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This tour takes you to Lyon - a hometown of the world-renowned chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud - for a pilgrimage to the so-called Mecca of French cuisine! This itinerary includes cooking classes with two different chefs and in two different schools to provide you with a better teaching of French and Lyonnaise cuisine. Indulge in the fabulous history of Lyon, while enjoying a two-hour private walking tour. Enjoy wine making and taste several Beaujolais wines in a friendly atmosphere!
Indulge in the authentic city of Lyon and La Villa sur la Colline modern-design guesthouse located in La Croix Rousse, an alive residential district with its typical restaurants and café, small shops, also paying tribute to its past with interesting silk museum. La Villa sur la Colline is set on 3 levels with elevator. It offers 5 rooms with en-suite private bathroom. Guest rooms are furnished with king-size or two single beds. Modern amenities include TV with international cable chains, free WiFi access. The rooms are air-conditioned. Guests have a private living and dining room with coffee and tea facilities. Guests can use the fridge, and the kitchen. Daily breakfasts are served here.
Indulge in the fabulous history of Lyon while enjoying a two-hour private walking tour. Join the guide on place Bellecour- the central point in the city - for a unique exploration of Saint-Georges and Saint-Jean Renaissance quarters built along the Saone river and down the hill of Fourviere. Follow your guide through the narrow cobble-stone streets, the secret courtyards and galleries that are called traboules. Admire the unique Florentine architecture of the splendid carved and ocre-colored facades. You won't miss La Maison des Avocats, as well as La Tour Rose. Feel a very special atmosphere of the pedestrian streets bordered by cafs, bouchons (traditional bistros), small shops, and others. The walking tour is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, starting at 16:00.
Meet your guide on Place Bellecour. After a 45-minute drive, you will arrive to Beaujolais, which is considered the prettiest wine region of France. You will discover the unknown beauty of the Golden Stones country with its quaint medieval towns and majestic castles. Visit the picturesque village of Oingt and enjoy the panoramic views of the stunning landscapes with rolling hills dotted with the vineyards.
Then, push the door of a family winery and immerse in the history, terroir, and tradition meeting the winemaker himself. Experience a private vineyards inspection learning wine making process. You will also taste several Beaujolais wines in a friendly atmosphere.
The afternoon excursion guides you to the medieval village of Perouges through La Dombes, which is famous for its ponds, migratory birds, and preserved nature. Arriving to Perouges is like traveling through the middle age times. Visit the fortress church, walk along cobblestone streets, and admire the architecture of 13th to 16th typical half-timbered houses. Take your time to enter little craft souvenirs shops and taste the famous galette de Prouge pastry!
Lyon and Burgundy are marked by a millennial history which not only left a magnificent architectural heritage perfectly integrated in the breathtaking landscapes between fertile lands and hills, but also faithfully preserved traditions and culture. Dijon, Beaune, and Lyon are on the list of the most beautiful sites in France. Burgundy and Lyon boast a fabulous food and wine heritage left by France millennial royal past.
Lyon is listed at the UNESCO and offers so many cultural explorations, from the Saint-Jean Renaissance quarter to the Roman ruins with its spectacular amphitheater, the hill of Fourviere, the picturesque quarter of la Croix Rousse, the painted walls frescos, the Saone banks, the peninsula where you find the fine arts museum, and the opera house. The district in which you will be placed - La Croix Rousse - is a residential district with its typical restaurants and caf, small shops, and a silk museum La Maison des Canuts.
You will have a welcome dinner at the day of your arrival and daily continental breakfasts. On Friday and Saturday, you will enjoy tasting lunches that you cooked together with chefs. Your delicious dishes will taste even better because they will be accompanied by wine. As you may know, Lyonnaise traditional cuisine is inspired by the surrounding regions - La Bresse, Le DauphinandLes Alpes, Le Beaujolais and La Dombes, La Bourgogne.
Tripe and offal are not excluded if you are brave for that. However, you will certainly prepare and cook the famous pistachio or truffle sausages, pike or chicken dumpling (quenelles) served with a creamy mushroom or crayfish sauce, Bresse chicken, guinea fowl supreme, and more.The Lyonnaise classics of pastry and desserts are puff pastry donuts and pink pralines tart; however, chocolate royal or caramelized apple tatin tart can be added to the menus.
The nearest airport is Lyon-Saint-Exupery Airport (LYS). The airport is located in 20 kilometers from the city center. You can get to the city center by train - the railway station Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupery is located close to the airport. The way from the airport to the city center will take 30 minutes. Airport transfer is not included, but Lifestyle Vacations in France will gladly assist you for a taxi booking.