Rhone Valley

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Rhone Valley

Cathedrale St- Apollinaire

Restored several times since its founding in 1095 by Urban II, this impressive Romanesque cathedral contains the hallowed tomb of Pope Pius the VI who perished here as a prisoner in the 18th century.

Place de Ormeaux, 011-33-4-75-43-13-32
Tags: things to do | architecture | history | french


Perched atop a hill offering splendid views of the Alps, the oldest of Lyon’s districts is a quick walk across the Saône river and a swift ride up the funicular. Visit the Tour Metallique, a steel tower constructed in 1893 and now used as a television transmitter, and the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, which dominates the lofty summit with white marble façades.

Fourviére, www.lyon.fr
Tags: things to do | culture | architecture | history

Le Pyrimide Fernand-Pointe

This exclusive Vienne hotel and restaurant is the belle-monde’s preferred stopover between Paris and the Med and the Rhone’s premiere spot to sample local cuisine like crab soufflé with crunchy artichoke, imaginatively prepared by Chef Patrick Henriroux.

14 bd. Fernand-Point, 011-33-4-74-53-01-96, lapyramide.com
Tags: expensive | smart splurge | things to do | french

Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse

Indoor market named after famed regional chef. Shop and sample local specialties foods like coussins (chocolate covered candies shaped like cushions), fennel and fig sausages, and a dazzling variety of soft cheeses, chocolates, and other savory goodies.

102 cours Lafayette Part-Dieu, 011-33-4-78-62-39-33
Tags: things to do | culinary | market

Paul Boucuse Brasseries

Sample celeb chef Paul Bocuse’s deck of Lyon restaurants (Ouest, Nord, Sud, or Est), each with its own tasty take on regional French cooking. If you can only dine at one, try L’Ouest, the newest and most modern of the pack.

1, Quai du Commerce, 011-33-4-37-64-64-64, www.bocuse.fr
Tags: expensive | smart splurge | things to do | french


Lyon is a serious bicycle town. Its 340 automated bike-rental stations are affordable (the first 30 minutes are free!), accept credit cards, and make exploring the city’s density of markets and shops a literal breeze.

various locations, www.velov.grandlyon.com
Tags: biking | things to do | outdoors | history

Whitewater rafting

Between April and November, whitewater enthusiasts descend upon the River Ardeche for the chance to drift through France’s spectacular Grand Canyon. Among dozens of canoe and kayak outfitters, the best is Aventure Canoe, which offers three-hour, four-mile mini-descentes for about $25.

Aventure Canoe, Place du Marche BP 27, 011-33-4-75-37-18-14, www.aventure-canoes.fr
Tags: kayaking | things to do | tour | adventure

Wine tastings

Though there are nine “wine routes” in the Rhone Valley, the appellation is primarily famed for three wines: Syrah, Viognier, and Grenache, not to mention popular blends like Cote Rotie. Domaine St Luc is known for its luscious Syrahs.

Route de Suze la Rousse, 011-33-4-75-98-11-51, www.dom-saint-luc.com
Tags: things to do | wine

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