and round trip with the cruise ship • Hard Rock Coffee shop: -10% purchase of 40 euros or more and Onlylyon Hard Rock pin offered • The Village: One-day VIP pass offering VIP lounge reception, photo shooting, skip-the-line and welcome gift with preferential rate on private transport

From Geneva: Full-Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

7. From Geneva: Full-Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

How does it feel to be at the foot of the highest mountain in Europe? Find out, with reliable transport from Geneva to Chamonix Mont Blanc. Board a bus and enjoy the 75-minute drive by motor-coach through the picturesque Arve Valley to the typical Alpine village at the foot of the remarkable and majestic Mont-Blanc. Enjoy your day as you stroll in the little streets full of charms of Chamonix. Enter in a local shop to discover the local flavors as Mountain Honey, cheese or charcuterie. Try a fondue or a raclette in once of the numerous restaurants of this well-known ski resort. Discover where the first Olympic Games of winter started in 1924. Situated at the border between France and Italy, this town is famous for its tunnel under the mountain, which joins the 2 countries. Enjoy the activities available in this little town before you head back to Geneva. If you choose the cable car option you can enjoy the ride up to the Aiguille du Midi and be amazed by the view. In the afternoon, take advantage of the mountain train and discover the Ice Sea.

Annecy: 1-Hour Segway Discovery Tour

8. Annecy: 1-Hour Segway Discovery Tour

Discover the pleasure of riding a Segway on a 1-hour tour of Annecy. Benefit from a 10 to 15-minute training session on how to operate the self-balancing vehicle before you set off. Journey alongside the clear waters of Annecy Lake and be seduced by the various gardens bordering the water. Marvel at the picturesque Jardins de l'Europe (Gardens of Europe) and La Pâquier. Get a stunning view of the Parc Charles-Bosson, adorned with beautiful trees and more. Listen as your guide tells the story of Annecy and lets you take photos of the amazing landscape. Feel free to ask any questions about the city and surrounding area. End by admiring the magnificent Belle Epoque façade of the Imperial Palace hotel, where notable personalities such as Edith Piaf, Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill have all been welcomed.

Lyon: Guided Food Tour with Tastings and Wine

9. Lyon: Guided Food Tour with Tastings and Wine

Discover at least 5 food stops on a guided walking tour in Lyon. (food choice depending on season and availability). Try an original quenelle, the famous cotes du Rhône, traditional French sweets, lemon liquor and one glass of wine and water in the remaining stops Enjoy the views and atmosphere of the old town area of the city. Learn about local history and culture with an expert local guide.

Lyon 2.5-Hour Dinner Cruise

10. Lyon 2.5-Hour Dinner Cruise

Take a break from the city streets and board the Hermès restaurant boat for a 2.5-hour cruise. Indulge in a 3-course gourmet meal as you discover Lyon's majestic landscapes and listen to the informative commentary. You'll be served a 3-course meal with several choices from the menu. Because the local partner cooks with exclusively fresh, local, and seasonal products, the menu is constantly evolving.

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It was an amazing day trip to Chamonix - Mont - Blanc. Our guide was excellent, attentive, and patient. The ride from Geneva was just about an hour but went by very quickly. The cable car ride up was exhilarating and the mountain views were spectacular! I do recommend reading what is and is not included in the tour; some people on our tour DID NOT READ IT and were very upset to learn that lunch was not included. It did, however, state that lunch was not included upon booking with get your guide tour company. Being able to explore the beautiful quaint town was at our leisure and finding something to eat was not a problem as there are many charming places to eat.

Joseph took me on an unforgettable four-hour walking tour of the city. While he naturally showed the highlights, he focused in on those areas known particularly to locals, which is exactly what I had hoped he would do. He also has outstanding knowledge of Lyon’s history, which added so much to an already outstanding tour. I could not have seen and absorbed so much of the city without this tour. If I return to Lyon in the future, I might do it again.

This activity was an amazing experience! The bus that took us to Chamonix was good and the guide was very supportive and fun! It was very positive to have a guide that spoke english, who literally guided us throught the visit. I had a very good time during this activity, and I really recommend it!

Jeremy was great! This is more than a food tour, also including architecture and a bit of history. What a great introduction to Lyon!

Breath taking experience literally. Do not do if any fear of heights the gondola! Our guide was great.