431km (267 miles) SE of Paris; 311km (193 miles) N of Marseille

The forks of the River Saône and River Rhône meander through France’s third city with its monumental Roman ruins, UNESCO-classified medieval lanes, and majestic Baroque squares. France’s gastronomic capital inspires a culinary spirit that pervades its Michelin-starred restaurants and even its modest bouchons. Museums tell the tale of the city’s contribution to cinema, silk production, printing and Guignol puppets. Only 2 hours by train from Paris, Lyon is the ultimate city break.