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Tour of Lyon & Ski Resorts, France

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Lyon in east-central France, is the second-largest French city, the first being Paris, and the third Marseille. The city was founded by the Romans in 43 BCE.

Tourist attractions in the city are the restaurants/bars, historic buildings and river cruises. With Lyon being close to the French Alps, many tourists use the airports as a way to get to the Alpine Ski Resorts in winter, or mountain bike trails in sumer.

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Flights take about 2 hours between UK Airports and Lyon Airports.

Ryanair provide regular flights between Grenoble-Isere Airport and UK Airports such as: Dublin . London/Stanstead .

For Ryanair and other airlines that fly to Grenoble-Isere Airport, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenoble-IsC3A8re_Airport.

Grenoble-Isere Airport is situated about 57 miles southeast of Lyon, 28 miles northwest of Grenoble. There is a regular coach service to Grenoble along with a winter Ski Resorts Service . Lyon Bus Service . Google Map.

British Airways and EasyJet provide flights to Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport year round. For more information on what Airports they fly from, or International Flights, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyon-Saint_ExupC3A9ry_Airport .

Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport is situated about 18 miles east of Lyon. Buses leave regularly for Lyon and the other main towns and cities in the Rhone-Alpes area. Taxis are available outside Terminal 1 Arrivals. There is a TGV train station within walking distance of the airport with regular services to France's main cities, details on the airport website. Taxis cost between 50 and 70 Euro between the Airport and Lyon centre.
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Alpe d'Huez is one of Europe's premier skiing venues. This was one of the first areas to have a surface lift, in the mid thirties. The resort became known world wide after hosting the bobsleigh events in the 1968 Winter Olympics.

Alpe d'Huez is also one of the main mountains in the Tour de France cycle race.

Alpe d'Huez is situated about 65 miles southeast of Grenoble Airport.

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Les Deux Alpes (also Les 2 Alpes or Les 2 Alpes 3600) is a ski resort in the French Isere departement in the Rhone-Alpes. The village is situated 5,413 ft above sea level, with lifts that run to 11,811 ft.

Les Deux Alpes has the largest skiable glacier in Europe. It is the second oldest ski resort in France, after Chamonix.

Les Deux Alpes is situated about 68 miles southeast of Grenoble Airport.

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Lyon Town Hall

Place desTerraux is a square in the center of Lyon surrounded by impressive buildings. The most notable building is the Hotel De Ville. This is not a hotel, but the City Hall.

The City Hall is one of the most historic in Europe, with 3 of the 4 original bells from 1675 still in the tower. The bells are played on Sunday evenings during the summer, and once a week the rest of the year.

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The Bartholdi Fountain is also situated in the Place des Terreaux.

This fountain was said to have been originally ordered by Bordeaux. As Bordeaux failed to pay for the fountain, Lyon took the opportunity to locate it here.

The Bordese claim the Lyonnais acquired the fountain by offering to pay more than the Bordess had agreed to pay for it.

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The Place Bellecour is a large plaza in the centre of Lyon, about 1 mile south of the City Hall.

This is said to be one of the largest clear squares in Europe. In the centre is a statue of king Louis XIV mounted on a horse, designed by Francois-Frederic Lemot in 1825.

This is another main point in the city, with the largest metro station named Bellecour. The main shopping streets of Rue de la Republique and Rue Victor Hugo, lead of the sqaure, and the Lyon tourist office is situated here.

Lyon Cathedral (Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon) is situated about 0.7 miles south of the City Hall, just across the river from the Place Bellecour.

This Roman Catholic cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of Lyon, was founded by Saint Pothinus and Saint Irenaeus, the first two bishops of Lyon.

Work on the cathedral began in the 1100s on the ruins of a 500s church, it was completed in 1476.

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The Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourviere sits high above the Cathedral and Place Bellecour, about 0.7 miles walking distance.

The Basilica was built between 1872 and 1896 to designs of Pierre Bossan.

The architecture is both Romanesque and Byzantine with fine mosaics, stained glass, and a crypt of Saint Joseph.

There are guided tours where the Museum of Sacred Art attracts about 1.5 million visitors per year.

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The Lyon Roman Theatre (Antique theatre of Fourvière) is situated a few hundred yards southwest of the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourviere.

The theatre was originally built about 15 BC, at about 295 ft in diameter.

The Theatre was extended in the beginning of the 2nd century, with the final work allowing up to 10,000 spectators.

The theatre now normally serves as a touristical attraction. The Nuits de Fourviere Festival takes place here in June or July each year.

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The Parc de la Tete d'Or (Golden Head Park), is situated about 1 mile northeast of the City Hall.

This is the largest urban park in France at 117 hectares.

It features a large lake where boating takes place during the summer. The park attracts vast numbers of visitors and is popular with joggers and cyclists.

The park also has a small zoo, a velodrome, boules court, mini-golf, horse riding, and a miniature train.

The River Saone and River Rhone join at Lyon, with both rivers running through the city centre.

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Boat Trips are a popular way to view Lyon.

The guided river boat cruise on the Rhone and the Saone give interesting information on this two thousand year old town, and its rivers.

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Grenoble is a city situated at the foot of the Alps, 70 miles southeast of Lyon. Grenoble is often referred to as the Capital of the Alps.

Bastille Hill is an ancient series of fortifications overlooking Grenoble. This is the main attraction in the Grenoble, visited by a cable car as seen right.

Lyon Train Station is situated about 2.6 miles southeast of The Place Bellecour. Google Map.

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Geneva is situated about 92 miles northeast of Lyon, about 2 hours travel time by train.

The top Geneva attraction is Lake Geneva, the largest lake in central Europe, and its Jet d'Eau, the huge fountain that shoots water 490 ft into the air. Other attractions are the Jardin Anglais garden, Ile Rousseau monument, St Peter's Cathedral, and the Town Hall.

Lyon Train Station is situated about 2.6 miles southeast of The Place Bellecour. Google Map.

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For more information on Lyon, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyon.

For tours of Lyon, visit: www.viator.com/Lyon/d829-ttd.

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