France Regions

The Charming Rhone Alpes and Lyon


The Rhone Alpes region is located in the south eastern part of France. The region is just two hours from Paris via high speed TGV train. 

The Rhone Alpes is a diverse region with Europe’s highest peak (Mont Blanc), seemingly endless lavender fields, clear blue lakes, and historic vineyards.

The audience section of an amphitheater in the Roman ruins in Lyon, France.
The audience section of an amphitheater in the Roman ruins in Lyon, France.

The capital of the Rhone Alpes is the city of Lyon, which is France’s de facto technological and medical center. The region is home to 9 universities and 31 graduate business schools. Roman ruins can also be found throughout the city.

Great and inventive cooking is one of the Rhone Alpes most cherished traditions. Famous French chefs such as Bise, Blanc, Bocuse, Chapel, Chavent, Gagnaire, Orsi, Pic, Point, all call the Rhone Alpes home.

Lyon, France

World Heritage City

Lyon is a city of history. Over two thousand years of history have left their mark on the city’s landscape. From Roman ruins to the medieval old town to the fine arts museum, it isn’t a surprise the Lyon is listed as a World Heritage City by UNESCO.

We offer a day trip to Lyon from Paris and highly recommend a visit to France’s “second city”.

A view of Lyon's old town from across the Rhone river.
A view of Lyon’s old town from across the Rhone river.

Situated in the heart of the Rhone-Alpes region, it is the third largest city in France with a population of about 500,000.

It is also world-renowned for its restaurants and art.  With over 200 hotels,  the city offers a wide range of accommodation options.

Lyon – Some Highlights

  • Roman Theatres and then old town
  • Boat trips along the Rhone river
  • Silk workshops
  • Fine arts Museum
  • Downtown Market

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