16 May 2012

Visiting Lyon

Travel:

Eurostar/Thalys from St Pancras changing at Lille or Paris
Leisure First or other reduced premium seats often available, with meal and drinks included
easier to change at Lille, allow 15 minutes
Paris requires travelling across the city, not ideal for a short break

Hotel:

Hilton, 70 Quai Charles De Gaulle Lyon
Overlooking the River Rhone, a short tram ride away from the city centre
Tram or bus to Cite Internationale, take the stop after Interpol, also for Modern Art Museum
Executive lounge, rooftop fitness centre and Jacuzzi
Clean and modern, good breakfast and refreshments

Tourist Card:

Lyon City Card, 1 to 3 days
Guided walking tour with the Guide's Bureau of Lyon Tourist Office
River cruise to either the Confluence or the Ile Barbe
Free access to all Bus, Metro, Tramway and Funicular lines of Lyon
Free access to over 21 museums, including:
Maison des Canuts
Urban Tony Garnier Museum
Modern Art Museum
Lumiere Institut - Cinema Museum

Lyon Tourism and Convention is located at place Bellecour
Underground lines A and D, Bellecour station

Food:

Restaurant Minanée, 13 quai de la Pecherie
Japanese restaurant with food prepared in front of you, on West side of middle island

Caffe Milano, 44 quai Charles de Gaulle
Italian restaurant close to the Hilton Hotel (inside Cite Internationale, ideal if raining)

Shopping:

Voisin, 11 place Bellecour
luxury chocolate shop

Boat Trips:

Navig’Inter Lyon, Quai des Celestins, North-west of place Bellecour
available free with the Lyon City Card

Sightseeing:

Tony Garnier Urban Museum, 4 rue des Serpollieres
apartment blocks with gigantic murals, and museum with art gallery
take bus 32/34/36/53/176 or tram T2 to Etats-Unis Tony Garnier

Funicular railway to reach the top of Fourvière hill
Cathedral and basilica
Fourvière Roman ampitheatre with free admission

Vieux Lyon
Saint Jean Cathedral
traboules (silk workers’ passageways)

Croix-Rousse Plateau:
boulevard des Canuts
rue Denfert Rochereau
St Bruno des Chartreux church
traboules (silk workers’ passageways)

Maison des Canuts, 10 rue d’Ivry
past and present weaving techniques

Soierie Vivante, 21 rue Richan
lace-making workshops, practical demonstrations, close-up inspection, comprehensive shop, all in an original high-windowed workshop

Lumiere Museum, 25 rue du Premier-Film
home of the Lumière brothers, cinema innovators

Credit Lyonnais tower, La Part-Dieu
hotel, bar, restaurant, in giant pencil-shaped tower with great views across the city

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